A lot of times when I post on Social Media (that is, your twitters, yourFacebooks, your Tumblrs and Instagrams), I feel like I’m screaming into the empty void of space.
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Anchored in false ego,
I meant to let my Addiction go,
but nothing would stop It
from returning to my front door.
I ran and I hid,
I hid and ran,
but my Addiction was faster now,
than when we first began.
My Addiction trapped me,
but it was never like before,
This time I was afraid,
would never let me go again.
(Photo Credit: “Kirchner – Selbstbildnis unter Morphium” by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – repro from art book. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons )
This book came at an excellent point in my life. Well, it wasn’t actually excellent, but the book helped me understand how I could make it that way. It provides a guide for the “misfit introvert” or the “creative rebel” who has trouble understanding how they fit their lives into occupational charts and titles. Dr. Eikleberry does an excellent job at portraying the life of a creative person (or person following the creative life). She gives tips, advice, and insight into how to navigate the creative process while trying to find a career that is fulfilling and speaks to all of the person, rather than just one aspect.
I learned quite a bit about myself and used it to guide my own efforts. This book helped me to see that it was OK not to have a conventional career (or life), but it was not OK for me to block out my interests just to be “one of the crowd”.
I look forward to reading it again.
Note: This review is based on an electronic copy provided by NetGalley.
This book really opened my eyes to the power of perspective when dealing with Jesus. As a Christian, I was taught “Replacement Theology”, but always had questions about it. I was also taught that Jesus dispensed with the old system and created Christianity. I have (thankfully) moved on from those beliefs, but I didn’t really have a deep understanding of Jesus within Judaism. This book answered that for me and serves as continuing education for me on the dynamic personality and teachings of Jesus. (Other books include “Messianic Judaism” by David Stern).
This book, in particular, added a key piece of understanding about the implications of “Replacement Theology” and Gentile “superiority”. It has serious implications that have been used to justify horrible crimes! By understanding and thinking through where those beliefs come from, we can (in my belief) come to a closer view of what the Gospel actually instructs to do, instead of what we instruct it to do.
I chose this book because I was interested in a deeper understanding of the martial arts (more philosophy). The book definitely delivers on that aspect. It delves further into the origins of martial arts than I have read in a long time. The author has an in-depth knowledge of the martial arts and of fighting, and uses it to compare Eastern and Western fighting styles in a very in-depth way. in general at a seriously philosophical level (like Taoism, Confucianism, etc.). If a reader likes that kind of stuff, then they will enjoy it. If not, they may find parts of the book boring.
“Living With a SEAL” is a humorous and quirky little book that reminds me a lot of MTV “Made” episode in which a person undergoes a challenge. It’s odd, quirky, and written in a really down-to-Earth language in a way that is true to author’s character. It quite a few moments of inspiration and definitely leaves readers with a heart-warming feeling at the end.
Note: This review is based on an electronic copy provided by NetGalley.
I like this book because of its simplicity. Books on faith can get sometimes get very abstract and out of touch with the ordinary world of people trying to figure out their life’s purpose. This book dispenses with all of that and gets back to a core of the Christian faith. I especially liked the plan because it allows you to embark on a journey towards a better life that same day. Many books on faith are good and make you feel good on the inside, but you’re left with figuring out to do.
At its core, the book deals with a simple (emphasis on the simple) concept that is seems ridiculous, but it can mean a world of a difference. I am a big fan of James Altucher and Claudia Altucher, so I was interested in what they would have to say on creativity. I picked up this book during a time when I realized that I needed to become more “creative” (full-time freelancing). The book stripped down my “pie-in-the sky” thoughts about creativity and brought it down to real-world practice (sort of like Julia Cameron does with “Morning Pages”). The creative part of the book is that uses its own message to develop its content. The book demonstrates how to develop ideas with creative chapter ideas to jumpstart your creative ideas.
It’s a neat little book to read when you need more creativity in your life and need a simple practice to ground you.
The best part of “Boss Life” is the unabashed humility Downs has in presenting his life as a business owner. He discusses his triumphs and failures in a realistic style free of the prevalent “Ten Ways to Improve Your Business” type of writing found in so many other books. Instead, “Boss Life” serves as a real-life extended case study that goes beyond the confines of a business textbook or magazine article. Small business owners will find advice, humor and connection in reading the book.
“Boss Life” provides ample real-world advice for small business owners, but doesn’t provide the typical list of links and resources that are found in most business books. This doesn’t take away from the quality of book, but it might be slightly disappointing to readers who want to access some of the resources that are touched upon.
I also liked that her book touched on social justice in a stronger way than I have seen a book on monasticism and early Christian history. Chittister takes on our modern approach to dealing with issues of racism, the environment, and poverty and asks us, “What would the monastics have done?” She challenged us to get back to the simple core of faith, love, and respect that they would have wanted us to display.
I actually liked this book because of its gradual approach to Paleo. I didn’t think I would because I have read so many “Introduction to Paleo” books out there that most of the information starts to bleed together. In this case, it didn’t. David Soto, Jr. provides one of the best step-by-step plans I have ever read on transitioning from the SAD (Standard American Diet) to the Paleo/Primal diet. Each step is given concisely, but with enough detail and guidelines so you know when to move on to the next step. His speaks in straightforward, sometimes “in-your-face” language, but I didn’t mind it. If you want to get serious about transitioning into the Paleo diet, this book will definitely help you do that.
As a result of reading this book, I now have a clearer idea of how I want to “upgrade my Paleo transition” and began following the author on social media and his blog. I found out about him through the GymMyth.com podcast and connected with his story of persistence through struggle with food, poverty, and redefinition. I bookmarked the book to buy, but actually won the book in a contest through the blog. (That was freaking amazing!) I enjoyed the book and look forward to learning more from this guy.