Free Leadership Titles For a Limited Time

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I’m really excited to announce that two of our top leadership ebooks are free today! John C. Maxwell’s Be All You Can Be is free today only, October 16, and The Heart of a Leader by Richard Blanchard is free through October 17. You won’t want miss out on adding these two ebooks to your collection!

Here is some more information on the two titles:

Be All You Can Be:

America’s leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, gives you the tools you need to be a more effective leader. In this powerful book filled with easy-to-grasp truths you can put to work right away, you’ll discover the principles of success that can really help you succeed. Maxwell will guide you through four key steps:

Know: Discover the principles for fulfilling your God-given potential.

Show: Learn how to model the principles so others can see them at work.

Go: Roll up your sleeves, get out into the world, and live what you’ve learned.

Grow: Experience living at your full potential, continually assessing your progress.

As a result, you’ll gain considerable hope for the future, which in turn will give you power to overcome in the present. Successful living and leading starts now: Accept the challenge to Be All You Can Be.

The Heart of a Leader:

Arranged with your busy schedule in mind, this book offers you Blanchard’s most important concepts in an accessible format. You can reach for instant motivation and insight on a daily basis or soak it up in one reading. Powerfully challenging and deeply inspiring, The Heart of a Leader will enable you to develop the courageous heart of a true leader, master key attitudes and actions to impact lives around you, and enjoy the profound wisdom that only Ken Blanchard can deliver.

Get Be All You Can Be free through October 16 and The Heart of a Leader free through October 17. Pick up your copies today before these limited-time discounts expire!

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Act Like a Shepherd, Not a CEO

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When I think about leaders, I think of people like Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Oprah, and U.S. Presidents—all well-known, influential individuals. John C. Maxwell once said, “I have come to this conclusion: Leadership is Influence. That’s it. Nothing more; nothing less.” 

I think this is true. But it’s not the whole picture. 

While influence is often the mark of a strong leader in politics, business, and industry, regard for influence alone ignores the driving force behind it—the relational work.

Halee Gray Scott, PhD, builds on this famous quote in her book, Dare Mighty Things:

“Biblical leadership is not just about influencing others toward a goal, for the task of the shepherd-leader is much more comprehensive. It involves knowing the flock, their limitations and their needs, knowing the goal or destination, and knowing how to get them there.”

Scott writes that shepherds in the ancient world were not regarded as influential people, yet over and over again the shepherd is seen as an illustration for leadership of the highest esteem.  We read, “The Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23:1-3), Jeremiah 3:15, John 10:11, and many, many more instances of this powerful illustration.

The shepherds of the ancient world had four main duties. Shepherds:

  • Were in the physical proximity of their flock and actively aware of what was going on around them
  • Protected their flock with vigilance
  • Provided for and met the needs of their flock
  • Guided the flock with consideration of the flock’s abilities and limitations

When it comes down to it, a shepherd wouldn’t be able to do their job without intimately knowing their flock, knowing its strengths, abilities, and limitations. Relationship and understanding have to come before influence.

If we want to become better leaders, we need to take a lesson from the shepherd’s duties:

  • Be present with the people you lead—make small talk, actively listen, and be there in times of need.
  • Be an advocate and a teammate, don’t leave your team high and dry.
  • Be attentive to the needs of others not only in a work capacity, but on a personal level.
  • Guide others with consideration of their abilities and limitations—presenting opportunities for growth, not setting people up for failure.

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Halee Gray Scott’s ebook, Dare Mighty Things, is now available on Vyrso. How can you be more like a shepherd in leadership? Leave a comment and let us know!

 

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Building a Better Workplace

Creating a Better Workplace

Many of us—over 119 million people in the U.S.—are employed in some shape or form, whether it is a part-time job flipping burgers or a high-end career in law. It’s safe to say that most of us go to work on a regular basis.

Interestingly enough, a majority of people don’t like going to work.

In a study released early this summer by the Conference Board, fewer than half of American workers indicated that they were satisfied with their jobs in 2013. Over the past three-year period, U.S. employees have never been more dissatisfied with their work. Why is that the case?

I believe that a large portion of this dissatisfaction stems from the lack of quality leadership within organizations. Good leaders can see places that need improvement in their sphere of influence and take purposeful action to make improvements. How can we improve this statistic to build a happier workplace?

It can be as simple as showing gratitude and brightening someone’s day at work, or as complex as asking the right questions to learn from others. Here are three activities you can start doing today to create a more enjoyable workplace for others and yourself:

1.   Pray before every meeting or phone call

This doesn’t have to be an incredibly fancy or intricate prayer. Just simply ask that God would be with you in the meeting and that you’d be open to hearing him speak and move in the meeting. The key here is to listen and watch for where Jesus leads!

