From time to time, I thought I’d share what I’m reading and finding helpful or stimulating. Here’s what I was reading in September. If you’re reading these or anything else interesting, I’d love to know in the comments!
Rework is a manifesto of sorts. It’s about upending more traditional ways of starting and growing a business. Don’t plan too much; don’t look for outside funding; don’t invest too much time in meetings. Lot of food for thought, in many small, digestible, post-size chapters. (I believe the book started as blog posts). Is all the advice good? Probably not. But it helps you look at your daily work differently.
The Cross of Christ is what many consider to be Stott’s magnum opus during his prolific and illustrious career. Confusion over the centrality of the cross to Christianity, and particularly the nature of substitutionary atonement, always threaten to lead the Church astray. Stott brings a pastorally wise and theologically informed perspective to this important conversation.
Dotcom Secrets is poorly named. Marketing legend Dan Kennedy basically says so in the introduction. The term “dotcom” makes you think of the dotcom boom in the late ’90s, and thus seems to doom the book with an expiration date from the outset. But don’t be fooled–this isn’t about “dotcom” much at all. Sure, the internet’s part of it, but only as a tool. You won’t find dated tips and tricks circa 2003 in this book. This book is about the craftsmanship of growing a business through understanding people and human behavior. And in that, it’s quite helpful and accessible.
Ok, real talk for a minute: Did I understand everything that was going on here? No. Was I still in the gray, if not in the dark, even after reading through the footnotes? Yes. Still, is there something going on in TS Eliot’s work that speaks to me and speaks of faith and speaks to our time? Yes, I think so. That’s why I chose to include a quote from The Waste Land in my first book, including part of this section:
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
I’d love to hear what you’re reading or finding interesting these days! Let me know in the comments!