Book Reviews

Submitted by jroos on Wed, 7/20/2011 - 8:08 pm

In "The Power of a Whisper", Bill Hybels reminds us that just because not everyone has a Samuel experience (1 Samuel 3), that doesn't mean that we don't hear from God. God doesn't always speak in an audible voice. He spoke to Elijah in a whisper (1 Kings 19:9-18). For some, he speaks through other people. For many people he speaks directly to our mind through thoughts and strong impressions.

Submitted by jroos on Tue, 6/7/2011 - 8:54 pm

"Discipline Without Punishment" turns the traditional progressive-discipline system into something that can truly turn performance issues around rather than just serving as a vehicle for documenting poor performance. I think it codifies into a system some things that good managers do by nature.

The most noticeable difference between the traditional system and DWP is the Decision Making Leave. Rather than the normal second to last step of suspension without pay, DWP uses a suspension with pay called the Decision Making Leave. The leave is for a single day. During that time the employee is being paid to think about whether he really wants to work for the organization. On the work day following the suspension, he must return with a decision to either solve the performance problem or to quit and find more suitable employment.

Submitted by hroos on Mon, 4/25/2011 - 8:48 pm

The following review was graciously written by my wife to compliment my review of "For Men Only".

"For Women Only" is a book for wives to help them better understand and relate to their husbands.  While the differences between men and women are what make marriages work, they can also be stumbling blocks to those very same relationships. Through interviews, focus groups and a detailed survey Shaunti Feldhahn attempts to explain the inner workings of a man’s brain and why he does and says some of the things he does.

Using eight key findings, the book sets out to help women understand and respect their husbands better.

Submitted by jroos on Fri, 4/1/2011 - 4:20 pm

I attended Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership one day event today. If you don't already know it, Dave is a reading machine.

I attempted to record every book that was mentioned during the lessons today. It's a great collection of business, finance, leadership and marketing books. I have read many of these and have most of the others on my reading list. These are listed roughly in the order they were mentioned.


Submitted by jroos on Wed, 3/30/2011 - 8:13 pm

The One Minute Manager is a quick read that covers the basics of managing people. It tries to demonstrate that managing people does not have to be a time consuming part of our jobs if done right. The emphasis is on setting goals and establishing clear expectations, praising people by catching them doing something right and correcting poor performance. Each of these parts can theoretically be done without spending a great deal of time.

Submitted by jroos on Sat, 2/26/2011 - 7:23 pm

Do Something! by Miles McPhereson is a call for Christians to move from belief to action, from head knowledge to serving and loving "the least of these" (Matthew 25:31-46).

In addition to “flashbacks” to the life of Christ, through the stories of the author and others, he presents a case that we all have a call and a purpose, everyone has something to do and we need to get about doing it. For anyone who wants to do something with their life and to do what Jesus did, here’s your chance. “[Jesus] has left a model for us to do something with eternal impact for those He would send our way.”

Submitted by jroos on Thu, 2/17/2011 - 9:04 pm

With a sensational title, “Have a New You by Friday” by Dr. Kevin Leman seeks to help people change themselves through gaining an understanding about how personality type, birth order, childhood memories and love languages shape the way they think and behave.

In the introduction a tongue-in-cheek claim is made that the book ought to cost $199 because you can get the same results as seeing a shrink who would charge $225. Dr. Leman claims that simply by understanding what makes you tick, you can identify and make changes that will allow you to become who you really want to be.

Submitted by jroos on Tue, 2/15/2011 - 8:30 pm

Continuing the theme and success of “For Women Only” which aimed to help women better understand and relate to their husbands, “For Men Only” by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn seeks to return the favor to wives.

While the differences between men and women are what make marriages work, they can also be stumbling blocks to those very same relationships. Through interviews, focus groups and a detailed survey Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn attempt to explain what makes most women tick. Using six key findings, the book sets out to help men understand and love their wives better.

Submitted by jroos on Thu, 2/10/2011 - 9:51 pm

"The Richest Man in Babylon" by George S. Clason is for anyone who wants to change their financial picture. While income influences your financial picture, what you do with money is the real determining factor as to whether you will see long term financial success or a life of living paycheck to paycheck.

In a time of financial crisis the best thing we can do is make sure each of our own houses are in order. The author calls this book a “book of cures for lean purses” and identifies it’s purpose “to offer those who are ambitious for financial success an insight which will aid them to acquire money, to keep money and to make their surpluses earn more money.”

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