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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Book Review: " The Little Red Book of Wisdom" by Mark DeMoss


I will say this was one of the best books I have read in a while.  Wisdom is the one area in my life I desire to continue to grow in—don’t we all.  I enjoyed how he broke down the book into two practical areas professional and personal wisdom.  At first I considered skimming the chapters on “Wisdom for your Professional  Life”  but I was captivated within the first few pages.  Each chapter caused me to think and evaluate myself personally. 

 I ended each chapter feeling challenged to have a paradigm shift.  There were seriously so many ah ha moments. In fact, Mark’s commitment to who he is, who God created him to be, his businesses purpose, and Marks convictions were so compelling.  They weren’t compelling because I wished I was as successful as him, but rather to always be moved with compelling conviction that would run my life. 

I’ve learned that great leaders are first of all great servants—and that the greatest service is modest, understated, in speech and action.  Understatement is self-restraint, and self-restraint is hardly a sign of weakness.  On the contrary, wisely used, few things carry more power.”  Come, on WOW!! The book is filled with wisdom and one liners that make you go “Ouch. Okay suck it up and figure it out” This book could have spoke volumes to me simply because I am at a place in which I need to be pruned and shaped. Let’s put it this way, I lack wisdom…so I am daily searching and seeking it out. 

One of the biggest stand outs in this book is Mark’s call unto Jesus. He never shy’s away from how having a relationship with Jesus has been the tipping factor in most of his life and life decisions.  But he spends his very last chapter of his book extending and inviting those who aren’t in relationship with Jesus to come into one. He does, in my opinion, a phenomenal job of not only making a case for Jesus, but pursing a growing relationship.  Mark truly understands the implications of being in a relationship with Jesus on life verses not having a relationship.   His personal life experience has been anything but easy, but his foundation is set upon a rock.  In the end, I would of course recommend this book to ALL. Period! If you don’t think you need wisdom I think you definitely need this book. 

I will leave you with his last thoughts which ironically weren’t his, “I close with words of author Max Lucado: “You can afford many wrong choices in life.  You can choose the wrong career and survive, the wrong city and survive, the wrong house and survive.  But there is one choice that must be made correctly, and that is your eternal destiny.” 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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