Category Archives: Reviews

Won’t You Be My Neighbor | Reflections

“The greatest thing we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.” “Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All relationships. Love, or the lack of it.” – Fred Rogers Won’t You Be

Won’t You Be My Neighbor | Reflections

“The greatest thing we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.” “Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All relationships. Love, or the lack of it.” – Fred Rogers Won’t You Be

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes | Critical Thoughts & Notes

E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible. InterVarsity Press, 2012. [Logos Edition.] (225 pages) CRITICAL THOUGHTS This is an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with the basics

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes | Critical Thoughts & Notes

E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible. InterVarsity Press, 2012. [Logos Edition.] (225 pages) CRITICAL THOUGHTS This is an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with the basics

Coco | Review

Coco. Disney Pixar, 2017 [PG] They did it. Again. I cried. Again. They wrote a story of deep humanity with the themes of following your inner passion, redeeming generations of brokenness with music (yup, read that again, a la “Eats, shoots and leaves.”),

Coco | Review

Coco. Disney Pixar, 2017 [PG] They did it. Again. I cried. Again. They wrote a story of deep humanity with the themes of following your inner passion, redeeming generations of brokenness with music (yup, read that again, a la “Eats, shoots and leaves.”),

A Failure Of Nerve | Review & Notes

Edwin H. Friedman. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. Seabury Books and The Edwin Friedman Trust, 1999, 2007. (260 pages) Greg Wiens review; All Is Grist review; Todd Noren-Hentz book notes; Todd Hiestand summary; 10th

A Failure Of Nerve | Review & Notes

Edwin H. Friedman. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. Seabury Books and The Edwin Friedman Trust, 1999, 2007. (260 pages) Greg Wiens review; All Is Grist review; Todd Noren-Hentz book notes; Todd Hiestand summary; 10th

Homecoming King | Reflections

2017. TV-MA. “Comic Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show” shares personal stories about racism, immigrant parents, prom night horrors and more in this stand-up special.” “Your courage to do what’s right has to be greater than your fear of getting

Homecoming King | Reflections

2017. TV-MA. “Comic Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show” shares personal stories about racism, immigrant parents, prom night horrors and more in this stand-up special.” “Your courage to do what’s right has to be greater than your fear of getting

Boxers & Saints | Reflections

Gene Luen Yang. Boxers & Saints. First Second, 2013 (336 pages) Seattle pi review by Jeff Provine; NYTimes review by Wesley Yang; Download a Teacher’s Guide; National Book Review lecture and trailer; I’ve included a significant portion of the NPR

Boxers & Saints | Reflections

Gene Luen Yang. Boxers & Saints. First Second, 2013 (336 pages) Seattle pi review by Jeff Provine; NYTimes review by Wesley Yang; Download a Teacher’s Guide; National Book Review lecture and trailer; I’ve included a significant portion of the NPR

Thy Kingdom Come | Notes & Review

Randall Balmer. Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical’s Lament. How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America. Basic Books, 2006 (265 pages) LA Times Op-Ed (August 23, 2017); Journey With Jesus review; Jews On First review; The Strange Case of

Thy Kingdom Come | Notes & Review

Randall Balmer. Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical’s Lament. How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America. Basic Books, 2006 (265 pages) LA Times Op-Ed (August 23, 2017); Journey With Jesus review; Jews On First review; The Strange Case of

Jesus Feminist | Notes & Review

Sarah Bessey. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women / Exploring God’s Radical Notion That Women Are People Too. Howard Books, 2013. (235 pages) Sarah’s website. CT article: ‘I’m a Feminist Because I Love Jesus So

Jesus Feminist | Notes & Review

Sarah Bessey. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women / Exploring God’s Radical Notion That Women Are People Too. Howard Books, 2013. (235 pages) Sarah’s website. CT article: ‘I’m a Feminist Because I Love Jesus So

Finding God In The Waves | Notes & Review

Mike McHargue. Finding God In The Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science. Converent, 2016. (273 pages) The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the

Finding God In The Waves | Notes & Review

Mike McHargue. Finding God In The Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science. Converent, 2016. (273 pages) The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the

God In The White House | Notes & Review

Randall Balmer. God In The White House: A History – How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. HarperOne, 2008. (243 pages) Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, Riches take wing, and only character

God In The White House | Notes & Review

Randall Balmer. God In The White House: A History – How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. HarperOne, 2008. (243 pages) Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, Riches take wing, and only character

Unleashing The Power of Rubber Bands | Notes

Nancy Ortberg. Unleashing The Power of Rubber Bands; Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership. Tyndale House, 2008. (243 pages) Tyndale’s First Chapters. Rubber Bands At its heart, leadership is about promises, and of all its promises, development is one of the most

Unleashing The Power of Rubber Bands | Notes

Nancy Ortberg. Unleashing The Power of Rubber Bands; Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership. Tyndale House, 2008. (243 pages) Tyndale’s First Chapters. Rubber Bands At its heart, leadership is about promises, and of all its promises, development is one of the most

The Sin of Certainty | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs. HarperOne, 2016. (230 pages) Chapter 1 – I Don’t Know What I Believe Anymore My soul is full of troubles, and my life draws

The Sin of Certainty | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs. HarperOne, 2016. (230 pages) Chapter 1 – I Don’t Know What I Believe Anymore My soul is full of troubles, and my life draws

A Letter To My Congregation | Notes & Critical Review

Ken Wilson. A Letter To My Congregation: An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgender into the company of Jesus. Read The Spirit Books, 2004. (196 pages) Dedication Foreword Preface The book you hold is

A Letter To My Congregation | Notes & Critical Review

Ken Wilson. A Letter To My Congregation: An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgender into the company of Jesus. Read The Spirit Books, 2004. (196 pages) Dedication Foreword Preface The book you hold is

Something Ventured | Review

http://www.somethingventuredthemovie.com Just fun. There are hundreds of lessons, insights, stories, and moments of, “Oh, you too!? That makes me feel better.” There are a couple key lessons that are worth noting, and a closing quote which I found quite apropos.

