I dabble in graphic design under the moniker Bearded Man Studio. Eventually I’m going to have a site completely devoted to that endeavor, but in the mean time I’ve gone ahead and created a few pages on this site to better showcase my portfolio. I’m a self proclaimed non-expert; however, I do enjoy creating things and listening to Underoath. If for no other reason than that, Bearded Man exists. If you need any design work for graphics or web, shoot me an email and we’ll talk. email@example.com
Browsing archives for December, 2009
I really do love Donald Miller books, and his latest book is no exception. In A Million Miles, Miller explores the concept of story-telling by comparing a movie script to real life. The book begs the question, “Are you a living a good story?” Truthfully most of us are not, and realizing your life is like a boring movie can be a pretty humbling experience, but Miller explores these thoughts in his typical authentic / hysterical / inspiring style.
This book is easy to read. Easy like eating a hot Krispy Kreme easy, but it’s not wasteful reading, it’s challenging. A Million Miles has helped me to clarify the types of prayers that I’m asking God. It’s made me focus more intently on the legacy that my life will leave, and it’s encouraged me to live a life full of deep joy in God and His creation.
One of my favorite features of Donald Miller’s writing is the way he baits me to disagree with a statement he has written, but then somehow defends his point so convincingly that I feel like the idiot. He’ll use a specific phrasing that I react against, but a minute after I’ve noted my disagreement in the margin of the book, I find myself drawn to agree with Miller. I’m not saying that I wholeheartedly embrace everything Miller writes, but he challenges me to think outside-the-box, and I appreciate the challenge.
Check out a Million Miles and investigate your own story. Then ask God what your story is supposed to look like, and go live a life of joy and purpose.
This design was created for an event called Love Live at 24 Church. Love Live was a 4 act concert mixed with presentations by various non-profit organizations. The event was designed to help the people of 24church become more aware of ways in which they could embrace the ethics of the Kingdom of God by caring for the poor and “living gospel.” The event was an outgrowth of a sermon series entitled “Love God. Love People. Live Gospel.”
Gary Vaynerchuk is perhaps best known as the creator and host of the popular video wine blog, Wine Library TV; however, he is quickly becoming known as the go-to-guy for knowledge on social media marketing. Crush It! is Vaynerchuk’s how-to book of social media brand building. Specifically @GaryVee (his twitter handle) is interested in helping people build their “personal brand” using free, social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WordPress, Tumblr, and the like.
Crush It! is a timely book offering effective methods for building brand recognition right now. I don’t know that it will be on anybody’s radar in 10 years because the internet is an ever-changing landscape; however, if you have an interest in marketing a product, blog, church, or non-profit in 2009 or 2010 or 2011, then this book is worth your time. And…it’s an easy read. In fact it’s a bathroom-reader easy read, and it’s written in a quirky, enjoyable style.
My favorite advice / quotes from the book:
“legacy is greater than currency (126).”
“Love your family (2).”
“Work superhard (2).”
“Live your passion (2).”
“The best marketing strategy in the world….CARE! (101-102).”
I’m approaching this book mostly from the standpoint of a pastor, and I think it offers sound advice for churches. Churches aren’t selling something (or at least they shouldn’t be), but they do have the best news in the world (that you were created for God’s glory and Jesus would like to enable you to fulfill that purpose). So, I think marketing your church and it’s resources more effectively just makes sense. This is a book I would like to get in the hands of as many pastors and church marketers as possible because I think it could benefit the kingdom of God.
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P.S. – my site could stand to take a lot of the advice in this book, and I’m working on it, but I’m not there yet!