Monday, July 23, 2012

SEAL of God by Chad Williams

Title:  SEAL of GOD
Author:  Chad Williams and David Thomas
Rating:  Right for you if you are looking for inspiration
Reason for Reading I saw this book on the Tyndale Blog Network, and the title and blurb got me right away.
Format:  Softcover
Summary:  The book is Chad's description of his journey from a capable but undisciplined youth, to a US Navy SEAL, to ultimately an evangelist.  Chad's story is one of how he found himself, and that he was not who he always thought he was.  Chad was often getting into trouble, or perhaps should have found himself in trouble as a consequence of his actions, but he was fast enough and smart enough to stay one step ahead, though often just barely.  But he found a focus for his seemingly limitless energy and drive with the goal of becoming a US Navy SEAL, the best special forces military personnel in the world.  But even after the hard training, including something called Hell Week, and graduation to SEAL status, he still found something missing.  Learning about his need for Christ in his life changed everything about him, including his relationships with his fellow SEALs, and his on-again, off-again girlfriend.  I won't spoil how it all turns out for Chad, because his story is definitely worth the read.
Review:  I found this book to be a wonderful read.  I've read a little about the training special forces personnel like Navy SEALs go through, but not a personal account such as this.  Chad is very open about so many experiences in his life I'd probably be uncomfortable sharing about mine.  The way he bares his heart, and lets you see things through his eyes is quite compelling.  Even if you are not interested in the military, but just want to see the difference Christ can make in someone's life, SEAL of God would be well worth the read.

Friday, July 6, 2012

La Opportunidad Perdida de Andy Andrews

Titulo:  La Opportunidad Perdida
Autor:  Andy Andrews
Clasificación:  Bueno
Razon para leer:  He disfrutado de la lectura de muchos de los libros de Andy Andrews, incluyendo tal vez mi favorite, El Regalo Del Viajero.
Formato:  Lei’ en mi Nook SimpleTouch
Sumario:  La Opportunidad Perdida es una novela de descubrimiento personal. Dentro de la narración, los personajes exploran la historia de un misterioso objeto. A medida que aprenden acerca de su pasado, sino que también aprenden acerca de las personas que hayan estado en contacto con él. De esas personas, algunos famosos y otros no, pero no menos interesante, aprenden acerca del poder todos y cada uno tiene que tomar decisiones que afectan su destino y el destino de los demás.
Opinar:  La historia es atractiva y agradable. Como los personajes de seguir las pistas y resolver el misterio, el lector es arrastrado por sus acciones. Dentro de la historia, no son perlas de sabiduría, enseñanzas sobre la vida que el lector consume casi sin saber que están aprendiendo algo.  La Opportunidad Perdida es una buen ejemplo de Andy Andrew’s abilidad para comunicar fueza ideas de vida en una forma muy fun para leer.
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Wisdom Meets Passion by Dan Miller and Jared Angaza

Title:  Wisdom Meets Passion

Author:  Dan Miller and Jared Angaza

Rating:  Right for you if you are looking for inspiration

Reason for Reading:  I have enjoyed reading many of Dan Miller’s previous books, including 48 Days To The Work You Love and No More Mondays.

Format:  I read this on my Nook SimpleTouch

Summary:  The book is a description of a less common point of view about work, both the ways in which people work and the purpose of their work.  Written in parallel, with both Dan and his son Jared writing something for each chapter, the book challenges conventional notions of working for a steady reliable paycheck and benefits.
Dan and Jared attempt to expand the reader’s understanding of the various methods for working, as well as the reasons why someone works.  Also given significant attention is the powerful results one can obtain when they, as the title describes, combine wisdom and passion.  When someone is using both what they know and what they care about, they can unlock tremendous opportunities and reap rich rewards.

Review:  The book provides several examples of different and less conventional work opportunities, many of which are inspiring.  If you enjoy meeting different people, people who live a different life from most of the population, these stories will connect you to them.  Wisdom Meets Passion is short on practical advice for job searches or small business start up, but just might inspire you to find something off the beaten path you might otherwise have missed.

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