2.   Thank one person—every day—for the work they do

You can simply send an email, write a post-it note, or even thank them face to face! Even go the extra mile, maybe get them a gift card to their favorite coffee shop. When we take the time to show that we value our co-workers, employees, and bosses, people’s attitudes improve and they know when they’re doing great work.

3.   Ask questions

 In my opinion, the best leaders ask great questions. They know how to let you think that you’re providing the answers—even if they already know the answer themselves. Questions also indicate interest in what others have to say and a willingness to listen and learn. Ask questions of your superiors, of those who report directly to you, and of your family and friends. This will force you to listen in on the conversation rather than dictate it.

What is one simple task that you do every day that has improved your leadership this year? Leave a comment below!

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Five Traits Found in a Good Leader

Five Traits of a Good Leader

Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend some time with our friends at the Catalyst Conference, an annual conference focused on addressing topics specific to the next generation of leaders in the church. I’m really excited about the work they’re doing to make an impact and stir up excitement in the hearts of leaders. A ton of Vyrso authors spoke at the conference, including Mark Batterson, Andy Stanley, Christine Caine, Dr. Caroline Leaf, Tim Keller, Craig Groeschel, and many others. As Catalyst wraps up today, we’ll be ramping up our emphasis on leadership for the month of October. All month long we’ll be highlighting content, featuring titles, and sharing thoughts about leadership. We’ll emphasize what it means to be a leader in your home, workplace, and church. As I sat in Catalyst and listened to the amazing speakers, I couldn’t help but think of how important it is for leaders to focus on improving their skills and pursuing growth. With that in mind, I’ve outlined five traits that I believe make up a strong Christian leader. 

1. Availability

A good leader has to be available. To be a Christian leader, we first need to be willing to go wherever God tells us to go, even when it seems like a huge stretch. Sometimes this means traveling to West Africa to work with relief efforts fighting the spread of disease, but it can also mean staying right where you are located. One of the most challenging aspects of being available is being willing to do unpleasant and unseen work. If you’re not available, you’ll most likely miss the opportunity to learn something or to be a part of something bigger than yourself.

2. Rooted in the Bible

This one seems like a no-brainer. Without a firm foundation in Jesus and the Bible, the Christian leader will not be able to sustain growth. But how often do we overlook this trait and chalk it up as a daily task to check off? If we want to grow a church, business, or community, we need to get our encouragement from the Bible. We might sustain growth for a short season without this, but eventually our efforts will crumble.

3. Open to change

To be a change-maker you need to be willing to be changed first. We all have shortcomings and weaknesses, and good leaders are willing to identify these points within themselves and make active changes before expecting others to do so.

4. Strives for progress

A leader loves progress, not only in their own lives but in the lives of the people around them, their surrounding community, and in the world. A leader loves seeing the effects of their work and the work of others. They rejoice at progress, even when they don’t get the credit or attention!

5. Courage

Finally, leadership takes courage—courage to take bold leaps and pursue things that are outside your comfort zones. Courage encompasses big and small acts and decisions. This could mean something as big as moving to a new country or as small as walking across the room to introduce yourself to someone you don’t know. Both situations take courage, and without it positive change and progress can be hard to come by.

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What is one trait you find essential in Christian leadership? We’d love to hear your thoughts— leave a comment below!

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Get the Newest Ebooks for Less with Pre-Orders

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This month on Vyrso we’re excited to announce that we have a number of pre-order titles available at discounts you’ll only see on Vyrso. We’ve lined up 25 of the best pre-order titles shipping in the next 5 months from authors like John Ortberg, Andy Stanley, Trip Lee, John C. Maxwell, David Platt, and more! I’d like to note that these aren’t titles that have been out for months or years, these titles will be the ebooks you’ll hear people talking about for the next six months. Titles like The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating, Jesus Swagger, and John C. Maxwell’s newest ebook The Leadership Handbook are all great reads that are sure to spark lasting conversation among your family, friends, and church. These discounts won’t last long—they’ll disappear on October 31, so make sure to reserve your ebook at the lowest price today! Unsure of how pre-ordering on Vyrso works? The process is simple—click pre-order, we’ll lock in the price, and once the product is ready to ship we’ll remind you that your credit card will be processed. Once the product ships, your ebook will automatically appear in your Vyrso app! Here are the 25 titles we’ve discounted, exclusively on Vyrso:

Pre-order your favorite or all 25 titles to lock in these discounted prices!

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Just Added to the 99-Cent Sale: Dekker, Peretti, and More!

