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2 sentence book reviews, part 2 (general non-fiction)

yesterday, i reviewed 5 fiction books. today, it’s general non-fiction. remember, i allow myself one sentence for summary and one sentence for opinion.

Kicking Ass and Saving Souls: A True Story of a Life Over the Line, by David Matthews
4.5 stars
Amazing selfish-to-selfless true story of a guy who lives more adventure in a decade than anyone else in their lifetime, told by his nerdy middle school buddy. Fantastic stories and good writing, but the main character’s transformation – while beautiful – left me wanting a bit more exploration.

We Are All Weird, by Seth Godin
4 stars
The ‘normal distribution’ has flattened, leaving a higher percentage of people outside the norm. As seems to be the case with all of Godin’s new mini-books, this is a brilliant insight, worth reading, that still only warrants half as many words.

Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction, by Matthew Kelly
4 stars
The idea of work/life balance is a joke: satisfaction is a better goal in work and personal life. I wish the book had more stories (it gets very dry); but I completely resonate with the thrust of this well-worth-reading book.

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, by Michael Lewis
5 stars
A country-by-country romp through the global financial crises of the past few years, addressing the question, “if a country were found themselves in the dark with a pile of cash, what would they do with it?” True storytelling at it’s best, and full of insight, even though it’s a tad depressing at times.
(thanks to luke macdonald for sending me this as a christmas gift!)

two sentence book reviews, part 3 (leadership/marketing and theology/christian living)

back in the day, i used to post a full review in an individual blog post for every book i read. after rebooting my blog in the late fall of 2009, i changed that practice to posting 3 or 4 “mini reviews” at a time — one paragraph each.

but in 2011, i’ve gotten behind, and haven’t posted any reviews. i kept meaning to, but just didn’t get around to it. so, i’m catching up. and i’ve decided to do it in a different way, since i have 27 to post.


for each review, i only allowed myself two sentences. in each, the first sentence is a summary of the book, and the second sentence is my opinion of the book. i’m still giving 1 – 5 stars (5 means “excellent”, 4 means “worth reading”, 3 means “ah, take it or leave it”, 2 means “take a pass on this one”, and 1 means “do NOT buy or read this book – it sucked, imho).

up first was 7 young adult fiction books, and second was memoirs and graphic novels.

this time, i’m covering leadership/marketing and theology/christian living:


A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, by Edwin H. Friedman
5 stars
With implications for leadership of every sort (family, church, business), Friedman argues for self-actualized leaders who don’t operate from fear. Every leader has to read this book – I’m going to make it part of my coaching program.

Poke the Box, by Seth Godin
4.5 stars
You’ll never break into new territory in any arena if you’re not willing to push on the assumptions that create the norm. I wish it were longer, but I sure was inspired.

Theory U: Leading From the Future as it Emerges, by Otto Scharmer
5 stars
A deep dive into the (very spiritual) process of organizational change. I’ll be chewing on this insanely difficult read for years, it’s so rich with implications.

theology/christian living

Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, by Rob Bell
4 stars
God loves you, and it’s your choice to live in that or not. The hubbub seems overblown to me – this is a book worth thinking about.

Good News About Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World (10th Anniversary edition), by Gary Haugen
5 stars
Haugen meticulously unfolds a biblical view of justice, weaving in compelling stories that leave the reader with no option other than engagement. This book should be on the Christian classics shelf alongside Bonhoeffer, Lewis, Nouwen and others.

The Children are Free: Reexamining the Biblical Evidence on Same-Sex Relationship, by Rev. Jeff Miner and John Tyler Connoley
3.5 stars
An attempt at a biblical defense of committed, same-sex relationships. Not well written, but worth reading, even if only to understand a viewpoint different than your own.


one more set to go, with youth ministry, fiction, and “other”!