I recently did an interview with the Fathers for Good web site. Fathers for Good is a ministry of the Knights of Columbus. They are doing a great work in the body of Christ. Click on the logo to the right to see the interview! My thanks to the Knights of Columbus and Fathers for Good for being Magnetic Christians!
As more and more people read Magnetic Christianity, they’re letting me know what they think. Here are some of the early reviews. I would love to know what you think! Email me your review at GusLloyd@verizon.net and please post it on Amazon.com’ s Magnetic Christianity Page.
The Best Book I Have Read in Years
Your book arrived last Thursday, and I have already finished it.I must say in all honesty that it is the best book I have read in years. I was sincerely compelled and touched by it. You have truly created a wonderful gift for the Church. It is concise and easy to read, yet incredibly powerful.
Your 11 attributes are right on. My daughter is only 4 years old, so she is not ready for this book yet, but when she is old enough, I want to make sure she reads it.
Your messages are so very important. I am deeply grateful for what you have done.
Move over Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy and Zig Ziglar!
Gus Lloyd has hit a Grand Slam Home run with his latest book, Magnetic Christianity.
If you are a fan of motivational messages from the all time great speakers of the last 30 years then you are going to love this book. Gus’s ability to meld all the positive messages you are familiar with in a spiritual context is just fantastic.
This is not just another “feel good about yourself” book that has initial impact but no staying power. The straight forward insight into the deeper meaning of having a positive attitude toward everyday life is refreshing and contagious.
In a world that is so obsessed with getting more stuff and a media that only reports and focuses on all the negative in our world, you can’t help but be uplifted and re energized after reading Magnetic Christianity.
I am a business owner and plan on sharing this treasure with my staff especially the sales people who need to be proud of their profession that has been bashed for years.
Congratulations Gus for having the guts and faith to write such a book in a time when most people are viewing the glass of life half empty.
Glenn in Florida
Reading it was like listening to you. You write just like you talk on the radio. This is so cool. So down-to-earth. So people-to-people oriented. So sincere.
Everything you wrote is so applicable but I have to say the chapters on Approachability and Encouragement spoke to me most loudly. When you share your own personal stories, it encourages me, proving your point about the best way to evangelize is by sharing your story.
I really like having the book mark with the attributes listed on them. It served while reading this book and will serve as a reminder when reading other books.
I really appreciated the questions for reflection at the end of each chapter. They hit home!
Thanks, Gus, for writing such a meaningfull book! The Lord was truly with you in this writing. I pray for you and your ministry every day and I will add a request that this book be widely spread. I know that I am doing some advertising! This is definitely a book that I will re-read often. You are right up there with my favorite authors: Matthew Kelly, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and of course, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (these are in no special order of preference).
Doris in Michigan
What is the Debbie Test? Find out by reading this article that appeared in the Tampa Tribune on Sunday, April 1. My thanks to Michelle Bearden of the Tribune, and to Debbie! I hope you’ll share this article with your friends!
‘Magnetic’ book draws you in
By Michelle Bearden
Gus Lloyd’s newest book passed the Debbie Test.
It works like this: Occasionally, I pass on books to the woman I hired a year ago to get my house (and, by extension, my life) cleaned and organized. Debbie is my personal miracle maker. If she comes back with a thumbs-up on the book, I know it’s worth investing my time.
Debbie is a voracious reader. Since I’ve known her, she’s read more than 100 books, mainly sticking with nonfiction that centers on spiritual life, personal motivation and biographies. I’m not sure where she finds the time, given her work schedule and a son at home, but organized people have a knack for knowing how to make the most of a 24-hour day.
I figured she was the perfect person to assess Lloyd’s latest book, “Magnetic Christianity: Using Your God-Given Gifts to Build the Kingdom” ($11.99 in paperback, $9.50 for the Kindle edition.)
