Bad Days in History

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In the introduction the author describes the book as being, “Plucked from all eras of history, and from around the globe, the bad in this book are intended to amuse, tantalize, and enlighten-without being predictable.”

I enjoyed reading the book.  At times I laughed at the absurdity of some of the atrocious circumstances.  At other times, I winced at the horror of it all.

 

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands

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This book teaches people in need of change to help people in need of change.  Here are a few interesting tips I discovered while reading Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands.

  • Our eyes can be so focused on the problem that we miss the person and the struggles within.
  • We build relationships by identifying with suffering.
  • Enter their world, get to know what they are facing, and help them understand their resources in Christ to face their particular situation.

Road Map to Change

  1. Consideration – What does God what the person to see?
  2. Confession – What does God what the person to admit or confess?
  3. Commitment – To what new ways of living is God calling this person?
  4. Change – How should these new commitments be applied to daily living?

The Biology of Belief

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Dr Lipton explains how our environment, relationships, and belief system can actually change us on a biological level.

Here are a few interesting points made in the book.

  • Cells teach us about the mechanisms of life, and how to live rich, full lives.
  • Positive thoughts have a profound effect on behavior and genes, but only when they are in harmony with subconscious programming.  Negative thoughts have an equally powerful effect.
  • Single cells are capable of learning through environmental experiences and are able to create cellular memories, which they pass on to their offspring.

You don’t have to be a science major to understand and benefit from this book.  It’s easy to read and I found it to be uplifting.

One Simple Act

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This book is about changing your life and the life of those around you by harnessing the power of generosity.  The author looks into the following topics.

  • Leap from the springboard of gratitude 
  • Participate in the mystery of sharing 
  • Perform acts of encouragement 
  • Develop the habit of good deeds
  • Expand the impact of forgiveness 
  • Release the power of believing the best 
  • Experience the bounty of open-handed giving 
  • Practice the act of listening 
  • Celebrate the privilege of inspiring hope
  • Share the spirit of Christmas 
  • Bestow the bounty of time 
  • Present the offering of prayer 
  • Enjoy the sharing of faith stores 
  • Cultivate the heart of service 
  • Give God the last word in how you invest your life

This was an interesting and inspirational book to read.

Originals by Adam Grant

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I have a tendency to be a non-conformists, so I was drawn to this book.  The author explains the advantages and disadvantages of being an original.  He also gives common characteristics of originals.

  1. Originals question the status quo.
  2. Originals generate a large number of ideas, knowing not all them will work.
  3. Originals try new things.
  4. Originals seek positive and negative feedback from their peers.