Book Reviews


START, by Jon Acuff:

Who doesn’t want a life of AWESOME?

START, by Jon Acuff — This little gem helped motivate me to pop out of bed to begin my little Trusting for Peace website at 3 am just after finishing the last page.   It’s cram-packed with inspiration and unique perspectives, and has a wonderfully engaging, conversational style.  

This author is inviting and enthusiastic, comes off in print like a friend you had once in college, and everything he says seems relevant to those of us who work in the real world. Its an eye-opening, encouraging read, offering plenty of laugh-out-loud humor along the way. For me, it was a reminder that its great if you have 4 million ideas, but you have to pick something and take action, even without the knowledge or clarity you wanted that it is the best idea of the bunch.

He makes it sink in that putting a player on the board in reality is always better than remaining a spectator; he shows how planting that flag becomes a platform for building momentum and excitement that is otherwise sealed behind a wall of fear and negative voices.

So, if I didn’t “punch fear in the face” thanks to his advice, I gave him a nice, healthy SMACK.
Thanks, Jon!




My favorite book from my favorite author’s body of work. It’s a wonderful exploration of the Christian faith explained from the viewpoint of an outsider who’s using reason alone to discover truth. Originally a radio broadcast during WWII time, its conversational style seats you across the room with one of Christianity’s greatest thinkers. Be ready for a new level of clarity and understanding (if you’re a person who likes that sort of thing). Get Book


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