This summer we’ve selected to read Jim Brickman’s “Simple Things” in July and Kenneth Keith’s “Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments” in August.
Wednesday, July 20th
Simple Things by Jim Brickman
People today are constantly on the run. Between work and kids and relationships, there’s hardly a moment to breathe.
Composer/recording artist Jim Brickman realized that he was leading a life that revolved around cell phones, emails, red-eyes, and answering services. He also knew that it was time to stop, reevaluate, and simplify his life. And so, this book came into being . . .
Simple Things is a collection of humorous, poignant essays that will help you get out of the fast lane and savor life’s true pleasures — from a vacation in your own neighborhood to holding a newborn baby for the first time. In his soothing yet pointed manner, Brickman mulls over how to get back to basics when it comes to life’s big topics — such as love, health, finances, creativity, travel, children, romance, parenting, and friendships.
Simple Things is mostly about opening your eyes. To life. To love. To friendship. And to ordinary miracles that make each day so sweet.
Wednesday, August 17th
Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments by Kenneth Keith
The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders.For more than thirty years, the Paradoxical Commandments have circled the globe.
They have been put on walls and refrigerator doors, featured in speeches and articles, preached from pulpits, and shared extensively on the web. They have been used by business leaders, military commanders, government officials, religious leaders, university presidents, social workers, teachers, rock stars, parents, coaches, and students.
Mother Teresa thought the Paradoxical Commandments were important enough to put up on the wall of her children’s home in Calcutta.
The Paradoxical Commandments have touched the hearts of millions of people all over the world. We hope that the Paradoxical Commandments will touch your heart, too!