50 Life Lessons for Grads by Janet Holm McHenry

970460This little book would be a nice gift for graduates to use as a devotional or thought-provoking read. The 50 lessons are life lessons that are simple to learn but take a lifetime to master. Some of the topics speak on: money, relationships, faith, family, and destiny. While small in size, the lessons contained inside are larger than life.

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

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Being a Christian by Dr. Jason K. Allen

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Many people have an idea of what a Christian should be. There is a standard of what a Christian should do and not do. However, does this line up with what the Bible teaches? Also, should a Christian’s faith affect all areas of life?

In his book, Being a Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life, Dr. Jason K. Allen points out that Jesus came to redeem all areas of life for His glory. Areas such as family, work, church, time, money, and others. Rather than believe that Jesus came to solely give eternal life, Dr. Allen shows that Jesus came to give abundant life in all its facets.

The area that I really enjoyed was the area of the mind. Dr. Allen points out that there has been a shift towards the emotional aspects of Christianity but that the mind should not be ignored. Rather the mind should draw one closer to Christ in the heart which is an emotional response.

I really appreciated this as I often struggle to show emotion but am an avid reader and learner. I recognized the need to take it one step further and let me mind become redeemed and connect with my heart in my relationship with Jesus.

While the material in this book is not new, per se, the style of Dr. Allen has a connectivity that others may not have. Thus, this book should be a great resource for all those who use it and perhaps use it often.

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

How to Think by Alan Jacobs


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When I first saw this book it piqued my interest as I enjoy philosophy and the study of logic. As I began to read this book I found that it was an enlightening read and challenged. Then the book took a turn that was unexpected for me. Rather than get into techniques of logic and reasoning, the author gave examples of what happens when people begin to think or are challenged to think contrary to their presently held viewpoints.

This forced me to examine some areas in my own life where I have been recently asked to consider a different view but struggled to do so. This book aided me by realizing that abandoning my currently held convictions is not wise. Rather, it is more prudent to contrast two ideas to see if one is superior to the other with the idea of arriving at a settled conviction. A settled conviction then gives a foundation that allows for more ideas to be adhered to and to dismiss others. How to Think is then a great resource for this endeavor.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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.

Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 By John Maxwell

225_350_book-2479-coverI am a dedicated reader of John Maxwell’s book. I try to get my hands on as much of his material as I can. So, when the opportunity to review his latest book arose, Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, I was excited. Plus, it was an update of a book that has had an impact on my life. I could not wait.

I was surprised to see how much of this book was Maxwell simply using material from other books that he has written in the last decade or so. If you have read anything from Maxwell during that time period then most of what is in this book will be a retelling of that material. While I am not disappointed, I was a bit let down as I was hoping for some new material.

That said, this book is a compiling of works Maxwell has written in the last 10 years and for those who are not familiar with Maxwell’s leadership knowledge this book is a great place to begin. For those who are familiar, it is a bit of the same old, same old.

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

The Potential Principle by Mark Sanborn

233_380_book-2354-coverIs there something that beats the best? There is…that which is better.

In his newest book, The Potential Principle, Mark Sanborn gives potent advice on how to get better at who you are, what you do, and the legacy you want to leave. By giving examples of successful people, Sanborn shows his readers that everyone can get better if they only take the time to do so.

He then shows how to get better at something. Whether it is reviewing what one has done to learn or surrounding one’s self with people better than they are, Sanborn lays out a proven path that those who practice it will see themselves getting better and better.

Having been an avid fan of Mark Sanborn for some time I really appreciated the practicality of this book and the ease of understanding the material. While this book will find itself in the business section it is more than that and I encourage everyone to take a look at this book. I believe it will be well worth it.

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

 

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.