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No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. Euripides
During the summer before my senior year in high school, I spent only a few days at home because my father had encouraged me to take a job with the Southwestern Company selling books door-to-door. My dad was my hero, and I agreed to the work unaware that it would mean thirteen-hour days for eight straight weeks with no breaks to see my family.
I hated being away from home. I hated that the time with Southwestern didn't allow me to join my parents and six brothers and sisters on vacation in the Caribbean. My father and I spoke each weekend by phone-he took great interest in my progress-but nothing could substitute for being with him.
I was back home that Friday in late August, just before classes started for my senior year, when he and I met for lunch at the headquarters of National Liberty Corporation, the life insurance company he had founded and led to considerable success. I was always so proud to be his son when I walked through the beautiful corporate headquarters by his side. That day we talked about my plans for college and possibly for business later on.
The next day, Saturday, September 1, 1979, an ambulance sped to our homewhere my father had been playing tennis with three other men. One of them had rushed up to the house to make the emergency call. I didn't think to worry. Lots of men fall out of breath during exercise. Dad was fifty-three and in the prime of life. He'd be back home in a few hours with a heart prescription and doctors' orders to take it easy.
Instead my mother and brothers and sisters and I gathered in the emergency room of the Bryn Mawr Hospital and listened to a doctor softly say, "I'm sorry. We did all we could." My father was dead. My hero was gone. At age forty, his wife was a widow with seven children between ages eight and twenty-one. Certainly I had known people who had died during my still-young life; but death was supposed to happen to older people, in other families.
Shortly after we returned home from the hospital that day, my mother found a piece of paper on my father's nightstand. He was a prolific note-taker, never without pad and pen. In my mind, I can still see in his handwriting the words from the Ninetieth Psalm: "So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom."
Arthur S. DeMoss was the wisest man I knew. Now he was in heaven, less surprised by his departure, I suspect, than we were. I still miss him. He never saw me play college football. His place was vacant when I married the most wonderful girl in the world. He missed greeting his first grandchildren. When I started a business, he wasn't there to advise me-though I had more counsel from him than I realized at the time, which is a large reason for my writing this book.
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Seven years after my father's death, in the spring of 1986, I was working for Rev. Jerry Falwell and attending a conference at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. We had just settled into our rooms when a call came from home telling me that my twenty-two-year-old brother, David, had been in a car accident and was in serious condition. Jerry and I checked out, flew to Philadelphia, and drove straight to the hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.
My kid brother, a wiry go-getter with a remarkable knack for making friends, just home for the summer before his final year at Liberty University, lay comatose next to a row of blinking and beeping machines. His doctors talked with us, and our friend Rev. Falwell prayed with us. Eventually we walked out of the hospital and across the street to the hotel where we would stay for the next several days. On June 6, 1986, David Arthur DeMoss joined our father in heaven.
After my father died, I somehow believed that early death would pass over the rest of my family. Why I thought that, I don't know: actuarial tables, common odds, maybe-certainly not the Bible because, if anything, it underscores life's brevity.
As I write this, I am a handful of years from the age my father was at his death and twice my brother's age when he died. The math in my head is unavoidable. I have a wife and children. I've had the thrill and challenges of building a career. I've had adult years and all that comes with new eras in life-all things David never grew up to experience.
In the early years of the church, the apostle James wrote to Christians in a distant city, "Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away."
What is it about human nature that we so blithely presume we will have seventy or eighty years of health and life? The Creator guarantees not another breath. In the last few years, in too short a span of months, I joined the families at our children's school in mourning the loss of Carter Martin, a second grader who died following a protracted fight with cancer. I helped lift and carry the coffin of Jeanine Allen, the young mother of my daughter's best friend since kindergarten, after a seven-year battle with cancer. Through another "premature" death, I got to know Evelyn Husband, the widow of space shuttle Discovery Commander Rick Husband, whose shuttle blew apart as his wife and kids waited to welcome him back to earth.
"Man's days are determined," the Old Testament figure Job says as he labors to grasp his own devastating loss and grief. "You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed."
When my father died, I thought I could never ever hurt that way again. Then we lost my brother David. Since then, I have been privileged to share the sorrow of other families during loss, and I know from my marrow and tissue what is important. People are. God is. Time is-important, fleeting, priceless.
