I’ve read all of Mark Sanborn’s books and just found Up, Down, or Sideways and devoured it this week on the plan ride home from Rwanda. The book’s premise is simple – what are the timeless principles that help you navigate the good, bad and ugly that life throws your way. I love that this book is filled with Christian principles, but isn’t necessarily an overtly-Christian book. Lots of great stuff including chapters on optimism, perspective and priorities. A quick read, encouraging stuff no matter if you are Up, Down or Sideways right now.

JG

You are a performer. Every day, you rise to the occasion and give a performance. It is built into every presentation, interaction and talk you give. And this book will guide you to success in that new realization. I really enjoyed the quick read The Encore Effect by Mark Sanborn (author of The Fred Factor). It reminded me of the size of a Patrick Lencioni book and the insights of a Seth Godin masterpiece. Together, it makes for a powerful combination to process and challenge your thinking. Lots of quick applications for youth ministry – you are always on stage with parents, your talks can sink or swim and practice makes a world of difference which of those happen. Here’s the 5 main sections in the book:

Passion: The fuel for remarkable performance
Prepare: How remarkable performance begins
Practice: It won’t make you perfect, but it will make you better
Perform: How to engage your audience
Polish: Making your performance shine

Good stuff!

JG