Saturday, October 17, 2020

#1Book1Week September 2020

 

Why read? "Read to refill the wells of inspiration," said Harold Ockenga, who took a suitcase of books on his honeymoon! As a leader (in any field), you need to learn consistently. There are many ways to do it, one of the most effective ways is by reading books 📖 (second is YouTube!). Read Christian books for your spiritual benefit. Read other subjects too for intellectual growth. Read to spark your imagination and to challenge your current beliefs. Read for fun! 😉

In the world of social media today, to be a leader, you must CHOOSE depth, not shallow thinking. Social media gives you titbits, entertainment-based news, and lots of negativity. You'll be depressed easily. Try reading books. Because it is not that 'viral' thing nowadays (people with millions of followers on TikTok are not famous because they promote or reviewing books. Duh!), you can be ahead of others who don't read. In this way, you will always be a leader. A real influencer ⚡💪🙏 #ServeToLead #LetsMakeReadingCoolAgain #LeadersAreReaders #Mythology #PersonalDevelopment #History #Religion #Fiction

Btw, here are my #1Book1Week for the month of September:

  1. The Decision: Overcoming Today's BS for Tomorrow's Success (2020, Audible Original) by Kevin Hart
  2. Introducing Jesus: A Graphic Guide (2012) by Anthony O’Hear & Judy Groves
  3. Homer: The Odyssey (1993) retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
  4. Altar of Eden (2010) by James Czajkowski a.k.a. James Rollins
  5. Forbidden History: Prehistoric Technologies, Extraterrestrial Intervention, and the Suppressed Origins of Civilization (2005) edited by J. Douglas Kenyon

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The Decision: Overcoming Today's BS for Tomorrow's Success (2020, Audible Original) by Kevin Hart, Book Review

 

The Decision: Overcoming Today's BS for Tomorrow's Success
(2020, Audible Original) by Kevin Hart

I usually don’t write a review about audiobook but this time (or from now on) - I will. I just want to get this out: Kevin Hart is seriously funny! Funnily serious! Seriously real! Sometimes ‘The Decision’ will require going past the edges of your comfort zone,” said Mr. Hart starting his audio Mental Fitness Bootcamp, “and the upper limits of your beliefs, and stepping into the unknown.” From there he breathes fire! I laughed with his jokes; I was impressed by his wits; I respect his honesty and vulnerability. For 5 hours 54 minutes, he bombarded my ears with his “gold-nugget-sh*t-of-truths.” Part self-help book, part autobiography, part stand-up routine, The Decision gives me a glimpse into the mind and attitude of one of the most hardworking men in the entertainment industry. He is an award-winning actor, comedian, producer, entrepreneur, and of course, writer.

What’s unique about audiobooks is that the narrator(s) can either bring out the best or make the book boring to listen to. For example, I love to read Stephen King’s books, but I don’t like it when he narrates it. Boring as hell. Kevin Hart? Superb! It’s like listening to his Netflix specials. Mind you, what he said is not that different from other self-help or personal development gurus (except for his own stories), it is the way he said it that shows to me that he really believes and means it. His positivity is contagious. What stuck with me are these themes: “What-Is-Ness” Deal with what-is, accept what you cannot change, and make the best of it; “Cowboying Up” It means taking ownership by not only taking responsibility for your words and actions, but everything in life; “Teddy Bearing” It is about being likable, personable, and pleasant; and “Sponginess” Readily soak up knowledge from people around you and those who are better at what you were trying to do.

I’m always a fan of Mr. Hart. I’ve watched lots of his movies (my favourites are Get Hard, Think Like A Man, and Wedding Ringer), all his stand-ups, and interviews especially with Joe Rogan (You got to listen or watch it!). It’s not that he is perfect - he was cheating his wife, that homophobic tweets issue, etc. - but because he owned up his mistakes, learned from them, and move forward. Proof? Listen to The Decision! 😉⚡📖 #ServeToLead #LeadersAreReaders #LetsMakeReadingCoolAgain #1Book1Week #TheDecisionKevinHart #OvercomingBS

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Masa Sunyi Mengukuhkan Emosi (Matius 14:13-14)

 

Iman Kristian bukan hanya tentang kerohanian dan pengetahuan, tetapi juga EMOSI. Tanpa emosi, iman akan menjadi seperti robot dan bosan. Tetapi kalau terlalu dikawal oleh emosi, iman akan runtuh. Emosi ialah hamba yang baik tetapi tuan yang jahat. Bagaimana untuk mengawal dan mengukuhkan emosi? Ambil masa sunyi 🔇🔕🤫

