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Review: Everyday Greatness

by Benjamin Anderson 24. September 2009 08:44

Everyday Greatness is a compilation of inspirational short stories, quotes and proverbs that will challenge and spur the reader on to achieving their potential, regardless of where they are in life.  The book is full of illustrations and short stories that any speaker, secular teacher or biblical preacher, will love to have at hand.  The book’s purpose is to help the reader realize that they have a chose to act in life to help others, regardless of what has happened to them and where life has placed them.  Everyone has a purpose and great potential to fill and succeed in that purpose, and as a result of doing so they will influence and inspire other’s throughout their life.

The book acts as a cheerleader for any one that picks it up, helping to kick into gear the desire and yearning to impact the world and people around them in a positive way.  The short stories will bring tears and joy to any living person, even if they only read one story from the entire book.

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Review: Collapse of Distinction by Scott McKain

by Benjamin Anderson 15. July 2009 16:43

“Collapse of Distinction” is a book about means of defining and distinguishing yourself and your business among the millions of other businesses and people on planet.  In an ever increasing global market and competitive market we have make our businesses stand out using even the slightest differences.

The book starts off good and draws you in, but throughout the book I continued to expect McKain to complete a sentence or finish a story, but by the time I reached the end of the book I still had that feeling.  The book does not deliver.  Too many times the examples and stories used felt more like distractions rather than stepping stones, and the reader never reaches the point of actually learning anything.  Reading the cover and summary for the book have the same effectiveness as the entire book does is communicating the fact that there has to be differences to have distinction.


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Review: The Noticer

by Benjamin Anderson 10. May 2009 17:25

The Noticer is the story about how one man can impact so many people, provide additional perspective and help an entire town through their own difficulties. Jones has in some way impacted everyone in Orange Beach, Alabama and planted seeds of wisdom in a community to help them through life's difficulties.

The book is very uplifting and at times will force out a laugh or even a tear in response to the character's situations. While each character's situation can be frustrating to the reader as a result of the narrative perspective, Jones' responsive and foresight will often bring a smile to your face or even make you laugh. While Jones is always talking about perspective the book is continuously delivering a message about everyone's ability to provide the helping hand, the listening ear and life changing perspective through seeds of wisdom. Everyone has that certain person in their past that impacted their life for the better and that relationship is a milestone in our journey, this book allows the reader to spy on those situations for several different people and situations. The book will help inspire your our internal "noticer" in an effort to change the world around you.


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Review: Rex by Cathleen Lewis

by Benjamin Anderson 13. April 2009 19:02
Rex is a mother's reflection on her struggle and joys as a parent of an blind and autistic boy.  Cathleen walks the reader through the hardships, the internal struggles, and joys of understanding true love and peace that hope and faith can bring, despite life's many struggles.  Rex is an autistic and blind child that has one strong connection to the world around him through music as a savant.

While not an easy book to read due too the emotionally heavy content, this is one book that I believe should be added to the required reading list of learning young adults.  The book is an instant and reaffirming acknowledgment for those that have learned what unconditional love really is.  But the book is also an opportunity for those that do not quite understand unconditional love, due to a lack of experience, to experience it through a mother's own struggle with the pains of this world and the joys of children despite the hardships and struggles that come with being a parent.

I especially recommend this book for individuals that desire to grow in areas of helps ministry.  This book will work on your empathy more than anything.


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Review: The Last Lecture

by Benjamin Anderson 3. March 2009 21:09

Wow. It's really difficult to pick a place to begin with this book!  I've had to postpone writing the review for it just so that my feelings and thoughts had time to settle and age a little bit.  This is a book that should be on everyone's reading list.  In fact, I'm adding it to my yearly reading list.  Randy Pausch's attitude and foresight into life will open up your own eyes to the cloudy perspective that so many of us have about life.  Our day-to-day routine becomes a burden and we lose sight of our purpose and what really matters in life.  This book really puts a smile on your face, despite the saddening circumstances involved in producing the book.

Randy Pausch’s purpose in his Last Lecture is to provide his friends, and most importantly, his children with the lessons that he has learned throughout his life and to also leave a little bit of himself behind for them in the future.  The lessons learned and the stories told will become a staple in people’s development in the future.


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Review: Brisingr (Book 3 of the Inheritance Cycle series)

by Benjamin Anderson 2. January 2009 12:30

Christopher Paolini’s third book is a little bit of a let down.  While it was still good, especially for a fantasy novel geared towards the younger audience, it was less entrancing and pulling than the first two books.  The other part of the problem is that Paolini tries too hard to make up an alternate universe and languages, which makes following book three more difficult, especially after having read the other two books so long ago.  While I’ve enjoyed other series that make up languages and vocabulary for their universe, I’ve never had as much difficulty keeping it all on track as I did with Brisingr.  Instead of pulling you in to the universe, all the language and terms pull you back out of it while you attempt to remember what it all means.

The third part of the saga of Eragon’s struggle against the evil empire is entertaining and still worth picking up, but it is not as good as the first two books.  Readers will feel the drag as they force their selves through stories about the dwarf elections and forging of swords.


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Review: "The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture" by Andrew Keen

by Benjamin Anderson 26. December 2008 03:45
Stay away from this title.  Unless it is given to you, it is not worth your money and most likely your time.  This book is a complete disappointment.  The topic of how the Internet is impacting our culture is a great and interesting topic, and the impact of the rise of the blogger and social networks like Youtube should be discussed, even in a negative light.  But Keen fails to even discuss the topics.  His book offers little more than pompous complaining about his own down fall in comparison to the rest of the Internet technologists.

I’m frustrated that I bought this title and unable to return it. 


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Benjamin is a software developer in the DFW area.  He spends his free time playing video games, programming, doing graphics design and photography, and reading.

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