I enjoyed the principles that are shared in Giving It All Away…and Getting It All Back Again, but many times it felt like I was not the targeted audience. I did continue to read and finish the book. There are good principles about giving that can be applied to anyone’s life.
The first part of the book really felt like it was geared to a demographic older than I am. It introduced me to some principles and thoughts for the future. The other part also didn’t seem to apply to me because I don’t have a huge business to pass on to my children.
I did enjoy reading about what the author is doing. I think it is quite different than most businesses do – in a good way.
Here is some backcover copy:
The life of giving is a life of adventure and risk. But it pays the best rewards for you, your family, and all you touch.
David Green, founder of Hobby Lobby, says true wealth is based on faith, strong family, and generous living. This is his story and more: it is his best advice in print. In it he unpacks the principles that have guided him in growing a small home-based business into a national chain that has prospered beyond his dreams. He shares the inside details of Hobby Lobby’s successful 2014 Supreme Court case and the values that kept his integrity intact. And he describes the wisdom and rewards of raising a loving family and leaving them a legacy—one that does not include his business empire but, rather, the things that make for a rich and lasting heritage.
Published by Zondervan. This book was sent to me for the book review. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.
This is a beautiful book packed full of full color photos of eagles and their nest. I mistakenly thought that I would just look through the pictures because the text would be dull, but I quickly found myself eager to read some more. There are lots of interesting facts that are perfectly illustrated by the photos. It’s very well done!
One of the reasons I offered to review this book is because I remember that explosion of interest in 2014 when the eagle cams were first streamed. I went there and watched the parents and the babies featured in this book! Learning the back story and additional facts about eagles was very fun.
I read this nonfiction book one chapter at a time. Not because I didn’t like it, but because I felt like I needed to think on and “digest” one chapter before I started reading the next one. I’m sure I’ll go back and read it again.
In The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff Andy Andrews takes stories from history and his own life to illustrate how just one little thing did and still can change the outcome of something much bigger – like a war or a person’s life. It’s along the same lines as “The Butterfly Effect” in that changing something that we deem small – like some nails, 2 degrees, half a nickel – drastically altered the desired outcome. By illustrating how things have been changed in the past he is encouraging us to realize that we can change our future and maybe even the world.
This Christian, nonfiction book is very real and tells some raw stories about really rough – even awful – things that happened to women. You might question, “Why should I read about that?” Maybe because each woman made it through, lived to tell her story, and is now an encouragement to others.
Each chapter of Brave is the New Beautiful is titled with a verb. Here are some examples: “Shifting, Separating, Choosing, Breathing, Telling, Rising, etc” Not all will speak to you when you read the book. In fact, I think you could pick it up and read them out of order. For me, I read straight through because of doing this review, but it was really the middle section that caught my attention. I was detached from the stories at the beginning and the end, but everyone goes through different seasons and experiences and you might be more interested in one of those chapters.
Set in New Orleans in the 1700s, The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green is definitely a gripping, historical fiction. It’s very well written and obvious that she did a lot of research. This is not a sugar-coated, everything-turns-out-amazingly-ok kind of book. It is gritty and sad with lots of drama and bad things happening; I guess you could say that it is truer to what life would have been like – a rough life in a new, rough country.
The characters are well-written and complex. The story is full of changes – some expected and others unexpected. There are references to the Bible and religion, but not a lot and they are well-woven into the story.