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Reckless Adventure


Reckless is acting without care of the Consequence.

This is opposed to Foolish, which acts without thought of the Consequence.

You can probably think of a time when you were Reckless, when you pressed into something even though you knew that it might be hard, or painful, or difficult. You can probably also think of a time when you were Foolish, when you realized too late what the consequences of your actions were going to be but by then it was too late and you were committed.

Last Friday I was glad that I was more Reckless than Foolish.

A friend and I set out on a grand adventure 6 years ago. OK, we are no Lewis and Clark, but we decided that we wanted to canoe the length of the Grand River. For those of you unfamiliar with West Michigan geography, the Grand River begins South of Jackson (where we live), meanders north through Lansing, and then heads northwest, running through small towns such as Portland and Ionia, and bigger cities such as Grand Rapids. Eventually it spills into Lake Michigan at the town of Grand Haven.

The river is 250 miles long, and we have been taking it section by section. We are both busy and coordinating schedules has been tough. Some summers we make a lot of progress, others not so much. Last year we didn’t make any.

That’s why we were excited last Friday when all of the stars aligned and we found ourselves on the highway before the sun was up with a canoe strapped to the roof of my minivan.

We had a choice to make before we dipped a paddle in the water. We had to determine where we were going to get out of the river. Canoeing a river is a one way trip, so you leave a car at the point you plan on getting out. But once that choice is made you are committed. There is no going back, and the only way to the car is through the river. On this particular trip there we places where we could exit the river after 16 miles of paddling, or 23 miles of paddling.

The last time we were in the river we did 25 miles. There was a strong current and we made great time. We decided that 23 miles was the way to go. We left the car and returned to downtown Portland where we set out on our adventure.

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Reckless Reads

Leaders are readers, and it is a great time to be both! There are always good deals to be found for the Kindle and from time to time I try to highlight a few of the current ones. These are all available for $2.99 or less, but the prices are always subject to change so get ‘em while the gettin’ is good. A quick check and it looks like the books that I highlighted in my last Reckless Reads post are still on sale too. The first book of that list, Transformation, is AMAZING!

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears – Mark Batterson – $2.99

I am in the middle of this one now, and at Rivertree we will be doing a teaching series based off of it in the near future.

Amazon Description:

According to Pastor Mark Batterson in this Zondervan ebook, The Circle Maker, ‘Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.’ Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life, than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker—a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.
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Exponential Series of Books $2.99!

Every now and then I find books that look good that are at great prices. Sometimes whole series of books go on sale. I have read only one of these personally but they all look amazing. These books are all published through a partnership between the Leadership Network and Zondervan and are in a series called Exponential.

And they are each just $2.99 right now for the Kindle!

Prices are subject to change at any time, so get ‘em quick!


Of these books, this is the only one I have read, and it is a MUST read!

Book Description from Amazon: 

Author and pastor Bob Roberts Jr. is one of the architects of what church and Christian community can become in this new century. His unique approach to Christianity is based on what he calls T-Life (transformed life), which leads to a T-World (transformed world). Drawing inspiration from early church history and the emerging church in the developing world, Roberts envisions a new way of engaging the local church to achieve common goals. He calls for building a church culture rather than a church program. Glocal churches create disciples who, transformed by the Holy Spirit, are infiltrating today’s culture on a global and local scale. In Roberts’s terms, when we establish a relationship with Jesus Christ and begin applying his principles, we experience T-Life (transformed life). Transformation begins with a growing, interactive relationship with God that includes personal and corporate worship. This, in turn, results in community. As community serves others, transformation has both a global and local (glocal) impact and creates T-World. Transformation redefines the focus and practice of the church, not from external bells and whistles, but from the internal transformation of the very character of its people.
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Reckless or Foolish?


This post comes from Chapter 1 of my book Completely Reckless. Read the whole chapter for free here. Like it? Buy the book here!


When you read that word, what comes to mind?


X-Games participants?

Base Jumpers?

People who eat Taco Bell?

For us being Reckless is usually a bad thing. It results in things like body casts and insurance claims. It isn’t something we usually see in ourselves, and it certainly isn’t a trait that we would assign to God.

However, as I read the Bible I begin to see something about the nature of God that I can only define as Reckless. At first glance, it doesn’t make sense. God is an all-powerful being, who creates the very world we live in. He doesn’t have to, but he does. He then creates humans and he loves us, even when we are unlovable.

It is a love that, for reasons we will explore in this book, I term Reckless. It is a love that is exemplified by God. It is a love I believe has the power to drastically change our interactions with God, with the people around us, and even with ourselves. When we begin to see ourselves as God sees us, and see the people around us as God sees them, it changes everything.

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Completely Reckless is now available!


It’s been over a year in the making, but Completely Reckless released today! Thank you so much to everyone who helped me in the journey from thought to page to print!

My writers group buddies Ed and Brent as well as my Life Group (Ben, Jim, Nathan, and Eric) provided valuable feedback and helped this book not stink. Thanks to my friend Nick Rush who did an amazing job copy editing for me! You make me look good.

Birthed out of the vision for our church to become people who Love Recklessly, Live Passionately, and Serve Selflessly we wanted to communicate clearly what Reckless Love looks like. Starting with an understanding of the nature and love of God, Completely Reckless then applies that love to ourselves and our world. If you want to, you can read a sample chapter here.

Completely Reckless is available at

Also available for the Kindle and Nook e-readers.


Free Books!


Congratulations to Tim and Danielle, the winners of the free books. I will be contacting you via e-mail to make arrangements to get them to you. For everyone else, Completely Reckless is now available!

Completely Reckless will be released Tuesday, March 13th! It will be available in paperback on, as well as digitally for the Kindle and Nook e-readers. (You can read a sample chapter here)

To celebrate, we are going to give away two free books! All you have to do is leave a comment below. It can be any comment. Just type “I want a free book!” if you want. Or tell a story, or a joke. Any comment gets you registered. The winners will be chosen randomly on Tuesday morning and notified via. e-mail.

If you are a Pastor, be sure to check out the special offer we have specifically for you! Special Pastors Offer Here

Be sure to tell your friends and grab a copy of Completely Reckless on Tuesday!

(If you can’t see the comments section be sure to click on the title of this post to be taken there)


Reckless Reads

There are several things in life that I really like: Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream. Video Games. Good Coffee. I also like to read and I really like to find good deals on good books. Below are a couple that are currently available cheap for the Kindle e-reader. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem! You can download the Kindle app for your computer or phone here for free: Download Kindle App

Please note, these prices may change at anytime so grab them while the gettin’ is good!


For those those of you with short attention spans this is the book for you. It challenges the reader to use a different relational “currency”. Available for the Kindle right now for $0.99!

Jesus Creed

This is one of the best known books by one of my favorite authors, but I am ashamed to say I haven’t read it yet.  You can beat me to it and it’as available right now for only $2.99 on the Kindle.

Not cheaper right now, but a few other great reads are:

Unconditional: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness

If you have ever struggled with the idea of forgiveness this is the book for you.

Abba’s Child

One of my all time favorites. If you haven’t read it, you need to!