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Winston Churchill's father died at age thirty-nine, and England's future prime minister grew up expecting also to die young. In his first autobiography, the young Churchill credited his military exploits in India, including a dramatic escape atop a moving train, and in general his fearless first decades, to his awareness of the ticking clock.
My own father's death at age fifty-three circled that age in my mind, a red mark made darker and more certain by David's sudden death only a few years later. I'm never so lost in living that I don't hear the clock tick or have an eye on the calendar-not in a paranoid sense, but with a sense of purpose. As surely as a father's life imprints on a son, a father's early death frames how his son takes on the future ... how he looks at the past, and why he might write a book on wisdom.
I cannot remember that my father ever wasted a minute. Not that all he did was work; he frequently played tennis or Monopoly with us, went swimming or took us to professional sporting events. He was also a great conversationalist. It's just that he didn't waste time. He didn't watch TV, and he went to bed at a reasonable hour-even with guests still in the living room. ("Turn out the lights when you leave," he would say on his way upstairs.) He rose early each day. His strong sense of purpose and life fully included time to think, plan, dream, and pray.
We all are wise to invest life's most precious commodity for the greatest return. When I die, whenever that moment comes, I hope my passing will echo the psalmist's saying "Teach me to number my days, that I may present to You a heart of wisdom"-not least because my father's life and death have shown me that it is possible.
The secret of success is constancy to purpose. Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield
Years ago in Hong Kong there lived a missionary named John who had a knack for getting things done. In a densely crowded and difficult city, that brand of talent attracts attention, particularly among American businesses salivating over the lucrative Eastern market. One day the ranking executive of a squirt gun manufacturer invited John to lunch at a well-known Hong Kong restaurant. In the posh but crowded dining room, the exec slipped $600 to the owner and was escorted with John to a prime corner table.
Napkins had barely hit laps when the executive leaned in. "John," he said "we'll pay you a salary of $200,000, provide you with a nice office, and a car and driver if you'll come work for us." Perhaps too casually for the executive's pride, John said, "I'm not interested" (thinking to himself, he said later, that he could have saved the guy $600-plus on lunch). When the businessman pressed with "How much are you making now?" John didn't hesitate. "Eight thousand dollars," he said. "But that's not the point. I'm here serving God, doing what I'm supposed to do, and I've never been happier."
At 11:00 p.m. John's phone rang. "It's all over Hong Kong that you rejected that big offer at lunch today," an agitated voice with a German accent said. "I would like to know why." The caller wouldn't take tomorrow morning for an answer, and forty minutes later, still in his pajamas, John sat across a coffee table from him. His visitor said, "Everyone at the American Chamber knows what you did. I had to hear for myself."
Telling me about this incident years later, John tried to explain why the squirt gun bid and offers like it through the years failed to entice him. "I call it 'staying under the umbrella,'" he said. "Get out from under the umbrella and you get wet. I knew my calling and purpose. I wasn't going to let money or anything else sidetrack me." John is past seventy and at the panoramic end of a lifetime of serving people in Hong Kong, Asia, Africa, and dozens of places the names of which most Americans would mispronounce on the first try. Behind him lies a trail of new children's camps, orphanages, churches, and lives forever changed.
To this day, though technically retired, John has never lost his focus. He recently spent eight weeks in China doing what he has always done-serving others. In an age of business globalization, John has had abundant opportunity to act as a point man for businesses seeking to expand into markets he knows well. He could have been rich, but he would have been unhappy.
John calls it an umbrella; I call it focus-that internal compass that keeps a person on track with his gifts, his purpose, and his goals. How rare is that compass? Consider a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey that began in 1979 and tracked baby boomers' careers over the following eighteen years. The report published in 2002 revealed how many jobs people born between 1957 and 1964 held from age eighteen to age thirty-six.
Here's what they found: in an eighteen-year span, each person had held an average of ten jobs. Seventeen percent had held fifteen or more jobs-practically a different job every year. Only 18 percent had changed employment fewer than five times.
Walt Disney used to advise people to "find a job that you like so much that you'd do it without compensation; then do it so well that people will pay you to continue." To almost anyone fifty or younger, that counsel probably seems antique.
