Showing posts with label NYT Bestseller. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NYT Bestseller. Show all posts

Monday, July 8, 2013

(Moving) Picture Quote Monday

For this week's picture quote, I decided to do something a little different. Instead of a one or two-sentence quote, I chose one of my favorite passages from Jon Acuff's NYT Bestseller, START. Luckily, I have a husband who's really good at making pretty awesome videos. My graphics + his editing/production talents = one moving picture quote.

I highly recommend picking up this book. Read my review for all the reasons why.

Friday, May 17, 2013

START by Jon Acuff

I've been following Jon Acuff's blog Stuff Christians Like for a while now, and if there's one person I can count on to bring humor to my Twitter and Instagram feed, it's him. In his NYT Bestseller START Jon brings his wit and wisdom together to create a phenomenal book about leaving average behind and traversing the path to awesome. 

One look at the cover, and you know this book is going to be great. Punch fear in the face? Do work that matters? Flip the awesome switch? Let's do this.

Jon begins with his signature humor before launching into a detailed road map of the 5 stages every successful life goes through: Learning, Editing, Mastering, Harvesting, and Guiding. He tells us what to expect in each stage, how to find victory and avoid pitfalls, and gives light bulb worthy advice on determining what finish line we hope to reach. He encourages and instructs, all while constantly nailing home the truth that age/experience level/money doesn't matter--you just have to start.

What Love Does did for my heart, START did for my dream. I closed this book inspired to continue to chase my dream and empowered with the tools I needed to do just that. Jon's writing has a way of drawing you in, making you feel like you're having a one-on-one conversation in his living room. He holds nothing back, opening himself up and sharing his great--and not so great--moments, all of which he uses to illustrate what he's learned in his own journey toward awesome. And there's a whole lot of awesome in these pages. Want to know how to silence the schizophrenic voices of fear? How to make time for your passions, ignore the critics, master your craft, and live life with an exclamation point instead of a question mark? Want to learn all that without being bored to death by a dry self-help manual? Read this book.

Whether your dreams seem too far gone to be realized, or you've already started down the road to awesome and are actively pursuing your passion, there's a vast amount of wisdom, motivation, and encouragement to be found here. Pick up this book and give yourself the chance you deserve. START will not only light a fire under your dream, it will give you the fuel to keep it burning.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Love Does by Bob Goff

We've all answered the question on social media quizzes and during those awkward "icebreaker" conversations. You know the one: "If you could have dinner with any person in the world, past or present, who would you choose?"

My answer would be, without hesitation, Bob Goff. Move over Dos Equis man, there's a new most interesting man in the world.

Love Does is filled with incredible stories. Underdogs succeed, the guy gets the girl, dream adventures are turned into reality. Disneyland becomes a corner office, world leaders come over for a sleepover, and jail doors are ripped from their hinges. And the best part?

It's all true.

Bob regales us with one crazy real life tale after another, showing by example what it says on the cover: Love Does. Never have I felt someone's heart, joy, and passion come through so clearly on a written page. With each chapter I felt myself becoming more and more inspired (and downright pumped) to go out and live my life with the same zeal and positive attitude that Bob does. This isn't a book filled with 14 steps to a better you, or a list of bullet points to check off on your road to success. What Bob gives us is a book filled with his own experiences and observations on what it means to love, and how living hand-in-hand with love and whimsy can lead to a secretly incredible life.

At the beginning of each chapter, Bob shares these great little gems of wisdom. Things like:

"I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them."


"I used to think knowing God was like going on a business trip with Him, but now I know He's inviting me on an adventure instead." 

It's these personal lessons from Bob's life, and the paths he took to get there, that make this book so amazing.

There's a reason Love Does is a NYT Bestseller--it has the potential to be life changing if you'll let it. My review can be easily summed up in this recommendation: Put this on your must read list--your life will be better for having read it. I know mine is.