Good Stuff

Good Stuff

This page is dedicated to the resources that have given the greatest hope to my work with children and families. Dig in, marinate, enjoy.

For the sake of organization, this page is divided into resources about:

  • Theology
  • Research – including Social Work and Neuroscience / Communication Pathology
  • Educational Philosophy

Check back often – I am always adding more!


My favorite source for marinating in the Good News that is the Gospel are my friends at Listen to their podcasts, enroll in their on-line class “Certification in High Trust Leadership,” and buy all of their books!

The Cure

The Cure & Parents

Bo’s Cafe

On My Worst Day

The Ascent of a Leader

I’ve probably watched this YouTube video at least 20 times; it helped me untangle a great number of lies from what is life-giving about the Gospel.

Here’s the 6 minute version of “Two Roads” – wow.

YouTube – Two Roads / John Lynch

Other great recommendations:
The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
The Inner Voice of Love by Henri Nouwen
Gospel by J. D. Greear
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

Research – including Social Work and Neuroscience / Communication Pathology

Dr. Caroline Leaf‘s work gives me great hope in the way her research validates my experiences.
These pictures are from her book The Gift in You – This picture is encouraging – beautiful!
This picture is not encouraging or beautiful – except in the way it points back to the Love Tree as our hope.
Get Dr. Caroline Leaf‘s book, The Gift In You to learn more about the Love Tree and the Fear Tree.

One of my favorite quotes is found on page 146.

“Science is showing us that there is a massive “unlearning” of negative toxic thoughts when we operate in love. The brain releases a chemical called oxytocin, which literally melts away the negative toxic thought clusters so that rewiring of new non-toxic circuits can happen. This chemical also flows when we trust and bond and reach out to others. Love literally wipes out fear!”

Dr. Caroline Leaf has written many books – all good in the way they are helpful. She has her own TV show and her website is ripe with resources. Dig in!

Switch On Your Brain

Think and Eat Yourself Smart

– Thank you, too – BrenĂ© Brown.image

Janet Newberry & Company and John 15 Academy is our turn at daring greatly!

If you haven’t already, please read:

Daring Greatly – How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

One of my many highlights in this book is on page 198:

“If leaders expect real learning, critical thinking, and change, then discomfort should be normalized: “We believe growth and learning are uncomfortable so it’s going to happen here – you’re going to feel that way. We want you to know that it’s normal and it’s an expectation here. You’re not alone and we ask that you stay open and lean into it.” This is true at all levels and in all organizations , schools, faith communities, and even families.”

The Gifts of Imperfection – Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Your Guide to a Wholehearted Life is another powerful book by BrenĂ© Brown.

Dr. James Wilder (and his co-authors) have written several good resources:

Living From the Heart Jesus Gave You is one of my favorite book recommendations – great for families, churches, and communities.

Page 49 is where I have highlighted:

“Will people grow up to be life-giving or life-draining? The family and community are the people who create the environment that nudges offspring in one of those two directions. One of those directions is guided by love bonds; the other is guided by fear bonds. That preparation for becoming a person, life-giving or life-draining, is then passed on to the next generations. We are all trained in this way to give others life – or to drain it from them. . .

. . .People can overcome shortcomings that result from faulty training; they can receive repair from traumas, and that can introduce improvements into the lives of those who are still in training. That is good news. People can help one another get unstuck and begin to mature once again. No wonder the Bible is so emphatic about loving one another. . .”

Joy Starts Here – the transformation zone is another helpful book. Check out other resources at

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY (and books about educational efforts and research)

Charlotte Mason breathed new and inspired air into my weary educator lungs when I met her – now more than 10 years ago; this British educator died almost 100 years ago and I still consider her to be one of my best friends.

A “must read” is For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. I share this quote (page 11):

“Let us really and truly be courageous. Much of what follows (in the book) goes against the daily pattern of most lives. It’s interesting to read about, but it will remain as so many words on a page if we cannot do what we know is right. One day we will stand before the Creator. Were we willing to give, serve, and sacrifice “for the children’s sake”?”

Another important choice:

When Children Love to Learn – A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today by Elaine Cooper.

A great website, full of support and information about the Charlotte Mason philosophy:

Not about philosophy, but valuable data about the devastating effects of childhood trauma and the result in the world of education:

How Children Succeed – Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough.

And another – about the power of one of my favorite words. . . “YET!”

Mindset – The New Psychology of Success – How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential by Carol S. Dweck, Ph. D.