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At 25 Rod Handley took the baton from His Deal founder, George Toles, to be chaplain of the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics. Moving onto the national stage, he was COO/CFO of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 1989-2000 at their national headquarters in Kansas City. In 2000 he founded and still leads Character That Counts (CTC). By now tens of thousands of men are world-changers -- living, leading and loving transparently. To guide us to the abundant life which God's Son offers, Rod has authored over 30 books, translated for worldwide impact. He is one of our amazing His Deal Specialists.

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Asking Questions

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Great Questions by Story Corps

How to Make Better Business Decisions: 50 Great Questions for Critical Thinking by Conor Neill

365 Thought Provoking Questions to Ask Yourself by Mark Chernoff

Asking Great Questions to Gain Insight and Wisdom by Jeremy Chandler

Positive Questions Create Positive Results by Bill Durkin

27 Questions to Ask Instead of “What Do You Do?” by Courtney Seiter

Ten of Bobb Biehl's All-Time Favorite Questions by Bobb Biehl

2020 Reflections, Insights & Highlights by Bob Tiede and Andi Saitowitz


Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success by John Wooden and Jay Carty

Spiritual Life

Is Atheism Dead? by Eric Metaxas

Enemies and Allies: An Unforgettable Journey Inside the Fast-Moving & Immensely Turbulent Modern Middle East by Joel C. Rosenberg

Holy Invitations: Exploring Spiritual Direction by Jeannette A. Bakke

Sheltering In Grace: Hopeful Insights in Uncertain Times by Greg Asimakoupoulos

90 Minutes in Heaven:  A True Story of Death & Life by Don Piper

The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson

Released from Bondage by Neil Anderson

Tender Warrior by Stu Weber

When God Doesn't Make Sense by Dr. James C. Dobson

Where is God When it Hurts? by Philip Yancey

Character Counts—Who’s Counting Yours? by Rod Handley

Jesus In Me: Experiencing the Holy Sprit as a Constant Companion by Ruth Graham Lotz

Everybody Always:  Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff

Warrior: Understanding the Furious Love of the God who Fights for You by Ed Rush

The 21 Day Miracle:  How to Change Anything in 3 Short Week by Ed Rush

Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Restoring Your Spiritual Passion by Gordon McDonald

The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey

What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey

What God Wishes Every Christian Knew About Christianity by Bill Gillham

Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior by Graham Cooke (book 1 of "The Way of the Warrior" series)

The Way of the Warrior (book & CD series) by Graham Cooke

The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke

The Nature of Freedom by Graham Cooke

Radical Perceptions: Brilliant Thoughts for an Amazing Life by Graham Cooke

Towards a Powerful Inner Life by Graham Cooke

Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses & Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward by Henry Cloud

Grace Walk by Steve McVey

Waking the Dead by John Eldredge

The Way of the Wild Heart by John Eldredge

Walking with God by John Eldredge

Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing The Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus by John Eldredge

The Man God Uses by Henry Blackaby

Rees Howells Intercessor: The Story of a Life Lived for God by Norman Grubb

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt

The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun by Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway

Grace and Truth Paradox by Randy Alcorn

Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

C.T. Studd: Cricketeer and Pioneer by Norman P. Grubb

Born Again by Chuck Colson

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff

When The Game Is Over, It All Goes Back In The Box by John Ortberg

John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace by Jonathan Aitken

Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendall

God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew

Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God by David McCasland

Secrets of the Vine: Breaking Through to Abundance by Bruce Wilkinson

DESTINED FOR VICTORY: Learning to Thrive, Not Just Survive by Henry Klopp

THERE IS NONE LIKE HIM: The Unfailing Goodness of God by Henry C. Klopp



BEYOND AWKWARD by Beau Crosetto


KNOWING GOD by J.I. Packer

Relationships, Family, Parenting

Restoring Your Family Altar: A Guide by Andre J Benjamin

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Making Love Last Forever by Gary Smalley

For Better or Best by Gary Smalley

Two Sides of Love by Gary Smalley and John Trent

The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley

Incompatibility: Grounds For a Great Marriage by Chuck and Barb Snyder

MEN: Some Assembly Required by Chuck Snyder

The Way To a Woman's Heart by Chuck Snyder

The Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman

Helping the Struggling Adolescent by Dr. Les Parrott III

The Hidden Value of a Man by Gary Smalley and John Trent, Ph.D.

Make Anger Your Ally by Neil Warren, Ph.D.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray, Ph.D.

