5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read a Book

Before you say CHARGE! in reading the newest book, keep in mind the following:

  1. Will this book help me? – Ask that important question. Will this book help my Christian life and glorify God? If not forget the book your about to read.
  2. Check reviews and comments to the book – great appetizer to know what you’ll expect and get with it.
  3. Know at hand the pace you’re giving this book-you have many important gigs to do so why not chart the time and day you’ll read the book.
  4. Get a pen and notebook- these two weapons, when nearby will help you dig up the book and unearth unexpected treasures.
  5. Does it have other formats- probably you might have other things to do than carrying a physical book. Carry your latest reads on your tablet or smartphone by checking it on digital formats you can read or listen.

 

Unsatisfied with the list? Add yours on the comment

4 Essential Things to Make Your Article Irresistible

There are thousands of blog posts out there. But how can you make your post stand out from the rest? Make it tempting. Make it irresistible. Here’s how:

  1. Title– Think of a title that will really catch the attention of the readers. Offer something or give some sure fire advice as a lure for your article.
  2. Short content– short content irresistible to people who don’t want to read a long article. A reader wants the stuff right now without reading the whole thing.
  3. Images– I don’t know about you but great images add some spice on the article. Insert the appropriate images to enhance the appeal of your post.
  4. Freebies – Whether it’s an MP3 or e-book, a freebie creates an appetite for a reader to take a bite on your article. Try offering it let your readers drool.

Any more tips you can add?

Meeting William Girao

“Late”. That’s the word that keeps running in my mind. It seems that I won’t get a glimpse of Carmen Vargas at the Christ Strengthening Ministry (CSM )booth (the loudest booth at the fair).

It’s Saturday September 15, 2012. That’s the date that we will visit the “33rd Manila International Book Fair” at SMX Mall of Asia. I’ve been anticipating it for months now and finally its here. We will check the Christian booths over that event, buy some books, do camera frolic and rub elbows with authors. But time became the enemy. Also the bad weather threatens us.  But I won’t go home defeated. I will be the victor ha! 🙂

We came almost 3PM at MOA and got lost first before we found SMX Convention Center. We paid 20 pesos for the entrance fee. As we enter we can see swarms of book enthusiast and lots of booths making some part of the book fair crowded and as I have experienced it was hard to check the books you want to buy. Despite the dilemma, we still enjoy the booths of different local and international publishers. Discounted books over here and there, we are tempted to open our wallets and give in to buy books. We have to pinch ourselves not to because we are here to buy Christian books (goodbye Ambeth Ocampo).

We stop over to the foremost leader in Christian publishing here in the Philippines, OMF Lit. As expected it was a blockbuster. Jam-pack is the right word from the people checking the display rack to the cashier lane we can see that people still patronize Christian books especially from OMF.  We had a hard time to move around and checking books that we want to take home. Still it was fun. We get to buy discounted books like the newly revised book of R.C. Sproul “Knowing Scripture”, the new book from William Girao “Giving Up is Not An Option” (which will soon be reviewed here in this blog) and a devotional book for my friend I tag along. Speaking of William Girao, let’s jump to that story, because this whole post is all about that encounter.

I’m not expecting to see this prolific Christian author in the fair. I was expecting Carmen Vargas of DZAS at the CSM booth (well it’s too late and I’m not interested to see Pilar Pilapil’s appearance there). As I was browsing some books someone announced that Pastor Girao will be there at the OMF booth and will be signing his books. So I grab his latest book and my diglot Bible for a chance to get it signed. I saw him and he is what you may call a typical pastor. At first glance you won’t he is a widely read author. But the built, the clothes and the looks. Mukhang isa sa mga senior pastor sa iglesia ninyo. He resembles one of our pastors here in Batangas City. He welcomed me with a warm smile, a hand shake and start signing the book and my Bible. I’m star stuck at that moment, so I reinforce myself and courageously try to start a conversation. I open the topic of Calvinism. I told him I thought he is a Calvinist and it is one hot topic back at home. He looked at me and we launched into a 3 minute or so conversation about his stand on Calvinism. He said Calvinism is an open-end debate. There are questions that will be left unanswered. He could say that he is a “limited Calvinist” (or I think he’s standing on the moderate Calvinism approach). If we see Bible verses pertaining to election we should preach it and if we verse that points man’s part in salvation we should also preach it. ‘It’s in the Bible isn’t it?” he said” So there is no conflict in that.” I think our chat is getting too long but as I check at my back I’m the only one in the line (thank goodness). It was a great and memorable talk. I’m honor to meet this Bible expositor and learn spiritual lessons from his books. I hope in the coming year OMF Lit will do this again. Thank you OMF!

As for me because of the book fair experience, it added my appreciation to books and its impact to our lives a Christians. Next year I will be planning for this event with more friends to tag along and a bigger budget. And I hope next year I will see you there. Till next year, keep reading books guys!

