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Literature Underway

Being the bookworm I am, I have immersed myself in the reading and studying of four books. All at once.

As a Pianomics reader, you can expect many forthcoming thoughts and ideas to spring from the new literature. Here are the four and brief summaries based on reading at least the first chapter of each.

1. Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper. I see this as a relevant and urgent call for young people, like myself, to choose to serve God and make desiring Him my life's passion. It's all about living for Christ- the true treasure of life.

2. The Rules of Work by Richard Templar. This book is about getting ahead in business. Typically these rules are unspoken and often not shared. Being a graduate from one of the Southeast's toughest business schools, I can testify from the first chapter that these rules are not taught in college classrooms. Thought they should be.

3. Black Religious Experience by Charles R. Foster and Fred Smith. Published in 2003, this book chronicles the writings and conversations of Grant Shockley, a well-known African-American theologian and pastor. Mr. Shockley was concerned about African-American Christians receiving proper Christian education and churches remaining relevant. Specifically those that are majority of the African-American diaspora.

4. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward. With firsthand accounts and interviews, including one with President Obama himself, Woodward's book provides an analysis of how the President and Congress could not (and have not yet) set a course for fiscal stability. It gives an inside look of how business gets done in the White House and on Capitol Hill.

Look for many insights, ideas, and a variety of thoughts and analyses to spring from these readings.

I leave you with one of my favorite hymns, "Lift Him Up." I love the joy the church displays in their worship.


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