Category Archives: Nonfiction

The 4-Hour Workweek (Expanded!)

My dad has been wanting to read the 4-Hour Workweek for months.  We couldn’t find it at the library, and I kept forgetting to just order for him on Amazon.  Imagine how excited I was to see it available for review!  And my dad was thrilled!  So now we have our own copy.  And not just our own copy, a brand new, updated, revised edition.  Could it get better?

How would you like to double your salary and cut your working hours by more than half?  Instead of a 40 hour week, you work a 4 hour week?  Tim Ferriss outlines how he went from 40,000 a year to 40,000 a week.  Using well written, conversational style, Ferriss walks you through all his information, thoughts and tips for how he did what he did.

You will be encouraged and challenged as you make your way through this book.  I’m planning to read it at least 2-3 times this year.  He guides you through the DEAL – Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation.  I especially enjoyed his thoughts on time management, that was really stuff I needed to hear!  And his chapters on virtual assistants were a close second for me. Not because I want to hire a VA, but because I want to become one.  So it helped to see it from the other side, what he is looking for in a VA.

As Ferriss says, “a lot has changed since 2007”, so this edition has information on controlling and utilizing email, technology, and social media.

One Note: There is some mild language that I was unhappy to see.  Just as a side note.  It’s hardly worth mentioning, but it stood out to me and I wanted to point it out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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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.

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

The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business

This book was amazing! Hands down,one of the best books on running a business I’ve ever read. It was clear and well written, it was well developed and made sense. I enjoyed every section, making mental notes on everything. Now I use it as a reference book.

And one of my favorite places to reference is the Financial section. The different topics and ideas that are covered and explained will change the way you run your little business. Overhead costs, liability, production costs, the list goes on and on. I learned so many different applicable things. For instance: how to figure retail and wholesale costs. And how to charge for a service versus a product.

And it’s not just for “Young Entrepreneurs”. My dad is reading the book now!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Duel with the Devil by Paul Collins

There is nothing new under the sun, including political rivalries.  And in 1799, the brand-new United States of America was home to one of the fiercest political rivalries ever.  Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were two of the greatest lawyers ever, and, as the new election approaches, tension is growing.

Until a young Quaker woman is found murdered.  Accusations begin to fly, most landing on the young woman’s suitor, Levi Weeks.  As days pass, Levi begins to fear that he will never even make it to a fair trial.  He needs the best legal team the world can provide.

So the unlikeliest of allies join together to take on the courtrooms of New York.

My Thoughts

This book is wonderfully written and draws you in.  However, there are some “adult topics” hinted at, in regards to the young lady.  So be careful what ages you recommend this book too.  Prereading would probably be a good idea.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A Godward Heart by John Piper

Treasuring the God Who Loves You

I find it rather hard to review a devotional.  Devotionals are meant to be read slowly, one day at a time.  They are for pondering, savoring, meditating.  However, time does not allow me to do that.  So I read it quickly, and then put it back on my shelf… to be read slowly during my quiet time in the coming days.

John Piper fills the pages of A Godward Heart with 50 meditations that draw your soul closer to God.  Each bite sized devotional is deeply soul stirring, leading you closer to a better knowledge of our Father in heaven.

Day 25 is an anniversary meditation on 1 Corinthians 13, while day 12 focusses on living as if the world was passing away.   Day 17 is a commentary  on the true view of doctrine, and day 30 commentates on caring for the hopeless, the hurting, and the downtrodden.

I highly recommend you add this book to your quiet time with the Lord.

5 out of 5 stars.

Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic

This is a book that will make you cry one minute and then make you laugh the next.  Nick’s story is just that kind of story.

Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs.  Facing a world designed for arms and legs, Nick found life hard to live.  After attempting suicide at the age of 10, he confided to his brother that  he would kill himself when he turned 21.  But God had a special purpose for Nick and began to show Nick just what his value was to other people.

In Unstoppable, Nick gives some glimpses into his life, as well as sharing his love story with his wife of 2 years, Kanae.  But Nick also offers inspiration for some extreme emotions we face in life.  He speaks to those with suicidal thoughts, relationship crisis, physical handicaps, and career challenges.  God never leaves us, ever.  Even on the darkest, roughest road.

A real, empowering book that everyone in my family is going to read!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars