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Let’s stay in touch

You’re receiving this email because awhile back you subscribed to my blog “MarksRemarks”.

This blog will digitally die at the end of this month. Don’t be sad . . . we can stay in touch through my new blog which has tons of technical improvements and ALL 300 blog posts from this platform were transferred to the new blog.

If you want to stay in touch, subscribe to the new blog by clicking here. You’ll immediately receive a free Forgiveness Starter Kit (30-minute message on forgiveness, Grudge self-abasement, 1st chapter from my new book, 14-Things Forgiveness is Not pdf, and more).

Most of all, thank you for sharing over these past three years. I’ve learned so much and you’ve been so encouraging by choosing to walk with me.



STUCK is now available

My new book is now available! You can pick your copy by clicking HERE.

In this video I describe the book and some free resources.


Get a bunch of free resources by emailing me ( your receipt. You’ll receive a video to watch before reading the book, a 30-minute audio message on forgiveness, 2 extra chapters, and additional digital resources.

To learn what the book is about click HERE.

If you’d like to read Chapter One for free, sign-up for my new blog and you’ll receive the first Chapter. Sign-up to my new blog by clicking HERE.

I seriously just received this email

I just received an email from the publisher telling me that my book will be released Feb 3, 2015.

book publish pic

I’ve never written a book before so this experience has been fascinating! Here are a few questions people have asked:

What’s the title? STUCK: When You Want to Forgive But Don’t Know How

Why did you write this book? I’m passionate about helping others forgive.

How long did it take to write? About two years. (I’m a little slow.)

Will it be in e-book and print versions? Yes – on Amazon.

How many copies do you hope to sell? I’m just hoping my Mom will buy one. No expectations beyond that. But I do hope it helps a few people finally forgive.

There are actually two chapters that I cut from the book. I thought it might be fun to share them with you.

If you subscribe to my new blog, where I post once a week, I will send you the two chapters for free.

Click HERE to subscribe to my new blog and I’ll email you these two two chapters.

New Blog Tomorrow

Tomorrow I launch a new blog. The blog will have a simple focus.

You want to know God more. But how? Each post will encourage you to take one simple step.

I’d love to stay in touch with you. If you’d like to receive the updates via email CLICK HERE.

Here’s how you know your rich

How to Be Rich by Andy Stanley book review:

If you make $37,000, you are in the top 4% of income earners in the world. The majority of the world looks at me and you and believes we are rich. I don’t feel that way and you probably don’t feel that way. But we’re in the “top 4% club”. Whether we feel rich or not, we’re rich . . . globally speaking.  

We complain about things like bad cell phone service, computer problems, car trouble, fight delays, watering bans, etc. All rich-people problems. This shouldn’t make you feel guilty but grateful.

“Rich” is a moving target. No matter how much money we have or make, we will probably never consider ourselves rich. The biggest challenge facing rich people is that they’ve lost their ability to recognize that they’re rich. -Andy Stanley

Here’s the sad reality: The richer people get, the smaller the percentage of money they give away. The key is to posses money without it possessing you.

how to be rich cover

Here’s what the Apostle Paul says about us:

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6: 17)

To keep your hope from migrating toward your money, Andy suggests adopting this mantra:

“I will not trust in riches but in him who richly provides.”

In order to protect yourself from the negative side effects of wealth, Andy Stanley offers an antidote: generosity. Extreme generosity was the reputation of the first century Christians. They were inexplicably compassionate and generous. They had little, but they gave.

There are a couple of chapters dedicated to helping you develop a generosity plan that is sustainable. Andy Stanley then closes the book by challenging Christians to not be average with their generosity but, instead, be rich.

I recommend this book for anyone one makes or ever plans to make $37,000 or more annually. Click HERE to purchase a copy.

How do you create a forgiveness memory?

Last week I went on a 3-day hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with some friends. On our way down the South Kaibab Trail we crossed paths with a man from London. We began talking and he revealed that he had flown all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to do one thing: forgive someone and “leave it all at the bottom of the canyon”. Why? He needed to create a moment when he released his offender. Isn’t that great?

I imagine the days ahead when he’s tempted to relive those old, hurtful memories. Instead of feeling the burden of his old memory, I envision a smile creeping across his face as he switches the channel and recalls in vivid detail the hike down the majestic Grand Canyon where he chose to forgive once and for all. Now, THAT’S a better memory!

I love this hiker’s approach. I got to wondering, “What are some other meaningful ways to create a forgiveness memory?”


Have you ever created a forgiveness memory?

There must be a lot of ways you can create these forgiveness memories. What are some creative ways to create a “forgiveness memory”?

Your idea may help someone else sustain their forgiveness. Would you take a minute and share an idea?

5 tips to help you write YOUR eulogy

If you’re like me, setting goals can be exhausting. Where do you start? How do you prioritize?

Here’s what I’ve learned: Writing YOUR own eulogy is more helpful than short-term or annual goals.

Last week, I wrote my Dad’s eulogy (you can read it HERE).

If you haven’t written your eulogy, it’s time to consider it. It helps you surface what’s really important to you.

Why write a eulogy?

Your GPS can’t identify the turns you will need to make until you provide the destination address. Your GPS works “backwards” from the destination.

Your personal eulogy identifies your desired destination which allows you to make all of the turns (or decisions) more clearly.

This follows Stephen Covey’s principle: “Begin with the end in mind.”


How do you write your eulogy? Here are 5 tips:

1) Get away for solitude and prayer. Jesus modeled the importance of getting away from the daily noise to hear from God.

2) Take your time. Some people take weeks researching their next car purchase but only minutes thinking through their life goals. If this is your life’s destination spend the days, weeks, or months necessary to sort it out.

3) Your eulogy may be written in complete sentences or you could simply focus on specific virtues (integrity, dependable, etc.).

4) Identify your closest relationships (spouse, children, parents, co-works, close friends, etc.).

5) Imagine each of your relationships standing briefly to speak about you at your funeral. The more specific you are the better. (Picture what they’re wearing, how they’re mourning, imagine the atmosphere, etc.) Then boil down what you want to them to say in a couple of sentences. Write out the brief words of your spouse, then your children, parents, etc..

You’ve written your eulogy. Now what?

Your eulogy becomes your over-arching “bulls-eye” for your life. When making major decisions, ask yourself, “Will saying ‘yes’ to this move me closer to my desired destination?” This is a helpful clarifier in your decision-making process. Then schedule a date on the calendar to review it annually.

In writing my Dad’s eulogy, I simply wrote what my Dad lived.

Now, it’s your turn. Choose to live what you want others to write.