Something Ventured | Review

http://www.somethingventuredthemovie.com Just fun. There are hundreds of lessons, insights, stories, and moments of, “Oh, you too!? That makes me feel better.” There are a couple key lessons that are worth noting, and a closing quote which I found quite apropos.

Freakonomics, The Movie | Review & Quotes

Freakonomics. Magnolia Pictures, 2010. Review When I read the book several years ago, a whole new world opened up to me. It was an experience of feeling like scales had fallen from my eyes and I could see things that

Freakonomics, The Movie | Review & Quotes

Freakonomics. Magnolia Pictures, 2010. Review When I read the book several years ago, a whole new world opened up to me. It was an experience of feeling like scales had fallen from my eyes and I could see things that

Ex Machina | Reflections

Ex Machina. [R] (2015) The prospect of AI reaching the level of passing the Turing Test is intriguing in and of itself, a scientific inquiry that titillates the geek in all of us. But what I believe to be the

Ex Machina | Reflections

Ex Machina. [R] (2015) The prospect of AI reaching the level of passing the Turing Test is intriguing in and of itself, a scientific inquiry that titillates the geek in all of us. But what I believe to be the

The Hard Thing About Hard Things | Notes

Ben Horowitz. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. HarperCollins, 2014. (289) Reviews: TechCrunch, Inc., WSJ, Forbes, SXSW Session, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Introduction The problem with these books is that they

The Hard Thing About Hard Things | Notes

Ben Horowitz. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. HarperCollins, 2014. (289) Reviews: TechCrunch, Inc., WSJ, Forbes, SXSW Session, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Introduction The problem with these books is that they

Paradigms | Notes

Joel Arthur Barker. Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future. HarperBusiness, 1992. (240 pages) FOREWORD: Three Keys to the Future They are Anticipation, Innovation, Excellence. (11) Excellence is no longer a competitive edge. It is the necessary price of entry.

Paradigms | Notes

Joel Arthur Barker. Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future. HarperBusiness, 1992. (240 pages) FOREWORD: Three Keys to the Future They are Anticipation, Innovation, Excellence. (11) Excellence is no longer a competitive edge. It is the necessary price of entry.

God And The Gay Christian | Notes & Critical Review

Matthew Vines. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Convergent Books, 2014. (213 pages) Reclaiming Our Light – an Introduction My core argument in this book is not simply that some Bible passages have

God And The Gay Christian | Notes & Critical Review

Matthew Vines. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Convergent Books, 2014. (213 pages) Reclaiming Our Light – an Introduction My core argument in this book is not simply that some Bible passages have

Automata | Review

“Surviving is not relevant. Living is. We want to live.” “Life always ends up finding its way, even here.” The idea of autonomous creatures has not only been around for a while (see Radical Evolution), the possibilities and potentialities are

Automata | Review

“Surviving is not relevant. Living is. We want to live.” “Life always ends up finding its way, even here.” The idea of autonomous creatures has not only been around for a while (see Radical Evolution), the possibilities and potentialities are

Growing Up Trans | Reflections

Reflections: The gender and sexuality wars will, I opine, continue for a long-time into our future. I lament that I believe this, but yet, I consider it to be my best prediction of the future. I will be happy to

Growing Up Trans | Reflections

Reflections: The gender and sexuality wars will, I opine, continue for a long-time into our future. I lament that I believe this, but yet, I consider it to be my best prediction of the future. I will be happy to

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert | Notes & Review

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith. Crown & Covenant Publications, 2012. (2775 Locations, Kindle edition) Foreword From our early acquaintance, I recognized that our new friend feared no topic,

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert | Notes & Review

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith. Crown & Covenant Publications, 2012. (2775 Locations, Kindle edition) Foreword From our early acquaintance, I recognized that our new friend feared no topic,

How To Read The Bible | Notes & Review

Harvey Cox. How To Read The Bible. HarperOne, 2015. (257 pages)   HarperCollins page; Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service; Introduction I think my personal history with the Bible as unfolding in three stages THE NARRATIVE STAGE THE HISTORICAL STAGE THE

How To Read The Bible | Notes & Review

Harvey Cox. How To Read The Bible. HarperOne, 2015. (257 pages)   HarperCollins page; Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service; Introduction I think my personal history with the Bible as unfolding in three stages THE NARRATIVE STAGE THE HISTORICAL STAGE THE

The Whole-Brain Child | Notes & Review

Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. Bantam Books, 2012. (176 pages) WholeBrainChild.com; Dan Siegel’s page; Empowered To Connect (handouts, etc.); ParentMap; iBooks; Nichole Huff, NC University; Introduction:

The Whole-Brain Child | Notes & Review

Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. Bantam Books, 2012. (176 pages) WholeBrainChild.com; Dan Siegel’s page; Empowered To Connect (handouts, etc.); ParentMap; iBooks; Nichole Huff, NC University; Introduction:

Remember Everything You Read | Notes & Reflections

Stanley D. Frank. Remember Everything You Read: The Evelyn Wood 7 Day Speed Reading and Learning Program. American Learning Corporation, 1990. (212 pages) Reviews: Good Reads. 1. Mental Soaring: The Secret to Success Be sure that you’re now reading in

Remember Everything You Read | Notes & Reflections

Stanley D. Frank. Remember Everything You Read: The Evelyn Wood 7 Day Speed Reading and Learning Program. American Learning Corporation, 1990. (212 pages) Reviews: Good Reads. 1. Mental Soaring: The Secret to Success Be sure that you’re now reading in

The Great Partnership | Notes & Review

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning. Schocken, 2011. (369 pages) Reviews: Ian Marcus Corbin, Wall Street Journal; Richard Holloway, The Guardian; Ziauddin Sardar, Independent; Wallace Greene, Jewish Book Council; Introduction  Debates about religion and

The Great Partnership | Notes & Review

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning. Schocken, 2011. (369 pages) Reviews: Ian Marcus Corbin, Wall Street Journal; Richard Holloway, The Guardian; Ziauddin Sardar, Independent; Wallace Greene, Jewish Book Council; Introduction  Debates about religion and

