Book Review: The Cubs Way (Tom Verducci, 2017)

Not just a baseball book, this one doubles as a millennial management blueprint, with several insights into the philosophies of team president Theo Epstein and manager Joe Maddon. Baseball fans and personnel managers alike will enjoy this one. Built around the 2016 World Series, the chapters alternate chronologically between action within the seven game series … Continue reading Book Review: The Cubs Way (Tom Verducci, 2017)

Book Review: What If It’s True? (Charles Martin, 2019)

An old hymn by Rhea Miller comes to mind as I finish the final pages of this book. It's called "I'd Rather Have Jesus," and in the chorus she writes that she'd rather have Jesus... "than to be the king of a vast domain or be held in sin's dread sway."And that's what this book … Continue reading Book Review: What If It’s True? (Charles Martin, 2019)

Book Review: I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had (Tony Danza, 2012)

As a former high school teacher, I was a little skeptical about this one. However, I decided to read this book because I would consider myself to be a fan of Tony Danza, and this seemed like an interesting concept: a former TV star becomes a high school teacher and a reality TV show is … Continue reading Book Review: I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had (Tony Danza, 2012)

Book Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami, 2007)

What he talks about when he talks about running: He's talking about the art of continuous improvement, setting goals, and the pursuit of excellence. I found the book to be humble... admirable... self-deprecating... real, and in many points (though I'm most certainly a walker and not a runner) I could identify very strongly with what … Continue reading Book Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami, 2007)

Book Review: The Boys in the Boat (Daniel James Brown, 2013)

"They are almost all gone now--the legions of young men who saved the world in the years just before I was born. But that afternoon, standing on the balcony of Haus West, I was swept with gratitude for their goodness and their grace, their humility and their honor, their simple civility and all the things … Continue reading Book Review: The Boys in the Boat (Daniel James Brown, 2013)

Book Review: Introflirted: 31 Love Notes for Introverts (Josh Ryan Higgins, 2019)

This is a great collection of about 30 postcards that you can either tear out and mail or leave in the book and share with others. Because most readers are introverts, this will be an enjoyable, quick read. Some of my favorites: "I won't talk to you before you've had your coffee... or after" "I … Continue reading Book Review: Introflirted: 31 Love Notes for Introverts (Josh Ryan Higgins, 2019)

Book Review: Laugh Like a Kid Again (Phil Callaway, 2020)

This book will appeal to many in different ways. What spoke most to me was the chapter called "The Nicest Thing Ever Said." In the intro for that chapter, the author speaks about a book he once bought that contained a collection of witty put-downs. He mentions the popularity of books such as that one … Continue reading Book Review: Laugh Like a Kid Again (Phil Callaway, 2020)