Quotes from “The Power of the Other” by Dr. Henry Cloud

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The Power of the OtherI don’t have a whole lot to say abou this book in the form of a review. It was basically common sense with a few decent analogies. There was one paragraph in the book that made me wonder if this is how others see me:

It could be a boss, a board member, a customer, a friend, a family member, or a direct report. They come in all sizes and shapes and affiliations. But the one common ingredient is that they have the power to make you feel bad. High expectations, perfectionism, unreasonable demands, a critical spirit, withholding of praise, shame, guilt, put-downs, silence – these are just a few of the many ways that a person like this can hook someone into feeling the Corner Number Two bad connection.

I did grab a few more decent quotes along the way:

  • You don’t have a choice about whether or not others have power in your life. They do. But you do have a choice as to what kind of power others are going to have.


“The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

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Grapes of WrathNot a lot to say about this one. A morose novel consisting of tragic stories. Amazing how similar the themes of John Steinbeck’s 1939 Depression Era stories align with headlining news of today.

“Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens

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OliverTwistI have taken a break from my normal cycle of 4 educational books followed by 1 enjoyment reading and repeat. I found that I was no longer enjoying my reading time as much as I have throughout my adult life. After much consideration, it came to me that the lack of time for implementation of learnings was likely the cause of my dismay. So, as opposed to slowing my reading, I chose to extend my enjoyment reading for a dedicated season. This Dickens novel is the first of this new season in my life and I am very thankful for it.

I am not sure if Oliver Twist was a part of my educational curriculum or not; it would not have made a difference either way. I worked harder to successfully avoid assigned reading without sacrificing the final grade during school years that it would have taken to simply read what I was supposed to. Either way, I am glad to have read this book. (more…)

“The Bassoon King” by Rainn Wilson

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BassoonKingMy family is obsessed with television sit-com “The Office”. Rainn Wilson plays the role of Dwight. Dwight is my son’s favorite character; so, when he released an auto-biography, my son ordered it immediately. I was not personally interested in the book, but I am interested in reading anything that my children read.

The odd title of the book aligns with the odd character played by it’s author. The subtitled “My life in art, faith and idiocy” is an accurate synopsis of the book’s contents. This is probably not a book that will teach or inspire a broad audience. It is however, interesting information behind the man we know as Dwight Schrute.

Review and Quotes from “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

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ToKillAMockingbirdThis is the all-time favorite book of my daughter – Alexa. Further, this is on the summer reading list for my son, Samuel. I always like to read whatever it is that my kids are reading; so, this one got added to the list and I am oh so glad it did. The tale is marvelously written and introduced me to the concept of a man whom I would like to model as the goal for many personal characteristics – Atticus Finch. The story is based in a time when blacks were legally free, but far from legally equal. During such a time, Atticus quietly and consistently stood for what was right. He did this for no other reason than the fact that he believed it was the right thing to do. Though I hate the atrocities of our past, I love everything about this book. It not only inspires me, it causes me to examine myself for bigotries, false pretences and impure motives that I may be blind to. This book is now a top 10 of all time for me. (more…)