Torn | Notes & Review

Justin Lee. Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate. Jericho Books, (259 pages) Website: http://www.tornbook.com. Information and reviews at: Gay Christian Network (GCN), Huffington Post, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), Rachel Held Evans, NPR, Christianity Today, Patheos (Gagnon article), Justin’s

Torn | Notes & Review

Justin Lee. Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate. Jericho Books, (259 pages) Website: http://www.tornbook.com. Information and reviews at: Gay Christian Network (GCN), Huffington Post, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), Rachel Held Evans, NPR, Christianity Today, Patheos (Gagnon article), Justin’s

Love Into Light | Critical Review

Peter Hubbard. Love Into Light: The Gospel, The Homosexual, and the Church. Ambassador International, 2013. (175 pages) LoveIntoLight.com, Tim Challies review, Google Hangout with Peter Hubbard, Eric Metals review, David Schlock review at CBMW, Jim Anderson review, Josh Blount review. I concur with

Love Into Light | Critical Review

Peter Hubbard. Love Into Light: The Gospel, The Homosexual, and the Church. Ambassador International, 2013. (175 pages) LoveIntoLight.com, Tim Challies review, Google Hangout with Peter Hubbard, Eric Metals review, David Schlock review at CBMW, Jim Anderson review, Josh Blount review. I concur with

The Future of Faith | Notes & Review

Harvey Cox. The Future of Faith. HarperOne, 2009. (245 pages)   Reviews at Spirituality & Practice, The Harvard Ichthus, and Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. Chapter 1 An Age of the Spirit The Sacred in the Secular? …three qualities mark the world’s spiritual profile,

The Future of Faith | Notes & Review

Harvey Cox. The Future of Faith. HarperOne, 2009. (245 pages)   Reviews at Spirituality & Practice, The Harvard Ichthus, and Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. Chapter 1 An Age of the Spirit The Sacred in the Secular? …three qualities mark the world’s spiritual profile,

Nurture Shock | Notes

Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman. Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children. Twelve, 2009. (336 pages) Preface When everything is all dressed up as entertainment–when it’s all supposed to be magical and surprising and fascinating–the Real Thing may be perceived as

Nurture Shock | Notes

Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman. Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children. Twelve, 2009. (336 pages) Preface When everything is all dressed up as entertainment–when it’s all supposed to be magical and surprising and fascinating–the Real Thing may be perceived as

Can I Ask That? | Critical Review & Notes

Jim Candy, Brad M. Griffin, Kara Powell. Can I Ask That: 8 Hard Questions About God & Faith – A Sticky Faith Curriculum (Leader Edition). Fuller Youth Institute, 2014. (209 pages) — VIA: Critical Review — This is a hard

Can I Ask That? | Critical Review & Notes

Jim Candy, Brad M. Griffin, Kara Powell. Can I Ask That: 8 Hard Questions About God & Faith – A Sticky Faith Curriculum (Leader Edition). Fuller Youth Institute, 2014. (209 pages) — VIA: Critical Review — This is a hard

A Big Heart Open To God | Notes

Pope Francis. A Big Heart Open To God: A Conversation with Pope Francis. HarperOne, 2013. (150 pages) Part One: A Big Heart Open to God The Exclusive Interview with Pope Francis The wisdom of discernment redeems the necessary ambiguity of life

A Big Heart Open To God | Notes

Pope Francis. A Big Heart Open To God: A Conversation with Pope Francis. HarperOne, 2013. (150 pages) Part One: A Big Heart Open to God The Exclusive Interview with Pope Francis The wisdom of discernment redeems the necessary ambiguity of life

Start | Notes & Review

Jon Acuff. Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters. Lampo Press, 2013. (266 pages) 1. You Are Here I made a pretty simple discovery about what it takes to be awesome. …every awesome life

Start | Notes & Review

Jon Acuff. Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters. Lampo Press, 2013. (266 pages) 1. You Are Here I made a pretty simple discovery about what it takes to be awesome. …every awesome life

The Last Word | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture. HarperSanFrancisco, 2005. (146 pages) Preface to the American Edition Taken as a whole, the church clearly can’t live without the Bible, but

The Last Word | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture. HarperSanFrancisco, 2005. (146 pages) Preface to the American Edition Taken as a whole, the church clearly can’t live without the Bible, but

Leviticus | Notes & Review

Maurice D. Harris. Leviticus: You Have No Idea. Cascade Books, 2013. (123 pages) http://levitibook.weebly.com/ The hilariously dramatic introduction video: Forward The task of bridging these two worlds [laity and scholarship] must rest with clergy… (ix) Perhaps the greatest challenge to

Leviticus | Notes & Review

Maurice D. Harris. Leviticus: You Have No Idea. Cascade Books, 2013. (123 pages) http://levitibook.weebly.com/ The hilariously dramatic introduction video: Forward The task of bridging these two worlds [laity and scholarship] must rest with clergy… (ix) Perhaps the greatest challenge to

How Children Succeed | Notes & Review

Paul Tough. How Children Succeed; Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Mariner Books, 2013. (231 pages) PaulTough.com, NYTimes.com article. Introduction …the cognitive hypothesis: the belief, rarely expressed aloud but commonly held nonetheless, that success today depends primarily on

How Children Succeed | Notes & Review

Paul Tough. How Children Succeed; Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Mariner Books, 2013. (231 pages) PaulTough.com, NYTimes.com article. Introduction …the cognitive hypothesis: the belief, rarely expressed aloud but commonly held nonetheless, that success today depends primarily on

Leaders | Notes

Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus. Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge. HarperCollins, 2007. (235) AUTHORS’ NOTE Distinguishing leadership from management Empowerment Vision Trust Management of meaning Forward to the Second Edition …upon rereading the first edition, we found a number of

Leaders | Notes

Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus. Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge. HarperCollins, 2007. (235) AUTHORS’ NOTE Distinguishing leadership from management Empowerment Vision Trust Management of meaning Forward to the Second Edition …upon rereading the first edition, we found a number of

Amusing Ourselves to Death | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Books, 1985. (183 pages) Forward This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right. (viii) Part I 1. The Medium Is the

