In The Pleasure Groove: love, death and Duran Duran

I have been in love with John Taylor for a long time now. Yes Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes are cute but JT is up there with Clive Owen for goodness sake! You remember when you had pictures of musicians and tv stars on your walls or on folders – well mine were covered with The Professionals, Duran Duran and Japan (the group not the country). I was convinced I would run into Lewis Collins of The Professionals one day! That was a brilliant show. Anyway back to the book…One knows that rock stars sometimes live rather outlandish lives and I was not naïve in thinking that Mr. Taylor was an angel but gosh man am I glad you got a grip on reality and your life. Continue reading “In The Pleasure Groove: love, death and Duran Duran”

Metamorpha: Jesus as a Way of Life By Kyle Strobel

I read quite a lot of Christian/Biblical literature and many are extremely repetitious and unfortunately quite boring. I understand that publishers demand x amount of pages, which is ridiculous, but still – tell more personable stories, things that engage readers. This book is engaging from the start as initially the author is so candid about his life in the church growing up. Mr. Strobel was raised in the church and he is very honest about how that affected his walk – good and bad. His church experience for many years was in an emergent seeker sensitive environment with no tradition but a bucket load of programmes for everyone. Continue reading “Metamorpha: Jesus as a Way of Life By Kyle Strobel”

How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role, By Thomas Cahill

Mr. Cahill is famous for his Hinges of History series of which this is the first book. I have to say that being English I wanted to find something wrong with this book but I have to concede that St. Patrick was a Romanized Celtic Briton and not actually English so there you go. I knew he wasn’t Irish, which so many people are clueless about but if you want to be very specific he wasn’t English either. Continue reading “How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role, By Thomas Cahill”

The Imperial Cruise By James Bradley

World War II holds a certain interest for me. I have to wonder if it is because I would be speaking a completely different language and my country would be a little red blip on the world map if events had turned out otherwise. Anyway whatever the reason I do read the occasional book on that era. This book is about the previous 100 years and the reasons why Japan bombed Pearl Harbour on that fateful morning of December 7th, 1941. Now after saying that you won’t necessarily like the answers that this book holds. Continue reading “The Imperial Cruise By James Bradley”

The Me I Want to Be By John Ortberg

I work in real estate and I also work for a golf ministry. I love working with people and get frustrated when there is too much bureaucracy especially when it comes to paperwork and real estate. I know me, mostly, and I know that I love working with people and helping them. The golf ministry gives me so much pleasure it feels as if I am not really working most of the time. I help with a programme where young golfers get to follow around golf pros during practice round day and have a q and a session with them. This is super fun and kids and their parents really get into it. The organization of something like this can be a bit overwhelming but nearly all the time everyone is very patient and also gracious. I say all this because this book, along with a couple of others I have read recently (StandOut being uber helpful), have solidified for me that it is okay to do what you love and get paid for it as well. Continue reading “The Me I Want to Be By John Ortberg”