aaaah, book reviews. let’s start with the bad parts: how to achieve a heaven on earth is full of conservative christian overtones, quite a few of the articles have a bit of “chicken soup for the soul” feel, and at times i thought i was dealing with an aborted e-book. but there were clearly good intentions behind the book, and if you’re looking at “101 insightful essays from the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders and writers”, you’re bound to come across some good stuff. for example
changing the game at work by christine barnes
don’t wait for the CEO to build a culture of engagement but begin by creating heaven on earth for your employees now. ask questions such as
- do you know what’s expected of you at work?
- do you have the materials you need to do your work?
- do you have the opportunity to do what you’re best at, every day?
- in the past seven days, have you received recognition or praise for doing good work?
i’m very happy to say that my part time work at mcc gives me all of this. what about you?
maida rogerson, who talks about many mothers
imagine. you’ve just had your first baby. your husband is in a new job and doesn’t have a lot of time for you. you’ve moved away from your extended family. suddenly, there you are, you and your beautiful baby, home, alone. your baby starts to cry, and you’re dead tired and all you want to do is cry yourself, and you have no one to turn to.
the idea behind many mothers is that it takes a community to raise a child well. a great idea, presented with lovely words.
perfectly broken by mark lundholm
i have a chemically challenged anatomy, a drug-resistant soul and a penchant for guessing incorrectly when it comes to the betterment of others. … because i am terminally self-centered, i am spiritually retarted, emotionally invisible, financially irresponsible, socially phobic and almost pathological when it comes to lying. … i have been liberated by the knowledge that my liabiliities as a practicing addict can now become finely tuned assets that allow to deftly navigate the foreign terrain of relationships, employment, success and excellence.
this is a language i understand.
would i buy this book? probably not, for the above reasons. but it’s a nice gift idea for someone who likes to be inspired by people who do something, rather than sit around complaining.