Summer Reads….

(….in addition to the Bible.)

This summer, I actually have specific purposes to read:
1. For my personal professional development, my topic of study will be on “schools of the future.” I will read up on school reform (or “new forms” as opposed to “reform,”) mobile technologies, cloud computing, social media, and new innovative learning spaces. Most of this reading will be on blogs.
2. I will also be looking up information on Spain and Italy, in preparation for my trip next Spring. So excited….

I have also selected two books:

“The Pound for Pound Principle” is the first book written by my pastor. It chronicles his life, as well as the history of Hope Chapel West O’ahu. It pulls much from the Parable of Talents, found in Matthew 25:14-30.

This second book I actually picked up last year, but never got around to reading it. It has been recently updated, and is now on the NY Times best-sellers list.

Time for a hot pot of coffee. Cheers….

Book-Book….

Got to read four books this past week. I first read Daniel Pink’s “A Whole New Mind” and “The Google Story” by David Vise. I started Barack Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope,” but only found three interesting chapters to read. The last two books that I read were “Too Small to Ignore” by Wess Stafford and “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. These two books were excellent reads.

“Too Small” is an autobiography by the president of Compassion International. He is the son of missionaries to Africa. He spoke of growing up “African,” and was able to share an insightful perspective and commentary on western society. He also revealed the heartbreak of abject poverty and in his own personal abuse. This book was very inspirational.

“Three Cups” is a biography of a mountain climber, who after receiving care and hospitality from a remote village in the Baltistan mountains, makes it his mission to build schools for their children. Obstacles faced were geographic isolation, economics, and the gaining of trust & acceptance from Islamic leaders. This is an incredible and inspirational story that will no doubt appear in theaters one day….

Summer Reading

Went to Borders in Waikele to pick up some really great books. Now I’m ready for my summer reading. And….I finally got to use my Christmas gift cards. Here are the titles….

“Here Comes Everybody” by Clay Shirky
“Blink” by Malcom Gladwell
“The Back of the Napkin” by Dan Roam
“Wikinomics” by Don Tapscott
“The Audacity of Hope” by Barack Obama