Boundaries Updated and Expanded by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend

225_350_book-2408-coverI remember reading Boundaries some time ago and wanted to know how much has changed in this new edition. The original was amazing and, being written 25 years ago, would still hope up in today’s word. Yet, things have changed and new mediums are being used. It is here that I want to focus and review the information presented for the digital age.

The digital age has brought about some challenges to the idea of boundaries. Prior to smartphones, the office work stayed at the office. Since the smartphone, work emails, calendars, and conversations can continue after someone leaves the office. This can create an environment where work never truly leaves someone.

In addition, technology has invaded our personal lives to the point that some feel stress and anxiety if a smartphone has been lost, even if a for a few minutes. I can even recall a time when I was stopped at a traffic light and noticed a car with four passengers looking down at their phones instead of engaging in conversation with each other.

Drs. Cloud and Townsend point out that intentional removal of these devices is needed to connect with someone in a non-digital manner. For this reason alone I recommend this book with the rest of the material being equally beneficial. Too much of time is being invaded and actions must be taken to claim a life back from the digital bog that threatens to drown a soul.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


The Only Negotiating Guide You’ll Ever Need, Revised and Updated by Peter B. Stark and Jane Flaherty

NegoiateNegotiations can brings images of boardrooms where companies executives and lawyers hash out deals and agreements while trying to get the best they can for their companies. Or, it may involve bribing your child to eat his vegetables with the enticement of ice cream.

However, Peter B. Stark and Jane Flaherty, submit that we negotiate more than we realize and often where both sides are happy with the results. A husband may offer to take out the trash and the wife in turns will unload the dishwasher. A son may offer to rake the leaves if he can have his best friend over for a video game night. Examples like these are negotiations and many may not even realize it.

In their book, The Only Negotiating Guide You’ll Ever Need, Stark and Flaherty guide the reader through the negotiating process. From language to use, body postures to have or avoid, and even tips like writing down key data points, the authors intent is setup the reader for success in whatever negotiating environment in which they may find themselves.

Armed with this basic information, the authors then give 101 ways to use this information if varying circumstances. They allow the reader to see a potential way to put into use what they have just read.

I found this book quite helpful and would suggest that everyone read it paying special attention to information on listening and hearing. How much trouble could be avoided if we simply listened and asked the appropriate questions to clarify when talking to someone?

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The Power of Significance by John C. Maxwell

71c55b11a511f4417e4ba194127f2773People want to live their lives with significance. They want to know they made a difference and lived with purpose. Sadly, not many would describe their lives as having purpose and most may admit that they do not live their lives with any sense of direction.

Leadership expert John Maxwell has written a small book titled The Power of Significance. This book, a condensed version of Intentional Living, seeks to aid the reader in finding their purpose and from this revelation, begin to live a life of significance.

Maxwell first starts by getting the ready to recognize that live a life of meaning requires starting to live with intentionality. Do not wander through life with no purpose, no goal; no reason. Rather, Maxwell challenges his readers to see the life they want and begin to make the changes necessary to see this life become reality.

The remainder of the book acts as a guide showing how to find one’s purpose and put small practices to grow and mature. As maturity is realized, purpose becomes clearer and significance begins to blossom.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  

Shaken by Tim Tebow

book-topLife is not a consistent time of smooth sailing. In some cases, life’s storms seem to be unending. These difficult experiences can wreak havoc on the spirit and may drain life away from someone.

Tim Tebow has experienced this times when it seemed nothing was going as planned. In his book Shaken, Tebow recounts stories in his life of hard times and how he sought strength from God and the Bible. He recounts how his identity is not determined by successes but rather by the love bestows on him.

I found this book to be a nice inspiration for those going through difficult times. Sometimes it is difficult to find encouragement and this book may be just the encouragement needed to give hope and strengthen faith for the road ahead.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

More-of-Less_spine_3D.jpg2“The more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you.” I’m unsure who coined that term but it can be quite true. Yet many people continue to desire more and more things. It is as if things define their lives; their existence.

In his book, The More of Less, Joshua Becker compels his readers to embrace the idea of minimalism. Believing that many are caught up in “keeping up with the Jones”, Becker seeks to show how this mindset is putting many in debt, ruining families, and making life a drab.

I found this book to be a hard-hitter. I suffer from being a collector and a saver. This book challenged me to let go of those things which are truly irrelevant and embrace the “breath of fresh air” that comes with minimalism

*I received a complimentary copy of this book form the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Born for This by Chris Guillebeau

Born for This Book

What were you meant to do?

Growing up, people have dreams of becoming something. Firefighters, teachers, dancers, athletes, business owners, etc. are just a few of the careers people have expressed over their lives of what they want to be when they grow up.

Yet, what if they are not meant to do those things?

In his book, Born for This, Chris Guillebeau instructs the reader that he/she may not know what they are meant to do and that is okay. In fact, it can be a great time if it is leverage right. By learning different skills, these “non-dream” jobs can develop a person so that when the “dream job” arrives he/she is prepared for it.

I really enjoyed this book and found its content to be inspiring and insightful. I am curious now to read Guillebeau’s book $100 Startup and may have to get a copy soon.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crown Business in exchange for my honest review.

Sacred Intent by Dr. Brent Crowe

It is not uncommon nowadays to hear often that there are a lot of books, self help books particular, relating to the maximization of one’s life. Here’s a thought: what if your life was a week long?

Brent Crowe, in new book Sacred Intent, has written a book with that in mind. What Dr. Crowe has done is divide the chapters as if they were days of the week. The seven items, or days of the week, have a subject that Dr. Crowe  focuses on to get the reader to see how valuable each topic is. The topics are: influence, time, calling, engagement, relationships, motivations, and dreaming.

What I appreciate about this is at the book can be read like a devotional but doesn’t necessarily have a devotional feel to it. By focusing on the seven items that can define someone’s life and make every moment valuable, Dr. Crowe has put together a wonderful book. I highly recommend that anybody who is getting ready to graduate either high school or college really take a look at this book. What it will do is hone one’s questions to what is really important in life.

I’ll also add that he has some very excellent quotes and prayers at the end in the appendices and is  something I highly recommend that the reader not overlook.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Worthy Publishing Group in exchange for my unbiased opinion.