Lihat contoh Yesus Kristus, Dia "menaiki perahu dan pergi seorang diri ke suatu tempat sunyi" (Matius 14:13). Kenapa Dia berbuat begitu? Apakah kepentingannya? Bagaimana cara untuk melakukannya? #ServeToLead #InjilMarkus

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Markus 4:21-25 Kenapa Kita Harus Berkongsi Tentang Kebenaran? (#InjilMarkus S.1 E.31)

 

Yesus berkata kepada orang ramai, “Pernahkah orang memasang pelita lalu menyorokkannya di bawah pasu atau katil? Tentu diletakkannya di atas kaki pelita. Yang tersembunyi akan dinyatakan, yang dirahsiakan akan didedahkan. Jika kamu bertelinga, dengarlah" (Markus 4:21-23) 👂 Mari saya terangkan lima (5) sebab kenapa kita harus berkongsi tentang kebenaran 👇😉🙏 #ServeToLead #InjilMarkus #MisiDanPenginjilan

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There Is No Courage Unless You're Scared



For me, courage is not the absence of fear but the willingness to push on in the face of it. "Courage is doing what you're afraid to do," agreed Eddie Rickenbacker, "There is no courage unless you're scared" 😉⚡🙏 #ServeToLead #GrowingLeader #BeEncouragedAndCourageous

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Hell Has Disappeared and No One Noticed

 

By "disappeared" what Mr. Martin means is that nobody talks or preaches about the reality of hell anymore. On a rare occasion, a minister preached a sermon on this subject. The next day a young man came to see him dispute what he heard preached. He said to the minister, "I believe that there is a difference between what you and I believe about eternal punishment. I came here to settle this difference."

The minister thought for a while 🤔 and then turned to the young man and said, "There is no dispute between you and me. If you turn to Matthew 25:46 you will find the dispute is between you and the Lord Jesus Christ, and I advise you to go immediately and settle it with Him." #ServeToLead #HeavenAndHell #FaithAndDoubt

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Mengapa & Bagaimana Yohanes Pembaptis Mati (Matius 14:1-12)

 

Herodes "telah memerintahkan supaya Yohanes ditangkap, diikat dan dipenjarakan, disebabkan Herodias, isteri saudaranya Filipus. Yohanes telah memberitahu Herodes, 'Mengambil Herodias sebagai isterimu adalah haram.' Herodes hendak membunuh Yohanes tetapi takut kerana rakyat menganggapnya seorang nabi" (Matius 14:3-5).

Kenapa saya berpendapat bahawa Herodes ialah seorang psikopat a.k.a. sakit jiwa? Tahukah kamu bahawa kerana dendam cita-cita Herodes tercapai? Bagaimana sumpah bodoh boleh menyebabkah kepala Yohanes dipancung? 😲😯😮 #ServeToLead #InjilMatius

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One of The Highest of Human Duties

 

All of us - whoever we are, whatever we do - is craving to be appreciated. And so, as William Barclay said, "One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement... It is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another" 😉⚡🔥 #ServeToLead #HighestDuty #IAppriciateYou

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Markus 4:10-12 Kenapa Yesus Mengajar Menggunakan Ibarat? (#InjilMarkus S.1 E.30)

 

"Yesus mengajar [orang ramai] banyak perkara melalui ibarat" (Markus 4:2). Ibarat ialah salah satu kaedah mengajar yang biasa digunakan oleh para guru pada zaman dahulu. Malah, sekarang juga masih ada. Jadi, apabila Yesus mengajar melalui ibarat, itu ialah bukan sesuatu yang unik tentang Dia. Yang menjadi persoalan ialah kenapa Yesus beralih daripada mengajar dengan berterus terang kepada melalui ibarat? 😊🙏⚡ #ServeToLead #InjilMarkus

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Ketidakpercayaan Yang Menghindari Mukjizat (Matius 13:53-58)

 

Yesus Kristus pergi ke Nazaret dan "Dia mengajar di saumaah. Orang yang mendengar-Nya hairan lalu bertanya, 'Dari manakah Dia mendapat kebijaksanaan begini? Dari manakah Dia mendapat kuasa melakukan mukjizat? Bukankah Dia anak tukang kayu? ...Dari manakah Dia mendapat semua ini?' Dengan demikian mereka enggan menerima-Nya" (Matius 13:54-57)