Amusing Ourselves to Death | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Books, 1985. (183 pages) Forward This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right. (viii) Part I 1. The Medium Is the

The App Generation | Notes & Review

Howard Gardner and Katie Davis. The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World. Yale University Press, 2013. (244 pages) ONE Introduction …three topics emerged as dominant and also permeate this book: our sense

The App Generation | Notes & Review

Howard Gardner and Katie Davis. The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World. Yale University Press, 2013. (244 pages) ONE Introduction …three topics emerged as dominant and also permeate this book: our sense

When God Spoke Greek | Notes & Review

Timothy Michael Law. When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Oxford University Press, 2013. (216 pages) 1 Why This Book? Here was real, hold-in-your-hands proof that some biblical books once existed in a different

When God Spoke Greek | Notes & Review

Timothy Michael Law. When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Oxford University Press, 2013. (216 pages) 1 Why This Book? Here was real, hold-in-your-hands proof that some biblical books once existed in a different

The Shallows | Notes & Review

Nicholas Carr. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains.  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2010. (276 pages) Prologue: The Watchdog and the Thief What both enthusiast and skeptic miss is what McLuhan saw: that in the long

The Shallows | Notes & Review

Nicholas Carr. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains.  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2010. (276 pages) Prologue: The Watchdog and the Thief What both enthusiast and skeptic miss is what McLuhan saw: that in the long

Moonwalking With Einstein | Notes & Review

Joshua Foer. Moonwalking WIth Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. The Penguin Press, 2011. (307 pages) There were no other survivors. Family members at the scene of the fifth-century-B.C. banquet hall catastrophe pawed at the debris for signs

Moonwalking With Einstein | Notes & Review

Joshua Foer. Moonwalking WIth Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. The Penguin Press, 2011. (307 pages) There were no other survivors. Family members at the scene of the fifth-century-B.C. banquet hall catastrophe pawed at the debris for signs

Jiro Dreams of Sushi | Review

“Always look ahead and above yourself. Always try to improve on yourself. Always strive to elevate your craft. That’s what he taught me.” – Yoshikazu Ono Thanks to Jesse & Kelly for bringing this to my attention. This poster may

Jiro Dreams of Sushi | Review

“Always look ahead and above yourself. Always try to improve on yourself. Always strive to elevate your craft. That’s what he taught me.” – Yoshikazu Ono Thanks to Jesse & Kelly for bringing this to my attention. This poster may

How The Mighty Fall | Notes & Review

Jim Collins. How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In. HarperCollins, 2009. (222 pages) (How The Mighty Fall – MARKERS.pdf.) The Silent Creep of Impending Doom …effective teaching: don’t try to come up with the right answers; focus

How The Mighty Fall | Notes & Review

Jim Collins. How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In. HarperCollins, 2009. (222 pages) (How The Mighty Fall – MARKERS.pdf.) The Silent Creep of Impending Doom …effective teaching: don’t try to come up with the right answers; focus

The Reason For God | Notes & Review

Timothy Keller. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Riverhead Books, 2008. (310 pages) Introduction I find your lack of faith — disturbing. – Darth Vader The Enemies Are Both Right. In short, the world is polarizing

The Reason For God | Notes & Review

Timothy Keller. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Riverhead Books, 2008. (310 pages) Introduction I find your lack of faith — disturbing. – Darth Vader The Enemies Are Both Right. In short, the world is polarizing

The Rise and Fall of the Bible | Notes & Review

Timothy Beal. The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. (244 pages) 1. The End of the Word As We Know It: A Personal Introduction My parents’ biblical faith was

The Rise and Fall of the Bible | Notes & Review

Timothy Beal. The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. (244 pages) 1. The End of the Word As We Know It: A Personal Introduction My parents’ biblical faith was

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization | Notes & Review

Peter Drucker. The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization. Jossey-Bass, 2008. (119 pages) http://www.fivequestionsbook.com Forward It is often said that the simple questions are the hardest to answer. … Simple questions can be profound, and

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization | Notes & Review

Peter Drucker. The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization. Jossey-Bass, 2008. (119 pages) http://www.fivequestionsbook.com Forward It is often said that the simple questions are the hardest to answer. … Simple questions can be profound, and

How Do You Kill 11 Million People | Notes & Review

Andy Andrews. How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why The truth Matters More Than You Think. Thomas Nelson, 2011. (84 pages) The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under

How Do You Kill 11 Million People | Notes & Review

Andy Andrews. How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why The truth Matters More Than You Think. Thomas Nelson, 2011. (84 pages) The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under

The Medium And The Light | Notes & Review

Marshall McLuhan. The Medium and the Light: Reflections on Religion. Gingko Press, 2002. (224 pages) Introduction For many hundreds of the years covered in his investigations, the antagonists were clergy. And their debates concerned not simply this or that idea or

The Medium And The Light | Notes & Review

Marshall McLuhan. The Medium and the Light: Reflections on Religion. Gingko Press, 2002. (224 pages) Introduction For many hundreds of the years covered in his investigations, the antagonists were clergy. And their debates concerned not simply this or that idea or

Genesis Unbound | Review

John Sailhamer. Genesis Unbound: A Provocative New Look at the Creation Account. Multnomah Books, 1996, 2011. (270 pages) Quick Introductory Note In this study blog, I generally post my highlights and underlines for the purpose of documenting the key phrases and

Genesis Unbound | Review

John Sailhamer. Genesis Unbound: A Provocative New Look at the Creation Account. Multnomah Books, 1996, 2011. (270 pages) Quick Introductory Note In this study blog, I generally post my highlights and underlines for the purpose of documenting the key phrases and

Night | Reflections & Notes

Eli Wiesel. Night. Hill and Wang, 1985. (120 pages) Reflections I began reading this in commemoration of Yom HaShoah (יום השואה), Holocaust Remembrance day (April 7). It is a small endeavor to reconnect with humanity, and to personally acknowledge the

