Before reading this, I wasn’t a Trevor Noah fan. It’s not that I disliked him, I was just…neutral. Now, after finishing his book, it would seem trite to say I’m a fan. It would be true to say, though, that I respect him quite a lot.
He’s a comedian, so I expected a funny book. It’s not. It’s a thoughtful reflection of a young man trying to find his way forward through multiple levels of familial and cultural brokenness. And above all, it’s a lovely homage to a mother who guided him along that way even as she was broken herself.
It’s become easier and easier to mention the enneagram in a conversation without expecting a blank stare in return. And while I’m far from an expert on it, I’ve hoarded more than my fair share of reading about it. It’s also been a helpful tool, as I believe it was designed to be, for understanding my inner motivations that shape so many of my patterns and behaviors.
Chris Heuretz’ book is a unique and helpful take in the growing, and perhaps overcrowded, market of Enneagram books. He offers the obligatory summary of types, as you’d expect. But he goes beyond, getting into some core spiritual practices, from a Christian perspective, that will be beneficial for each type.
This is the kind of writing that is needed in the chatter around the Enneagram. Rather than something that helps us wedge ourselves into a type that matches our behaviors, he drives us deeper into how the number we identify with reveals our core longings. And once there, the practices he offers reveal not just a path to self identity, but to maturity and growth.
I don’t recall any of the Apollo missions though they were happening in my earliest years. But I still remember our family watching a TV show about Apollo 11 on the tenth anniversary of the first moon landing. My imagination was captured, and it is still held. Rocket Men is, of course, about an earlier mission, but holds the same sense of wonder for me. I’m thankful for stories like these being captured and told while there is the distance of history alongside the perspective of those who actually experienced it.
I’m not one to wait in long lines at a book festival to chat with an author and get some sharpie scribbles on a cover page. (Not for me anyway…done it many times with my kids and thankful for how the authors always take time to engage them!) But, when Leif Enger was at the Tucson Festival of Books, it seemed important to have him sign a copy of one of my favorite books ever: Peace Like a River. That doesn’t say much of anything about Virgil Wander, but offers helpful context for me to say that it held up to my high expectations.
I suppose I could argue that Brené Brown seems to keep writing the same stuff, and just framing it through different topics or perspectives. But when the things she has to say are so meaningful, seeing them through different frames is helpful and interesting. I’ll keep reading with the hope that someday, I’ll make personal progress in some of these ideas.
I have less space for reading theology in this season, but my interest level is still sustained by ideas about how God engages in the day to day. And any time a work of theology is intersecting language and culture, that interest level increases. In our search for language that helps communicate the work of God today, Randy Woodley offers some indigenous language about the “Community of Creation” that I’ve found myself referring back to many time since reading a few months ago.
Years ago, I read How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci, by Stephen Gelb. That left me with a mild interest in Da Vinci which isn’t that unique to say but it makes me feel all renaissance man and stuff.
Isaacson does here what Isaacson does, which is write a thorough and detailed biography of Da Vinci’s life. I found myself hoping for more of the interpretation early on, but halfway through I just settled in for the amazing details that made up Da Vinci’s life.
I read this one back in January and, as expected with a title like that, it was a good one to start the year with. Not a lot of new ideas but some good challenges to review my own habits. Main one I started after reading it was adding a habit tracker to my bullet journal. It’s helpful to have the visual both for motivation and to recognize patterns.
One of these daYS I really need to write about my experience of switching to a bullet journal.
I’ve read each of the Scandrette’s last three books and always appreciate the unique angle and way of living they brings to things. So, I was glad to see them tackle family life. For anyone trying to cultivate some healthy intention in their family, and especially if you want to include some faith perspective, this will provoke good conversation. And hopefully good rhythms.
Had the pleasure of speaking for my friend Chris Breslin at Oak Church a few weeks ago. Being with them, in so many ways, felt like home. Thanks for the invite Chris!
Between my experience reading The Nightingale, and some of the recommendations I heard from others, I had high expectations going in. They were all met.
It was hard to read, and it was hard to put down.
There are an awful lot of words in the deep archives of this blog about my faithful commitment to task management through the GTD method and OmniFocus. But when I shifted to a new role at Help One Now, I thought it might be a time to mix it up, so I learned the basics of Bullet Journaling. There is a more detailed posting waiting to happen, I suppose.
But, I can say I took to it and it’s working pretty well for me. I was running into some limitations before reading the Bullet Journal Method, and that helped me see further how to use the system.
This book splits some time between practical description of bullet journaling and deeper philosophical meanderings of intentional living. While the latter was fine, I would have appreciated more detail on the former. Or just a shorter book.
I suppose there are two genres you could use to categorize this book. One would be post-apocalyptic fiction. The other would be deliberate and thoughtful storytelling about interesting people in interesting realities. The latter is why I liked it. Well, and it took place where I grew up.
One of the things I looked forward too about moving into the marketing and communications role for Help One Now was a return to more writing. I’m not as prolific as I once was in ‘publishing’ written words, but I spend more time drafting them and moving them around of late. And I like it.
This was a book recommended to me as I started the new job. There are other books I’d recommend for someone who wants to really explore writing as a craft. But as a contemporary primer and a practical overview on writing skills, I’d toss this someone’s way. In fact, I think I just talked myself into using this book as a homeschool assignment for my daughter.
I’ve been aware of, and curious about, the Enneagram for about 15 years, and done quite a bit of reading on it. This year, though, brought me to a new level of understanding. I’ve learned a great deal about myself within it, and how I relate to others. This book was a helpful part of that, and listening to the audio version, read by Suzanne herself, made for a great experience.
Moving into non-profit development work, it was a no-brainer to read this one. It seems to be one of the most influential books for faith-based non-profits, and rightfully so. Really, though, it deserves a much wider audience than that, offering a view of justice or development work that empowers those in need to find their way forward.
This book didn’t come recommended to me — I didn’t hear it mentioned in a conversation or on a podcast. I think I just saw it featured in the library or a bookstore, and that’s a rare cause for me to read a book. But it looked interesting enough from the front cover, and all the way through to the back cover it held up. An interesting look at how the trends of big data can help us understand cultural forces in ways we’ve not been able to before. It’s rare that an audiobook keeps me engaged throughout many different drive times, but this one did.
Loved the idea of this book, but about 80% of the book was about the accelerations and only about 20% was about the Thriving. Found myself wishing it was at least 50/50. Still, it left me with much to consider which is what I most ask for in a book.
Rereading an old friend. I’d forgotten much of how the book resolves, but some of paragraphs in the first few chapters were still completely memorable. Is it okay to say this was one of the most formational books of my childhood? Don’t panic.
I started this for my final sermon series at aMS. Volf writes about how Christianity should be engaged in the greater good of humanity, and like everything by Volf it is so well though out. Proved even more to be a timely read for my new role with Help One Now.