7 Useful Tools to Power Up Your Laptop or PC

This list is a no brainer (I can almost hear you say”Duh?!”), but you need this for your laptop or PC. It’s very essential. Your digital life should have the following:

  1. The Holy Bible-God’s Word in digital format. For your Bible study or devotions. Free software like E-Sword or you can request a FREE copy from Blue Letter Bible. PDF format Bibles will do also. Some of it includes dictionaries, commentaries, devotionals etc so you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s Word.
  2. Anti-Virus- to clean all those dirty USB or protects your machine when going online. You can download Avira or Avast for FREE.
  3. Photo Editing Software– Make your photos or images stunning. Adobe Photoshop is the most popular but you can download (FREE) alternative like GIMP 2. Also if you’re online you can use Picnik.
  4. E-Book Reader-Some books or articles you can download from the internet is on PDF format. Download Adobe Reader or Foxit to be able to read it. Also you might try Adobe Digital Edition for e-books if you don’t have readers like Nook, Kindle or I-Pad, you can still view it on your PC.
  5. Video player– can’t watch MP4 formats? Then download video players to play videos you have or you have downloaded on the internet. It will be good if it can play virtually all video formats. I recommend VLC player.
  6. Internet Browser-No surprise it’s on our list. You wont be able to check your FaceBook (and read this article) if you don’t have this. Orca Browser or Mozilla Firefox will do just great.
  7. File Extractor/Compressor– for multiple files that are in Zip or RAR format. You can use Win Zip already installed in your PC. For RAR I use Extract Frog which is FREE.

So that’s my list of essential tools your laptop or PC should have. Do you have something to add on the list? Please post it on the comment. I love to hear your answer.

(originally from my Facebook Notes, 20 August 2011)

Digital Round Up #6

Howdy Amigos! Digital Round Up is Delighting Grace weekly roundup of great articles, websites, blogs, apps, videos, MP3, e-books, links and other freebies pick fresh for your discriminating taste. Please enjoy and use these resources for the glory of God.  So come on, indulge and come back for more….

Christian Book Summaries– don’t have time to read the best Christian books? Then read in an 8 page summary newsletter FREE. The mission of Christian Book Summaries is to enhance the ministry of thinking Christians by providing thorough and readable summaries of noteworthy books from Christian publishers.

Church Juice Training-FREE pdf files to help your church use social network like Facebook and Twitter to reach out and minister others.

Staying Alive by Tony Morgan-FREE e-book on Building a Legacy of Leadership

Never Read a Bible Verse by Greg Koukl-FREE pdf booklet on textual interpretations of Scripture made simple.

Defending the Bible by Dr. John C. Whitcomb a great article on pdf about defending the Bible, contemporary apologetics and the Christian faith.

From The Blog Archive:

 16 Crucial Questions Every Catholic Should Ask

Quote of the Week

“One great question for us to decide, if we would have in prayer is, Is God absolutely first?”– R.A. Torrey “How To Pray

More quotes over my Tumblr blog

Video of the Week:

“Defining Thankfulness” from Igniter Media

Digital Round Up #2

Howdy Amigos! Digital Round Up is Delighting Grace weekly roundup of great articles, websites, blogs, apps, videos, MP3, e-books, links and other freebies pick fresh for your discriminating taste. Please enjoy and use these resources for the glory of God.  So come on, indulge and come back for more….

9 Marks Journal January/February 2012 about Sunday School

Free Paper Textures Design

Hillsong Collected– a very interesting behind the scene blog on Hillsong Church ministries and its activities.

40 Icebreakers for Small Groups” e-book

Already Gone” by Answers in Genesis Powerpoint on Slide Share

From The Blog Archive:

Used Book Finds: Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert E. Coleman

Quote of the Week

 “Heaven is a place of surrender to the whole will of God and it is heaven because it is such a place.”

— A.W. Tozer “I Call It Heresy”

More quotes over my Tumblr blog

Video of the Week

John Piper at Passion 2011- at his best “What Does it Mean to Love Christ?”


Digital Round Up #1

Howdy Amigos! Digital Round Up is Delighting Grace weekly roundup of great articles, websites, blogs, apps, videos, MP3, e-books, links and other freebies pick fresh for your discriminating taste. Please enjoy and use these resources for the glory of God. So come on, indulge and come back for more….

MP3 Message of J. Oswald Sanders over The Master’s College

Leslie Ludy’s SetApartGirl Magazine Jan/Feb 2012

Fresh New Fonts for Designers

Tony Morgan’s e-book “Hanging up the Leisure Suit”

FREE Photoshop actions

From The Blog Archive:

6 Incredible and Powerful Sermons Found in the Bible

Quote of the Week

“Faith has in it element of valuing embracing, prizing, relishing Christ. ”–John Piper

More quotes over my Tumblr blog

Video of the Week

New from Skit Guys: I Had Sex

 

till next time!!!!