What I’m Reading November 2015


Platform: Get Noticed in a Busy World by Michael Hyatt


I’ve followed Michael Hyatt’s blog for a while and find his advice practical and succinct.  I even self-hosted this blog on his recommendation and with his affiliate link.  Even though the book was nothing more than a collection of blog posts, some of which I’d already read, I found the information helpful. Especially interesting to me were the collection of short chapters about using Twitter: a new world for me.  All his writing rings true, down to the necessity of building a platform and the step by step on how to do it.

The Man Who Owned Vermont by Bret Lott


I am admittedly a fiction snob, and search high and low for fiction I truly enjoy.  So, after I liked Jewel by Bret Lott, I naturally looked for more of his novels, hoping for another home run.  Unfortunately, The Man Who Owned Vermont did not fall into that category. I haven’t finished it yet, but I have to say I was disappointed.

Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine


Not many people will tell you that the path to business success takes extremely hard work, risk and failure.  But Crystal Paine does. She also tackles the “why” of making money,  a topic easily ignored in the quest for “how-to”.  On her blog, MoneySavingMom.com, she is known for her transparent posts.  In this book, she takes transparency to a new level, evidenced by the detailed story of her first failed business.  Realistic, practical, hopeful.  Great read.

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist


I’ve been wanting to read Niequist’s books for quite awhile, but have been having trouble getting my hands on them.  I figured Cold Tangerines would be a good place to start.  I like the fact to you really have to dig to find out Niequist is Bill Hybels’ daughter.  It would be easy to play that celebrity card to boost your own renown. I haven’t finished this one, either, but I’m enjoying it.

When We Were on Fire by Addie Zeirman


I read Zeirman’s memoir on the recommendation of Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy.  It started slowly, but picked up speed and intrigue towards the end.  The real questions she wrestled with in her life are the very ones I struggle with in ministry: namely how to teach faith to the next generation.  As a devout teenager, she got tripped up in the legalism which didn’t sustain her adult faith.  I completely identified with her missionary zeal and commitment to purity.  She found grace, but I wonder how to communicate that to teens– how to help them cultivate a relationship with God without focusing unduly on the rules.

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