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I love the pace of a good thriller, the suspense that an author builds, and how most of the ebooks end in a nice little bow at the end. But maybe the suspense/thriller category isn’t your cup of tea, and you’d rather enjoy the beautiful character development that is woven into a heart-warming romance novel. Whatever type of fiction you enjoy, I recommend perusing our wide selection of titles included in our 99-cent sale. You won’t want to miss out on these limited-time savings!

As we approach the end of the 99-cent fiction sale (September 26) I wanted to highlight a couple additional titles that we added late last week, including titles by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti.

Here are 5 new additions:

Showdown: A Paradise Novel by Ted Dekker
Welcome to Paradise, a sleepy town that quickly becomes energized with the talk of a black-cloaked man who promises to grant any unfulfilled dream—he is irresistible. Seems like bliss, but is it? Is hell about to break loose in Paradise?

Heaven’s Wager by Ted Dekker
Kent Anthony is a brilliant software engineer who is living the ideal life, with thoughts far away from theft and murder. He’s left his past far behind, or so he thinks.

Brink of Death by Brandilyn Collins
Annie Kingston moved to Grove Landing for safety and quiet, but she quickly comes face to face with evil when her neighbor Lisa Willet is killed. Asked to question the daughter of the deceased, Erin Willet, Annie finds herself begging God, whom she doesn’t believe in, for help. Join Annie and Erin as they travel to the brink of death trying to find the real killer.

Thunder in the Morning Calm by Don Brown
Former Navy JAG officer and action officer in the Pentagon, Don Brown pens an action-packed thriller that is full of credible and compelling details. Join Lieutenant Commander ‘Gunner’ McCormick as he assembles a three-man commando squad on a suicide mission into North Korea to search for his long lost grandfather rumored to be held in a secret prison camp.

Hangman’s Curse by Frank Peretti
Frank Peretti introduces Nate Springfield, his wife Sarah, and their two children Elijah and Elisha as a part of the Veritas Project team. The family travels the country aiding the FBI in busting drug rings and solving mysteries. In Hangman’s Curse, the family goes undercover in a small town high school—where a mysterious curse has turned several football players into lunatics.

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If you haven’t been keeping up with our posts about the sale, I recommend reading our post outlining 5 ebooks to read this fall, Creston Mapes’ post on The Power of Story, and Michelle Griep’s post on Addiction.  There are only a few days left to take advantage of these huge savings so make sure to get them today before time runs out!

What is your favorite type of fiction to read?

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Remembering September 11, 2001

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Today we pause in remembrance of September 11, 2001, and the thousands who lost their lives in the tragic events at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania. We will never forget what was lost that day. The following excerpt is from Leslie Haskin’s firsthand account of her harrowing escape from the World Trade Center in her ebook Between Heaven and Ground Zero. She recollects the courage displayed in the actions of the firefighters, police officers, and first responders who were on site at the attacks:

“Movement caught my attention, and I looked up. It was then that I heard the scrambled radios and noticed police officers carrying victims and firefighters racing into the stairways. There they were— the cavalry—my knights.

One after the other those noble men ran toward the upper floors with little hope of survival and all the grace of God. They shouted to one another as they hurried about, and despite the distance between us, I saw dread in their faces. I saw years of training and rescue procedures boil down to that one moment. That moment that broke millions of hearts with a single falling tear or drop of blood heard from downtown New York City to the hills of California, the towers in Paris, and the deserts of Afghanistan. . . .

More than anything, I wish I could speak of joy that came through all the suffering on that particular September morning, but I cannot. There was none. However, in the greatest moments of desperation and overwhelming sorrow, God’s loving and outstretched arms were waiting for my acceptance. I now know that His holy presence and peace called to me at every point of overwhelming despondency and paralyzing trepidation.”

 Today, we remember.

 

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How to Stock Your Digital Library: 99-cent Fiction Sale

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Everyday our goal at Vyrso is to provide you the best possible Christian content at competitive prices. Today, we’re excited to announce one of the best ways to stock your digital library this fall—Vyrso’s 99-cent fiction sale! You can choose from over 100 Christian fiction titles that range from thrilling spy novels to heart-warming historical novels set in 1800s Oregon.

We’ve packed this sale with a variety of genres, so don’t shy away from expanding your reading list this fall.

