Archive for the ‘Book Reviews’ Category

The Anxious Christian by Rhett Smith

A couple years ago I was standing in the back of a rusty pick-up truck, driving through Jacmel, Haiti. “Ryan, you’ve really been relaxed, just going with the flow.  Are you always like this?” (my pastor) Steve’s mom asked. Steve looked at me and we both burst out laughing. No.  No, I’m not. I’m a […]

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88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates by Rob and Joanna Teigen

I was going to try and write a clever review about Rob and Joanna Teigen’s book 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates. Instead, I’m going to do this.  Because it’s straight to the point, just like their book. I’m a dude. I have two daughters. More often than not, I’m at a loss when my wife asks (read […]

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Starting Over “A Manifesto On Being Yourself” By Michael Perkins

Michael Perkins is a good dude. He’s someone who wants to “change the world…for the better.” I believe he’s doing that. Not too long ago, Michael had a “successful blog.”  He got to a point where that success wasn’t satisfying, though.  He realized that while his blog was successful in traditional terms, it was really […]

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Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

In April of 2009, I bought my first pair of TOMS shoes.  They were Khaki Canvas, and I loved them.  Mostly, I loved the story, though.  I put the TOMS flag that you get with your purchase up in my cube at work and it seemed like every day someone would ask, “TOMS? What the […]

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Abigail Thomas Writes Books You Should Read

This isn’t a literary review.  Or a book report.  It’s me telling you to read some books written by Abigail Thomas.  Like many of you, I read and write, and Ms. Thomas’s work will make your life better.  Trust me.  She has written numerous novels, but the two books of hers I’m most familiar with […]

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Who Uses The Word “Mojo” Anymore?

Bryan Allain, that’s who. Bryan, a humorist blogger, has written an eBook he’s titled, “31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo.”                         If you currently blog or have the desire to do so, this eBook is for you.  It’s easily consumable.  It’s like a […]

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Introverts in the Church by Adam S. McHugh

This is a review I did back in January of 2010.  Adam is as good a dude as he is a writer. In his book Introverts in the Church, author Adam S. McHugh admirably represents those of us who are sometimes perceived as “the Eeyores of the social scene.” Not only does he give voice […]

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Quitter by Jon Acuff

It’s 7:12pm on Saturday night.  I just checked my Google Analytics and there hasn’t been a single visit to my blog today.  Not even from me.  The rapture was supposed to happen today, though.  And even though it didn’t, I think I’ll still blame that.  Either way, thanks to Jon Acuff’s new book, Quitter, I’m […]

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Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

If there’s one theme I see in Do the Work, it’s urgency.  In order to do our work, we need to just get to work.  Steven Pressfield’s wonderful companion to The War of Art (see Jeff Goins’ excellent review) challenges us to “get out of the way” of ourselves to get that work done and matches its theme with […]

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Max on Life by Max Lucado

Max Lucado has been sharing his wisdom with readers for over twenty-five years.  During that time he’s also been a beloved pastor and father and you can bet he’s received his share of questions about everything under the sun.  Max on Life is Lucado’s collection of and answers to those questions. At first I was […]

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