Just Jesus

I wrote a book several years ago. A friend told me to put it in the oven and let it bake for a while. Well, I’m taking it out for a rewrite. Here’s the trademarked logo for the book that my wife created. I really like it…Whaddaya think? The book will be very different than the original one I penned. Seasoning literary work is a lesson I continue to learn.

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Book Review: Let Your Life Speak – by Parker J. Palmer

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A Precious little treasure.

“If we are to live our lives fully and well, we must learn to embrace the opposites, to live in a creative tension between our limits and our potentials.” (p.55).

This candid and revealing little book is packed with eternal truths that each of us need to be reminded about — or learn. Palmer has the unique ability to share the essence of the human condition and the realities and prospects of the spiritual life in this little gem.

The sub-title is “Listening For The Voice of Vocation” — an incredibly timely call for many of us roiling in the midst of this current economic conundrum. Perhaps, times like these can be times we choose to listen — let our lives speak — hear what our souls are saying — and move that way.

This little book is packed with the courage and insights that will assist you on your journey.

Buy three — there are two other people you know who could really be helped by what Parker Palmer has to share.

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Book Review: When Giants Fall – An Economic Roadmap For the End of the American Era by Michael J. Panzner

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A Savant’s  Perspective on the Present Entropy

In this riveting, insightful treatise, Michael J. Panzner takes the reader on an incredible adventure exploring the present entropy (‘Presentropy’) engulfing our globe.  The term ‘entropy’ is derived from the Greek and suggests a “turning towards” or confronting the degree of disorder in a system. As Panzner writes: “A look back in time indicates that when a true sea change is in the air, numerous warning signs are apparent beforehand, especially to those who are willing to open their eyes and asses the facts in the cold light of day” (p.182). Well, that’s exactly what Panzner accomplishes, it doesn’t stop there.

I am tired of books that simply shout at the prevailing winds of dissent and discord (including those that possess a clear partisan political ax to grind). “When Giants Fall – An Economic Roadmap For the End of the American Era” is uniquely not “one of those.” It addresses not only the present conundrum but boldly forecasts conditions, conflicts and challenges that we should all anticipate (not simply American citizens by the way – this book deserves a global audience, prompting and a constructive dialogue amongst all concerned).

This book distinctly demands broad audience appeal. It is extremely well written and superbly documented. The subject matter covered includes economic, socio-economic, geopolitical considerations, international relations, national and international security, demographics, energy, natural resources and — how a new reality is upon all of us; a reality whose form and substance have yet to be fully formed.

As Panzner points out, “Calculations depend, of course, on assumptions about the future” (p.128). After laying the groundwork for his prognostications, the author does a masterful job weaving reasonable, yet startling realities that emerge to paint a picture about a very different and perhaps, uniquely foreboding future. Panzner’s capability to characterize the conceptual framework that surrounds concepts, like pressure, equilibrium, and competition for influence all serve to enhance the reader’s appreciation for the legitimacy of the picture Panzner paints.

A phenomenal contribution!!! – A superb addition to your personal library. However, don’t leave it on a shelf when you’ve finished reading. I’m keeping mine handy as I reference Panzner’s prognostications against the new emerging reality that continues to unfold on a daily basis.

Buy one for a friend. They will be thankful to have the opportunity to devour this work.

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Book Review: The Inheritance – by David E. Sanger

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The Inheritance – The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power – Harmony Books, ( an imprint of Crown Publishing – A Division of Random House, Inc.). NY,NY    Copyright © 2009 by David E. Sanger

I couldn’t put it down — it takes discipline and commitment to buy a 462 page volume on any subject. However, the manner in which David Sanger crafts this splendid piece of insightful, stimulating literature is food for the soul of a citizen, as well as the intellect of those desiring further enlightenment about the world we inhabit. Riveting – Distinctly addicting – Intriguing.

I bought one for a friend. Her reaction after the first few chapters is the same as mine was…more! Sanger provides a perspective that one simply cannot obtain by reading widely and consuming sound bites. He weaves a mosaic that allows one to see a picture beyond the one he has painted.

Great works of literature spawn even more questions and robust dialogue about the necessity to strategically appreciate the nuances of “where do we go from here” or “Now what?” Armed with relationships, experience, access and sources that only a respected veteran journalist can acquire, Sanger gracefully shares the depth and breadth of a perspective that only one equipped with these hard earned credentials can accomplish.

A precious gift that every American should read to assist in garnering an appreciation of the challenges confronting this country, as a new administration is baptized into the depths of a new world reality… one whose form and substance  was directly birthed by previous U.S. administrations.

Like I said – distinct Pulitzer potential here.

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