Here is a list of staff recommendations you’ll enjoy from the 99-cent fiction sale:

  1. Otherworld by Jared C. Wilson
  2. Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake
  3. Unlimited by Davis Bunn
  4. Reinventing Rachel by Allison Strobel
  5. Israel, My Beloved by Kay Arthur
  6. The 13: Fall by Robbie Cheuvront & Erik Reed
  7. Just Above a Whisper by Lori Wick
  8. Plain Death by Amanda Flower
  9. Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell
  10. Leaving Lancaster by Kate Lloyd

Over the next three weeks, get to know some of the authors featured in the sale, like Joy Jordan-Lake, Kate Lloyd, Miralee Ferrell, and others, with exclusive interviews. Learn about the inspiration behind their work, how they started writing, and more about titles you can find in the sale.

Browse our recommended titles and other titles on sale available for a limited time!

What title will you be adding to your reading list with our 99-cent fiction sale?

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Stories and Studies for your Elementary School Student

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Yesterday we focused on teens, and today we wanted to round out the end of our back to school bundle sale with books for your youngsters in elementary school. Teaching your kids to love God and the stories and concepts of the Bible early in life can pay dividends in their faith down the road. We’ve created two bundles of ebooks that are great to read together or even for your son or daughter read on their own.

Get the Bible Stories for Your Elementary Kids Bundle for $7.49 and the Bible Studies for Kids Bundle for $12.99. These deals will only last until 7:59 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning!

 

Bible Stories for Your Elementary Kids

101 Awesome Bible Facts for Kids by Sandy Silverthorne

This 144-page fact book is as entertaining as it is informative. Each page includes an interesting statistic, a helpful definition, or some other noteworthy morsel of data from the Old or New Testament as well as a playful cartoon illustration. The tidbits of information are organized in the order they appear in the Bible, giving young readers a feel for the story line of Scripture.

 

The Awesome Book of Bible Stories for Kids by Sandy Silverthorne

These comical illustrations and thoroughly up-to-date retellings of Bible stories will captivate young minds and hearts while maintaining the integrity of the characters and message.

 

The Awesome Book of Unusual Bible Heroes for Kids by Sandy Silverthorne

Kids often hear Sunday school lessons about Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus. But what about Ehud, Deborah, Jonathan, and some of the other lesser-known but equally colorful heroes of the Bible? Popular children’s author and illustrator Sandy Silverthorne uses hilarious drawings and modern-day settings to introduce kids to some of the everyday people God has used in amazing ways. Each story includes an age-appropriate devotional that ties a life lesson to the character and helps kids apply what they learn to their own lives.

 

Bible Studies for Kids

Jesus in the Spotlight: John, Chapters 1-10 by Kay Arthur and Cyndy Shearer

This book will help children discover a richer appreciation for the Word of God and a deeper understanding of God’s love and care for them. In Jesus in the Spotlight, kids “make” a movie to discover who Jesus is and His impact on their lives. Activities and 15-minute lessons make this John 1–10 study in the Discover 4 Yourself® series great for ages 9–12.

 

Jesus—Awesome Power, Awesome Love: John, Chapters 11-16 by Kay Arthur

Jesus—Awesome Power, Awesome Love picks up where Jesus in the Spotlight left off—John 11. Kids join a movie production team to bring the life of Jesus to the big screen. Acting out various roles, including special-effects person and makeup artist, they’ll learn key truths about prayer, heaven, and Jesus.

 

God’s Amazing Creation: Genesis Chapters 1&2 by Kay Arthur & Jana Arndt

Young scholars put on their archaeologist hats to help inductive detectives Max and Molly dig up the truth about what happened “in the beginning,” who the Creator is, and how the heavens, earth, sea, people, and animals came into existence.

 

Becoming God’s Champion: 2 Timothy by Kay Arthur & Jana Arndt

Kay Arthur’s successful New Inductive Bible studies series for kids has a new addition. Now the clever team of Max, Molly, and the wonder-sleuth Beagle, Sam, discover how to be champions for God by exploring the winning offerings of 2 Timothy. Young readers enter an Olympic summer camp, engage in exciting competitions, and explore the official rulebook, the Bible. Together with Max and Molly, readers will race to discover: what the good news about Jesus is and how to learn it for themselves, how they can pass the baton of belief on to others, and how they can stay faithful and run the race even when others quit.

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These bundles are only available for 24 hours, so make sure to take advantage of the savings today! Get the Bible Stories for Your Elementary Kids Bundle for $7.49 or the Bible Studies for Kids Bundle for $12.99!

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Two Bundles for Teens: Prayer, Relationships, and Encouragement

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We’ve created two special bundles for teen guys and girls full of spiritual guidance, relational advice, and more. If you have a teen, work in youth ministry, or know a teen that could use some encouragement, these bundles are worth sharing.

Both bundles are 70% off today only! Get the For Teen Guys bundle, filled with 5 titles for $19.99, or get the For Teen Girls bundle with 5 resources for $21.99.

