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An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World’s Biggest Problems by Glenn Beck

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Now available in trade paperback, the #1 bestselling New York Times author Glenn Beck tackles some of our country’s biggest problems in this funny, outrageous, and entertaining book.

Glenn Beck believes that the reason why some of our biggest problems never seem to get fixed is simple: the solutions just aren’t very convenient. And as the host of a nationally syndicated radio show and a prime-time television show on CNN Headline News, Glenn Beck doesn’t care much about convenience; he cares about common sense.

Take the issue of poverty, for example. Over the last forty years, America’s poorest cities all had one simple thing in common, but politicians will never reveal what that is (or explain how easy it would be to change). Global warming is another issue that’s rife with lies and distortion. How many times have we heard that carbon dioxide is responsible for huge natural disasters that have killed millions of people? The truth is, it’s actually the other way around: as CO2 has increased, deaths from extreme weather have decreased. But that would never be shown in an Al Gore slide show.

Combining honesty with a biting sense of humor, An Inconvenient Book contains hundreds of these “why have I never heard that before?” types of facts that will leave readers wondering how political correctness, special interests, and outright stupidity have gotten us so far away from the common sense solutions this country was built on.

Though, this book came out around 2009 some, not all, material is a little dated; however, the solutions and ideas behind what Glenn Beck is discussing is still valid and in tact. An interesting read, funny at times, some freelance sarcasm splashed in there, with a big slap in the face of some much needed reality! God help us, as we cannot rely on the politicians to solve our problems…when will the people of America wake up to such a dose of factual reality? At this point…not certain they ever will! But we all have hopes and aspirations in our lives, that just happens to be one of mine! Open the book covers at your own risk and read it with an open mind.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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More Than a Hobby: How a $600 Startup Became America’s Home and Craft Superstore by David Green

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The retail industry has undergone enormous changes during the last thirty years.

But there is one retailer that not only has remained consistent in the fluctuating?even tenuous?market, but also has grown in the process.

More Than a Hobby takes you inside the story of David Green, the man who built the phenomenal success of Hobby Lobby. Green went beyond surviving in a competitive retail market to thriving, ultimately expanding his $600 start-up company into a $1.3 billion per-year enterprise.

Green’s incredible accomplishments were based not on business-school theory but on his grassroots experiences as a store manager and his creative application of cutting edge ideas, including:

  • Allow managers to spend no more than thirty minutes per day on paperwork
  • Instead of paying a middleman, assemble as much of the product as possible in-house
  • Give buyers the freedom to purchase without restraint―but within the realm of common sense
  • Keep God and family first

More Than a Hobby is a practical field manual, filled with revolutionary ideas for all those who dream of success in the world of retail business.

David Green used very simplistic, easy to attain goals which permitted him to adhere to his faith, apply it daily, glorify God, and accomplish his goals! A short book, but well worth the read that is chock full of tidbits with long term life values. Worthy of applying within one’s own life!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham

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A behind-the-scenes analysis of 21 essential leadership principles from the life of Billy Graham Billy Graham looms large as one of the twentieth century’s most influential and innovative leaders. Most people are unaware of his remarkable effectiveness as not only preacher and pastor, but as a CEO and a global leader as well. The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham is full of transferable applications for leaders in the church, parachurch, academia, government, and business. Lively interviews with his closest associates illustrate 21 principles that have driven six decades of visionary impact. First-hand accounts reveal stories of courageous leadership and growth through painful lessons. Graham’s relentless application of core beliefs and leadership principles have resulted in, among many honors, being listed in Gallup’s ten “most admired men” thirty times, more than anyone else. Time magazine named him one of the top ten leaders of the twentieth century. This book asks: How did this happen? What are the essentials he embraced to achieve such extraordinary results? What can we learn from him and apply to our own leadership roles? This book is dedicated to those readers . Who sense the pressing need in today’s world for inspired leadership . Who rise to leadership’s high calling and are willing to carry its weight . Who are determined to deepen and expand their capacities and effectiveness.

I found this book extraordinarily written with numerous tips and traits of Billy Graham that would, without doubt, aid anyone in their quest to becoming a better leader. While his style of leadership may not be that of corporate America, it is truly Godly and biblically based. It is well worth the time to read in order to decide for yourself as to whether, or not, you should undertake such a trek to follow in his footsteps in his style and manner of leadership.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Raise Your Line by Robert Stevenson

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Raise Your Line is a must read for anyone who wants to succeed in today s competitive business world. This book is filled with information to help employees, business owners, leaders, and managers who are looking for better ways to move forward and progress towards a more successful future. In this book, Mr. Stevenson walks readers step by step, through how to improve their business performance, leadership skills, and reach their career goals. Mr. Stevenson gives countless practical and thought provoking insights on how to succeed in this highly competitive business environment. Throughout his book, he emphasizes points which are extremely important to success, by placing them in a box entitled LINE RAISER (there are over 100 of them in the book). So, by simply scanning through the pages, you will easily find countless ways to improve. Not only does he identify and explain the things readers should work on improving, he then tells them how. Success in business is depicted by a rising line on a financial chart; the higher that line rises, the greater the success. In this book Mr. Stevenson expands on that simple concept, explaining that all personal and business decisions should be based on the eventual outcome of making your profit line and personal success line, rise. He explains in the book that people need to start thinking of their life and business as a flat line, a line that stays flat, unless they do something to make it rise. The book is divided into 4 sections that address having the right mindset for raising your line, and then how to raise your line as a leader, company and personally. The 53 chapters and 248 pages are filled with information designed to help make YOUR LINE RISE both professionally and personally.

While this book was both entertaining and a fast read, it was full of many simplistic ideas in order to better yourself in whatever you strive for. They say, “repetition is the mother of skill!”  Well, you will be hit between the eyes with a great many things that you have heard over the years. Problem being, that even though we hear them, we may even be listening to them…but do we apply them to our lives??? That is the question! We must strive to apply these steps in order to better ourselves; after all, we each do not know it all! We, at times, must try something new.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Business at the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous Systemby Bill Gates, Collins Hemingway 



Microsoft chairman and CEO Bill Gates discusses how technology can help run businesses better today and how it will transform the nature of business in the near future. Gates stresses the need for managers to view technology not as overhead but as a strategic asset, and offers detailed examples from Microsoft, GM, Dell, and many other successful companies. Companion Web site.

Keeping in mind this book was written in 1999. Looking back across time, it was quite prophetic, technologically speaking. I was, surprisingly, captivated by his forethought on technology and its increased role with respect to corporations & people and their individual lives.

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