A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman has a winner with A Man Called Ove. This is a witty story about a gentleman who is recently widowed and forced to retire. You are pleasantly amused by his daily routine until it becomes evident what his intentions are.

Ove is a guy that everybody knows–somewhere in their life. He is old fashioned, he is stubborn, and he is unfailing in his devotion to his wife. When new neighbors move in Ove is forced to make a few adjustments in his planned agenda. Watch as he demands compliance to all the rules, while the neighborhood subtly conforms him.

You will not be disappointed by this one!

Stone of Fire

I just finished Stone of Fire by J.F. Penn. I’ve got to say, Joanna Penn is on fire with her ARKANE series. Stone of Fire is the first in a series that promises to deliver non-stop thriller action.

This book takes the reader on a roller coaster trip to some of the most intriguing religious destinations in the world. Her descriptions are vivid in a way that makes the reader cringe when silence is broken in the sacred sanctuaries. (your mom always told you to be quiet in church–right?)

Imagine the diversion of a man dangling from a rope in the high dome of an ancient cathedral. That’s the kind of action J.F. Penn packs into her novels. Think Indiana Jones meets the Pope.

Clearly, Ms. Penn has first-hand knowledge of the places she romps through with her characters. This wild, action-packed, “novel” vacation is an education as well as a tour.

One drawback to reading Stone of Fire. It’s a series and you’ll be hooked on reading them all.

Book Review

Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall In Love With the Process of Becoming Great

Joshua Medcalf has written a great book. Chop Wood Carry Water carries centuries of wisdom in a small, easy to read volume.

I found the book enjoyable to read and the lessons within are so simple to understand it makes you wonder why you haven’t been doing that all along.

I think this book would be useful for presenting to a group of employees, for teaching ethics that would improve any business. But it isn’t written specifically for business. It’s more for personal growth. Our Church group read it and it’s great for discussions.

Chop Wood Carry Water isn’t a children’s book either, but I think kids from eight years old and up would enjoy and understand the teaching. It would be a good character builder for all ages.

This one is worth a read. I’d recommend the print version, you will find yourself jotting things in the margins. This is a good one to keep on your desk, to remind you where you are going and how to get there.