For Teen Guys

True Purity by Hayley & Michael DiMarco

In their honest, down-to-earth style, Hayley and Michael explain that purity starts in the heart and involves every thought, desire, and action–not just sex. They show that purity isn’t just for the superspiritual, but that it is a daily choice that every teen must make. And most importantly, they show teens that it’s never too late to become pure and that lost purity can be redeemed through God’s grace.

 

The Manual to Manhood by Jonahtan Catherman

There’s a lot a guy needs to know as he grows up and makes his way in the world. For all the guys out there who want to have it all together, Jonathan Catherman offers this collection of one hundred step-by-step instructions on almost everything a guy needs to know, including how to: wear cologne correctly, manage a credit card, and talk to a girl.

 

Stomping Out the Darkness by Neil T. Anderson

Do you want to break free of all of the garbage and negative thoughts that cloud your mind to see who you really are? Stomping Out the Darkness shows how to break through and see yourself through God’s eyes. On these pages, you’ll discover that God has had a plan for your life from the beginning of time–and, even though something went wrong with that plan, God has put everything back in order through Jesus. All you have to do is believe.

 

Pursue God by Poncho Lowder

With the fast pace of our culture today, people struggle more than ever developing a daily relationship with God. And, often, those who do have  daily time with God may find themselves doing it out of duty rather than a personal relationship with him. Pursue God helps readers develop an authentic daily relationship where they are inspired to pursue God, discussing both the why and how of effective pursuit.

 

One Life by Jim Burns

These fifty devotional readings cover many of the major issues of life and faith that students wrestle with today. Sexual purity, the pressure to compromise, family relationships, trusting God, servanthood, worry, fatigue, and daily surrender are just a few of the topics Burns explores. Scripture and personal application questions are integrated throughout, while historical and contemporary stories, quotes, profiles of courage, and even illustrations from children’s literature help students relate these concepts to their lives. Youth leaders and parents will find this a tremendous resource for teaching, while young adults will enjoy the book for use in their personal quiet time.

 

For Teen Girls

Obsessed by Hayley DiMarco

Are you obsessed? We can all feel that way at times when all our thoughts, time, and energy are poured into something all-consuming. But for too many teen girls, obsession becomes a way of life. In Obsessed, bestselling author Hayley DiMarco helps those girls leave behind the thoughts, actions, and stuff that so easily gets between them and God. She challenges them to look at three key areas where it all tends to start: obsession with losing (fear, worry, stress, busyness), obsession with gaining (love, stuff, success), and obsession with numbing (addiction, cutting, eating, purging, controlling, comfort.) Obsessed helps girls to identify the unhealthy affections in their lives and points them to God to be set free from them.

Over It by Hayley & Michael DiMarco

Bestselling authors Hayley DiMarco and Michael DiMarco show teens how to pick themselves up, move on, and deal with it. With a potent combination of empathy, tough love, Scripture, and wit, the DiMarcos lead teens through true recovery. As always, they avoid platitudes and tell it like it is—which is what teens really want. Parents, youth leaders, counselors, and teens will find that Over It is the book they’ve been waiting for.

Devotions for Real Life by Melody Carlson

Teen girls are looking for substance and spiritual guidance that can make a difference in their lives. Devotions for Real Life gives them what they want. With inspiration and insight, Carlson offers girls a way to encounter Jesus’ words for their own personal growth and practical application. She shares with her readers the life-changing message of Jesus, giving them something to lean on in the turbulent time of adolescence. This devotional will strengthen their faith and help them study the Bible for all it’s worth.

 

Mean Girls by Hayley DiMarco

This one-of-a-kind book has helped end the cycle of meanness for tens of thousands of girls. Mean Girls is a call to spiritual strength. A call to stand firm. It calls girls to face the beasts in their lives head on. In short, it’s the answer girls need for the problem they never thought could go away. This revised edition of Mean Girls will reach junior highers and high schoolers where they are with the help and advice they crave.

Devotions for the God Girl by Hayley DiMarco

In this 365-day devotional, Hayley DiMarco guides girls ages 14-18 on a daily journey of learning more about who God is and who he created them to be. Each one-page devotional contains a verse of the day along with a brief reflection that unpacks spiritual truths about becoming a woman of God. In each entry Hayley challenges girls to choose God’s way in every area of their life—with their thoughts, actions, and daily choices about everything from friends and fashion to faith.

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Both bundles will expire tomorrow morning, August 29, at 7:59 a.m. EDT. Get the For Teen Guys bundle and the For Teen Girls bundle today, before time runs out!

 

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