Befriend by Scott Sauls


Scott Sauls encourages people to be friends with those who are different from themselves.  In his book (Befriend), he explains why this is beneficial to both parties.  He also gives advice on how to achieve this goal.

In the first part of the book, he explains:

Real love, real friendship, is vulnerable.  And risky.  And costly.  And discomforting.  And Disquieting.  And Agitating like sandpaper sometimes.  But the alternative is a heart that ends up in a relational casket or coffin.  And who wants that?

Overall, I did enjoy the book and I agree with what he had to say.  I should make more friends that are different from me.  I am going to work on this over the next few weeks and see how it goes.


Turning to One Another – Book Review


This book had a lot of cool ideas, but not much in the way of practical application.

However, I did enjoy the section on how to truly listen to people.  The author recommends we go out of our comfort zone and talk to people we know, people we don’t know, and people we usually avoid talking to.  Take time to actually listen to what they are saying, learn about their history, and what they believe.

All in all, the book was fair.  I give it a B-


National Geographic DNA Test

National Geographic started the Genographic Project in 2005.  The project uses advanced DNA analysis to research the origins of the human race and how we came to populate the earth.  Anyone can participate in the study by submitting DNA samples, once the DNA has been analyzed National Geographic will send you the results.

According to my DNA test results from National Geographic, I am:

43% Northern European

36% Mediterranean

19% Southwest Asian

2% East African