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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    I have mixed feelings about suggesting this book to others. Mark

    I have mixed feelings about suggesting this book to others. Mark DeMoss did a great job telling his story. Some of his stories seemed dry to me and didn't drive me to read more. There are other chapters that I read that fit perfect into what was happening in my life and I would definitely share that info with others.
    "The Little Red Book of Wisdom offers time-tested principles for professional and personal fulfillment.
    Mark DeMoss gathers insights for living wisely from history, Scripture, and a lifetime of listening. The result is a handy, accessible book that gives readers a new way to enjoy lasting success in the work world and beyond. Topics include finding and keeping your focus in life, building a winning corporate culture, and setting aside time for good thinking."
    Seeing this as the book jacket information sparked my curiosity.
    There were some really good nuggets throughout the book. It wasn't the most inspiring or motivating book that I had ever read. It was a little dry for my tastes.
    I did grab some nuggets to share and if these spark you, please read the book and enjoy.
    "Focus is the discipline to say no to anything off mission - and that is true freedom."
    "...the American pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps myth, which in my estimation is a realistic as a turtle on a fence claiming to be self-perched."
    "Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced. Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it."
    "...a mind and character cannot be left to chance."
    Enjoy reading. I am off to find my next book.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

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    There is wisdom in reading this book!

    "Finally, and most important, the Bible contains a most wonderful promise from God: 'If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be give to him." (James 1:5 NKJV) Author quote, page 11.

    Mark DeMoss spends his life seeking God's wisdom, he prays for wisdom in handling his relationships, to manage and advise his business clients, to make him a better husband and father. Before meetings he silently asks for God's help. The author is a "student of the greatest wisdom textbook of all time, the Old Testament book of Proverbs.." This is a revised edition, the first was written in 2007, and Mr. DeMoss has updated the statistics, numerous illustrations, and some details. Looking back he acknowledges the same principles that prepare us for "skill in living" both personally and professionally have not changed.

    Gaining wisdom is remarkably simple and the prescription is easy to digest . "read a Proverb everyday, listen more than you speak, write more letters, tell the truth always."

    Chapter headings make simple work of dipping into the helpful book again and again. Need advice on "finding and keeping your focus in life" then read chapter two. Worried about money? Read: "money isn't everything, good people are."

    Thinking about what you have to be grateful? There's a chapter on "appreciating how you got where you are." Looking for a good book? Read Proverbs . "wisdom for every aspect in your life, in one short book." And before it's too late: "Take steps now to avoid regrets later in life.

    Finally, the "wisest decision anyone can make . answering the "and then what" question based on the passage from Mark chapter eight: What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul." The ultimate answer is the decision each of us will make . "is whether or not to hand over your life to God, through his Son, Jesus Christ. Or accept the alternative..

    Mark DeMoss is president of the DeMoss Group, a public relations firm he founded in 1991 specifically to serve Christian organizations and causes. Mark wrote this book to thank his father and to prepare his own children for life in the same way his father prepared him.

    Thank you Mark for giving us this well-written, thought-provoking book that is a pleasure to read. This book was provided by Thomas Nelson for review, the thoughts contained here are my own.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Lots of neat thoughts and advice

    The Overall: The Little Red Book of Wisdom, written by businessman Mark DeMoss, discusses a host of wise thoughts to remember and to practice on life's journey. Handbook-sized (so cute!) and just under 200 pages, the book is divided into wisdom for the professional world and wisdom for one's personal life. I was immediately interested when I saw this book because I love personal growth that gleans from the wisdom of others. (I learn plenty from trial and it's nice sometimes to learn from others before I make the mistake!) Mr. DeMoss is sincere and purposeful in his pursuit of Solomon's virtue and encourages the reader to be the same. The pearls of advice vary from practical items such as hand-writing letters and using technology wisely to perspectives such as remembering God owns it all or that life is brief.

    The Nitty Gritty: Many, many wise thoughts in each chapter-and such a variety! The author was great with sharing his own experiences, but at times I felt he came across as aloof instead of relatable.

    Favorite Quotes: Instead of quotes this time, I'll share my favorite chapter topics: Technology Isn't Everything/Learning to Use it Wisely; Buy Some Stamps/Reclaiming the Lost Art of Letter Writing; The Wisdom of Firsts/The First Hour, the First Day, the First Dime; A Turtle on a Fence Post/Appreciating How You Got Where You Are.