Pada mulanya, mereka "hairan" atau terjemahan yang lebih baik lagi iaitu "takjub" atau "amazed" dalam Bahasa English. Dari "takjub" kepada "enggan menerima-Nya" apa yang terjadi? Apakah empat peringkat penolakan? Bagaimana caranya untuk mengatasi ketidakpercayaan? 😊⚡🙏 #ServeToLead #InjilMatius

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Don't Forget To Make A Life

 

Rabbi Harold Kushner, in his inspiring book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, wrote: "I've never heard someone on their deathbed say, 'I wish I'd gone to the office more!' They all say something like, 'I wish I'd cared more. I wish I'd loved more. I wish I'd reached out to others more.'" Think of your priorities 😊🙏⚡ #ServeToLead #WhatMattersMost

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Introducing Jesus: A Graphic Guide (2012) by Anthony O’Hear & Judy Groves, Book Review

 

Introducing Jesus: A Graphic Guide (2012) by Anthony O’Hear & Judy Groves

The illustrations are amazing, the writing is simple, but the contents are a bit misguiding. I acknowledge that this is NOT a Christian book and so it is not fair for me to make a bias conclusion. For sure, this book is interesting, but I would not refer to anyone who wanted to know more about Jesus or Christianity to this book. There are some books about Jesus by non-Christians (in fact, by those who are a little more critical) that are better such as Reza Aslan or Bart Ehrman. I think the author is very ambitious by trying to cover so many heavy topics like philosophy, theology, and teleology over a couple of pages. Too many interpretations, too little of what the main sources really say about the most influential Man on earth. I understand that this book is meant to be an introduction or overview, but I think it can be more useful if the author (actually, the publisher) can focus on some key points about the historical Jesus especially in the New Testament.

I have nothing much to say 😅 I’m not sure either I’m disappointed or glad that I’ve finished it – knowing that at least I’ve learned how others think of Jesus 🤓😉 #1Book1Week #LeadersAreReaders #LetsMakeReadingCoolAgain #SecularJesus

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Markus 4:1-9; 13-20 Bagaimana Keadaan Hati Kamu Apabila Mendengar Firman? (#InjilMarkus S.1 E.29)

 


Dulu saya pernah berfikir, kenapa ada orang apabila mendengar Firman Tuhan, mereka berubah? Kenapa pula ada yang tidak? Dan kenapa ada yang seakan-akan berkobar-kobar kemudian tidak lama selepas itu, iman mereka luntur? Yesus Kristus sudah pernah menjelaskannya 💪 Ini sebab-sebabnya 👇😉📖 #ServeToLead #InjilMarkus #HatiDanPendengaran

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Menjadi Guru Yang Mahir dalam Perjanjian Lama & Baru (Matius 13:51-52)

 

Salah satu trend kebanyakkan gereja-gereja sekarang ini ialah: mengajar Firman Allah hanya dalam Perjanjian Baru dan jarang dalam Perjanjian Lama* (kecuali sebagai petikan). P. Lama dilihat sebagai tidak relavent pada masakini. Saya setuju P. Baru ialah yang terutama, tetapi tidak akan ada P. Baru jika tidak kerana P. Lama.

Begini, jika kita - terutamanya para guru - "menerima ajaran tentang kerajaan syurga" dan memiliki pengetahuan tentang P. Lama dan Baru, kita seperti "ketua rumah yang mengeluarkan barang baru dan barang lama daripada khazanah simpanannya" (Matius 13:52) 😉💪⚡ Mari saya terangkan... #ServeToLead #InjilMatius

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Happiness Is A Mental Attitude

 

Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It's a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don't have. It's so simple - yet so hard for the human mind to comprehend.

No matter what your situation, things could be worse. Count your blessings and enjoy a little happiness while you may 😉⚡💪 #ServeToLead #MentalAttitude

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Markus 3:31-35 Siapakah Ibu & Saudara-Saudara Yesus? (#InjilMarkus S.1 E.28)

 

"Apabila ibu dan saudara-saudara Yesus tiba, mereka menanti di luar dan menyuruh orang memanggil-Nya. Pada waktu itu, orang ramai duduk di sekeliling Yesus berkata kepada-Nya, 'Lihatlah! Ibu dan saudara-saudara-Mu ada di luar. Mereka hendak bertemu dengan-Mu.' Yesus menjawab, 'Siapakah ibu-Ku? Siapakah saudara-saudara-Ku?'" (Markus 3:31-33). Apakah jawapannya? 📖💪😊 #ServeToLead #InjilMarkus

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Kerajaan Syurga Samada Berita Baik Atau Tidak (Matius 13:47-50)

 

Kerajaan dunia. 2016: Hillary Clinton kecundang, Donald Trump berjaya! Ada yang bersorak sokong, ada pula yang tidak percaya. 2018: Najib kalah, Mahathir menang! Ada orang bersuka, ada orang kecewa. 2020: PH tumbang, BERSATU memerintah! Ada yang kata khianat, ada pula kata demokrasi. Satu hal, sekurang-kurangnya dua respon berbeza.

