Bigger Than Me: Just When I thought I Had all the Answers, God Changed the Questions

Bigger Than Me: Just When I thought I Had all the Answers, God Changed the Questions


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Have you wondered, Is this all there is?
Somehow we’ve bought into the lie that the good life is a showy one. But the greatest adventures come when we stop living for self and what the world says is important—and start living for things that really matter. Nothing is duller, in the long run, than one more bag of money, one more business conquest, or one more round of earthly pleasure. The returns are depressingly diminishing.
Bigger Than Me is a collection of candid reflections from a successful businessman about money, ego, truth, busyness, solitude, legacy, dying, faith, gratitude, and much more. His early worldly accomplishments taught him first hand that there are deeper, more satisfying goals in life than those our culture celebrates.
If you’ve found yourself looking for deeper purpose and meaning, this book will inspire you to make a course correction that doesn’t involve sweeping the past aside. Rather, you can use all of life’s lessons to build something new and bigger than yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781424555000
Publisher: BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 10/02/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 813,254
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ward Brehm is a Twin Cities businessman, a leader in African humanitarian efforts, and a nationally-known public speaker and commentator on relief and development in Africa.
In 2004 President Bush appointed Brehm to be chairman of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF), following confirmation by the US Senate, where he served until 2009. In 2010 President Obama reappointed Brehm to the board of the USADF, where he continues to serve.
He also is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and he currently serves on the board of directors of the American Refugee Committee (ARC) based in Minneapolis. At ARC, he helped found the Asili initiative, which brings a network of proven social businesses together into an enterprise platform that delivers essential services—clean water, quality health care, and agricultural livelihoods—at affordable prices to Eastern Congo, using a locally owned for profit business platform.
In 2008, Brehm brought his message as an advocate for the poor in Africa to the National Prayer Breakfast, where he gave the keynote address before an audience including the US President, First Lady, foreign heads of state, most members of Congress, and the Washington diplomatic community. Brehm was the first person from the US business community to be asked by Congress to address this annual gathering in Washington, DC.
Brehm was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal—the country’s second-highest civilian honor—for his work in Africa at an Oval Office ceremony with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in December of 2008.
In addition to Bigger Than Me, Brehm is also the author of two books on his experiences in Africa, Life Through a Different Lens and White Man Walking.
Brehm recently sold the insurance consulting companies he founded, and now engages in full-time humanitarian work in Africa as an unofficial ambassador for Jesus. He and his wife, Kris, live and work in Minneapolis, MN.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rick Warren xiii

Introduction 1

1 My Father's Gift: The Legacy of My Dad 7

2 Metamorphosis: Can God Change a Jerk? 15

3 Losing My Religion: And Finding a Person Named Jesus 25

4 Prove It: Some Thoughts for Skeptics 33

5 Alone but Not Alone: Mr. Busy Pants Becomes a Hermit 41

6 Two-Minute Warning: The Mystery of Prayer 52

7 Airplane Mode: Shedding Light on Going Dark 62

8 Losing Self: Wherever I Go … There I Am 75

9 What Is Truth?: And Does God Speak… Really? 87

10 Coin of Another Realm: Defining True Riches 94

11 The One Thing Money Can Do: A Different Paradigm on Wealth 104

12 Who Are You Calling Greedy?: Me? You've Got to Be Kidding 107

13 Alienation: The World's Greatest Problem 113

14 On This Rock: Thoughts on the Church and Hypocrisy 123

15 Calling Each Other's Cards: The Thing Everyone Needs but No One Wants 132

16 Something about That Name: The Power of the Name Above All Names 140

17 How Can I Love God?: Let Alone with All My Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength 147

18 Go and Do Likewise: Finding My Purpose and the Ride of My Life 155

19 Far from Boring: Not Just Potluck Casseroles in Church Basements ... and My Fifteen Minutes of Fame 160

20 Two Presidents and a Few More Minutes of Fame Humbled by Moments of Privilege 168

21 Speak of the Devil: Coming to Grips with the Reality of Evil 175

22 The Gospel According to a Knucklehead Bad Things, Good People, Tough Questions 181

23 Kris' Story, Part 1: In the Eye of the Storm: You Don't Know What You've Got till It's Gone 188

24 Kris' Story, Part 2: Overtime: When Each New Day Is a Gift 202

25 Nobody's Getting Out of Here Alive: The Only Thing Certain about Life Is Death 212

26 Growing Old: Reflecting as the Waterfall Grows Near 220

27 Gratitude: Where Was the Thank-You Note? 229

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 237

About the Author 239

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