I liked this book. It was my second read, and it was a lot more basic than what I gave it credit for. Nonetheless, it has some good questions to ask y...moreI liked this book. It was my second read, and it was a lot more basic than what I gave it credit for. Nonetheless, it has some good questions to ask yourself. Two in particular stood out:
"What is your essence? What are you really about?" and, relatedly,
What is something that you have to do, or you'll burn up? Something that you think is costing the world because it does not exist in the right quality?(less)
Nothing really stood out to me in this book. It was one guy's experience, just relating what happened to him. Not really that helpful to me, as far as...moreNothing really stood out to me in this book. It was one guy's experience, just relating what happened to him. Not really that helpful to me, as far as value-added. Skip.(less)
I actually moderately liked this book, but there was a lot of personal opinion and ranting, which cut into my experience significantly. He also quoted...moreI actually moderately liked this book, but there was a lot of personal opinion and ranting, which cut into my experience significantly. He also quoted some great material. The first and last are my favorite.
"Latter-day Saints must demonstrate to the world that the restoration of gospel principles in our day is an advantage over the present forms of religion. We must show others that one of the most visible product of this work is the impact that the gospel has on marriage and family life. Stable individuals produce stable marriages, and they in turn produce stable families who produce stable individuals. Quality home life is our best magnet to attract others to the gospel plan. President Spencer W. Kimball said, "Our success... as a church will largely be determined by how faithfully we focus on living the gospel in the home" (Ensign, May 1979, p. 83). President Gordon B. Hinckley pleaded: "Let us work together, every one of us, to build the kingdom, to tell our neighbors, to help the missionaries, to live the kind of lives which will cause other people to ask about us. That will be the greatest thing that we can do." (At Quito, Ecuador, August 12, 1997; Church News, February 7, 1988, p.2)
Mr. Wallace: “Since World War II, we seem to be splintering; we seem to be becoming more selfish, more self-absorbed, less community minded. Families don’t seem to mean so much, and morality has gone to hell [his expression] in a handbasket. Why?”
Response: “The basic failure is in our homes. Parents haven’t measured up to their responsibilities. It is evident. A nation will rise no higher than the strength of its homes. If you want to reform a nation, you begin with families, with parents who teach their children principles and values that are positive and affirmative and will lead them to worthwhile endeavors. That is the basic failure that has taken place in America. And we are making a tremendous effort to bring about greater solidarity in families. Parents have no greater responsibility in this world than the bringing up of their children in the right way, and they will have no greater satisfaction as the years pass than to see those children grow in integrity and honesty and make something of their lives. …” (Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, November 1996, pp. 48-49).
"What you sincerely in your heart believe of Christ will determine what you are, will largely determine what your acts will be." ("Gospel Ideals" Improvement Era, 1953, p.34)(less)
It gave some good ideas, but there was way too much fluff. A lot of the book felt like it was stretching for the sake of publishing promises "100 diff...moreIt gave some good ideas, but there was way too much fluff. A lot of the book felt like it was stretching for the sake of publishing promises "100 different fields covered!" etc. That being said, you could find 30 pages of solid advice.(less)
Perfectly fits the bill for a 20 something that has never been explicitly taught the basics of money management. I feel completely confident that I am...morePerfectly fits the bill for a 20 something that has never been explicitly taught the basics of money management. I feel completely confident that I am no longer a complete moron when it comes to my finances. Highly recommended.(less)
A delightful book. Read it in two sittings, and it pretty much had me the whole time. It reminded me of my vulnerability, something that I have uncons...moreA delightful book. Read it in two sittings, and it pretty much had me the whole time. It reminded me of my vulnerability, something that I have unconsciously suppressed in my current job. It gave me a window into several experiences and types of relationships I will likely never have, but most importantly, it did for me what books do best: it triggered in me a wide range of emotions while reminding me that our human condition is lovable and full of meaning.
And now, some of my favorite parts, devoid of context for you, but full of meaning for me:
"Some people don't understand promises when they make them," I said. Isaac shot me a look. "Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love *is. Love is keeping the promise anyway." -Page undocumented
P.123 That's why I like you. Do you realize how rare it is to come across a hot girl who creates an adjectival version of the word pedophile? You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are."
P.135 "Kinda," I said. But it wasn't that. The truth was, I didn't want to Isaac him. "To be fair to Monica," I said, "what you did to her wasn't very nice either." "What'd I do to her?" he asked, defensive. "You know, going blind and everything." "But that's not my fault," Isaac said. I'm not saying it was your *fault. I'm saying it wasn't *nice."
182 "This boy appears to have some kind of developmental delay"
188 "Lidewij, play 'Bomfalleralla' immediately."
223 I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed.
With the last quotes, on pages 216 and 262, being too much of a spoiler to quote... but totally worth the read getting there.