Selepas menceritakan ibarat tentang pukat, Yesus Kristus berkata: "Demikianlah yang akan terjadi pada akhir zaman. Malaikat akan datang mengasingkan orang durjana daripada orang yang benar. Orang durjana itu akan dihumbankan ke dalam relau yang berapi-api, tempat ratapan dan kertakan gigi" (Matius 13:49-50). Akhir zaman akan menentukan samada Kerajaan Syurga ialah Berita Baik atau tidak. Satu Kerajaan, dua destinasi berbeza 📖⚡🙏 #ServeToLead #InjilMatius

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You Only Live Once

 

The psychologist William Moulton Marston asked 3,000 persons, "What do you have to live for?" He was shocked to find that 94% were simply enduring the present while they waited for the future.

Waited for "something" to happen; waited for children to grow up and leave home; waited for next year; waited another time to take a long dreamed-about trip; waited for COVID-19 to be over; waited for tomorrow without realizing that all anyone ever has is TODAY because yesterday is gone and tomorrow never comes ⚡💪 #ServeToLead #IfTomorrowNeverComes

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Markus 3:28-30 Apakah Itu Dosa Kekal? (#InjilMarkus S.1 E.27)



Yesus Kristus berkata kepada sebilangan ahli Taurat: "Sesungguhnya, Aku berkata kepadamu, segala dosa dan kata kufur manusia dapat diampunkan. Tetapi sesiapa yang mengkufuri Roh Kudus tidak akan diampuni; dia bersalah kerana berbuat dosa kekal" (Markus 3:28-29). Apa itu dosa kekal? 📖🤔⚡ #ServeToLead #InjilMarkus #DosaKekal

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Making the Most of Your Time

 

You don't have time to do what's important? All of us have the same amount of time: 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds a day. It's not that you don't have time, but making the most of your time. The Scripture says, "Be careful, then, how you live... making the most of your time." Btw, what have you been doing today? ⌛⌚ #ServeToLead #YouCantTurnBackTime 

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Kerajaan Syurga: Nilai & Kos (Matius 13:44-46)

 

Dua ibarat, sama maksud: “Kerajaan syurga ibarat harta yang tersembunyi di dalam sebidang tanah. Seseorang telah menjumpainya lalu menyembunyikannya semula. Setelah itu, dengan penuh sukacita dia menjual segala yang dimilikinya lalu membeli tanah itu. Kerajaan syurga juga umpama seorang saudagar yang mencari mutiara yang paling tinggi nilainya. Apabila dia menjumpai mutiara yang paling bernilai, dia pun menjual semua yang dimilikinya lalu membeli mutiara itu" (Matius 13:44-46).

Salah satu sebab orang meninggalkan iman ialah kerana mereka tidak melihat ia sebagai sesuatu yang berharga dan bernilai. Iman dianggap sebagai lampin pakai buang. Iman dalam/kepada Yesus Kristus ialah kunci Kerajaan-Nya. Kalaulah kita tahu bahawa Kerajaan Syurga itu sangat bernilai tentu sikap, perbuatan dan keutamaan kita berbeza. Apa yang sanggup kamu lakukan untuk memilikinya? 🤔⚡💪 #ServeToLead #InjilMatius

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Death Is the Debt We Must All Pay

 

Odds that you will eventually die in a car crash: 1 in 25. Odds that you will develop a brain tumour: 1 in 25,000. Odds that you will die in a fire this year: 1 in 400,000. Odds that you will die due to plane crash: 1 in 11 million. And the odds that you will eventually die is 1 in 1. 100% sure!