Night | Reflections & Notes

Eli Wiesel. Night. Hill and Wang, 1985. (120 pages) Reflections I began reading this in commemoration of Yom HaShoah (יום השואה), Holocaust Remembrance day (April 7). It is a small endeavor to reconnect with humanity, and to personally acknowledge the

Technopoly | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. Vintage Books, 1992. (222 pages) Introduction …the argument is not between humanists and scientists but between technology and everybody else. (xii) First, technology is a friend. … Second, because of its

Technopoly | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. Vintage Books, 1992. (222 pages) Introduction …the argument is not between humanists and scientists but between technology and everybody else. (xii) First, technology is a friend. … Second, because of its

The Son Rises | Notes & Review

William Lane Craig. The Son Rises: The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus. Wipf and Stock, 1981. (156 pages) Preface The Christian faith is based on the event of the resurrection. It is not based on the evidence for

The Son Rises | Notes & Review

William Lane Craig. The Son Rises: The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus. Wipf and Stock, 1981. (156 pages) Preface The Christian faith is based on the event of the resurrection. It is not based on the evidence for

Year of Biblical Womanhood | Notes & Review

Rachel Held Evans. A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”. Thomas Nelson, 2012. (352 pages; 5684 Locations. This review is for the Kindle Edition.)

Year of Biblical Womanhood | Notes & Review

Rachel Held Evans. A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”. Thomas Nelson, 2012. (352 pages; 5684 Locations. This review is for the Kindle Edition.)

Sticky Faith | Notes & Review

Dr. Kara E. Powell & Dr. Chap Clark. Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids. Zondervan, 2011. (222 pages) http://stickyfaith.org/extras What is Sticky Faith? (introductory video): Kara’s talk at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church: http://vimeo.com/5508943 1. the

Sticky Faith | Notes & Review

Dr. Kara E. Powell & Dr. Chap Clark. Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids. Zondervan, 2011. (222 pages) http://stickyfaith.org/extras What is Sticky Faith? (introductory video): Kara’s talk at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church: http://vimeo.com/5508943 1. the

The Book of Mormon | Review

Book of Mormon, Broadway Musical. For starters, and for the religiously devout, this musical is offensive, raunchy, crude, irreverent, obscene, and offensive (yes, I said “offensive” twice). It is not for those who take their religion too seriously, so caution

The Book of Mormon | Review

Book of Mormon, Broadway Musical. For starters, and for the religiously devout, this musical is offensive, raunchy, crude, irreverent, obscene, and offensive (yes, I said “offensive” twice). It is not for those who take their religion too seriously, so caution

Toxic Charity | Notes & Review

Robert Lupton. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help. HarperOne, 2011. (191 pages) Chapter One: The Scandal The Compassion industry is almost universally accepted as a virtuous and constructive enterprise. | But what is so surprising is

Toxic Charity | Notes & Review

Robert Lupton. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help. HarperOne, 2011. (191 pages) Chapter One: The Scandal The Compassion industry is almost universally accepted as a virtuous and constructive enterprise. | But what is so surprising is

The Killer At Thurston High | Review & Reflections

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/kinkel/ In September 1998, Kip Kinkel confessed to killing his parents in their home on May 20, 1998 and the next day, walking into the Thurston High School cafeteria and spraying students with 50 rounds from a semiautomatic rifle, killing

The Killer At Thurston High | Review & Reflections

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/kinkel/ In September 1998, Kip Kinkel confessed to killing his parents in their home on May 20, 1998 and the next day, walking into the Thurston High School cafeteria and spraying students with 50 rounds from a semiautomatic rifle, killing

Love Free or Die | Review

watch: http://video.pbs.org/video/2294044250/ (only through November 19, 2012) descriptions: LOVE FREE OR DIE (Special Jury Prize winner Sundance 2012) is about a man whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner Mark.  It

Love Free or Die | Review

watch: http://video.pbs.org/video/2294044250/ (only through November 19, 2012) descriptions: LOVE FREE OR DIE (Special Jury Prize winner Sundance 2012) is about a man whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner Mark.  It

Machine Gun Preacher | Review

http://www.machinegunpreacher.org Christan Post article. Urban Christian News article. Christianity Today article. Shekinah Fellowship Church. As with many films that are “based on a true story,” there are augmentations and omissions, several of which you can read about in the linked

Machine Gun Preacher | Review

http://www.machinegunpreacher.org Christan Post article. Urban Christian News article. Christianity Today article. Shekinah Fellowship Church. As with many films that are “based on a true story,” there are augmentations and omissions, several of which you can read about in the linked

The Rise of Evangelicals | Notes & Review

Noll, Mark A.; Shelley, Bruce L.; Rosell, Garth M.; Sweeney, Douglas A.; Marsden, George; Mouw, Richard J.; Martin, William; Tait, Jennifer Woodruff (2012-09-07). The Rise of the Evangelicals: The birth of a movement that changed America (Christianity Today Essentials). Christianity

The Rise of Evangelicals | Notes & Review

Noll, Mark A.; Shelley, Bruce L.; Rosell, Garth M.; Sweeney, Douglas A.; Marsden, George; Mouw, Richard J.; Martin, William; Tait, Jennifer Woodruff (2012-09-07). The Rise of the Evangelicals: The birth of a movement that changed America (Christianity Today Essentials). Christianity

Speaking Christian | Review & Notes

Marcus Borg. Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power — And How They Can Be Restored. HarperOne, 2011. (248 pages) (Thank you to Janelle for our copy!) CNN Belief Blog. Patheos interview with Borg. The Hillhurst

Speaking Christian | Review & Notes

Marcus Borg. Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power — And How They Can Be Restored. HarperOne, 2011. (248 pages) (Thank you to Janelle for our copy!) CNN Belief Blog. Patheos interview with Borg. The Hillhurst

The Hunger Games | Review & Reflections

Admittedly, I have yet to read the books (calling to me from my Kindle). After seeing the movie, it is understandable how this story has become challenging to many in the faith community. The oppressive regime of the capitol, the

The Hunger Games | Review & Reflections

Admittedly, I have yet to read the books (calling to me from my Kindle). After seeing the movie, it is understandable how this story has become challenging to many in the faith community. The oppressive regime of the capitol, the

