Is John Eldredge's book "Wild At Heart" worth reading?

I first heard of John Eldredge's book "Wild Heart" several years ago at a Promise Keepers conference.

It seemed to be a book saying that men all men were created by God to be adventurers and warrior types trying to save a fair damsel or something like that.

In this video, the publisher of the book, Michael Hyatt of Thomas Nelson Co, reviews the book again, eight years after it was published and he tells what the book meant to him.  Because of his blogging, Twittering and other use of social media, I feel like I know Hyatt.  I really like him.

Given the hyper-challenging times we are living in, is this book worth a read?  Does Eldredge's message have a fresh relevance for men of today?  Who's read it out there and what did it mean to you?

For my Kindle 2: Just bought Chris Matthews "Life Is A Campaign"

Chris matthews During a chat this morning, my son Justin who lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. recommended Chris Matthews new book "Life Is a Campaign." 

  From his description is sounds like Matthews shares what he's learned during his career as a political staffer and as a television reporter. 

Lots of the stuff that's getting gunked up in the U.S. Congress and in state legislatures around the country could be resolved if our public servants had better relationships with each other.  It sounds like this book may shed some light on that.

Has anybody out there read it yet?  Thoughts?

Does Amazon's Kindle 2 make sense for baby boomers?

My book reading has been tailing off over the past several years from what it used to be.  I admit that as a 62-year-old baby boomer who has typically read a lot from books to magazines.

But, I've found it more difficult to read books for a variety of reasons.  I like watching certain television programs at night and when they are over I'm generally tired and during the day, it's not always easy to pull out a book because of distractions.  And my eyesight is not what it used to be.3460407723_b14ca44844_m

So, when my son Justin got his Kindle 2 and I had a chance to use it, I decided to take the plunge.  I've had it for a week and I've run it through it's paces.  I've used it while waiting in the dentist's chair, while waiting for a long train to pass and in bed with my head firmly on one pillow trying to see if reading would make me feel drowsy tired.

Then when my wife and I decided to take a couple hour lunch at a state park on a lake, I took it with me.

A first conclusion:  It's a conversation starter and a meeting stopper.  In the dentist's waiting room, patients who typically have a look like they're waiting for their execution, excitedly asked me about who my Kindle worked and whether I liked it.  A meeting where I participated got started a half hour late because everybody wanted to see it and had many questions.

The test was yesterday's lunch at the Sleepy Hollow State Park about a half hour northeast of Lansing, MI.  We ate lunch on a picnic table in the sun with the wind blowing.  It worked like a charm.  I could see the page perfectly.  I read 10 pages of my book and then I tried the audio where the Kindle reads the content to you.  Perfect.  My wife who was down by the lake shore could hear it. 

And then I tried to download a book sample.  The 3G inside the Kindle locked right into a signal and within a minute I had the content.

I will continue sharing as I use it.  I'll also share my growing reading list where I'm starting to check off items that I've read.

My reading list: The Martha Rules

I've been fascinated by Martha Stewart, who she is, what she's done and how she got there.  That's why I eagerly picked up her book, The Martha Rules, when I was at Sam's Club last week. 

I'm sure she's capitalizing on her increased visibility from her Apprentice Show on Wednesday nights.

Her new book, according to the jacket, is a look at how to succeed in business and is for everyone whether you're part of a start-up or work for a large company.

A cursory, surface look of the book seems to show that her business philosophy centers around being particularly sensitive and responsive to the wants and needs of customers.    I will report back as I read this short tome.

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I should have read Ben Stein's new book

When we were in Barnes and Noble at the Lansing Mall in Lansing, MI, I saw a new book by Ben Stein: Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably!: The Baby-Boom Retirement Crisis And How to Beat ItIt looked like very easy-to-understand advice for baby-boomers contemplating retirement.  Stein seems to have an unvarnished edge.  I might still get it and see if I can play a little catch-up

Harry Potter, is reading it dangerous to your kids

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I was at one of our local Barnes and Noble stores in Lansing, Mi the night the latest Harry Potter novel was released.  The store was packed with kids and parents excited about the midnight release of the new book.  I've never read any of the novels, nor will I probably.

I have heard Christians express concern that the Harry Potter books are harmful to kids because they promote magic of the ilk that the Bible speaks against.

Radio Bible Class, a conservative Christian ministry in Grand Rapids, MI cautions against over-reaction and talks about the value of this series that has kids reading again. They see value in the stories and they see value for those who read them.

Starved For Affection by Dr. Randy Carlson, the reason

A few friends have asked me about why I've posted Dr. Randy Carlson's book: Starved For Affection, as my book to promote as part of being an Amazon Associate or affiliate.

Let me emphasize that I don't feel starved for affection.  No way!  I get plenty of it from my wife, my kids and an affectionate Beagle named Snoopy.

Lots of people feel disconnected from their spouse.  The affection sparks are just not visible.  What's happening and how can it be remedied?  Dr. Carlson has a great way of pulling these issues apart and then putting them back together to help the reader understand in a way that can apply to their life.  It's worth checking out.

And, yes, if you buy it by clicking on the book logo on my blog, I will get a small commission.

Five Love Languages in the bathroom

Every so often I have to clean out my bathroom library and two items from that collection would have to go on my "highly recommended" list of books to read:

  • The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman:  This is a must read for anyone married or who is getting married and wants to stay that way.  Chapman points out that everybody processes and receives love in about five different ways.  If you don't hit the right love language for your beloved, then you risk their not feeling loved.  And, that can be the beginning of friction that often has an unhappy ending.
  • Family First by Dr. Phil McGraw:  In this book, TV's Dr. Phil shows that he has some depth and that he really values family.  He speaks from the experiential base of his family while he was growing up.  He provides clear help for anyone struggling with family issues or somebody who just wants a tune-up as a family member.  Again, this should be a must read.    Dr. Phil is more than a TV pretty face.

Jen Abbas is worth reading

When two parents get divorced, a legacy is left that can carry on for generations.  The children of the divorce just keep paying forward the consequences of their parents' actions.  They struggle with relationships and emotions.

Everybody knows somebody who has gone through this and are still feeling the aftertaste of an experience that can result in some serious casualties.  How do you cope?

There's a new book by a child of divorce, a young woman named Jen Abbas.  I heard an interview with her about it on the radio program, Parent Talk with Dr. Randy Carlson. She was searching for answers for her own struggles.  The book shares what she found.