But not to me. I feel that way about my work. When I review résumés (the majority of applicants appear to want a job, not a career), before anything else, I scan down their work history. Common wisdom says that multiple jobs bespeak versatility or ambition; but for my money, that brand of résumé sprouts red flags. Don't give me changeability, give me focus. Give me loyalty. Give me longevity. Of course bad employers exist, companies downsize, families relocate, and sometimes we learn what we like by experiencing what we don't like. In the career advice category, however, I submit that the earlier a person finds his focus and the longer he has to mature it, the more likely his success.
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Switching now from individuals to organizations, how many of us have walked into offices ostensibly there to make money or serve-only to scratch the surface and find that the place has no direction, no clarity of purpose?
Mackay Envelope Company is not one of those. Harvey Mackay was twenty-five when he founded the company that lives up to its name. Now the Minneapolis-based manufacturer is worth $85 million. His five hundred employees produce twenty-three million envelopes a day. Mackay preaches his practices in five books, including the best-selling Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive.
Several years ago, I heard Harvey Mackay address a group of public relations executives in Phoenix. Something he said that day continues to ring in my head. "Our stated mission at Mackay Envelope Company," he said, "is to be in business forever," obviously proud of its profound simplicity of it. And, I thought, That's it! This company's compass points to true north: stick to what you know and do it better than anyone else. No tangential products or diversification for Mackay Envelope-just better envelopes, and more of them.
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Now look at a global organization that the late Peter Drucker, world-renowned management expert, has called "by far the most effective organization in the U.S." Annually, its $2 billion budget operates with a global workforce of nearly 3.5 million staff and volunteers. More than 30 million clients a year benefit from its mission to "preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination." The Salvation Army was founded in 1865, in England, and exported 15 years later to the United States.
Robert A. Watson, a 44 year Salvation Army veteran-for four years its highest-ranking U.S. officer-willingly reveals his employer's success method. He says, "We still operate under the same name and offer our 'customers' the same dual 'product' of salvation and service as we did more than a century ago." (Note that of all the firms on the original Dow Jones Industrials list in 1896, only one, General Electric, is still in business.)
Watson's book about his Salvation Army years, The Most Effective Organization in the U.S., makes clear that even the world's best ideas land on the Army's cutting-room floor, if they skew off-mission. "We plan strategies, launch and refine programs, recruit people, and evaluate everything we do according to how it relates to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting human needs in His name without discrimination. It's really that simple," he writes. "If a proposal doesn't advance our twofold mission, we're not interested."
The American mentality, of course, is to glance straight to the double-underlined bottom number, and Watson has more good news. "Such a laser-like focus on mission has benefits on both the revenue and the cost sides of our operations. People trust us to do what we say we're going to do, so they contribute generously." For money raised, the Salvation Army routinely sits atop the Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual ranking of nonprofit organizations. In fact, the Army typically raises twice as many dollars as runner-up organizations like the Red Cross and the YMCA.
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Posted May 11, 2009
This book gives new meaning to "wisdom". The real life illustrations brought the point of each chapter home. I really enjoyed it and have applied some of the wisdom in my own life.
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Posted August 13, 2012
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.
Posted November 3, 2011
Mark DeMoss' The Little Red Book of Wisdom is full of colorful stories. I can't say I recall though why he chose red. Perhaps it is just some common knowledge that I am lacking.
The chapters are short and the ideas are simple. The author acknowledges that these simple ideas are not completely unique or new-just worth your time and effort.
I would agree that refocusing it imperative and DeMoss outlines many little ways to shift your eyes from old thought processes to newer, wiser ways to frame your life.
I think this would be a fabulous gift for a Jr High or Sr High graduate. With all the shifts and changes in life these days, it could even be a good book to loan a friend who is feeling her way along some major shifts in life.
Posted November 2, 2011
"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.
Posted September 2, 2011
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 error.so 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.
Posted August 29, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2011
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.
Posted August 6, 2011
At first, I doubted my virtually impulsive move to request for a review copy of this book, having earlier on decided I've had-for this year, at least-enough of Christian-oriented inspirational books that invariably conclude by telling me to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior-which, by the way, I have already done so more than ten years prior, thank you very much. :)
I guess God himself was at work when I clicked on the request link for this book, and it soon proved my initial impression of it wrong. Except for the invariable conclusion (I think it's a rule of thumb for every book of this kind), Mark DeMoss's The Little Red Book of Wisdom sets itself aside by keeping it simple and concise. Whether or not we readily fess up to it, we all are interested in learning the secrets to acquiring the wisdom of the ages. This small, unimposing book, aims to teach its reader everything he or she needs to know to achieve true wisdom and eventually infuse these ideals into his or her everyday life. And that's exactly what it did to me.
