Monday, May 28, 2012

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, MD

I borrowed this book from my company library and will soon be purchasing a copy of my own. It only took an hour to read and it reminded me of As a Man Thinketh, a very small book with a very big message.

Who Moved My Cheese? is a book about dealing with change.  Cheese, however, is a metaphor. Once I began to read, it became obvious to me what my cheese was. The author uses each chapter to illustrate the different ways people adapt to change. When I reflected on the way I acted in certain situations, I found it quite humorous how overly dramatic I must’ve been. But being able to laugh at yourself is always a good thing right? So I guess I’m already making progress.

Something that made me pause is the way other people can hinder you when you’re ready to adapt to or create change in your life. It was disappointing to think of who had played this role in my life. But reassuring to realize that they may eventually meet you where you are, it just might take a little longer.  

Even if you think you're pretty adaptable, this book may help you identify an area where you didn't know you were stuck. Or it may reveal to you that you are preventing people you care about from moving forward in their own lives.

 “The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you’ll find new cheese.”
“Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson, MD

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel

After reading Chazown (awesome book) by Craig Groeshel,  I searched for other books he’d written and ended up adding  The Christian Atheist  to my list of Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Each chapter of this book addresses a specific concern that could be contributing to a Christian atheist mindset. Depending on what you may be struggling with, you can flip to a chapter that addresses exactly that. Chapter 8, When You Believe in God but Still Worry All the Time, grabbed my attention right away. 

The book was very easy to get through so even if you think every chapter is not applicable to you, you won’t lose much time if you decide to read them all. You’ll either learn something new or get a refresher since Bible verses are scattered throughout the book. I didn’t think all of the chapters applied to me, but a few of them made me realize some things about myself. 

The Bible verses throughout, which are used to make a case against each Christian atheist position, were actually a surprise to me.  It seems that a Christian who is an atheist would need another method of convincing. What other method that could be?  I don’t know. 

When I asked myself  whether or not I was a Christian atheist, I thought about something that I heard several years ago that I’ll never forget: “If someone accused you of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”  

"Love keeps not record of wrongs, but bitterness keeps detailed accounts."
The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel

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