Say It With Love by Howard G. Hendricks and Ted Miller

Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs

The Love List by Les Parrott

Relationships: How to Make Bad Relationships Better and Good Relationships Great by Les Parrott and Leslie Parrott

Boundaries Face to Face: How to Have That Difficult Conversation You've Been Avoiding by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Core Communications: Skills and Processes by Sherod & Phyllis Miller

The Manual to Manhood: How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to Survive by Jonathan Catherman

The Manual to Middle School: The "Do This, Not That" Survival Guide for Guys by Jonathan Catherman

Guiding The Next Generation: Rethinking How Teens Become Confident and Capable Adults by Jonathan Catherman

Becoming The Next Generation:  Taking Our Place as Confident and Adults by Jonathan Catherman

The Girl's Guide to Conquering Life: How to Ace an Interview, Change a Tire, Talk to a Guy, and 97 Other Skills You Need to Thrive by Erica Catherman & Jonathan Catherman

The Girl's Guide to Conquering Middle School: "Do This, Not That" Advice Every Girl Needs by Erica Catherman & Jonathan Catherman


WHISPER:  Now to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Andrew Murray on Prayer by Andrew Murray

Touching the Invisible: Living by Unseen Realities by Norman Grubb

The Hope of Prayer: Things Can be Different (8 disc set in 2006) by John Eldredge

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul E. Miller

Personal Issues

Take the Shot: Top Gun Strategies for Accelerating Profit, Productivity, and Peace of Mind by Ed Rush

Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey

Healing Life's Hidden Addictions by Dr. Archibald Hart

Improving Your Serve by Chuck Swindoll

The On-Purpose Person:  Making Your Life Make Sense by Kevin W. McCarthy

Boundaries by Henry Cloud & John Townsend

Be There by John Trent

Man in the Mirror by Patrick Morley

Healing Life's Hurts by Edward Smith

Can You Hear Me Now? by Dallas Demmitt, PhD


Brokenness: The Heart God Revives by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Covenant Marriage by Gary Chapman

Healing the Hurt in Your Marriage by Dr. Gary and Barbara Rosberg

His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley

How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage by Milan & Kay Yerkovich

Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story by Ken Tada and Joni Eareckson Tada

Love Must Be Tough by Dr. James C. Dobson

The Marriage Builder by Lawrence J. Crabb, Jr.

Men And Marriage by George Gilder

Seasons of a Marriage by H. Norman Wright, Ph.D.

Men and Sex by Clifford L. Penner and Joyce J. Penner

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts by Les Parrott

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

The 5 Love Needs of Men & Women by Dr. Gary and Barbara Rosberg

Daily Walk Bible (New Living Translation) by Walk Thru the Bible Ministries

The One Year Study Bible NLT by Tyndale


GPS For Leaders Of Excellence by Brig. Gen. Dick Abel, USAF Retired

Executive Influence: Impacting Your Workplace for Christ by Christopher A. Crane & Mike Hamel

How Now Shall We Live by Charles Colson & Nancy Pearcey

Great Lives: Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit by Charles R. Swindoll

Mentoring Leaders by Carson Pue

The ServiceMaster Story by Albert M. Erisman

THE LEADERSHIP PLAYBOOK: A Game Plan for Becoming an Effective Christian Leader by Henry Klopp

50 Icebreaker Questions for Church Small Groups by Julie David (via Bob Tiede)

Jesus Christ and the World

Jesus Changes Everything: Discovering A Truly Christ-Centered Life by Doug Burleigh

Jesus Centered: Focusing On Jesus In A Distracted World by Steve A. Brown

Father God: Daring To Draw Near by Dave Patty

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane C. Ortlund

Little Book of Big Quotes by Bob Tiede

Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus by Jerry Trousdale

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Tough Questions, Direct Answers (Skeptic's Guide) by Dale Hanson Bourke

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

The Hole in our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World by Richard Stearns

The New Tolerance by Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler

At The Cross by Henry C. Klopp and Tai Mostovoy


The Word on Finances by Larry Burkett

Your Finances in Changing Times by Larry Burkett

Surviving Financial Meltdown by Ron Blue & Jeremy L. White

Bible Study

The Rest of the Gospel by Dan Stone & Greg Smith

100 BIBLE VERSES THAT MADE AMERICA:  Defining Moments That Shaped Our Enduring Foundation of Faith by Robert Morgan

Love Walked Among Us by Paul Miller

The Book of Romans by Gib Martin & Larry Richards

Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby

The Doctrines of Grace by James Montgomery Boice & Philip Ryken

Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

Things Unseen: Living in Light of Forever by Mark Buchanan


THE MINISTRY PLAYBOOK:  Strategic Planning for Effective Churches by Henry Klopp

THE MISSING PIECES: The Critical Role of Ministry Alignment and Context by Henry Klopp

Bible Questions

339 Questions Jesus Asked by Bob Tiede

THIS DANGEROUS BOOK:  How the Bible has shaped our world and why it still matters today by Steve and Jackie Green

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

Evidence for God by William A. Dembski & Michael R. Licona

Hard Sayings of the Bible by Walter Kaiser

Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with his Father's Questions about Christianity by Gregory A. Boyd

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Christianity on Trial by Vincent Carroll & David Shiflett

Christless Christianity - The Alternative Gospel of the American Church by Michael Horton

Ten Lies About God – And How You Might Already Be Deceived by Erwin W. Lutzer

The Mystery of God’s Will by Charles R. Swindoll


WHEN SKEPTICS ASK by Norman Geisler and Ron Brooks

Bible Predictions

The Late, Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey

Psalm 83, The Missing Prophecy Revealed - How Israel Becomes the Next Mideast Superpower by Bill Salus

Epicenter: Why Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future by Joel C. Rosenberg

Are We Living in the End Times? by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins