17 July 2014

Books I'm Reading: July 2014

It's warmer outside, people are taking vacations, and many of us are working our way through a Summer reading list of some kind. This Summer, due to intermittent travel, I'm trying out a combination of reading books in print, digital, and audio formats depending on my mode of transportation. This weekend is a road trip in the car, which means audio books for days! 

I hope you all have compiled some great lists out there to escape for at least a few weeks during the dog days. Reading is important, so it's a good idea to carve out some time each day and hit the books. Summer tends to be a great time for reading because you can finally read all the things you wished you could have been reading throughout the year instead of everything someone else required you to read. Here's what I've been working my way through so far, including a few that I'm about to begin this weekend:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence by Philip Darke and Keith McFarland

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The New Testament and the People of God by N.T. Wright

Resonate by Mark Beuving

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

How about you? Read anything interesting lately?
Or, how about this question: Does anyone else read anymore?!

11 June 2014

Education on the Rise: An Infographic by Global Mapping International

Education on the Rise Globally

A college education is a valuable resource for a person who is striving to develop their skills and make a life for themselves and their family. While we still have a long ways to go, more people around the world are getting that chance. Now let's consider the role of Christian higher education globally. While it is a small percentage of overall students, the Global Church looks to many of these students to be the next leaders of the Church. Explore the status of global higher education, the response of Christian Higher Education to the need, and how you can support these institutions globally.

Christian Education Institutions

Here are some of my favorite Christian education institutions:
  1. Eternity Bible College
  2. Zoe International
  3. Kilns College
  4. Africa Renewal University
  5. Radius International
  6. New Hope Uganda Institute of Childcare and Family

Help Me Build My List

Are there any other organization you personally know or work with that you would add to this list? 

17 April 2014

In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence

 In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence is a recently published book that brings together multiple contributors with combined lifetimes of experience caring for orphans around the world. I think this is going to be a great resource for all who are currently involved in orphan care, and also for those who want to learn how to enter into this important work with wisdom. I'm encouraged by the recent rise of books like this from Christians involved in different kinds of international development work, because they are showing that there is an increased value being placed on gaining wisdom from past experiences. We need more humility and grace in the work we do, because rather than working to complete projects or build better programs, we ultimately need to be working to love God and love people better.

Here's the description on Amazon:

How can we love with excellence the millions of orphaned and vulnerable children in our world who have lost their parents, have no relatives to love them well, and likely will not be adopted?

In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence frames a conversation around this question through a collaborative effort involving fifteen authors from orphan care organizations around the world, bringing to the table an often-neglected component of orphan care. After discussing why everyone in the world, Christian and non-Christian alike, should care to the core about caring for orphans, In Pursuit examines a framework—from family to spiritual formation (and a whole lot in between)—of what excellent, best-practice orphan care looks like in situations where kinship care, legal adoption, quality foster care, or reunification with biological family is not possible, feasible, or likely to occur.

As you read this book, you will be invited to learn from others seeking best-practice orphan care, engage in the conversation, and advocate for orphans around the world . . . and in your own backyard.

I'm excited to begin working my way through, what I believe will be, an important book. And there's good news for those of you who have a Kindle. The book is available as part of the Kindle Owners' Lending Library for free!