Book Reviews – July Edition

I’m now at 47 books for the year, and coming up on my goal of 52! Boom! I underestimated how audio books would change the way I listened, and it allows me to get so much more read. But with audio books, you have to listen to specific types of books. For learning books, it’s still best to have the physical copy, in my opinion. Anyways, onto the list…

Click on the image to see the book on Amazon. All ratings are on the Amazon 5 star scale.

Recently Read

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
by Chris Guillebeau

Rating: 4 stars

Chris discusses how to start a job you love with no money in your pocket. Chris went around the world listening to the stories of others who had had success starting their own gig and told their story. The point is this: it doesn’t require a fortune to start something big. All it takes is some creative thinking, hard work, and a never-quit attitude. I thought this book was inspiring and made some great points.


13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
by Amy Morin

Rating: 2 stars

I think we could all use some mental toughness, which is why I read this book, but I found this book shallow, hard to follow, and unsatisfying. Maybe I wasn’t in the mindset for this book, but I didn’t really appreciate how it was written. It seemed to be very “poor me,” and not in a redeeming way. I wouldn’t suggest this book.

The Art of Explanation – Making Your Ideas, Products and Services Easier to Understand
by Lee LeFever

Rating: 4 stars

This is a book for anyone who’s looking to start something. It lays down step-by-step how to help you be creative and is especially great for those who need some help mapping out their plan. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because it relied so greatly on their personal experience with their website Common Craft. I love the videos they create, but think it’s great to include outside examples as well. Also, it didn’t help me as much as I’d like with general conversation, and was more focused on creating something.

The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected
by Nik Ripken, Gregg Lewis

Rating: 5 stars

Read this… like tomorrow. Seriously. This book absolutely blew my mind. As American Christians, we think the things of the Bible are behind us. They aren’t. We just don’t see them because we don’t face the persecution others do. Nik talks about their journey through countries that have faced persecution in an effort to learn how to better relate and help those currently going through these situations. The stories will leave you awed, on the edge of tears, and questioning what you’ve ever done for your faith. American Christians have it easy. However this shouldn’t be an admonishment, but encouragement to do better, help those around the world, and explore anything and everything we can do for the Kingdom of God.


Next on the list

I was bad and didn’t follow through with some of the previous list. I’m halfway through Indescribable and started Manhunt. Hopefully I’ll have reviews next month.