A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
-Henry David Thoreau
It’s Friday! Time for a free book (and bonus free music).
by Jim Signorelli
Learn how story and narrative can help you connect with your audience and increase the impact of your ideas.
Download FREE: Story Cartel
Bonus Free Music
Sit With Me
from Sarah Scharbrough
The uber-talented Sarah Scharbrough released a new album. Download the free 3-song sampler of “Sit With Me” for a taste. You’ll come back for the full meal!
Download FREE: NoiseTrade
Here’s a free book for your Father’s Day weekend.
5 Things Every Kid Must Get From Dad
by Carey Casey & The National Center for Fathering
Are your kids getting what they need from you?
Grab this free book for important reminders that equip you for being a dad that positively impacts your children.
Download FREE: 5 Things Every Kid Must Get From Dad at Fathers.com
Also, don’t miss our Being Dad book giveaway. Sign up through Father’s Day: Being Dad Book Giveaway.
Dads need all the help we can get!
Can I get an amen?
Father’s Day is a week away, so for Free Book Friday I offer some help for Fathers.
The reality is that you don’t have be a superhero to be a good dad. Intentionality is 99 percent of successful fatherhood, and apathy is the reason for every father who fails at the job.
-David Drury, Being Dad
David Drury is a dad. He knows that being a good dad requires intentionally. So, in Being Dad, David reflects on how his own father intentionally invested in him and applies this intentionally to his own life as a father. We get to listen in on the stories of an intentional dad and receive some good advice for becoming an intentional father ourselves.
Being Dad is a great resource for anyone who wants to approach fatherhood with intentionally instead of apathy.
To help someone grow as an intentional father, I’m giving away a copy of Being Dad this week. One entrant will be selected randomly to receive a free copy. Enter the giveaway below, now through Father’s Day 2014.
Congratulations to Tim Miller! He was randomly selected as winner of the Being Dad book giveaway. Watch your email, Tim, for instructions to claim your book.
Share Your Story
by Claire Diaz-Ortiz
Everyone has a story. Your story has the power to change the lives of the people around you. in Share Your Story, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, head of Social Innovation at Twitter, provides a 5 step strategy to shape, share, and sell your story to the world.
Download FREE: Noisetrade
A three-day weekend is the perfect time to read some classic fiction. How about The Red Badge of Courage for the Memorial Day Holiday?
The Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane
An 18 year old Union soldier named Henry Fleming awaits the call to his first taste of battle. There on the battlefield, all the glory and romance of warfare is gone, and the only things that remain are self-doubt and a deep, dark fear. One of the first great realist depictions of warfare, Stephen Crane’s classic novel presents the deeply personal psychological struggles of an individual soldier. Through Henry’s eye, the American Civil War appears not as a nation at war with itself, but as one man’s battle between honor and survival.
Becoming obsessed with what people think about me is the quickest way to forget what God thinks about me.
-Mark Wilson, Filled Up, Poured Out
But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race
by Bruce Reyes-Chow
In “But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations About Race” Bruce Reyes-Chow curates a collection of cringe-inducing statements about race such as, “If they can say it, why can’t I?” ” “Do you know martial arts?” and “He’s a different kind of Black,” hoping to turn awkward moments into a dialogue between friends.
Sitting in the sweet spot between lectures in academia and activism on the streets, Bruce invites the reader into a salon type of atmosphere where he directly addresses thoughtless words and diversionary tactics, such as dismissing racial discussions as being impolite or avoiding race conversations altogether. He invites the reader to chuckle, gasp, and perhaps nod in understanding as he lists the kinds of statements often used against persons of color in a predominantly white culture. But rather than stopping there, Bruce asks readers to swap shoes with him and reconsider their assumptions about race.
Useful for individual reading, or as a tool for opening group and community discussions, “But I don’t see you as Asian” puts one person’s joys and struggles on the table for dissection and discovery.
Download FREE: Amazon
A church’s vitality is not measured by how many people fill the pews, but rather by how much those people are filled with Jesus.
-Mark Wilson, Filled Up, Poured Out