TED | Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain

    Fifteen years ago, it was widely assumed that the vast majority of brain development takes place in the first few years of life. Back then, 15 years ago, we didn’t have the ability to look inside the living

TED | Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain

    Fifteen years ago, it was widely assumed that the vast majority of brain development takes place in the first few years of life. Back then, 15 years ago, we didn’t have the ability to look inside the living

Revelations | Notes & Review

Elaine Pagels. Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelation. Viking, 2012. (246 pages) The Big Reveal: Why Does the Bible End That Way? – The New Yorker Into the Apocalypse With an Unruffled Tour Guide – NY

Revelations | Notes & Review

Elaine Pagels. Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelation. Viking, 2012. (246 pages) The Big Reveal: Why Does the Bible End That Way? – The New Yorker Into the Apocalypse With an Unruffled Tour Guide – NY

Saving Darwin | Notes & Review

Karl W. Giberson. Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution. HarperOne, 2008. (248 pages) Foreword Giberson’s carefully documented history provides a sobering response to the claims of those who think that the current controversy can be

Saving Darwin | Notes & Review

Karl W. Giberson. Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution. HarperOne, 2008. (248 pages) Foreword Giberson’s carefully documented history provides a sobering response to the claims of those who think that the current controversy can be

How The Irish Saved Civilization | Review & Notes

Thomas Cahill. How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe. Anchor Books, 1995. (245 pages) — Notes — Nothing that is worth doing can be

How The Irish Saved Civilization | Review & Notes

Thomas Cahill. How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe. Anchor Books, 1995. (245 pages) — Notes — Nothing that is worth doing can be

Launch | Notes & Review

Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas. Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch. Regal, 2006. (223 pages) http://www.churchleaderinsights.com/, http://www.nyjourney.com/ Introduction Your call to start a church is the most critical factor to the church’s success. Don’t be afraid to raise funds

Launch | Notes & Review

Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas. Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch. Regal, 2006. (223 pages) http://www.churchleaderinsights.com/, http://www.nyjourney.com/ Introduction Your call to start a church is the most critical factor to the church’s success. Don’t be afraid to raise funds

Inspiration and Incarnation | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. Baker Academic, 2005. (197 pages) Preface The aim of this book is not novelty but synthesis. My focus is twofold: (1) to bring together a variety of

Inspiration and Incarnation | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. Baker Academic, 2005. (197 pages) Preface The aim of this book is not novelty but synthesis. My focus is twofold: (1) to bring together a variety of

BASIC Series | Notes & Review

http://basicseries.com/ Overall, I am very blessed and thankful for Francis, his ministry, and his work. The Flannel people have created something quite beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, and the message, which is most important, is both verbal and visual, the interlocking

BASIC Series | Notes & Review

http://basicseries.com/ Overall, I am very blessed and thankful for Francis, his ministry, and his work. The Flannel people have created something quite beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, and the message, which is most important, is both verbal and visual, the interlocking

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother | Review & Notes

Amy Chua. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Penguin Press, 2011. (237 pages) http://amychua.com, Colbert Report, Time magazine Q&A, — VIA — This was a fantastic read. Chua has been criticized, mainly over the title of the Wall Street Journal

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother | Review & Notes

Amy Chua. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Penguin Press, 2011. (237 pages) http://amychua.com, Colbert Report, Time magazine Q&A, — VIA — This was a fantastic read. Chua has been criticized, mainly over the title of the Wall Street Journal

The Advantage | Notes & Review

Patrick Lencioni. The Advantage: Why Organization Health Trumps Everything in Business. Jossey-Bass, 2012. (216 pages) Introduction Jim Collins once told me, qualitative field research is just as reliable as the quantitative kind, as long as clients and readers attest to

The Advantage | Notes & Review

Patrick Lencioni. The Advantage: Why Organization Health Trumps Everything in Business. Jossey-Bass, 2012. (216 pages) Introduction Jim Collins once told me, qualitative field research is just as reliable as the quantitative kind, as long as clients and readers attest to

Everyday Justice | Notes & Review

Julie Clawson. Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of our Daily Choices. IVP Books, 2009. http://www.everydayjustice.net/ WARNING! Read Before Proceeding Don’t panic! We see acting justly as an all-or-nothing endeavor, and because we can’t do it all, we often end up

Everyday Justice | Notes & Review

Julie Clawson. Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of our Daily Choices. IVP Books, 2009. http://www.everydayjustice.net/ WARNING! Read Before Proceeding Don’t panic! We see acting justly as an all-or-nothing endeavor, and because we can’t do it all, we often end up

Sophie Scholl | Review

Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (Wikipedia entry) [NR], 2005 This movie is about the last days in the life of Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old member of the anti-Nazi non-violent student resistance group the White Rose, part of the German

Sophie Scholl | Review

Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (Wikipedia entry) [NR], 2005 This movie is about the last days in the life of Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old member of the anti-Nazi non-violent student resistance group the White Rose, part of the German

The Spark | Notes & Review

John U. Bacon & Lyn Heward. The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire That Lives Within Us All. Currency Doubleday, 2006. (136 pages) — VIA — It is delightfully serendipitous that I watched Moneyball last night about the Oakland Athletics’ GM

The Spark | Notes & Review

John U. Bacon & Lyn Heward. The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire That Lives Within Us All. Currency Doubleday, 2006. (136 pages) — VIA — It is delightfully serendipitous that I watched Moneyball last night about the Oakland Athletics’ GM

Christianity After Religion | Notes & Review

Diana Butler Bass. Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. HarperOne, 2012. (294 pages) Part I: The End of Religion The Beginning Strange as it may seem in this time of cultural

Christianity After Religion | Notes & Review

Diana Butler Bass. Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. HarperOne, 2012. (294 pages) Part I: The End of Religion The Beginning Strange as it may seem in this time of cultural

The Prodigal God | Notes

Timothy Keller. The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith. Riverhead Books, 2008. (155 pages) Introduction …one of the signs that you may not grasp the unique, radical nature of the gospel is that you are certain that