I started out with a dermatograph marker I hardly every used and I ended up with nearly half of this marker gone. This book taught me nothing new. It did not contain ingenuous and innovative methods for attaining wisdom. What it does possess are frequently forgotten truths about living the simple life-some things we don't usually give the time of day to mull over. This book provides a good excuse for re-learning the fundamental virtues and values of life. From spending time on productive endeavors to creating valuable memories with the people that matter; from the value of hard work to the unsullied role of integrity to lasting success; from appreciations to apologies, and the importance of listening and purposeful thinking habits. A whole chapter discussed the lost art of letter writing, while another spoke about the benefits of turning our backs on technology once in a while.
Each chapter contains an advice on gaining wisdom, hemmed into a nest of timeless bible verses, shrewd quotes and inspiring anecdotes. Through this book I have learned that being wise does not necessarily mean having the capacity to solve life's most complicated problems. Wisdom comes from simply knowing what matters most, and how one can focus less on worldly ambitions in order to have the most of life's simplest pleasures. Of course, placing God in the center of everything we do makes the journey all the more bearable. ^-^
Posted July 28, 2011
More than any other book I've read recently, this book inspired me to become a better person. I fell in love with the Christian business and personal life principles the author shared and immediately reflected on my own life to see how many I follow. Before I put the book down, I read it a second time and took copious notes and made a commitment to myself to live at a higher level.
My 5 biggest take-aways from the book:
1. Stay under your umbrella: stay true to who and what God has called you to do. There is no price tag on doing what you're anointed for and no greater reward.
2. Work less, think more. We live in a culture focused on productivity and businesses but does that really get us further ahead? What if we regularly took time just to think and see what wisdom God gives us? He is ready to answer but are we ready to listen?
3. The wisdom of firsts: first hour, first day, first dime. What is really first in our lives? Mark shares the value of putting God first in every area of our lives and the amazing benefits that come from making that choice.
4. Turtle on a fence post. How did that turtle get there you ask? How do we accomplish all that we accomplish? God's blessing and God's favor on our lives - don't forget to give credit where credit is due and never forget where you came from.
5. Proverb a day. There are 31 chapters of proverbs and 31 days in a typical month. How much more could we grow in our understanding of God's principles for success if we read a proverb every day?
As I read this book, I felt the direction for my business shift and I am so excited to implement these ideas. Thank you for such an amazing book!
Posted July 28, 2011
If you go to a coffee shop and get something to drink, I suggest to get a copy of this book and bring it there. Just seat back for like an hour and chill out while reading this wisdom book from Mark DeMoss. You know Why? Its because if you have a situation in your life that difficult to manage. Let say some people that part of your life who trusted you most yet trying to pull you down. This book of wisdom will help enlighten your mind and make a right decision on certain situation. There's a lot of interesting topics here for instance Finding and keeping your focus in life, Getting out of your comfort zone, Appreciating how you got where you are, Take steps now to avoid regrets later in your life and more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2011
My personal book preference is one that uses real life stories that I can relate to, introducing them with an interesting approach and sharing positive outcomes and impacts; stirring in some inspirational nuggets that are easy to apply across a variety of situations.
For those reasons and more, I really enjoyed The Little Red Book of Wisdom. Applicable to work, relationships, and life in general, this is a quick infusion of truth, inspiration and wisdom, powered by life experience. A quick review of a few chapter titles and subtitles provides insight to the type of content to be found by the reader:
Chapter 9: Money Isn't Everything, Good People Are; Creating a winning corporate culture
Chapter 18: Shut Up and Listen; Learn to listen more than you speak
Chapter 15: There Are No Degrees of Integrity; You either have it or you don't
Chapter 7: But Some Stamps; Reclaiming the lost art of letter writing
Each of the 23 short chapters is a story unto itself, sharing important life wisdom through the experiences of real people. Many of the chapters also include Christian references, but this is not an in your face gospel. It is an easy-to-read and important-to-read book across all demographics.
For a meaningful break from today's rapid-paced and complex world, enjoy the heart-felt simplicity of this book. If you're looking for an inspirational gift for someone graduation college, or someone going through a life-changing time and needing a pick-me-up-and-move-me-forward gift, consider The Little Red Book of Wisdom.
