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Upon receiving the book One Big Thing I was not really sure what to expect.  It was the first book I had ever picked up by Phil Cooke.  After reading this book, I can honestly say that it won’t be the last time I read one of his book either. 

One big thing

This book was one that can truly capture a large audience.  It can serve as the motivating factor for those struggling to find purpose and meaning in their lives and also serve as an added does of encouragement to those who are already living in such a way to fulfill their life’s purpose. 

The whole premise of the book was to discover what you are born to do.  It then built upon this concept with topics such as living by one’s values, mapping your future and being persistent.  It truly was a gem of a book that I believe all readers can benefit from.

If you are a person, like myself, that is always looking for great quotes, you won’t be disappointed with this book.  Phil does a great job of weaving powerful quotes throughout his entire book.  He also does a great job giving personal illustrations about each of his point, which makes the book refreshing because is not a book of theories but tested practices.  At the end of the day, would I recommend this book?  Absolutely! 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review.

George Washington Carver by John Perry is unlike your typical biography.  I jumped into this book fully expecting to find a long narrative about how Dr. Carver was rescued after being kidnapped as a baby and a list of his peanut inventions.  Instead I learned a lot about a man that I already thought I knew about.

John Perry does a fantastic job highlighting the many relationships of George Washington Carver.  He also does a great job of highlighting  Carver’s inner demons and personal battles. 

One of the things that readers will walk away from this book with is the feeling that one of Carver’s biggest attribute is his ability to stick with his commitments.  He was a man of great character and when it came to many other men during his day, he was a man among boys.

Perry does a great job painting realistic view of the man many refer to as the peanut man.  He does not shy from sharing Carver’s shortcomings or successes.  I highly recommend this book.  Even if you think you know who Carver is, you will learn a lot more from this great little book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Surviving Your Serengeti:
7 Skills to Master Business and Life
By: Stefan Swanepoel
Surviving Your Serengeti by Stefan Swanepoel is an easy but extremely interesting read. Because the book is set up in what the writer refers to as a fable format it is presented in an easy to follow story format. Yet this book is so much more than a story. It combines the beauty of the African Serengeti, the story of a frustrated couple and at the same time highlights seven skills that important to all of us in everyday life. The constant flow of the story and the beautiful description of the Serengeti plains will make it hard to put the book down.
Upon picking the book up I was not sure what to make of it. I typically do not read things that are in a fable format. Yet after just reading a couple chapters I decided to read the rest of the book with a pen in hand. I highlighted several thoughts that jumped off the page to me. I must say after reading the book, I am quite impressed. It is not as though I read anything new or groundbreaking but the manner in which it was presented really got me thinking. I even walked away from the book with several quotes from the book that I plan on hanging up in my office and sharing with others.
At the end of the day, would I recommend this book? Most definitely yes! While Swanepoel’s credentials are impressive and he is clearly a gifted leader, this book can be helpful and challenging for everyone in all walks of life. This book will not only make you want to be a better person but it will also make you want to plan your own trip to the Serengeti!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255