Category Archives: Reviews – Books

A great book to Gallop off the Year of the Horse

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Indeed this is my second book of the year, the first being Eat to Live (The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss) by Dr Joel Furhman. Since my health scare in 3rd quarter of 2013, I have lost 6kg already and am aiming for another 6kg by the end of 2014.

Looking back, I thank God for his warning signals and am blessed to be given the learning opportunities or the valley seasons of my life to experience roadblocks and overcome them. 

This second book – Change Your Heart, Change Your Life by Dr Gary Smalley is another gem which got me so glued to every page. Life’s mysteries especially with regards to relationships between people when they turn sour and how we react to them is clearly and simply explained so that we can literally turn our lives around and choose to be happy despite circumstances and yet open our hearts to giving and receiving an abundance of love from God and others.

This is really a MUST-read!

Book Review: I Quit! by Geri Scazzero

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Foreword by Peter Scazzero:

The most loving thing Geri ever did for me was to quit the church I pastor. Yes, a part of me wanted to kill her for the humiliation I felt. But God used her courageous decision to change my life in profound ways.

I Quit! is based on Geri’s story, but I believe it is a story we all share; at some point, quitting is something each of us must do. Every person who follows Jesus need to discover and apply these truths that have become so disconnected from our spiritual formation in Christ.

Until now, I have been the chief beneficiary of this message, learning up close form Geri each of the “I Quits” described in this book. Over the last fifteen years I have learned how to quit as a parent, a husband, and a pastor/leader. While initially difficult, this journey has led to a level of freedom and joy in the Christian life that I never imagined was possible.

In fact, the principles of I Quit! are foundational to our spiritual formation ministries and leadership values at New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York.

It was revolutionary to hear of a pastor’s wife quitting on the church that he pastors, and quitting on over-functioning at home and yet it did so many wonders for their marriage, relationship, family and his leadership. Most of all, it did wonders for the quitter, Geri Scazzero.

And like most societies, where I come from, little tiny red dot called Singapore, our leaders frown on quitting and label “Quitters” as a derogatory term to insinuate that these people cannot make it, are irresponsible and disloyal to whatever they chose to quit.

More importantly, Geri states that what needs to be quit on is to quit being afraid of what others think; to quit lying to yourself and others; to quit dying to the wrong things; to quit denying anger, sadness and fear; to quit blaming; to quit over-functioning; to quit faulty thinking and to quit living someone else’s life.

Nuff’ said. Go read the book and start quitting!

Book Review – Gordon Ramsay’s Playing With Fire

I must admit that as I was paying the ten bucks for the book, a sense of trepidation filled my mind and I was wondering things like, “What if the whole book was just an expository for how many ways and variations Gordon Ramsay could say the F-word?”

But then again, it was just ten bucks that screamed at me from the shelves not of a bookstore (they are becoming extinct nowadays with closures of MPH, PageOne and such), but rather the convenience store inside a gas station. Imagine buying a book from a gas station. Not your typical add ons like parking coupons, sweets or drinks.

So what led me to write a review of his book?

Simply because it’s really a good book. You got the ingredients like a hard life (lots of hard work) at the bottom of the mountain, then the little breaks and amazing partnership that Ramsay forged with his father-in-law Chris (yeah, of all people a father-in-law!), and the multiple excitements and adrenaline rush from his subsequent restaurant openings and business growth. Add to that a strong layer of good old business and wise principles of taking care of your staff, demanding the highest standards, and a big dose of humility and being grounded in all that uphill climb.

Ramsay’s narration is also quite refreshing, as it is shared quite directly and frankly, in a manner that spells, “We just say it like it is!”. Quite a breeze to read, put down, and pick up again, that I finished the book in 2 days.

Just like good food, Gordon Ramsay has me hooked. And I am on the search for his other titles (not the cookbooks yet).

Book Review: Falling to Heaven (4/5 stars)

This is the first book that I’ve bought and finished reading within the same day.

It’s really an easy and captivating read because of the author’s conversational style- it’s as if he is right there telling you his story, and believe me he is one great storyteller in person, I heard him speak live.

What’s written on the back of the book:

On August 15, 1968 a strong and handsome young skydiver flew upwards for a few moments of pleasure. But within seconds, a fiery plane crash melted his face, multilated his body and forever changed the life of Mickey Robinson.

