Monday, June 27, 2011

Reading Challenge Update #2! (2011)

As we enter summer, I want to provide you with another update on my progress! You may remember that I signed up for four reading challenges at the beginning of the year: Nonfiction, Off the Shelf, Persons of Color, and Outdo Yourself.  

 
April – June 2011
Books Read       
Challenge
Nonfiction/ Persons of Color
Nonfiction
Nonfiction
Nonfiction
Nonfiction
Nonfiction/ Persons of Color
Nonfiction
January – March 2011
Books Read       
Challenge
Nonfiction
Nonfiction
The Laws of Thinking     
Nonfiction/Off the Shelf/Persons of Color
Nonfiction
Nonfiction
Nonfiction/Off the Shelf
Nonfiction/Persons of Color
Nonfiction/Off the Shelf/Persons of Color
Nonfiction


Total Books Read in 2011 = 16

What have you read this year!?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Left To Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza




I purchased this book at Borders going out of business sale a few months back. I didn’t know what to expect when I bought it but I certainly never imagined that I’d be having flashbacks about it 3 months later. 

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust is told by one of the genocide survivors. Her parents, 2 of her 3 brothers and over half a million Rwandans of the Tutsi tribe were not so fortunate to live to tell the story.  

This book begins with a captivating glimpse into Rwandan culture. We learn about family values and societal norms, a few of which directly contradict what we would consider the norm here in the U.S. The author does a great job of integrating the story of her family life with the turmoil that was unfolding in the country which ultimately led to the genocide.

Ilibagiza discusses the obstacles she had to overcome and the sacrifices her family made in order for her to make it to college.  After overcoming such great challenges she would discover that the greatest tribulations of her life were only just beginning.

I couldn’t read fast enough as Ilibagiza starts to tell how she learned that the killings had started. She reveals the last moments she spent with her family and the tragic decision that her father made to stay in Rwanda instead of fleeing the country while they had a chance. What would follow is eerily disturbing. 

This book contains graphic details of the Rwandan genocide coupled with an amazing revelation of Ilibagiza's ability to trust in God. This is the kind of book that you remember for a lifetime.

To learn more about Immaculée Ilibagiza follow the link: http://www.immaculee.com/immaculees-story

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason


I added this book to my ‘to be read’ list in Dec 2008 and I regret that I just now got to  it. Employment at a person’s first job should be contingent upon completion of this book! 

The Richest Man in Babylon allows you to create a step by step road map to building wealth. It gives a realistic outline that requires nothing more than common sense to follow. No fancy calculations, no assumptions, no head scratching necessary.

This book covers saving, borrowing, purchasing, lending, investing, earning potential, retirement, and the mistakes we make while trying to figure these things out on our own all in less than 200 pages. 

I did struggle through the beginning of this book because linguistically it is very dated. I had to concentrate and read a few passages more than once.  But It didn’t take long before I was able to read fluidly. Fortunately, there is a version revised and updated for the 21st Century which I didn’t know about before purchasing my copy. I haven’t had a chance to peek inside the updated version though.

The advice given in this book is well worth more than whatever is being charged for the book itself. And everything written in it is timeless. I won’t be giving away any quotes from this one. You’ll have to check it out for yourself! But I will say, I certainly wish someone had given me a copy of The Richest Man in Babylon 10 years ago!

What book do you wish someone had given to you 10 years ago and why?  

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Rules of Management by Richard Templar

I was at Heathrow Airport last week and needed to spend my remaining pounds (British currency) before returning home. The Rules of Management  (Second Edition) was marked at half price so I purchased it along with some kind of chewy candy and went to wait on my flight.

This book gives 107 concise rules about how to manage a team and how to manage yourself. I shouldn’t have been surprised that many of the pointers parallel personal development tips that I’ve read in other books. However when the concepts are applied from a manager’s point of view, some of them take on a new meaning.

We all have worked with people that have done things to make us question their qualifications. But accepting people’s limitations allows you to know how much you can get out of them. I have to accept the fact that not everyone reads professional development books or goes to industry related events, so they may be a little behind the curve. But I’m sure they are making some type of exception for me as well.

The author made one point that I really needed to hear. How many times have you thought to yourself, ‘I can do this better than my boss.’ Yes, you should be able to do your job better that your boss.  That’s what they pay you for! A good manager employs people that can do what they can’t do or don't do well. Take it as a compliment instead of using it to build a case that your boss is incompetent!

After reading Rule 88: Add Value, the only thing I could say was AMEN! It is okay to decline to comment if you have nothing to add or if someone has already said what you wanted to say. I am quickly irritated when people speak and add no value. I’m tempted to hang this rule on the bulletin board at work.

This book gave me enough quotes to fill two pages of my journal. The Rules of Management is one of a series. Templar also published books on the rules of work, life, wealth, parenting, and love.  The Rules of Wealth has been added to my ‘to be read’ list.

Do you have a rule of management that we could use? 

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Giveaway Winners!!!

Winner of Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson is HAMNA!

Winner of Life is What You Make It by Carl Mathis is SIDNE, the BCR!

Send your mailing address to Shannon@readinghaspurpose.com and I'll send you your book! Don't forget to come back and let us know what you think.