This book left a profound impact on me. I will never forget the first time I read it approximately 10 years ago. Even just thinking about it now remin...moreThis book left a profound impact on me. I will never forget the first time I read it approximately 10 years ago. Even just thinking about it now reminds me of the strong emotional reaction I got from reading what this man went through. This is the type of book I tend to gravitate towards naturally, however this one truly left an indelible impression. I believe everyone should read this book; we are so blessed and lucky. Many people have pointed out that it is not an "easy-read"; it shouldn't be. By the very nature of the topic, we should feel repulsed, sickened, heart-broken, devastated, uncomfortable, and disgusted. It is a heart-wrenching reading, because it is TRUE. However, we should also feel humbled, grateful, blessed, and thankful for the lives we have, and also determined to never let such an injustice happen again.(less)
This was a very interesting read for me for several reasons. Not only is the book "right up my alley" in terms of genre and subject matter, but I was...moreThis was a very interesting read for me for several reasons. Not only is the book "right up my alley" in terms of genre and subject matter, but I was born in the same city Amanda Lindhout frequently talks about throughout her book. It was almost bittersweet reading about the lounges, clubs, restaurants she worked in, given that I frequented many of them at the same time. Additionally, I remember her face and I also remember her talking about saving for a trip (vaguely). Of course, I didn't realize this when I first started reading the book, so it was a surreal experience.
Amanda Lindhout is a truly talented writer. Her words and memories flow beautifully from page to page; I imagine it was very difficult for her to write this book. I hope that in doing so, she found some solace or catharsis.
As many people have mentioned, she is remarkably brave and honest about her feelings and recollections. I would recommend this to pretty much everyone I know for so many reasons, including her strength, resilience, and determination to survive.(less)
Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 skills to Master Business and Life compares the behavior of 7 chosen animals to that of the characteristics of business ow...moreSurviving Your Serengeti: 7 skills to Master Business and Life compares the behavior of 7 chosen animals to that of the characteristics of business owners (who are all trying to survive). Using the animals as examples, the book makes analogies and lessons we can learn from each of the animals (survival skills), depending on which one we identify with the most: Lion, wildebeest, crocodile, cheetah, giraffe, mongoose and elephant.
It is a fable of a couple who goes on a Serengeti tour and meets an animal behavior expert who shows them 7 survival skills based on the 7 animals. According the the blurb on the book:
"As a brutal business environment meets a soft economy, business leaders and managers are looking for sources of both inspiration and survival. This compelling new fable offers a riveting tale of life in Africa’s Serengeti and what lessons it holds for today’s beleaguered business people and struggling society. The 1.5 million wildebeest rely on stubborn endurance and support from the herd to survive; the crocodile is opportunistic; the cheetah ruthlessly effective; the giraffe embodies grace, the lion a master strategist, the mongoose is a risk-taker, the elephant is an excellent communicator.
So what animal are you?"
The concept of this book was intriguing, and although the author was obviously well intentioned, I thought that he fell a little short in the way the book was written. At times the book was a little "too much" in terms of "cheesiness" of the dialogue, and in trying to make its point. A more subtle approach would have gotten the message through in a more meaningful manner.
I did like the lessons the book (and animals) presented, since they are relevant and applicable regardless of if you are a business owner or not.
If you are unsure of which animal you are, there is a section to help you discover which animal you embody, as well as a quiz on his website you can take-- apparently, I am the Communicating Elephant, which has the following characteristics: They’re skilled at both listening to and actually hearing other people, and take time to comprehend the details in their message. They are interested in advancing the discussion beyond just a series of shared monologues and into a true dialogue. They realize that taking a positive approach can make others feel more confident, and in turn, more likely to cooperate.
This is definitely a neat way of presenting key survival skills and presenting what tends to be repetitive and rote self-help skills which flood the shelves at our local bookstores. It is an easy read and although doesn't present any staggering new groundbreaking information, it is definitely something we can all benefit from.(less)
I've been reading so many incredible books lately that I haven't really been able to immerse myself into this story as I had hoped. The author has a d...moreI've been reading so many incredible books lately that I haven't really been able to immerse myself into this story as I had hoped. The author has a distinct writing style, and because my mind has been on other books, it has unfortunately been unable to "grab" me as other books have a keep me reading until I'm finished. I know I will love this book when I do put the proper time and energy into reading it. For now I'm putting it on "hold", until I finish "The Orphan Master's Son" (amazing) before I try again.(less)