The Little Red Book of Wisdom
Great gift for teenager or college student
Everything about the book, The Little Red Book of Wisdom, drew me in ... the size, the feel, the binding, the font on the cover, and the title itself. Once I opened it, and began reading, it was hard to put it down.
Mark DeMoss wrote this book to thank his father for teaching him so much wisdom and to pass on to his children the wisdom gained from his father, from life experience and from the Bible. You might wonder, "Who is he and what qualifies him to write about wisdom?" DeMoss himself addresses that question, and his answer is a humble one.
The Hebrew word for wisdom means "skill for living." DeMoss divides his book into two areas (professional life and personal life), sharing wisdom in 11-12 topics in each area, covering such topics as understanding the brevity of life, finding focus, showing appreciation, learning from those who are ahead of us in life, and more.
The book is quick moving, but deep, and illustrated with interesting stories. Best of all, DeMoss inspires the reader that anyone can seek wisdom, by starting with a small step.
"Knowledge has right answers; wisdom has right questions." Do you have the right questions about life? This book is a good place to start learning some of those questions. I think this would make a great gift for a teenager or college student in your life!
I received this book for free from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
August 18, 2011
How to make wise choices
I just finished this book provided by Book Sneeze to review. It was a quick read with very practical insights on how to live a daily life in Christ. The book keeps the reader engaged by giving powerful examples not only of personal experiences of the author, but of real life, high profile individuals. The lessons they learned in making the wise choice in some cases were profound. Credit for these choices often stems back to a faith relationship in the God of the Bible. This faith relationship isnÃ¢ÂÂt overly used but is encouraged by the author to have. His faith is extremely evident and helps challenge anyone else who may wonder why they are having so much difficulty with perspective in this life. Mark DeMossÃ¢ÂÂ experiences in the public relation field helps gives the reader reason to have a compass to navigate oneÃ¢ÂÂs life. He has seen a wide range of individuals trying to put their best foot forward, yet unless it is authentic and real, it only causes a person to fail every time.
I would highly recommend this book for the sheer practicality of seeing ourselves for who we are, especially in Christ. This book doesnÃ¢ÂÂt pull any punches. Its instruction is straightforward in how we need to examine ourselves and others, and the situations in which we find ourselves. We need books like this every once in a while to steer us back on course. This book can be summed up by a quote of Max LucadoÃ¢ÂÂs in the final chapter which states, Ã¢ÂÂYou can afford many wrong choices in life. You choose the wrong career and survive, the wrong city and survive, the wrong house and survive. But there is one choice that must be made correctly, and that is your eternal destiny (189).Ã¢ÂÂ May we all choose the path less travelled.
August 13, 2011
I have a lot of takeaways from this book.
Ã¢ÂÂThe Little Red Book of WisdomÃ¢ÂÂ had me from the dedication page. Mark DeMoss said he wrote this book Ã¢ÂÂto thank my father and to prepare my boy and two girls in the way my father prepared me.Ã¢ÂÂ I the like the concept of the book even more than the content of the book and the content is pretty good.
Much like Solomon, who collected wisdom proverbs for the benefits of his children, DeMoss collects his thoughts and experiences as a legacy for his children. I think every parent should do this. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a wise practice. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs one of my takeawayÃ¢ÂÂs from the book.
The 190 pages makes it a short read but one from which I have a lot of takeaways.
DeMoss has rubbed shoulders with people I would have enjoyed meeting, from Charles Ã¢ÂÂTremendousÃ¢ÂÂ Jones to Millard Fuller to Joey Reiman. If you donÃ¢ÂÂt know who Joey Reiman is, the chapter entitled, Ã¢ÂÂWork Less, Think MoreÃ¢ÂÂ is for you. Reiman heads Brighthouse, the first Ã¢ÂÂideation corporation.Ã¢ÂÂ DeMoss credits Reiman with helping his company develop a culture of Ã¢ÂÂthinkingÃ¢ÂÂ to give him an edge in business. ReimanÃ¢ÂÂs book, Ã¢ÂÂThinking for a LivingÃ¢ÂÂ is now next on my list to read.
Ã¢ÂÂBuy Some StampsÃ¢ÂÂ is a challenging chapter on the lost art of letter writing as opposed to emails, texts and tweets. There is something endearing about a handwritten or even typewritten note on stationary. It says Ã¢ÂÂtime,Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂthoughtfulnessÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂenduring.Ã¢ÂÂ If you read and file notes of encouragement, then you know how many cards and letters vs emails you have in your file.
Ã¢ÂÂMoney IsnÃ¢ÂÂt Everything, Good People AreÃ¢ÂÂ is a chapter on how he treats his employees. There are some valuable practices and provisions that he makes that are worth emulating. His perspective on the contribution of his staff is healthy Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂwithout good people Ã¢ÂÂ trusted, respected, professional, motivated, inspired, rested people Ã¢ÂÂ I have no firm.Ã¢ÂÂ For the owner of a PR firm, DeMoss is more substance than hype when it comes to values.
I am not sure what Georgia, Mookie and Madison Ã¢ÂÂ DeMossÃ¢ÂÂ children Ã¢ÂÂ think of their fatherÃ¢ÂÂs writings, but I believe my children, and staff will benefit from the inspiration I received from his little red book.
Thank you Booksneeze for providing me a copy of this book to read.
August 10, 2011
Life Changing book
More than any other book IÃ¢ÂÂve read recently, this book inspired me to become a better person. I fell in love with the Christian business and personal life principles the author shared and immediately reflected on my own life to see how many I follow. Before I put the book down, I read it a second time and took copious notes and made a commitment to myself to live at a higher level.
My 5 biggest take-aways from the book:
1. Stay under your umbrella: stay true to who and what God has called you to do. There is no price tag on doing what youÃ¢ÂÂre anointed for and no greater reward.
2. Work less, think more. We live in a culture focused on productivity and businesses but does that really get us further ahead? What if we regularly took time just to think and see what wisdom God gives us? He is ready to answer but are we ready to listen?
3. The wisdom of firsts: first hour, first day, first dime. What is really first in our lives? Mark shares the value of putting God first in every area of our lives and the amazing benefits that come from making that choice.
4. Turtle on a fence post. How did that turtle get there you ask? How do we accomplish all that we accomplish? GodÃ¢ÂÂs blessing and GodÃ¢ÂÂs favor on our lives Ã¢ÂÂ donÃ¢ÂÂt forget to give credit where credit is due and never forget where you came from.
5. Proverb a day. There are 31 chapters of proverbs and 31 days in a typical month. How much more could we grow in our understanding of GodÃ¢ÂÂs principles for success if we read a proverb every day?
As I read this book, I felt the direction for my business shift and I am so excited to implement these ideas. Thank you for such an amazing book!
July 27, 2011