The Prodigal God | Notes

Timothy Keller. The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith. Riverhead Books, 2008. (155 pages) Introduction …one of the signs that you may not grasp the unique, radical nature of the gospel is that you are certain that

Masada | Notes

Yigael Yadin. Masada: Herod’s Fortress and the Zealots’ Last Stand.  Steimatzky Ltd., 1997. (272 pages) 1 The challenge * Western drop to the Dead sea is more than 1,300 feet. * 66 AD, the Jewish revolt flared up into a

Masada | Notes

Yigael Yadin. Masada: Herod’s Fortress and the Zealots’ Last Stand.  Steimatzky Ltd., 1997. (272 pages) 1 The challenge * Western drop to the Dead sea is more than 1,300 feet. * 66 AD, the Jewish revolt flared up into a

Onward | Review & Notes

Howard Schultz, with Joanne Gordon. Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul. Rodale, 2011. (350 pages) http://www.starbucks.com/onward — VIA — Lessons abstracted are ethereal and often lost. Lessons in stories are vivid, palpable, moving, and memorable.

Onward | Review & Notes

Howard Schultz, with Joanne Gordon. Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul. Rodale, 2011. (350 pages) http://www.starbucks.com/onward — VIA — Lessons abstracted are ethereal and often lost. Lessons in stories are vivid, palpable, moving, and memorable.

The Bible Made Impossible | Notes & Review

Christian Smith. The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. Brazos Press, 2011 (220 pages) Other reviews: Experimental Theology blog; Rachel Held Evans blog; The Gospel Coalition; Reformation 21; Theoblogy (Tony Jones) – The

The Bible Made Impossible | Notes & Review

Christian Smith. The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. Brazos Press, 2011 (220 pages) Other reviews: Experimental Theology blog; Rachel Held Evans blog; The Gospel Coalition; Reformation 21; Theoblogy (Tony Jones) – The

Why Evolution Is True | Notes & Review

Jerry Coyne. Why Evolution Is True. Penguin, 2009. (282 pages) Preface …while the Dover trial is an American story, creationism isn’t a uniquely American problem. Creationists — who aren’t necessarily Christians — are establishing footholds in other parts of the

Why Evolution Is True | Notes & Review

Jerry Coyne. Why Evolution Is True. Penguin, 2009. (282 pages) Preface …while the Dover trial is an American story, creationism isn’t a uniquely American problem. Creationists — who aren’t necessarily Christians — are establishing footholds in other parts of the

Did Jesus Exist? | Notes & Review

Bart Ehrman. Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. HarperOne, 2012. (361 pages) [many thanks to Janelle for our copy!] Introduction When mythicists use the term [myth] they often seem to mean simply a story that has

Did Jesus Exist? | Notes & Review

Bart Ehrman. Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. HarperOne, 2012. (361 pages) [many thanks to Janelle for our copy!] Introduction When mythicists use the term [myth] they often seem to mean simply a story that has

Half The Sky | Review & Notes

Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn. Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide. Vintage Books, 2009. (296 pages) http://www.halftheskymovement.org, http://www.facebook.com/kristof, https://www.facebook.com/halftheskymovement, http://twitter.com/nickkristof, — Review — The book reads much like one long New York Times article (or several

Half The Sky | Review & Notes

Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn. Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide. Vintage Books, 2009. (296 pages) http://www.halftheskymovement.org, http://www.facebook.com/kristof, https://www.facebook.com/halftheskymovement, http://twitter.com/nickkristof, — Review — The book reads much like one long New York Times article (or several

The Hunger Games & The Gospel | Notes & Review

Julie Clawson. The Hunger Games and the Gospel:Bread, Circuses, and the Kingdom of God. Patheos Press, 2012. (149 pages; 3930 Kindle locations) One Hand Clapping – Julie Clawson’s website Introduction: Let the Games Begin Although not explicitly “Christian” books, the

The Hunger Games & The Gospel | Notes & Review

Julie Clawson. The Hunger Games and the Gospel:Bread, Circuses, and the Kingdom of God. Patheos Press, 2012. (149 pages; 3930 Kindle locations) One Hand Clapping – Julie Clawson’s website Introduction: Let the Games Begin Although not explicitly “Christian” books, the

Walking In The Dust of Rabbi Jesus | Notes & Review

Lois Tverberg. Walking In The Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life. Zondervan, 2012. (239 pages) I. Hearing Our Rabbi’s Words With New Ears 1. Brushing Away the Dust of the Ages In

Walking In The Dust of Rabbi Jesus | Notes & Review

Lois Tverberg. Walking In The Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life. Zondervan, 2012. (239 pages) I. Hearing Our Rabbi’s Words With New Ears 1. Brushing Away the Dust of the Ages In

Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs | Notes & Review

Eric Yaverbaum. Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs: 100 Top Executives Reveal the Management Strategies that Made Their Companies Great. Dearborn Trade Publishing, 2004. (275 pages) 1. Gene A. Abbott: A good leader makes sure he is surrounded

Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs | Notes & Review

Eric Yaverbaum. Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs: 100 Top Executives Reveal the Management Strategies that Made Their Companies Great. Dearborn Trade Publishing, 2004. (275 pages) 1. Gene A. Abbott: A good leader makes sure he is surrounded

Radical | Notes & Review

David Platt. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream. Multnomah, 2010. (230 pages) http://www.radicalthebook.com/ 1. Someone Worth Losing Everything For Jesus actually spurned the things that my church culture said were most important. So what was I to

Radical | Notes & Review

David Platt. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream. Multnomah, 2010. (230 pages) http://www.radicalthebook.com/ 1. Someone Worth Losing Everything For Jesus actually spurned the things that my church culture said were most important. So what was I to

Humilitas | Notes

John Dickson. Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership. Zondervan, 2011. (196 pages) INTRODUCTION | Humility and How I Achieved It CHAPTER 1 | Thesis: What Is Humility and Why Does It Matter? Learning history (and especially learning

Humilitas | Notes

John Dickson. Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership. Zondervan, 2011. (196 pages) INTRODUCTION | Humility and How I Achieved It CHAPTER 1 | Thesis: What Is Humility and Why Does It Matter? Learning history (and especially learning

