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One of the most amazing stories I’ve encountered lately

Have you heard of the Grapevine Faith Lions and the Gainesville State Tornadoes?

If you answered yes, then chances are you probably heard about this story already. But if you’ve never heard of them before, please continue reading!

One of the books I’ve been spending time on at the moment is Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference by Max Lucado. In the book, he shared this phenomenal true story of two US high school football teams: the Grapevine Faith Lions and the Gainesville State Tornadoes. Although this happened a couple of years ago, I’m kind of behind on the news. :)

I’m sure there are still people out there who haven’t heard this, so I searched for it on the internet, because I believe it’s a story that still needs to be passed on.  Please take the time to read this article (I pasted an excerpt below) or watch the video at the end of this post. I promise you won’t regret it. The story moved me and inspired me deeply, and I hope it does the same for you.

There are some games in which cheering for the other side feels better than winning.
by Rick Reilly, ESPN The Magazine

They played the oddest game in high school football history last month down in Grapevine, Texas.

It was Grapevine Faith vs. Gainesville State School and everything about it was upside down. For instance, when Gainesville came out to take the field, the Faith fans made a 40-yard spirit line for them to run through.

Did you hear that? The other team’s fans?

They even made a banner for players to crash through at the end. It said, “Go Tornadoes!” Which is also weird, because Faith is the Lions.

It was rivers running uphill and cats petting dogs. More than 200 Faith fans sat on the Gainesville side and kept cheering the Gainesville players on—by name.

“I never in my life thought I’d hear people cheering for us to hit their kids,” recalls Gainesville’s QB and middle linebacker, Isaiah. “I wouldn’t expect another parent to tell somebody to hit their kids. But they wanted us to!”

And even though Faith walloped them 33-14, the Gainesville kids were so happy that after the game they gave head coach Mark Williams a sideline squirt-bottle shower like he’d just won state. Gotta be the first Gatorade bath in history for an 0-9 coach.

But then you saw the 12 uniformed officers escorting the 14 Gainesville players off the field and two and two started to make four. They lined the players up in groups of five—handcuffs ready in their back pockets—and marched them to the team bus. That’s because Gainesville is a maximum-security correctional facility 75 miles north of Dallas. Every game it plays is on the road.

[Continue reading the article on the ESPN website…]

It’s the best time of the year to buy books…and I can help you save money while you shop!

Ever since I was a kid, there were three events of the year that I always looked forward to: Christmas, my birthday, and the Manila International Book Fair. This year’s book fair begins today (Wednesday, September 15) and ends on Sunday (September 19) and in line with this, I’m so excited because I have some great prizes and special offers (w/something FREE) up for grabs! In a moment, I’ll tell you how you can avail of these.

The Greatest Advice
I was inspired to write this post, not because of the Book Fair, but because around a week ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Tripp Crosby, published a blog post entitled The Greatest Advice I Have to Offer. His advice is simple: When someone recommends a book to you, read it. (He goes on to explain his point, so I highly suggest reading the rest of the post!)

I think Tripp is right. For the most part, I’m really glad I decided to read the books that were recommended (or given) to me. Most of the books have been more than worth my while, with just two to three of them not really meeting my expectations. I like it when I hear someone passionately discussing a book because it tells me that the book is worth investing in.

My Recommendations
In the same way, I love sharing the books that I’m passionate about! So without further ado, here are some of the books that I highly recommend:

  • If you feel like you’re floating (or maybe a little emo): Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  • If you feel like you’ve been waiting forever: In the Meantime by Rob Brendle
  • If you’d like to boost your social skills: 25 Ways to Win With People by John Maxwell
  • If you’re married (or you think you’ll be married one day): Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
  • If you have communication problems in your relationships: The Five Love Languages (there are several different versions) by Dr. Gary Chapman
  • If you’re looking to grow in the area of public speaking: Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley & Lane Jones
  • If you feel the need to step out of your comfort zone: If You Want to Walk on Water, You Need to Step Off the Boat by John Ortberg
  • If you’ve been leading and you’re feeling the burnout: Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro
  • If you’re a woman, or you’re looking to understand women: Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge
  • If you’re a man, or you’re looking to understand men: Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
  • If you want to renew your perspective on money: The Storehouse Principle by Al Jandl & Van Crouch
  • If you’re feeling like you’re at your lowest point: Plan B by Pete Wilson
  • If you’re feeling stuck in your career: Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado
  • If you need to find a way to effectively pass on your ideas: Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
  • If you’re looking for a print equivalent of a big warm hug: God’s Blogs by Lanny Donoho
  • and of course, the one book that I highly, highly recommend above all else: The Bible (I like the ESV, NLT, TNIV, and The Message versions)

I’ve got more, but I’ll stop there! You can also check out some of the related links I posted at the end if you want more. And in case you were wondering, yes, I do prefer non-fiction books. :)

Ready for the Awesome News?
When I was writing this post, I got the idea to contact our friends from OMF Literature to see if they’d be willing to give away some goodies for you today. I’m thrilled that they agreed!

