Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Final Summit

I have been wanting to read a book by Andy Andrews since I saw him speak at Women of Faith last fall...What an amazing speaker!!!    Because I did not read the "prequel" to this book, "The Travelers", I wasn't sure if I would really get the most out of it though.  However, he gives plenty of background in his storytelling, so I didn't feel too behind.  What I love about Andy's storytelling is that he finds these precious gems...historical stories that are relatively unknown...and he uncovers them for the world to discover.  I don't want to tell too much to ruin the discovery, but he definitely does that in The Final Summit!  In the process, he also gives several other history lessons, including discussion of what we can learn from the wise and unwise decisions of those who have gone before us.  It was an easy read...finished in 1-2 days, so a great book for light readers and book lovers alike!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Life Without Limbs

I'm very excited to share my most recent read.  I saw this guy on a youtube video a year or two ago, and was just blown away!  Everyone loves a story of someone who is able to overcome obstacles to prove to the world they can, when everyone thinks they can't.  Nick Vujijic is an inspiration to others to live beyond our limitations, whether physical, mental, emotional, financial, or anything else that may hold you back. You cannot possible read one chapter of this book and walk away uninspired to live life to the fullest!  You can't help but get the sense that Nick has tapped into the supernatural ability to live life fully and unhindered by excuses of any kind.  Several times while I was reading, I found myself trying to counter his optimism with my own cynicism...thinking, "But it's just not that easy."  But in light of his story, I would have to come around to, "Well, maybe it is that easy..."  Like Nick says, "I'm ridiculously happy, what's your excuse?"