Incognito | Notes & Review

[additional graphic notes forthcoming] David Eagleman. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. Pantheon, 2011. (304 pages; 5809 locations) 1. There’s Someone In My Head, But It’s Not Me A vocalization seems ephemeral and ineffable: it is like opening a

Incognito | Notes & Review

[additional graphic notes forthcoming] David Eagleman. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. Pantheon, 2011. (304 pages; 5809 locations) 1. There’s Someone In My Head, But It’s Not Me A vocalization seems ephemeral and ineffable: it is like opening a

The Human Experience | Notes & Review

http://www.grassrootsfilms.com/thehumanexperience/ Grassroots Films, 2007 [PG-13] Amazon.com EXPERIENCE I: HOMELESS ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK Find those things that make us human. It’s not the nature of life to be despairing. The nature of life is to be hopeful. Life

The Human Experience | Notes & Review

http://www.grassrootsfilms.com/thehumanexperience/ Grassroots Films, 2007 [PG-13] Amazon.com EXPERIENCE I: HOMELESS ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK Find those things that make us human. It’s not the nature of life to be despairing. The nature of life is to be hopeful. Life

Leadership Gold | Notes & Review

John Maxwell. Leadership Gold: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Leading. Thomas Nelson, 2008. (256) Searching for Gold …everything rises and falls on leadership. (vii) …please understand that… 1. I’m still learning about leadership. 2. Many people have contributed

Leadership Gold | Notes & Review

John Maxwell. Leadership Gold: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Leading. Thomas Nelson, 2008. (256) Searching for Gold …everything rises and falls on leadership. (vii) …please understand that… 1. I’m still learning about leadership. 2. Many people have contributed

Leading At The Edge | Notes & Review

Dennis N.T. Perkins. Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition. AMACOM, 2000. (268 pages) This path has led me to believe that the essence of leadership can be found in this ultimate crucible

Leading At The Edge | Notes & Review

Dennis N.T. Perkins. Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition. AMACOM, 2000. (268 pages) This path has led me to believe that the essence of leadership can be found in this ultimate crucible

God And Sex | Notes & Review

Michael Coogan. God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says. Twelve, 2010. (237 pages) — VIA — Full disclosure: I did not actually finish “reading” the book (a term I use to communicate that I have actually digested a book’s

God And Sex | Notes & Review

Michael Coogan. God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says. Twelve, 2010. (237 pages) — VIA — Full disclosure: I did not actually finish “reading” the book (a term I use to communicate that I have actually digested a book’s

The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture | Notes & Review

Shane Hipps. The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, The Gospel, and Church. Zondervan, 2005 (176 pages) …every innovation is an amputation as well as an extension. – Brian McLaren (from the Forward) INTRODUCTION This is not

The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture | Notes & Review

Shane Hipps. The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, The Gospel, and Church. Zondervan, 2005 (176 pages) …every innovation is an amputation as well as an extension. – Brian McLaren (from the Forward) INTRODUCTION This is not

What Technology Wants | Notes & Review

Kevin Kelly. What Technology Wants. Viking, 2010. (405 pages). http://www.kk.org/books/what-technology-wants.php. Video: http://www.qideas.org/video/what-technology-wants.aspx 1. My Question Should we allow human cloning? Is constant texting making our kids dumb? Do we want automobiles to park themselves? But as my quest evolved, I

What Technology Wants | Notes & Review

Kevin Kelly. What Technology Wants. Viking, 2010. (405 pages). http://www.kk.org/books/what-technology-wants.php. Video: http://www.qideas.org/video/what-technology-wants.aspx 1. My Question Should we allow human cloning? Is constant texting making our kids dumb? Do we want automobiles to park themselves? But as my quest evolved, I

The King Jesus Gospel | Notes & Review

Scot McKnight. The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Zondervan, 2011. (184 pages) FOREWORD BY N.T. WRIGHT The Christian faith is kaleidoscopic, and most of us are color-blind. (11) We ought to welcome it if a musician plays

The King Jesus Gospel | Notes & Review

Scot McKnight. The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Zondervan, 2011. (184 pages) FOREWORD BY N.T. WRIGHT The Christian faith is kaleidoscopic, and most of us are color-blind. (11) We ought to welcome it if a musician plays

The Lost World of Genesis One | Notes & Review

John Walton. The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. IVP Academic, 2009. (191 pages) Prologue It is regrettable that an account of such beauty has become such a bloodied battle-ground, but that is indeed the

The Lost World of Genesis One | Notes & Review

John Walton. The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. IVP Academic, 2009. (191 pages) Prologue It is regrettable that an account of such beauty has become such a bloodied battle-ground, but that is indeed the

Our Time | Review

Short snippets of a random selection of young people does not a documentary make. I’m always thankful to be educated and exposed to various aspects of life and culture. And to a certain degree, this film accomplishes that. Some stories

Our Time | Review

Short snippets of a random selection of young people does not a documentary make. I’m always thankful to be educated and exposed to various aspects of life and culture. And to a certain degree, this film accomplishes that. Some stories

You Lost Me | Notes & Review

Kinnaman, David. You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church… And Rethinking Faith. Baker Books, 2011. (254 pages) http://youlostmebook.com/ You Lost Me, Explained You Lost Me, is about young insiders. At its heart are the irreverent, blunt, and often

You Lost Me | Notes & Review

Kinnaman, David. You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church… And Rethinking Faith. Baker Books, 2011. (254 pages) http://youlostmebook.com/ You Lost Me, Explained You Lost Me, is about young insiders. At its heart are the irreverent, blunt, and often

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity | Notes & Review

Reggie Joiner & Carey Nieuwhof. Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community. David C. Cook, 2010. (199 pages) Every parent has a set of limitations. As you read these pages we hope you will learn to

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity | Notes & Review

Reggie Joiner & Carey Nieuwhof. Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community. David C. Cook, 2010. (199 pages) Every parent has a set of limitations. As you read these pages we hope you will learn to