So first up, I promised something FREE: here’s the link where you can download OMF’s special Book Fair coupon set. Download it now and you’ll have the following:

  • a FREE TICKET to the Manila International Book Fair
  • 30% off on the following books: Back on Track by Ru dela Torre, The Attributes of God (Volume 1) by A.W. Tozer, and 10 Best Decisions A Woman Can Make by Pam Farrell (1 book per coupon)
  • 25% off on any OMF local or international book (1 book per coupon)

Awesome, right? BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

In addition to that, I’m giving away 5–yes five!–OMF gift certificates worth P500. Most of the books I mentioned on the list are available at OMF, so if you’re chosen to receive 1 of the 5 GCs, you can use your gift certificate to buy one (or more) of the books I mentioned above, or anything else that catches your fancy when you visit one of their bookstores located at Boni Avenue (this is one of my all-time favorite bookstores), Il Terrazo QC, Pergola Paranaque, and Greenbelt 1 (gift certificates are not valid at the Book Fair). Their books are pretty affordable, so you’ll be surprised what P500 can get you!

To get a chance to snag 1 of the 5 gift certificates, you must do BOTH actions:

  1. Leave a comment below and either a) tell me which book on the list grabbed your attention, or b) give me YOUR book recommendation.
  2. Tweet a link to this post. You can do it easily by clicking here. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can post a link on your Facebook wall by clicking here.

It’s so easy to join! This is only open to Metro Manila residents. I’ll pick the 5 winners at random on Saturday, September 18, at 12 noon, and if you’re one of the people selected, I’ll send you an e-mail or a direct message.

In the meantime, maybe I’ll see you at the Book Fair!

Happy reading! :)

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Tell Me Thursday: Let’s talk about books!

What are the three books that changed your life?

Here are the three that come to my mind:

1) Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado – It helped me know myself better, and set some direction in my life!

2) Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge – It helped heal some emotional wounds and see myself through God’s loving eyes.

3) The Message Bible – It was the first Bible that I couldn’t stop reading; it really helped jump-start my love for the Word.

Your turn!

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Fearless by Max Lucado

Do you find yourself perpetually living under a dark cloud, feeling depressed and defeated?

Or do you often feel like you’re stuck in quicksand–overwhelmed and nearly paralyzed?

Chances are, you’ve been hit by the big, bad wolf called FEAR. You may not recognize it, because sometimes it calls itself WORRY, ANXIETY, DOUBT, or INSECURITY. But no matter what you call it or what it looks like, it’s fear, and it’s ruthless in coming after you, unless you’re able to discover the only way to disarm it.

scaled_e1252009347Fearless is the new book by one of my favorite authors, Max Lucado. From the cover alone, I knew it was calling out to me. From the image of the carefree person jumping into the water, to the tagline, “IMAGINE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT FEAR”, I knew it was a must-read.

The book didn’t disappoint. Like most Lucado books, this one was easy to read, and was filled with powerful lines that I’m filing away into my list of favorite and important book quotes.

“Fear, at its center, is a perceived loss of control.” – Max Lucado, Fearless

In the book, Lucado deals with the most common fears of people: rejection, loneliness, financial lack, overwhelming obstacles, violence, death, and being wrong, among  others. For a Bible-reading Christian like me, reading this book helped remind me of the many awesome ways that God takes care of me and protects me, and how He took every strategy of fear in consideration and provided a timeless solution. Thus, this book helped me see fear as nothing but an annoying little ant in the light of a big God. For others though, I can imagine that some of Lucado’s insights would be new, fresh, and liberating–at least that’s my prayer for every person who reads this book.

If you’re looking to be set free from the strongholds of fear so you can live a passionate, joyful, and storm-proof life, get your hands on this book!

If you want to preview the book, click here.