Just Do Something was a quick read. Good to pick up, and you should be able to finish even at a slow pace. It deals with the very important topic of GJust Do Something was a quick read. Good to pick up, and you should be able to finish even at a slow pace. It deals with the very important topic of God's will which Christians might find themselves agonizing over. DeYoung shows how there can be an ungodly passivity that can be rationalized by waiting to know God's will. This can be motivated by a number of reasons that he goes over in the book. He then makes the case for how the Lord has provided us with every grace necessary and how Christians are meant to make use of those means to take the next step and 'just do something'....more
Good, short read and insightful to say the least. It's a very common book, but I've stayed away from it for so long because of a personal dislike for Good, short read and insightful to say the least. It's a very common book, but I've stayed away from it for so long because of a personal dislike for formulaic approaches to building relationships. I picked it up based off of a recommendation from one of a mentor I respect in his dealing with people.
Each chapter introduces practical, actionable advise that's supposed to help in our regular interactions with others. With each advise, one or more examples are given from the lives of either historical figures or some of the author's students who have put the advise into practice. The examples themselves are difficult for me to accept at face value. Some of the stories are verifiable, but others could be taken as extrapolations. Personal experience also tells me that it would be simplistic to conclude that x happened by person did y. It could indeed have contributed to a better outcome, but it would be unwise to discount all the other variables that have come into play. I'm also a little uncomfortable with this particular writing style where parts of it read as if I'm being sold something.
That said, I still find the advise very useful. One could hardly argue how seeing things from admitting mistakes, remembering names, and respecting others' differing opinions are just sensible and respectful things to do. There's value to be had if only to bring this to the reader's consciousness and make one aware of areas to improve in interacting with others.
It's not a long read, and if you happen to come across it you would bring away something useful. So pick it up if you have the chance, but read it judiciously and carefully, mindful of your motives in applying the advise in this book....more
This book introduced me to Psalm 51 as one of the most profound pictures of repentance in the Old Testament. It helps that this side of the cross we sThis book introduced me to Psalm 51 as one of the most profound pictures of repentance in the Old Testament. It helps that this side of the cross we see how all of David's petitions in this Psalm are made possible through Christ. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) helps us to understand that and more in this short, easily digestible read. Dealing with sin doesn't end for the Christian as testified by David, the man after God's own heart, in this tragic episode in his life. The brevity of the piece allows for a reread of this book every now and then....more
This was an easy to grab book. Good for starters if you haven't already read other material on focus and productivity. The book has a short introductoThis was an easy to grab book. Good for starters if you haven't already read other material on focus and productivity. The book has a short introductory section giving an overview of the general principles, and a much longer section on practical advice. I did find the earlier section most helpful in the book, distinguishing between voluntary/involuntary focus and broad/focused attention. But that's a very brief portion of the whole material.Most of the practical advice isn't anything new or material that you wouldn't already find scattered in productivity blogs. If this is your first productivity book you may find it useful, else you could just go for one of the classics instead like "Get Things Done" by David Allen. It's not as easy a read as this one, but it does contain more depth in my opinion. One thing that irked me in particular is a good portion of the first section talked a great deal about how this book was so great. You don't need to sell the book to me, I already bought the book. Overall, an average introductory book on attention and productivity. Good, quick jump for your first book. Other alternatives do exist out there though....more
I've always loved Warcraft Lore, and the novels manage to bring me up to speed. It's as good as a Warcraft book can get. That does mean though that thI've always loved Warcraft Lore, and the novels manage to bring me up to speed. It's as good as a Warcraft book can get. That does mean though that the story is influenced by the limitations of the universe the game is in. This book serves to advance the lore and provide a window to the motives of the leaders of the two major warring factions in Warcraft: The Horde and the Alliance. This sets the stage for the Battle for Azeroth. I've found it doesn't entirely answer all fan questions on why Horde and Alliance must fight again after a united advance against the Legion which I hoped it would. That would probably be explained in game where most of the audience is found. I enjoyed walking through the World of Warcraft through the eyes of Sylvanas and Anduin. Not a big fan of the direction the lore is taking though being a Sylvanas sympathizer from the get-go. But granted that this does not set new ground that hasn't already been established by Blizzard, Christie Golden did the story justice and leaves the reader both satisfied and eager to hear of the story after this....more