I have a major confession. In the middle of writing this, I am ashamed to say, I just screamed and threw a major tantrum at our library people. We renewed our yearly library service this month. Yes, we have to pay for it! Don't ever think your taxes don't do anything! We get to check out 4 books at a time, and are promised new book deliveries every Tuesday and Friday. Pretty sweet, right? Except it never works like that. The website isn't accurately updated, the books aren't available and the delivery guy won't show up for weeks. But when I am having my finer moments, I really love and appreciate our little library. It has been a big help in some of the more unique categories. The first book on the list this month is compliments of it, as well as quite a few past books. Here we are, halfway through the year, 50 down, 54 to go!
The Walmart Effect by Charles Fishman (Book About a Hobby) - I think this fits into two of my hobby categories - shopping and watching Shark Tank. The book is several years old, so I would have loved to read an updated version. But I found it really fascinating. The author shows just how much power Wal-Mart has in the global economy, and how it has been used for both good and bad. One thing I found interesting was how much Wal-Mart avoids any kind of press, even in cases where it is positive. I don't think we should just point a finger at Wal-Mart. We should really all consider how Wal-Mart has redefined pricing for us, forcing their vendors and competitors to lower cost at any price. We should question ourselves if frugality has become too high of a moral good in our hearts. Perhaps there are a lot greater retail ethics to consider than... dare I say... the bathrooms?
In a Sun-Scorched Land by Jennifer Ebenhack (Memoir) - I always enjoy reading books about other people's cross-cultural experience. It seems that no matter which culture someone submerges in, a lot of the same internal struggles arise. Anyone interested in living cross-culturally would definitely benefit from the realistic portrayal of the numerous challenges they might face. It also recounts a heart-wrenching adoption waiting process and the fundamental struggle for all of us to trust God when we don't understand His plan.
Blame it on the Brain by Edward T Welsh (Book about Psychology) - I was initially interested in this book because I thought it might help me in several different counseling situations. But it was really helpful for me personally. He kept highlighting that most issues do have a spiritual and physical dimension and we must address both. Addressing only the physical, which is common today, may mask spiritual problems or leave us in continual defeat. Also, he kept stressing how important it is to be knowledgable on these topics, so we have greater compassion and greater understanding about the tangible ways we can help.
Conviction to Lead by Al Mohler (Book About Leadership) - The premise of this book was that a leader must possess deep belief and passion in whatever arena he is a leader. Otherwise he is simply unfit for the role. Mohler then outlines 25 core qualities of effective leaders. Twenty-five points is a lot for a book, so it just scratched the surface of each one. It was good and left me wanting further study in each area. I wish he had included some additional recommending reading at the end of each chapter.
Luke and I are married and have four little munchkins that travel the world with us. I blog about living overseas, travel, kids, education and graphic design.
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