Category Archives: 2 Stars

The Power of a Half Hour

“Turn your fleeting minutes into defining moments”

I looked forward to receiving this book with great anticipation.  I love motivational books, and have a weakness for tips on how to “maximize your time”.  I don’t know why, I just love collecting and processing information on that kind of stuff.   But, I have to admit, this book was a slight disappointment.

Focussing on how to manage your downtime from the bottom up, this book divides our time into 30 minute increments.  What can  you do with those 30 minutes?  Memorize scripture?  Walk with your wife?  Watch TV?  Check Facebook?  The obvious answer is that when we control our time, even in the smallest amounts, it will turn our world around.  This will, ultimately, affect all our work and relationships.

My problem with this book was how shallow and trite it came across.  There was so much space to dive deep and explore here, but we were left with a very quick, basic chapter.  Even his relationship with God came across as cheap and shallow.  I don’t know, just the feeling I got from the book made me unhappy.

Rating 2 out of 5 stars.

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Learning to Breathe Fire

The history of the rise of CrossFit from a tiny, unknown gym to the workout that millions around the country do on a regular basis.  This book explores what it is to be human and why, deep inside each of us, is a desire to return to the “wild”.  I don’t have much to say about this book, mostly because I didn’t find it to be very good.  The writing struggled to intrigue me and keep me reading.  It also was obviously not written by a Christian, who made no attempt to hide her view that we are returning to the primitive cavemen we all began as.

Overall I was disappointed in this book,  It wasn’t what I was expecting and was hard to read.  But if you’re willing to overlook the flaws, you may enjoy the history of CrossFit.

Rating: 2 out 5 stars