Thoughts on: “Martin Luther” by Eric Metaxas

Luther rejected the practices of the Roman Catholic Church and the practice of selling indulgences (get out-of-jail-free cards for purgatory, basically.) in particular. Thereby he started the era known to us as the Reformation. Let’s jump right into the notes: 📝 He was about to become a law student when he got trapped in aContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Martin Luther” by Eric Metaxas”

Thoughts on: Endurance – Alfred Lansing

A testament to what humans will endure when put to the test. It’s amazing how Shackleton and his men overcame one terrible obstacle after another without losing hope. Hats off to the captain and the crew. My main takeaway is the leadership style of captain Shackleton. Leading by example and not standing above any task.Continue reading “Thoughts on: Endurance – Alfred Lansing”

Thoughts on: “How to Live: or a Life of Montaigne” by Sarah Bakewell

Ah Montaigne! I’m glad I got to know you. You are now officially added to my list of peculiar historical men that fascinate me to no end – alongside Ben Franklin and Teddy Roosevelt. He wrote 107 essays with simple titles like “of Friendship”, “of Cannibals”, “of Names” and “of Cripples”. He was an observerContinue reading “Thoughts on: “How to Live: or a Life of Montaigne” by Sarah Bakewell”

Recovering from depression induced by “Superintelligence”.

“Superintelligence” was a great and valuable read but it left me depressed. There seems to be so many dangers with AI and just so much time for us to get a grip on the control problem before It arrives. To lift myself up I started to read “How to Live: or a life of Montaigne”Continue reading “Recovering from depression induced by “Superintelligence”.”

Thoughts on: “My Experiments With Truth” by Gandhi

We get to follow a great man in the making in this autobiography by Gandhi. Like a mad scientist, and from an early age, he experimented with every area of his life to find essence of the soul. ——————————– Being very limited in my knowledge about Gandhi, I expected a focus on religion in thisContinue reading “Thoughts on: “My Experiments With Truth” by Gandhi”

Thoughts on: “”The River of Doubt” by Candice Millard

In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt was shot in the chest by some crazy saloonkeeper on his way to deliver a speech on his third term election campaign. The bullet was slowed by his spectacle case and speech manuscript in his inner pocket, which kept it from reaching his lungs or heart. With blood dripping from hisContinue reading “Thoughts on: “”The River of Doubt” by Candice Millard”

Thoughts on: “Open” by Andre Agassi

I’m don’t care for sports, so it felt weird for me to tune into a thick biography of some tennis star I’ve never heard of. But I’ve heard good thinks from reliable sources so I decided to go for it. —————————————— I’m glad I did! —————————————— Andre Agassi’s father was a former boxer with aContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Open” by Andre Agassi”

Thoughts on: ‘Shoe dog’ by Phil Knight

‘Shoe dog’ is industry slang for someone who has dedicated his or her life to the footwear industry. Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, is definitely is one of them. —————————————— He wanted to be an athlete but didn’t have the skills. Is there a way to experience what athletes did without being one? HeContinue reading “Thoughts on: ‘Shoe dog’ by Phil Knight”

Biographies You Should Read ASAP!

I did a “favorites of 2016” last year on my instagram and I thought it would be a good addtion to my blog. Good book recommendations are always relevant, right? The list for 2017 is coming soon butthese books sure are worthy gifts for loved ones this holiday season! Favorite Books of 2016 – BiographiesContinue reading “Biographies You Should Read ASAP!”

Thoughts on: “King of the World” by David Remnick

You don’t have to be a big fan of boxing yo enjoy this book. Only a small percentage of it is spent on the actual boxing while he bigger chunk of it deals with the early career of Ali; him joining the Nation of Islam and racial tensions of the era. ———————- For me theContinue reading “Thoughts on: “King of the World” by David Remnick”