We all love the stories of people who work their way up from the bottom. We aspire to the greatness of the elite. In Outliers, we examine these extreme success stories very closely. Our careful study shows a common theme – all outliers were willing to make a move and work very hard, but perhaps more importantly, they are presented with unprecidented opportunities of timing, race, culture, location, etc. In essence they were blessed with a perfect set of circumstances completely outside their contol. Continue reading “Review of “Outliers” – Malcolm Gladwell”
I obviously found a significant amount of value in The Visitor bc I went out and picked up another book by Andrews the next day. This one took a bit longer to read, but that is not due to a lack of interest on my part. This book required me to slow down and think. I believe I underlined more in this book than any other I have read before. It’s not that anything lifechanging was reveald to me for the first time, it’s more like truth that I have always known was affirmed and applied in a lifechanging way. The seven truths carefully gifted from well known historical and spiritual figures are – Continue reading “Review of The Traveler’s Gift – Andy Andrews”
“Whatever you focus upon, increases… When you focus on things you need, you’ll find those needs increasing. If you concentrate your thoughts on what you don’t have, you will so be concentrating on other things that you had forgotten you don’t have–and feel worse! If you set your mind on loss, you are more likely to lose… But a grateful perspective Continue reading “Quotes from “The Noticer” – Andy Andrews”
I had not read Andy Andrews until my pastor, Greg DePriest shared quite confidently that if I were only going to read one book this year, it needed to be the noticer. So, I picked it up that evening and did not go to bed until the final page had been turned. A quick summary of the book is that perspective makes a world of difference. The journey Andrews takes us on to make this point is thrilling and at times captivating. The close of the book was a bit less than I had hoped for, but the ride to get there was still well worth it.
Mitch is widely known in the athletics arena for his professional capabilities as a sports writer. In this book, however, Mitch is not writing about something he has seen. He is taking us on a personal growth journey that he experienced himself. When asked to perform the eulogy for his childhhod Rabbi, who btw was still living, this backslidden jew feels the need to at least gain a little info for preparation. The years that follow are lifechanging for the Rabbi, Mitch, and a drug dealing pastor that we meet along the way. You’ll find nothing of deep significance in this book, but it is a quick read and well worth the time.