Note: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. Other than that, neither the publisher, author nor anyone connected to them offered any influence on the content of my review. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.
Posted July 23, 2011
The author emphasizes the spiritual when it comes to his advice. There is plenty to draw from the book, the advice can be skewed towards many situations and still fit. The author has a succinct way of getting his point across, very direct. The chapters are split so that each bit of advice is spread out and very understandable-not too many complex meanings. The reader does not feel as if the writer talks down to him/her at all. This book is recommended for adults/young adults who might need just a little more wisdom in their lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2011
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.
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.
Posted July 5, 2011
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.
we only learnt wisdom in 2 ways in my opinion
1) through hard lessons like experiences
2) through a mentor or through learning from others.
i love the way Mark DeMoss explain the principles through stories and also loved the principles given in the book, wise advice, and how the wisdom is divided into the professional and personal life, we all need books like this in our life to remind us to pursue wisdom and knowledge.
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Posted July 2, 2011
The Little Red Book of Wisdom is just that. It is red, little, and filled with wisdom. The advice found in this book can be applied in business or privite lives. From a right view of money to not having any regrets this book is filled with wisdom. And although it took me less than a day to read it through, it would be worth your time to read a chapter a day. This book also gives examples of how if people had used this wisdom there lives would be in much better shape. In my opinion this book would make a great gift to any body of any reason. If you own a business you should read this book, apply it to your business, than give it to your workers. Mark DeMoss has filled this book with examples of how this wisdom is to be applied. The stories from his life make this book very readable. In short, read this book. It is a real treasure. Whether or not you run a business this book would make a great addition to your library. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2011
As the title implies, this is a small book of advice for readers. Divided into two categories, DeMoss tackles both professional and personal issues. While the early chapters of this book are not overtly religious, this book published by Thomas Nelson starts to introduce some spirituality towards the end. Not surprisingly, the book of Proverbs is often cited. Given his PR (public relations) success, DeMoss mentions his highs and lows without the expected air of arrogance. Even if one is not in the professional sector, they can use the professional tips in any aspect of leadership. Some tips given have to do with integrity, listening, relationships, alcohol, career paths, and more. I won't spoil all of the advice, but I will say this is a nice little book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 29, 2011
The author shares in mini-chapters about his own experience and why it is important to pay attention to the small things in life. He also goes on to talk about how following some small rules in life impacted his life and those around him.
It was an easy read but I was all happy while reading it. I was able to reflect on how I can use these wise tips in my life to make a difference in my own life and to others.The author doesn't come across as a teacher trying to teach all the good lessons but his style of sharing his life experiences, made it more reflective and thought provoking.It would be a great book to read while traveling
Posted June 26, 2011
The reason I cannot recommend this book is because nearly everything in this book, you and I already know. We've all heard it before. We may not always listen, but we've heard it. I wish there had been some new big insights that we've all missed in life. I don't want to spend my time and money on a book that I already heard all its "wisdom" from somewhere else already!
Sure there are positive bits of wisdom in this book. Here are some examples:
- live life because it is short
- keep your focus in life and don't let temptations lead you off track
- under-promise so that you can suprise and over-deliver
- don't lose the lost art of letter writing
- always tell the truth.
- it all belongs to God
- appreciate God's gifts and how He got you where you are
- don't lose your integrity - you either have integrity or don't
- listen more than you speak
See? Nothing new.
I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exhcange for this reviewbut I really did give my honest opinion.
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Posted June 24, 2011
I chose to read The Little Red Book of Wisdom because the title intrigued me. When I received my copy I was thrilled with how attractive and well made it is. Comprised of 23 chapters, this little book fits neatly in the palm of your hand or pocket and offers more wisdom than you would expect from such a small volume. It covers all the essentials from priorities to time management; as well as integrity, honesty, and making wise choices. I can say that I enjoyed every chapter, but most importantly I learned something from each one. I was especially impressed by the chapter on technology and believe that we could all use a good dose of the reality check that it encourages. I was also reminded of how beneficial it is to read from Proverbs every day and live in such a way that there are no regrets at the end of the journey. Finally, I was delighted to see that Mr. DeMoss ended the book with a chapter on salvation-the best piece of wisdom he could have given. I believe this book should be a staple in every home library and it would make a great graduation gift. I received a copy of this book free from the publishers through BookSneeze blogging for books program in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.