Christopher Newport University

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A couple of evenings ago, I went to the Trible Library on the campus of Christopher Newport University.  When I left, the sun had set and I was entranced by the beauty of this campus.  I have spent the majority of my life in this area, and although I don’t remember what Christopher Newport College looked like, I am struck by the beauty of this campus.  I must say Mr. Paul Trible (and his team) created a beautiful environment for learning!

Live Love Lead by Brian Houston

As a leader, Pastor Brian Houston is highly regarded for his boldness, innovation and vision. As a church pastor, he is well respected for his passion for the cause of Christ and the local church, and for preaching messages that change mindsets and ministries. But at HOME – Hillsong Church – Pastor Brian is most loved for being the ‘dad of the house’ – a pastor who loves God and people, and a speaker of life who declares, ‘The best is yet to come’.

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Did you know that your life has a unique roadmap, a purpose all its own, distinct and matchless to any other individual on planet earth? And that this path is ready for you to conquer – regardless of how far you are on life’s journey, how many mistakes you feel you’ve made, or roadblocks you have come up against. We are all born with God-given potential to leave our own imprint on the world around us.

When Brian Houston – Global Founder and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church – set out to pioneer with 40 people and a school hall, he was unsure of the highs and lows, sacrifices and disappointments that would mark the 32-year journey of miraculous opportunities and dreams come true.

Live, Love, Lead is his story, woven in to the greatest story ever told, with room for chapters all your own to be written and re-written. This book is a declaration to your future, a reminder that belief, passion and calling can give way to a full and abundant life, despite any mysteries, setbacks or mountains that get in the way.

When it comes to life with Jesus, there is no doubt – your best is yet to come!

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I love the author’s transparency concerning his life and those closest to him.  I love that no matter the circumstance (personal or professional), he made the decision to honor Christ by maintaining his integrity and being completely honest.

“This is a remarkable book by a remarkable man. Brian Houston has poured his heart into this book with the hopes that by authentically sharing his own spiritual journey, you will be encouraged and challenged to trust Christ more deeply. You will love his transparency and passion!”

Rick Warren, Founder and Pastor of Saddleback Church

http://www.liveloveleadbook.com/

Destiny by T.D. Jakes

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Have you been living life day by day, thinking you are in complete control of the outcome?  If you have, you MUST READ THIS BOOK!  Although you believe you accomplished your personal and professional goals on your own, I can assure you it’s not the case.  You were placed on this earth by the Almighty God who created you to fulfill a purpose – allowing you to play an active role in fulfilling this purpose; ultimately glorifying Him in the process.  So often, we focus on the noise and direction we hear from the world around us, rather than being still and seeking His still small voice and direction for our lives.  In this book you will learn how to prioritize; decide what works best for your gifts and talents; protect your time; push past your failures; and find the courage to actively pursue your destiny.  We must be determined to settle for NOTHING LESS!

I love this quote from Jakes:  “Instinct must merge with purpose to find Destiny.”

T. D. Jakes is the CEO of TDJ Enterprises, LLP; founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas, Inc., which has over 30,000 members; and the author of the New York Times bestselling Making Great Decisions and Reposition Yourself. Time magazine and CNN referred to him as “America’s Best Preacher.” His TV show, The Potter’s Touch, reaches 67 million households per month. He has been the host of national radio and television broadcasts and is regularly featured on the highly rated Dr. Phil show. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, five children, and two grandchildren.

Visit T. D. Jakes online at http://www.tdjakes.com.