Saturday, January 27, 2018

On ALove's Nightstand (What Kim's Man is Reading)

Hello, all.  Mandy and Kim asked me to write a short post about what I'm reading.  So without further ado...

"It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'"  Luke 4:4.  "It is written ...."  This is how Jesus responded each time He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness.  When the Jewish religious leaders challenged Jesus' actions, He often responded, "Have you not read...?"  In His darkest hour, when the Father had turned His face away from Him as he lay dying on the cross, Jesus had the words of Psalm 22 on His lips.  The Bible.  It's the very word of God, y'all.  Do not neglect it or regard it lightly.  Read something from it every day, even if it's only a verse.


Pastor Tim Keller recommends this in his book, Prayer (which I also commend to your reading).  If you've never used a Bible commentary before, this is a good introduction to them. It's a single volume commentary on the whole Bible, and it provides helpful historical and cultural context to the Biblical text. 


I am not a scientist, mathematician, or engineer.  But I like to build stuff and am interested in why things are the way they are.  If that describes you too, you may enjoy this book by J.E. Gordon, who was an an airplane engineer and later a professor of materials science at the University of Reading in England.  I picked up this book after reading an article on book recommendations from Tesla founder Elon Musk.  Not only does Professor Gordon explain structural engineering concepts in a way that a mathematically challenged person like me can understand, but he also does so with sustained, and characteristically British, dry wit.  Here's just one example:  "A deep, intuitive appreciation of the inherent cussedness of materials and structures is one of the most valuable accomplishments an engineer can have."  


Ten years ago, these men led SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser in Ramadi, one of the most violent battlefields in Iraq, to become the most decorated special operations unit from the war in Iraq.  (The "American Sniper", Chris Kyle, was a member of Task Unit Bruiser.)  Messrs. Willink and Babin took the leadership lessons learned from that highest-stakes environment and translated them into principles that we can all apply in any leadership role.  These men have unimpeachable credibility when it comes to leadership.  I recommend we listen.  


That's all for now.  Thanks for reading, and please let us know if you enjoyed this. 

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