Engaging books

Possibly you are one receives inspiration by what others are reading. If that is the case, I'll let you look over my shoulder and see what engages me at present.

The first three books are what I read in August. The last three are what I have started and presently hold my attention.

Getting things done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, David Allen
Idea Mann: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft, Paul Allen
The Art of Non-Conformity,Chris Guillebeau
This Illustrious Dead: The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napolean's great Army, Stephan Talty
The Principle of Relevance, Stefania Lucchetti
You might be a Zombie. (Don't know if I can finish this one, the language is pretty foul. But the content is funny.)
Talk Less, Say more, Connie Dieken

Not getting what you want

During a recent visit a really good friend gave me a copy of Bob Beaudine's book, The Power of Who. Bob's premise is simple: You already know everything you need to know.

In chapter 4 Beaudine states with simplicity: Most people never get what they want for three simple reasons:

1. They don't ask. No one can help if they don't know what you want.

2. When they do ask, they ask the wrong people. For some reason, people are uncomfortable asking their "Who" for help [Those are the people with the specific skillset or professional training to assist you in getting tasks completed.] As a result, they'll ask most anyone except their friends, who are the only ones with a motive to help.

3. When they do ask for help, they ask too vaguely. Even if I'm motivated to help a friend, I can't do it when I don't know what he or she wants.

Bob Beaudine, The Power of Who, pg. 51

Before you catch the author in his own words, of course you do not know everything you need to know. If that was the case, then you would not need to ask your network of friends for assistance. His point is that you are looking for the fairy godmother to appear that will make all your dreams come true. You already have a network of people that have their own connections and activating those will bring resources required to move forward in any area.

A very interesting premise and one worth pondering.

Unbroken: A story of redemption

Reading a book that is well-written is simply a pleasure. Unbroken, from Laura Hillenbrand, is one of those books.

It is the compelling story of Louis Zamperini, an olympic runner in the 1936 Berlin Olympics (along with Jesse Owens), who subsequently becomes a POW in a Japanese prison camp. His harrowing story of ditching a rescue plane at sea, the 47 days adrift in a couple of flimsy life rafts with two other survivors, their ultimate capture, torture and malnutrition will have you longing for the next chapter.

Keith Gandy - GermanyKeith Gandy - Germany

Keith, originally from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, has been planting a church in Aschaffenburg, Germany for over thirty years. Daughter churches have also been started and missionaries have been sent out of the congregation. Annually, he participates in encouraging other European church-planters and frequently travels to visit them in their respective field of service.

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