The 3 Best Books I Read in 2014

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Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg

The health of your soul isn’t just a matter of saved or unsaved. It’s the hinge on which the rest of your life hangs. It’s the difference between deep, satisfied spirituality and a restless, dispassionate faith.[/vc_column_text][vc_button link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F0310275962%2Fref%3Das_li_tl%3Fie%3DUTF8%26camp%3D1789%26creative%3D9325%26creativeASIN%3D0310275962%26linkCode%3Das2%26tag%3Dononli-20%26linkId%3DD7RJHPBUMSRP2AEB||”]View on Amazon[/vc_button][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image media=”25310″ media_width_percent=”100″ media_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB0055PGUYU%2Fref%3Das_li_tl%3Fie%3DUTF8%26camp%3D1789%26creative%3D9325%26creativeASIN%3DB0055PGUYU%26linkCode%3Das2%26tag%3Dononli-20%26linkId%3DGAV4YY2NDCIKFMGU||target:%20_blank”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

The power of habits

The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.

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Exodus by Leon Uris

“Passionate summary of the inhuman treatment of the Jewish people in Europe, of the exodus in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to Palestine, and of the triumphant founding of the new Israel.” — The New York Times[/vc_column_text][vc_button link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F0553258478%2Fref%3Das_li_tl%3Fie%3DUTF8%26amp%3Bcamp%3D1789%26amp%3Bcreative%3D9325%26amp%3BcreativeASIN%3D0553258478%26amp%3BlinkCode%3Das2%26amp%3Btag%3Dononli-20%26amp%3BlinkId%3DEHW5N3GI5LSBP4ZY||”]View on Amazon[/vc_button][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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My Best & Favorite Photos From 2014

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Children in Burkina Faso
Children in Burkina Faso
Guro & Leanah
Guro & Leanah
Nathan
Nathan
Leanah
Leanah
Nathan & Leanah
Nathan & Leanah
Photoshoot for our 30th birthday
Photoshoot for our 30th birthday
Leanah
Leanah
The dream team - Leadership team of Jesus Revolution
The dream team – Leadership team of Jesus Revolution
Leanah
Leanah
Nathan
Nathan
Leanah
Leanah

 

The Person I Admire The Most

Who do you admire the most? We admire people to different degrees and for different reasons. The person that I admire the most is someone who embodies that “for me to live is Christ.” Here are some of the reasons I admire this person so much:

  • She abandoned a prospective “career” in her youth to move to France as a missionary with YWAM.
  • She was part of planting a church in a town of 5500 inhabitants, in a spiritual desert in France.
  • She has raised up six children, all of which have turned out pretty awesome (hehe), and are following Jesus.
  • She makes everyone she meets feel valued and loved.
  • She is incredibly generous with her money.
  • She handled the death of her husband in a heroic way, keeping he eyes on heaven through the pain (even dancing at the memorial service, at the thought of one day being in heaven herself).
  • She is constantly seeking God, and his kingdom first, she is a woman of the Word and a woman of prayer.
  • She is now considering going back to Mozambique as a missionary for some time, at over 60.

You’ve guessed it, that person is my own mother, Wendy Hockley 🙂 Love you Mum!

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Mum & Leanah

The Best Books I Read in 2013

Here is a little collection of books that I really enjoyed reading in 2013. If you love to read, try some of these 🙂

  1. The 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell
    5 levels of leadership - John MaxwellThis book is all about getting people to grow as leaders. It helped me to evaluate my current leadership, and find out how to take the next steps to grow to higher levels. A LOT of great content, and now the challenge: to put it into practice!
  2. Axioms by Bill Hybels
    Leadership Axioms by Bill HybelsIn axioms, Bill Hybels writes very short chapters about tested leadership principles that he has either developed or experienced in leading the Willow Creek church and association. Makes a very good daily reading book as the chapters are very short. Highly recommended!
  3. Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley
    Communicating for a change - Andy StanleyThis might just be the best book on communication that I have ever read. The main point is that a preaching should only have one point! If the preacher himself cannot remember all of his points by heart, how can he expect his audience to remember them? He also writes about creating tension in a message, ordering a message around “crucial connections,” and different ways of engaging an audience. If you will ever preach or give a presentation, read it!
  4. Walking from East to West by Ravi Zacharias
    Walking from East to West - Ravi ZachariasThis book is by one of my modern day heroes: Ravi Zacharias. Ravi defends the Christian faith in some of the world’s leading university and speaks to a broad range of audiences from the United Nations to high ranking Muslim leaders in the Middle East. This book relates his life from his childhood to now, including his conversion on the bed of suicide, and his journey to his current ministry.

That’s it! What are the best books you read in 2013? Write them in the comments!

So… What Happened in 2013?

  • Travels: I traveled to Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Italy, France and Germany.
  • Studies: Both Guro and I started on a bachelor in leadership and theology.
  • Holidays: We had a great family reunion in France in August.
  • Family: Nathan enjoyed the 1st year of his life, Leanah turned 3.
  • Jesus Revolution: I am starting on my 12th year in Jesus Revolution, and serving as International Director for the 3rd.
  • New Job: Guro started to work part time for “Jesus Women,” a women’s ministry started by Anne Christiansen.
  • Other highlights: We took a gang of 70 young people during the Summer to Czech Republic and saw God in action by His presence on the streets.

That’s just a few of the highlights, and there’s much more to come for 2014! But more about that later!
Have a blessed New Year Celebration!