Absolute Power…

Pop fiction is perfect for vacation.  Over the years, I have read through Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Lee Child, and (most recently) Harlan Coben.  Upon a friend’s recommendation, I picked up (and was pleasantly surprised with) David Baldacci (beginning with Absolute Power).  Anyone else read his works?  Have any personal favorites?  I plan to reading Total Control on an upcoming three-day weekend.

Absolute Power…

The Resignation of Eve…

I recently read Jim Henderson’s The Resignation of Eve: What if Adam’s Rib is No Longer Willing to be the Church’s Backbone?  

The author suggests, “What’s interesting to me is that Jesus not only honored and protected women (a traditional role); he also provided influence (a countercultural role).  As scriptural screenwriter-in-chief, the Holy Spirit chose to cast many women in the lead supporting actor role of the Gospel stories.  This was because the star of the show (a.k.a. Jesus) was quite comfortable working with and alongside women” (16).

Pick up a copy and let me know what you think (and I would love to hear if you have recommendations on the topic as well).

The Resignation of Eve…

Your Next 24 Hours…

I recently received a complimentary copy of Hal Donaldson and Kirk Noonan’s Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything directly from the publisher.  My favorite chapter was titled “It’s Not Expensive.”  The authors suggest, “Giving hope and encouragement to people is not expensive, but neither is it free” (46).

They go on to list six principles to help guide our giving decisions…

  1. Generosity is sharing
  2. Generosity requires making room
  3. Generosity maintains a meaningful existence
  4. Generosity multiplies itself
  5. Generosity requires responsibility
  6. Generosity is impulsive (48)

Each chapter concludes with creative and compassion ways to respond to the stories that were just shared.  Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.

 

Your Next 24 Hours…

The Hostile Hospital…

Check out Lemony Snicket’s eighth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events titled The Hostile Hospital.  The formula is very different.  The action is intense.  Even the baby is using more words.  My favorite (but a bit depressing quote) from this book was when the author suggests, “The sad truth is the truth is sad.”  Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.

The Hostile Hospital…

Better Political Conversations…

Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values — typically a source of division — can also be used to bring people together. Willer shares compelling insights on how we might bridge the ideological divide and offers some intuitive advice on ways to be more persuasive when talking politics.

Better Political Conversations…

The Vile Village…

As part of my adventure through Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I recently completed The Vile Village.  The mystery behind the orphans and acronyms grow with each book

My favorite quote from this installment was when the author wrote, “It is true, of course, that there is no way of knowing for sure whether or not you can trust someone, for the simple reason that circumstances change all of the time. You might know someone for several years, for instance, and trust him completely as your friend, but circumstances could change and he could become very hungry, and before you knew it you could be boiling in a soup pot, because there is no way of knowing for sure.”

Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.

The Vile Village…