Make a Difference – Endorsements

I love this devotional! It is the My Utmost for this generation. The Word is made clear and the Difference Maker challenge sticks with me throughout the day. I look forward to it every morning. – Rob McCleland, PhD, President, John Maxwell Leadership Foundation

 

 

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Our deepest longing as human beings is for significance. Make a Difference isn’t a luxury—it’s at the core of our lives. Here, author and Bible scholar Ken Castor serves as an expert guide into a life of significance. Every day is a surprising exploration into a deep truth about Jesus, a reflection on his impact in the world, an intimate connection-point with him, and a simple challenge to live in his Spirit. Don’t just read this book—do this book. – Rick Lawrence, Author of The Jesus-Centered Life and editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible as well as Group Magazine,  simplyyouthministry.com

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We’re surrounded by a generation of emerging young leaders who are tired of watching, waiting for permission, and wondering when they will be called on to make a difference in this world for Jesus. Ken Castor understands their cry and provides a clear formula for daily empowerment and mobilization through this habit-forming devotional.  – Timothy Eldred, President, Endeavor Ministries, www.endeavorministries.org

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Ken continues to caringly but honestly encourage and drive people to grow deeper into what it means to follow Jesus. Make a Difference is another fantastic resource for anyone who desires a daily push to learn, grow, and live out their faith in a new way. – Chris Theule-VanDam, Regional Director, Young Life’s Western Great Lakes Region, westerngreatlakes.younglife.org

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Too often our lives become so cluttered with selfish pursuits that we miss the opportunities right in front of our eyes to help people and change the world around us. In Make a Difference, Ken Castor reminds us every day what is good and what priority we ought to set first: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. – Joshua BeckerWall Street Journal Best-selling author, Founder of Becoming Minimalist (becomingminimalist.com) and The Hope Effect (hopeeffect.com)

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My favorite devotionals for forty-plus years have been crisply written hybrids, blending biblical encouragement and challenge. Their authors are word chefs, cooking up sweet swallows for the soul with lingering, satisfying aftertastes. Ken Castor uses this same tasty style with daily doable adventures for a year’s worth of nourishment. – Dave Rahn, PhD, Senior Vice President, Chief Ministry Officer, YOUTH FOR CHRIST®, yfc.org

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In a culture that is overwhelmed with choices and yet riddled with “slacktivism,” here is a refreshing voice giving us a clear direction and the incentive to move. Our current generation needs a book like this, helping shape the way they contribute to society, and providing practical ways to do so. This is the book for the person who dreams, desires more, cares about change, and wants to actually make a difference. – Ben Stewart, Director, Envision, weareenvision.com

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Beware of this book because it will erase your apathy and drop-kick your indifference. You may be able to read a page in a few minutes but the inspiration and challenge will find its way into your bones. To a generation desiring to see change but often struggling to get out of the blocks, Ken offers the count—“3…2…1…” – Bryan Halferty, College Pastor, Mercer Creek Church, Ellensburg, WA, theunitive.com

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I’ve learned from twenty-five-plus years of caring for orphans, the most valuable investment we can make is to give God the freshest (and the best) part of our day. It is harder for the enemy to sabotage our mind with irrelevant thoughts when we are committed to doing what God wants us to do. Ken’s book is an extremely useful discipline in guiding us through a meaningful conversation with God, laying the foundation for a successful day. – Thea Jarvis, Founder and Director, The Love of Christ (TLC) Orphanage, South Africa, tlc.org.za

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As a pastor, I’ve grown to realize the importance of having devotionals that you can recommend to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus. Make a Difference is an immensely encouraging and compelling devotional that inspires us to walk with Jesus and challenges us to make a significant difference in the world today. – Tony Sconza, Youth Ministries Pastor, Hosanna! Church, Lakeville, MN, www.hosannalc.org

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Do you want to be a positive force for good in this world? Form the simple practice of walking with Jesus—every. Single. Day. Grow in your faith and be challenged to take action. Make a Difference concisely yet brilliantly nourishes you with God’s truth and then invites you to participate in what God is doing in the world. – Katherine Welch, M.D., Founder, Director, Relentless. gorelentless.org

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My favorite part of this book is the Difference Maker. As someone who believes everyone can make a difference, these first-class nuggets will motivate people to be simple superstars regardless of their age or background! – Wilbur Sargunaraj, Performing Artist and Educator, Wilbur World Wide Inc.wilbur.asia

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I want my life to matter every single day. I don’t want to just say that I believe in Jesus; I also want to do something about it—something significant. Make a Difference gives me one simple and practical challenge each day that impacts my life and the lives of those around me. – Jonny Nelson, Executive Director, JSAW, JSAW.org

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Our most authentic self yearns to contribute to a purpose greater than our consumer habits. Let Make a Difference reorient you to this vision by introducing daily steps you can take to join God’s redemptive movement in the world. – Sharon Galgay Ketcham, PhD, Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Ministries, Gordon College, Wenham, MA, gordon.edu

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With beautiful clarity Ken puts spiritual truths into bite-size pieces. Each day of this devotional has beautiful depth that draws the reader directly to Jesus. I couldn’t stop with just one day! The Difference Maker piece at the end of each day encourages the reader to take action. This is not just a read and receive devotional—it’s a read and do devotional. We need more difference makers in our world and I have no doubt this devotional will help create them.  – Melissa J. MacDonald, Ministry Innovator & Children’s Ministry Specialist, Christian & Missionary Alliance, melissajmacdonald.com

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Our world is starving for young men and women whose lives bear witness to the transforming power of Jesus Christ. In a word, the world needs difference makers! Part of living as a difference maker is internalizing the kind of difference the Gospel makes when it’s set loose in the lives of Christ-followers. This is why I love what Ken has done with this book. Not only does it do an excellent job of leading teenagers to know God and His Word, but it challenges them to actively apply what they’re learning. I set a high bar for the kinds of books I will put in front of young adults. I can’t recommend Make A Difference strongly enough. – Andy Blanks, Co-Founder, youthministry360, ym360.com

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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