Monday, July 25, 2011

Book Review: The Little Red Book of Wisdom 

Mark DeMoss has written a masterfully insightful, engaging, practical book for anyone desiring to win in life.  My love for reading has led me to read many books that has left a lasting effect on my  life.  The Little Red Book of Wisdom is one of those books.  Mark’s candid writing style, vivid storytelling, and biblical reference point, made this book easy to read.  Several times while reading this book, I would stop, reflect and if possible apply what I had just read.  For example, the chapter on “Reclaiming the Lost Art of Letter Writing” after reading the stories and the impact that letter writing had upon the author, I was instantly compelled to make letter writing a part of my life.  The next morning I went to my local office supply store and bought stationery.  Later that day, I wrote and mailed my first letter.  The feedback I received was gratifying, at that moment I realized the impact letter writing can have on an individual life.  This book is broken down into two parts:  Part 1 Wisdom For Your Professional Life and  Part 2 Wisdom For Your Personal Life, both including nuggets of wisdom for everyday life.  I can assure you that this book will not be a one-time read, this will be a book that I will refer back to continuously.   I highly recommend you to purchase this book, I foresee this book becoming a classic, the likes of….dare I say it Stephen Covey’s “ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

Note: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. Other than that, neither the publisher, author nor anyone connected to them offered any influence  on the content of my review.  The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Final Summitt

The Final Summit by Andy Andrews is a sequel to The Traveler's Gift. This time the main character, David Ponder, joins his fellow travelers - some that he met in the previous journey as well as others he meets for the first time. Like all books with Andy, there is an important message and underlying theme. The one presented in book is one of the most utmost importance and a cornerstone of American culture, to live in the now and make something happen. You will get no-where without taking the first step. It is a very relevant theme in today's society and I think that this book is one that everyone can use for a refresher course..

I didn't read the first book, so I have to admit, I was a little lost when I read this book. I caught up to the story in some ways, however, and could grasp some of what may have happened in the first book.  I planned to read Andy Andrews previous writing to fully grasp The Traveler’s Gift.

However, as the story progressed throughout the book, I began to see David for the hero that he is. I also enjoyed the history lesson provided in meeting the travelers. Many were people we are familiar with from times past. We're also introduced to someone who is just as historical as the other characters, yet certainly not as well known. My history teacher sister had never heard of him!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing these things in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."