Lloyd was the longtime familiar voice on the local Spirit FM, WBVM, where he hosted a morning show for nearly 12 years. Five years ago, he made the jump to The Catholic Channel on satellite radio to host “Seize the Day,” heard on Sirius XM weekday mornings from 7 to 11 a.m. He does the national broadcast right from his home in Carrollwood.
Nice guy, but I wasn’t too excited about the book. The label “Christian” has been abused, misused and overused (especially by vote-seeking politicians). Many who claim to be followers of Christ don’t follow through with their actions. I’ve covered too many religious scandals regarding greed and lies and seen too much bigotry not to be a bit skeptical.
Don’t tell me, don’t preach to me. Show me. If you’re going to be a light in the world, let that speak for you. Like Debbie. She’s very committed to working daily on her faith walk — and that starts by being kind, thankful and putting others first.
So I gave the book to her. I knew if it was a stinker, she’d tell me.
A week later, she came back all giddy and excited.
“This book gave me goose bumps!” she gushed. “Everyone I love is going to get a copy of it. It gives you a guideline on how to be a better person. Isn’t that something we’re all trying to do?”
Well, if that’s not a ringing endorsement …
Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of the holiest week for Christians. The Lenten season — the 40 days leading up to Easter — is supposed to be a period of spiritual reflection, prayer and sacrifice. Ultimately, it’s a time of cleansing and renewal. If you messed up on your New Year’s resolutions, like I do each year, Lent is a chance to regroup and start over.
“Magnetic Christianity,” it turns out, is a wonderful little guidebook to help you do that, to get back on course.
In a straightforward and easy-to-read narrative, Lloyd identifies 11 attributes to make you a better person and to enhance those qualities in your life. Most of them are already there within you, but he shows you how to illuminate those characteristics. It may sound a little oversimplified, but that’s exactly why Debbie liked it.
“He gets right to the point and gives great examples on how to make it happen on a daily basis,” she says. “It’s like he’s right there with you, talking you through it.”
Here are the attributes that Lloyd believes will attract others to you, allowing you to share your faith on a personal level: positivity, enthusiasm, friendliness, confidence, humility, honesty, kindness, compassion, approachability, generosity and encouragement. He pairs each one with Scriptures, a “magnetic insight” (personal commentary from Lloyd) and questions to reflect on.
What are Lloyd’s strongest attributes? “Probably enthusiasm and positivity,” he says. “I love motivating people. It’s what I build my radio show around and the purpose of this book.”
He admits that living one’s faith is not an easy thing to do. He has shortcomings like anyone else. All the work he still needs to do in his own life is “enough to keep God very busy.”
But what he tries to remember every day is that the best way to introduce Christ to others is to be an example, so that others can see Christ in you.
If we really want this world to be a better place, he says, it has to start first by looking in a mirror. Each one of us can be a game-changer in this very complicated, distracted and divisive world we’re living in. Is this really so hard to do?
After the first printing of A Minute in the Church, I sent a copy of the book off to my bishop, Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg, FL, asking if he would grant an Imprimatur for the book. Here is the text of the letter I received from Bishop Lynch:
Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2011 and for the accompanying monograph entitled A Minute in the Church: One-Minute Catholic Apologetics. Somewhere in the back of my mind I remembered that during my tour of duty at the episcopal conference the bishops defined that only catechetical texts or textbooks for seminarians needed an official Imprimatur which often takes some time to obtain.
I believe the best route to allow you to proceed is to permit you to place in the beginning of the book this phrase: Published with the permission of Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg. Please feel free to proceed.
It is a nice aid, Gus.
With every best wish, I remain Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg
So…we have just ordered the third printing of the book. You will see the note at the beginning of subsequent copies of A Minute in the Church. Praise God!
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I would love to know your thoughts about my new book, A Minute in the Church. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section.
Thank you for reading the book! I pray that it blesses many.
Jerry wrote: Love it. I personally think it should be given to every new Inquirer entering the RCIA program, all across the world! Great job!