The Match

The year: 1956. Four decades have passed since Eddie Lowery came to fame as the ten-year-old caddie to amateur Francis Quiment, in the 1916 U. S. Open. Lowery is now a wealthily care dealer and offers a bet that two of his employees, amateur golfers Harvey Ward and Ken Venturi, cannot be beaten in a best-ball match. George Coleman accepts the bet and Lowery challenges him to bring any two golfers of his choice to Cypress Point, at 10 a.m. the next morning. Coleman shows up with Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, the game’s greatest living legends, with 14 major championships between them, to play what is known as the greatest private match ever played.

Why read “The Match?” Mark Frost is a great writer. His ability to weave the context and significance of the history into the story is exceptional. While the match is the stage for the story, the the history and people make this book a fun and compelling read. For those who dream of playing Cypress Point, it provides an incredible description of the iconic course.

Hogan

Simply the best biography on the life of Ben Hogan. Hogan did not let people get close to him and many biographies deal more in external perception than in fact. This biography reflects a level of research and understanding that provides an incomparable portrait of Ben Hogan.

Why read “Hogan?” If you are a lover of the game of golf and appreciate the history of the game, you have to be curious about Ben Hogan. Don’t bother with any other book on the life of Hogan if you want to read just one.

The Eternal Summer

Sampson takes you through one of the great years in golf, 1960. It was a year of the past, present, and future coming together in epic battles of iconic personalities. Ben Hogan was trying to win one more major, Arnold Palmer was trying to win the “Grand Slam” and Jack Nicklaus would burst on scene.

Why read “Eternal Summer?” Curt Sampson is an exceptional golf historian and writer. If you love the great personalities in the game then this is a must read. 1960 is a year in competitive golf that may never be rivaled and Sampson gives you unique and compelling insights into the personalities and the competition.

Final Rounds

James Dodson is one of the greatest golf writers in history. Dodson’s love for the game was a gift from his father. When he found out his father had two months to live, they set out on a dream golf trip to play the most famous courses in the world. Final Rounds takes you along for the journey.

Why read “Final Rounds?” First James Dodson is a great writer. He weaves the story of the love of a father and his son and their mutual love for golf into a great journey. If you love golf, love the history of the game, and understand what a trip with your father or son would be like knowing these are the last rounds you will play together this is a great read.

The Circle Maker

Using the true legend of Honi the circle maker, who prayer-walked his way around a devastating drought in the first-century BC Israel until the rains came, Mark Batterson will help you begin to identify the dreams and future miracles you need to draw circles around to find your answers from God. Mark shares a great foundation for looking at prayer differently though a wonderful story telling approach. “God honors bold prayers; bold prayers honor God.”

Why read “The Circle Maker?” I received this book as a gift at at time I was making an important and uncertain life change. I came to see and understand the power of prayer and to look at prayer with fresh eyes. If you want to boost your faith, your prayer life, and your impact read The Circle Maker.

Holy Ambition – What it Takes to Make a Difference for God

Chip Ingram is a teaching pastor and the leads the broadcast ministry “Living on the Edge.” The ambition Chip describes is to make a difference for God. He walks through six incremental steps: developing a dislocated heart, experiencing a broken spirit, practicing radical faith, creating a strategic plan, exercising personal commitment, and growing a courageous soul. Ingram does a masterful job of explaining and illustrating each step and helping you to come to an understanding of the value that Jesus places on your life.

Why read “Holy Ambition?” Chip Ingram is a wonderful writer and uses the story of Nehemiah to share real truths about life. He recognizes that all of us are at different points in our life and our faith and does and excellent job of approaching any reader from where they are today. I loved the way this book challenged me to think differently and the practical nature of Chip’s teaching.

God Built

Steve Farrar is the founder and chairman of Men’s Leadership Ministries. Steve focuses and helping men be intentional and purposeful about their role as leaders in their homes and their communities. In “God Built, Forged by God…in the Bad and Good of Life,” Steve uses the story of Joseph to show how men of God are not born that way but shaped by God through the events of their lives. Steve effectively uses examples and stories to show how God uses all the events in our lives in powerful ways.

Why read “God Built?” Steve Farrar is one of my favorite writers. He has the ability to tell stories and create examples you can relate to and apply. He is blunt! He challenges you with great questions that will lead to growth in development in the important roles in your life. I have given away a lot of copies of this book and everyone who received it came back to me and told me it was one of the best books they had ever read.

The Hole in the Gospel

Richard Stearns is the CEO of World Vision. In the midst of a very successful corporate leadership career, Stearns set aside his career ambition for something much more meaningful. As the CEO of World Vision, Stearns has traveled the world and witnessed the depth of poverty, hunger, homelessness and despair first hand. In this book, he describes how the gospel of Jesus Christ changed his life and his heart. A change that leads him raise the question of whether Christians have embraced the whole gospel or a gospel with a hole in it?

Why read “The Hole in the Gospel?” I read this book shortly after it was released in March of 2009. Read in comfort, it is convicting to think of all that can be done and needs to be done for a world in need. It will challenge you to look beyond your neighborhood and community and to think about what the world could look like if we really became the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. For the fully convicted Christian who is fully engaged in service and self-sacrifice, it may be a book that makes you wonder why such a case to fulfill the gospel has to be made. If that is the case, it is a great book to read and give to someone who does not share your conviction.

Who is This Man?

The description from the book says is all. “Jesus’ impact on our world is highly unlikely, widely inescapable, largely unknown, and decidedly double-edged. It is unlikely in light of the severe limitations of his earthly life; it is inescapable because of the range of impact; it is unknown because history does not connect the dots; and it is double-edged because his followers have wreaked so much havoc, often in his name. He is history’s most familiar figure, yet he is the man no one knows. His impact on the world is immense and non-accidental.

Why read “Who is This Man?” First, Ortberg is a wonderful writer. His exceptional story telling ability challenges you to think in new ways. Ortberg examines the life of Jesus in the context of the culture, history, traditions and laws in a way that leaves an indelible mark. I really did not know who the historical Jesus was. Regardless of how you describe yourself in terms of spirituality and religion, you will see Jesus in a new light.

The Mind of the Customer

Presents a four-pillared approach that defines a world-class sales force strategy: how to understand the customer, how to create value for the customer, how to communicate effectively and how to manage opportunities. The increase in the speed of information combined with the rise in global competitiveness pose significant challenges to sellers, sales managers, and sales strategy. The Mind of the Customer offers a roadmap for the future of sales success.

Why read “The Mind of the Customer?” If you are looking for an in-depth, strategic approach to understanding how to sell and manage sellers in a more sophisticated sales environment, this book would be invaluable. This is not a book for new sellers or for someone looking for simple sales techniques.