Trade Up by Dean Niewolny

9780801019586Most people when it comes to a career are thinking about how to better themselves. They take into account compensation, prestige, and in some cases how they can use their influence for personal gain. Few look at a career as something to use to make a difference. In his book, Trade Up, Dean Niewolny talks about how important it is to move from an idea of being a career minded person to a difference-maker.

He demonstrates that is a life of giving that makes one satisfied. Often times we think in terms of what we want. Niewolny is trying to get his readers to understand there is more to life than just getting. By helping others become successful the individual should find a life that has meaning, purpose, and leave a lasting legacy.

I appreciate this aspect and take from the book and highly recommend that those starting in a career or those who may been in career for a long time really take a good look at the material presented. If more people lived with the idea of how to help others rather than just making money and moving up the corporate ladder what a better place this world could be.

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

Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

225_350_book-2292-coverThere is this understanding that most artists can’t make it in the real world. A few may make it big but most will scrap and claw to just survive. So goes this thought…until now. 

Jeff Goins, in his new book Real Artists Don’t Starve, blows away this false understanding that most artists will starve. They need to live in the real world and lose their creative bent. How many artists did not pursue a passion because they believed the lie that they could not survive? 

Jeff Goins uses example after example of artists who buck this false narrative of starving artists. For example, he uses the artist Michelangelo who, when research was done, was found out to have significant wealth. Yet many believed that he was poor throughout his life and some have even used him as an example of a struggling artist. 

Goins takes time to show how an artist can be successful and not fall prey to being eaten by lies and negativity. He quotes authors, tells stories, and gives anecdotal insight to give his readers the belief that they can make it as creative people. 

The information presented here is not new material. It is Goins writing style that present this information in an upbeat and constructive way that drives home the realization that creativity does not equate to scarcity. 

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

No Limits by John C. Maxwell

ee8e68948f0b2f69451e5a1347e3c4a7Are you struggling with the idea that you can do more but just cannot seem to do more? Many strive for more but just cannot seem to find the energy to do so.

John Maxwell, in his book No Limits, discuss three areas to increase capacity in a person’s life. By doing so, a person could achieve more and be more fulfilled in life. The three areas deal with removing what limits a person’s capacity, developing the capacities that already exist, and doing things that maximize a person’s capacity.

Capacity has an idea of being limited. A battery can only hold so much charge. A glass can only hold so much water. Maxwell counters that people have unknown capacities and this book sets out to show each person how to tap into unknown capacity.

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

 

Tozer for the Christian Leader (Compiled by Ron Eggert)

9781600667930Christian leaders are at the vanguard of movements. They are looked up to by their followers. They set the pace at which people grow, learn; mature. However, the leader who does not learn and grow will be a leader that will, at some point, fail those being led.

In the book, Tozer for the Christian Leader, works of A.W. Tozer have been compiled to challenge leaders to remember the source of their strength and wisdom: God. Each day is set to remind a leader of the vitality that comes from God and His Word. To ignore God is to set in motion a leader’s own downfall. Thus, this devotional is an excellent resource to remind leaders of why they lead and who leads them.

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

 

Humility by Pat Williams

Humility.pngIs there a secret ingredient to success? Many books have been published on the subject of success to the point where they actually have their own particular genre. You would think with all the wealth of knowledge that we have that there would be a universal understanding of what the secret ingredient of success is.

Pat Williams, in his book Humility, writes that the secret ingredient of all the successful people that he has ever encountered is they were humble and they worked on remaining humble. That did not mean that they lacked confidence. Rather, it meant that they understood their abilities but recognized that they were nothing special and deserving of praise and adoration.

Story after story, example after example, and quote after quote, Pat Williams has done a wonderful job of collecting all sorts of anecdotal advice and evidence that points to success being built upon an attitude of humility.

I found this book to be an amazing read and something that everybody should read more than once. We live in a culture that idolizes those who have a “look at me” attitude. Pat Williams’ book flies in the face of that and has written a book that goes to the heart of what true success is; not cultural success.

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

Create vs. Copy by Ken Wytsma

create-1-1We were made to create. In a reduced mimicking of God, creation was ingrained within us at the beginning of time; God wanted us to create. Sadly, many do nothing with this innate ability seeking rather to copy what they see.

In his book, Create vs. Copy, Ken Wytsma, sounds the trumpet to sluff off the ease of copying what has already been done and enter the world of creativity via imagination. He seeks to call out the creative nature of his readers and challenge them to imagine the what-ifs and potentials that are waiting to be found.

I found this book a great challenge to dream and not limit myself. God is so much bigger than me that to not dream is to limit His power. That is such a waste of the awesome relationship a person can have with Him.

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

Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson

book2What is your dream? What does this dream look like? Are you pursuing this dream or is it alive only in the recesses of your mind? Many people dream; many have a passion to do amazing things.

In his book, Chase the Lion, Mark Batterson challenges his readers to dream and to dream BIG. He gives story after story of those who dreamed bigger than themselves and saw, what was thought to be impossible, dreams and goals realized in spectacular ways.

Often people dream but fear dreaming big because of being let down or having the dream destroyed by nay-sayers. Better to live in reality some are told. Other hears statements of incompetency or personality. Lack of education or resources are also used to buttress by opponents of dreams. All these obstacles try to weigh down and end dreams as they are being dreamt.

Batterson uses this book to encourage those to continue in their dreams. Believe that God has placed a dream within you for Him and that He will provide. With God on your side, the enemies of status quo are rendered inert. It is for this reason that I recommend this book.

“…[A]nd we are the dreamer of dreams…” wrote O’Shaughnessy. Be a dreamer; chase your lion.

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