This book isn’t just an ordinary story of tragedy and recovery. This book is about resurrection. Falling to Heaven is not about a burned man getting better. It’s about a dead man coming to life!

Since his transformation and his second chance at life, Mickey Robinson has been a public speaker nationally and internationally. His message of hope and encouragement inspires people in every walk of life. Mickey is a gifted communicator and teacher. His passion is to help people get activated and engaged in their gifts and purpose in life. He and his wife Barbara have four grown children. They reside in Franklin, Tennessee.

For more information, check out www.mickeyrobinson.com

Book Recommendation: Tender Warrior by Stu Webere

Normally, I don’t do this, but I’m gonna share about this book before I finish it (now currently at page 220 of page 278) cos I feel that it’s really, really, really what the world is short of (me included).

It’s just what men need, and men who get it will truly give women what they need.

Just a peek on the back cover desciption:

SOME THING ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR

Young men aspire to it. Women admire it. Yet the definition of manhood itself is obscured by a culture in moral free fall. This book cuts through the fog and defines a powerful blueprint for being the man – the Tender Warrior – that God desires for you and your family. You’ll discover that a Tender Warrior:

– watches out for what lies ahead – like a wagon train scout;

– keeps his commitments, no matter how painful;

– has a tender heart beating beneath his armour;

– understands his responsibility to his wife, children, and friends;

– recognizes that he is “under orders from higher headquarters.”

Stu Weber’s now classic teaching on a man’s vigilance, staying power, and consideration for the women in his life will move you to pursue the man you were created to be.

Enjoy your Coffee!

I’m enjoying every single page of this book I’m reading, “The 5 Minute Miracle”, by Dr Ed Delph, and so I’d like to share this chapter with you:

I am a coffee lover. The stronger¬† the better, especially in the morning. Recently, I was in downtown Seattle, standing in front of the original Starbucks at Pike Place Farmer’s Market. Now that’s good duty! Being a coffee lover I couldn’t help but notice this story that came through the Internet.

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit one of their university professors. The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. After offering his guests refreshments, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups. Some were porcelain, others were plastic, glass and crystal. Some were plain, others were expensive and quite exquisite. He told his guests to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, he said, “If you noticed, all the nice-looking, expensive cups were chosen first, leaving the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, the name-brand and exquisite cups just makes things more expensive and in some cases, even hide what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup. Yet, you all consciously went for the best cups. Then you even began eyeing each other’s cups.

“Now consider this. Life is the coffee – jobs, money, position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The type of cup we have does not define or change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided for us.”

That’s a good lesson for us all. We have all played the comparison game. We have to have a better cup than someone else. We try to outdo others and become undone in the process. Sometimes when you try to possess the best cups, the best cups end up possessing you. Why not just enjoy who we are, who they are, and enjoy the coffee of life.

Sometimes people are like cups, they don’t look or act like the fancy cups you prefer, but if you enjoy the coffee in the cup, life gets better!

It’s what is inside the cup that counts to God.

God brews the coffee, not the cups. So, enjoy your coffe – you’re a special blend!

Peace starts with a smile – and good cup of coffee. Make mine strong and dark. I’ll be glad to take it in a paper cup!

Book Review: Property Jewels the proven path

Author: Renesial Leong

ISBN: 983414012

Genre: Property Investment

Published by Right Lifestyle Sdn Bhd

After attending Renesial’s weekend seminar in Singapore, it warms my heart to know that such a loving, caring, genuinely sincere and honest person exists among those who have reached a certain standing in life.

Renesial is another fellow human being who can and does make a difference to many people’s lives.

I like that her motivation in life to do well stems from desiring to have the CHOICE to spend time with loved ones, doing the things she likes (she’s a travel bug), and quite altruistically, giving back to society.

Her humble beginnings started from investing in 1 property in Malaysia some 19 years ago to owning over 90 properties worldwide today, earning her in excess of $100,000 rental income per month.

Many of her personal experiences were shared in the seminar (also covered in this book) so that we know from first-hand stories the pitfalls as well as the strategies to succeed in property investment.

Renesial is as direct and truthful as you can get. Her no-hold’s barred style is so refreshing amidst the proliferation of many other slick and articulate seminar presenters who tend to tease with bits of generic information and mostly come with lots of ra-ra.

Hats off, dear Renesial.

For copies of her book do visit this website or call (65) 6883 2181 for Singapore. Click here to get to Renesial’s website.