Dad Time by Max Lucado

dadtimeFather’s day is coming and you know what that means-wandering around the store looking at bizarre things they bring out only at Father’s Day-bacon themed clothing, desktop putting greens and inflatable toupees. What? You think I made that up?

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This is not on Dad’s wish list.

Why not give Dad something with a little more meaning that will continue to bless him long after the gator jerky is gone? Dad Time by Max Lucado is a great choice.  If you’ve read any Max Lucado books you know him to be a great story teller. He intertwines biblical truth and application with real life experiences to form a braid of inspiration and wisdom.

Dad Time is a compilation from his many books that all have to do with the theme of fatherhood. Whether its subject is God the perfect Father or advice for earthly dads, each entry sheds light on the important role of Dad. This is a nice supplement to a dad’s devotions, as each selection is only one or two pages. This is the kind of book he might keep handy on his desk or in his briefcase, or a nice supplement to his devotions, as each selection is only one or two pages.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is this:

“It is right to call God Holy; we speak truth when we call Him King. But if you want to touch His heart, use the name He loves to hear. Call Him Father.”

Help your Dad  (or spiritual dad) be inspired in his calling as father and draw nearer to his heavenly Father this year with a gift of Dad Time.

15 Minutes Alone With God for Men by Bob Barnes

15minutesaloneIf I were a man, I would be a big Bob Barnes fan.  In fact, I AM a big Bob Barnes fan, ever since he wrote an amazing book for women called What Makes a Man Feel Loved.  We had it on a retreat list a few years ago, and it is one of those books that you have a love/hate relationship with, because you love the truth of it but it stings a bit. Remind me to do a review of it later, because now I digress!

Both Bob and his wife Emilie have the philosophy that 15 minutes can transform your life, when you spend it in focused time with the Lord.  In 15 Minutes Alone with God for Men, guys will find a readable, doable and profitable resource that fits into the busiest schedule. 20150423_113828 The layout is tidy, beginning with a short scripture reading done from your own Bible, with a key verse highlighted.  A short devotion follows, ending with a prayer and a “Taking Action” section that shows you how to apply what you’ve learned.  The day’s reading concludes with the optional “Reading On” section of verses that build on the key scripture. If you have a man who doesn’t enjoy reading, or thinks he doesn’t have time, this is a great way to lay hold of a nugget while the coffee’s brewing in the morning or at lunch.  Bob Barnes is a man’s man, with a lot of years of biblical manhood, marriage, fatherhood, and ministry under his belt.  That makes for solid teaching, wise council and practical instruction for guys when they spend