Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Book Review: The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris

The 4-Hour Workweek is not a time management book but a book on how to 'design' your life so that you will only be working 4 hours every week while achieving the same results.

The book works on the idea that retirement need not to be at the end of our productive life but should be divided into mini-retirements to allow us to enjoy the experiences.

Of course, many of us have two objections: money and time.

In the book, Ferris gives a narrative on how he earned more money while working less hours, take advantage of different buying power of currencies, reduce non-essential busy work and a lot of other things.

The book is presented as a narrative, not a how-to manual nor an impersonal analysis of what Ferris calls 'Lifestyle Design'.

What I enjoyed about the book were: Ferris' humorous writing style, the vast list of useful internet sites and other useful tips. Ferris also has a blog that expands on the ideas in the book and provides updates on new 'experiments'.

Highly recommended for those who are serious about taking mini-retirements or even to those who just want to have more time for meaningful stuff without compromising professional results and financial gain.

About the author:
Timothy Ferriss, called "The Superman of Silicon Valley" by Wired magazine and nominated by Fast Company as one of the "Most Innovative Business People of 2007," is the author of "The 4-Hour Body" and the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek best seller "The 4-Hour Workweek," which has been sold in 35 languages. He is a guest lecturer at Princeton University and faculty at Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Center. His blog is one of the most popular in the world (according to Alexa, Technorati): http://www.fourhourblog.com.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Book Review: Tithing: Test Me in This (The Ancient Practices Series) by Douglas Leblanc

The book is a collection of stories about people who tithe and how their life struggles(not as a result of tithing!) helped shape them and their giving.

I was expecting the book to be a deep biblical discussion on tithing accompanied by stories of real people but it wasn't. Instead, the book focused on stories of real people, their life struggles and how they are still able to tithe.

The book started with a fair discussion on tithing, before going into narratives. I found the first few stories engaging and inspiring but later, I found myself becoming less engaged, disinterested and becoming bored.

Not recommended, especially to anyone who is looking for a deep theological discussion on tithing.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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