    What Sticks Out: I'm dragging my feet with this, but since a book review is about my honest opinion of the book, I'm going to admit I wasn't a huge fan of the book. The Little Red Book and I just weren't an inseparable pair. It's hard to put my finger on it. It had great thoughts, an enthusiastic author, and was well-organized, but the voice of the book didn't speak to my heart. It was direct, instructional, and practical-I have no doubt that many people could learn and grow from putting into practice the chapters of the book. It simply wasn't my personal favorite style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2011

    Wonderful if you are in marketing

    My latest Booksneeze book was The Little Red Book of Wisdom, by Mark DeMoss. What a surprise, it actually is a little red book! DeMoss is the head of a PR firm that manages some large accounts, such as the Promise Keepers, yet they do so in their own way and do not compromise their values. The book is divided into chapters that each teach a different lesson, everything from honesty to not drinking. The book was very interesting and was a very quick read. I finished it all in one night, actually. From a PR standpoint, the book is fantastic and I would recommend it to any company, especially in marketing, to suggest or require their employees to read. On a personal level, however, it was a little harder to relate to. Don't get me wrong, each of DeMoss's lessons can be practiced by the individual. However, he gives examples of how he practices the lessons in he business life and not as much in his personal life, which makes it more difficult to access. It was nice to read all about why he was as successful as he was in business, but for me, I really would rather have read about how he used the lessons on a more personal level. He did that some, but definitely not enough for my taste. I'm glad that he was successful, but how do I relate that to my own personal life, or even my business life? Even though I'm not in PR, I feel that half of my job as an attorney is marketing myself and my client, and because of that, the book was helpful to me. However, if you were in a different profession, you might not find his strategies relatable. This may have been the point of his book all along, but when marketed as "the little red book of wisdom", without any more detail as to "wisdom for what or whom", then many readers may not get into this book very well. Overall, it was an interesting book to read and very informative for the right audience.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Good Read!

    THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF WISDOM by Mark DeMoss is an interesting read. At the first sight it seemed to be one of those books that are filled with those clichéd self-help aphorisms which unfortunately pass for wisdom these days. However, the book is much well-written than I initially presumed.

    DeMoss has structured the book in the form of chapters which are like "10 min" inspirational stories. He takes an event from his life and then provides an insight into how mundane things can be done wisely by his own example. The good thing is, he avoids self-praise and disassociates himself from the corollary of that recounted event in such a way that allows every reader to internalize the message in a personal way.

    Additionally, the book doesnot proceed in a chronological or linear fashion allowing one to open the book at any place and start reading. I found it to be one of those rare books , the kind you want to have on a lonely weekend afternoon or a long journey, which you can read end to end without boring yourself at all. And the way DeMoss derives subtle and thoughtful insights from common events, ideas and things will give each of us the message that wisdom is often contained in far fewer and simple words than we think.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    "The Little Red Book of Wisdom" by Mark DeMoss

    Author Mark DeMoss tells the story of a businessman named Allan Emery who gave a pastor a ride from the airport. When Allan tried to compliment him for some of his church's impressive achievements, the pastor simply shrugged. "Allan," he said, "when I was schoolboy, from time to time we'd see a turtle on a fence post; and every time we did, we knew he didn't get there by himself."

    This story is just one of DeMoss's many illustrations, bible verses, and other tidbits regarding the importance of wisdom. Divided into two sections, "Wisdom for Your Professional Life" and "Wisdom for Your Personal Life," The Little Red Book of Wisdom contains timeless pieces of biblically-based advice. Within 23 short chapters, DeMoss hails the art of letter writing, instructs readers to just "shut up and listen," and encourages a daily reading of Proverbs.
    The Little Red Book of Wisdom is a quick read that addresses many important aspects of living a purposeful, simple, and honest life. Readers can glean a new appreciation for the older individuals in their lives and the wisdom they have to offer. DeMoss is an engaging writer whose illustrations are clear and concise. The concepts he offers are relatively applicable to one's life.

    While DeMoss's book is well-written and insightful, he does come across as slightly arrogant at times. Bordering on self-promotion, many of his examples of wisdom pertain to him operating as president of his public relations firm. Sprinkled among valid points regarding wisdom are instances of name dropping and references to money. It seems many of his stories begin with the name of an accomplished individual and how much they are worth, as if validating their success or wisdom by their bank account.

    Despite the occasional pretentiousness, The Little Red Book of Wisdom would be a great addition to your library. It's the type of book that you could consult countless times and continue to reap new insights. If you're interested in such topics as disconnecting from the hooks of technology or preventing a deathbed regret, then I definitely recommend flipping through the pages of The Little Red Book of Wisdom.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011


    Every now and then everyone should take the time to reflect on his or her life, this is easy to do if you read The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss. Divided into two parts: Wisdom For Your Professional Life and Wisdom Your Personal Life each chapter presents ideas that warrant consideration. Though in order to complete this review I read this book rather quickly it really is meant to be savored. Each chapter could generate hours of thought and discussions.
    Take for example Chapter 7 "BUY SOME STAMPS Reclaiming the Lost Art of Letter Writing: what a mouthful. Do you write letters? Have you received one lately? Do you even take the time to mail cards for various occasions like Birthday cards? As I read this chapter I thought about all of the stationary I had filed away somewhere and the thousands of unused address labels I have. Although, I did write a letter two weeks ago but it was typed not handwritten.
    Every chapter is as thought provoking if not more so as chapter 7, I was drawn to the chapter which talked about regrets (chapter 21) I did not think I had any but after reading Billy Grahams' words I am double checking past decisions.
    Yes, I recommend this book not just as a summer read book but as something to keep at your bedside and read a chapter a night or even one chapter per week. Written by Marsha L. Randolph
    This book was provided to me free of charge by Book Sneeze in exchange for an unbiased opinion.

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