5 very brief book reviews…

Here are some books I have read lately. I have been in catch up mode as I once again found myself with 9 books I had started reading.

E-myth Revisited

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Succeed – by Michael E. Gerber

Yeah, the narrative style does little for me, but the concept is a good one. He basically says most people start businesses because they are technically good at something (the book uses the example of making pies). Being technically good at making pies, doesn’t make you good at running a business.

My key lesson was the Turn Key Revolution which basically means you systemize everything and act like a franchise.  3 out of 5.

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No--To Take Control of Your Life

Boundaries: When to say Yes, When to Say No – by Henry Cloud
I actually thought I would enjoy this book far more than I did. I really enjoyed his writing style in “9 things you must do”. I found this book to be beneath me. I know that sounds arrogant, but I simply didn’t get much out of it. I believe in boundaries, but this book did little to expand the concept for me. 2 out of 5.

Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life's Work

Read it on a plane flight from Hamilton to Christchurch. Easy read. I liked the fun layout. A great reminder to chase and live your dreams. 4 out of 5.

The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders

The Extraordinary Leader : Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders – by John H. Zenger
An interesting book that follows a similar vein to “Good to Great”, though not as compelling. The authors conduct a significant amount of research into what makes an extraordinary leader. It would appear that it comes down to those who work hard at developing one to two key strengths. Being good in every competence is less relevant than being stunning at one or two. 4 out of 5.

Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church

Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church – by Mark Driscoll
I powered through this awesome book. (it wasn’t one of my nine) Really enjoyed his writing style, candor, humour and passion. Recommend it for anyone wanting a different and freshing perspective on Post Modern Christianity. 5 out of 5.

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