Blaise Pascal, the 7th-century mathematician, philosopher, and author, wrote: "There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created things, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus." You're not ready to die if you're not really live. Jesus, the Son of God, declares: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying" (John 11:25) ⚡📖💪 #ServeToLead #ToDieIsGain #ToLiveIsChrist

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Kerajaan Syurga Berkembang Secara Tersembunyi (Matius 13:33-35)

 

Yesus Kristus menceritakan suatu ibarat: “Kerajaan syurga seumpama ragi yang diambil seorang wanita dan dicampurkan dengan tiga sukat tepung sehingga adunan itu naik" (Matius 13:33). Ringkas, padat dan jelas. Fokus dalam ibarat ini ialah ragi atau yeast. Bila ragi bertindak balas dengan air dan gula, ia akan menghasilkan gas karbon dioksida. Gas inilah yang akan menjadikan adunan tepung itu naik.

Bagaimana ia berlalu - Dengan cepat atau perlahan? Bolehkah kamu melihat tindak balas kimia dengan jelas? Adakah hasilnya akan menjadi kurang atau banyak? Semuanya berkaitan dengan realiti tentang Kerajaan Syurga 💪😉⚡ #ServeToLead #InjilMatius

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The True Gentleman Is God's Servant

 

Meekness is not weakness - it is power under control. As the writer of Proverbs says, "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city" (16:32). In contrast, the individual who is not gentle is likened to "a city that is broken into and without walls" (Proverbs 25:28).

Gentleness always uses its resources appropriately, unlike the out-of-control emotions that so often are destructive and have no place in your life as a believer 😉💪⚡ #ServeToLead

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Kerajaan Syurga Bermula Sangat Kecil (Matius 13:31-32)

 

Yesus Kristus mengisahkan ibarat demikian: “Kerajaan syurga seperti sebutir biji sesawi yang dibawa oleh seseorang untuk ditabur di ladangnya. Biji sesawi itu paling kecil antara semua benih, tetapi apabila tumbuh, menjadi tumbuhan yang lebih besar daripada semua tumbuhan lain sehingga menjadi sebatang pokok tempat burung di udara membuat sarang pada cabangnya" (Matius 13:31-32).

Kenapa ibarat pendek ini sangat mendorong mereka yang melakukan pelayanan untuk Kerajaan-Nya? Benarkah biji sesawi "paling kecil"? Apakah maksud ibarat ini? 😁⚡📖 #ServeToLead #InjilMatius

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10 Things To Remember

 

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Apabila Kejahatan & Kerajaan Syurga Wujud Bersama (Matius 13:24-30; 36-43)

 


Saya tidak tahu samada kamu pernah berfikir begini atau tidak, saya berfikir: Kalau dengan kedatangan Yesus Kristus menunjukkan juga bahawa Kerajaan Syurga sudah tiba, jadi, kenapa masih ada kejahatan di dunia ini? Kenapa kejahatan tidak berkurangan, malah makin banyak? Bolehkah kejahatan dan Kerajaan-Nya wujud bersama? 😗🤔⚡#ServeToLead #InjilMatius

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#1Book1Week August 2020

 

As an introvert (at its core), I'm energized when I read books quietly outside but noisily inside. And because I love to explore various subjects, find new ideas and challenge my beliefs, these lists are very enriching. Let me know if you want to discuss any of these books 😉

 < Blessing Or Curse> One of my favourite Bible teachers Derek Prince, in this book, shows how the forces behind blessings and curses might be at work in our lives. Drawing from God's Word and real-life experiences, he helps us understand the causes of curses and ways of blessing. Read my BOOK REVIEW here: https://www.richardangelus.me/.../blessing-or-curse-you...

 < Difficulties In the Bible > This book examines some of the difficulties surrounding the Bible and explains how we should deal with them when they arise (so, R.A. Torrey didn't deal with every difficulty). Each chapter focuses on a different passage of Scripture and provides an illuminating perspective on the biblical text. Read my BOOK REVIEW here: https://www.richardangelus.me/.../difficulties-in-bible...

 < Hitler > Some people say this is “In the best short biography of Adolf Hitler"; some disagree. N.A. Wilson comes from very narrow angles of what made the 'Fuhrer' the phenomenon he was. His conclusions make fascinating, somewhat controversial, and unique. I appreciate the brevity because I don't want to read a long biography of this man (or some say, animal). Read my BOOK REVIEW here: https://www.richardangelus.me/.../hitler-2012-by-n-wilson...

 < Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians > This statement says it all: "Malaysia is blessed with abundant natural resources, petroleum being the most precious. With income per capita of about US$9,970 and Petronas continuously providing an onerously generous 40 percent to government revenues, Malaysia has all the essential ingredients to flourish." But why? Oh why rich Malaysia, but poor Malaysians* still? Read my BOOK REVIEW here: https://www.richardangelus.me/.../rich-malaysia-poor...

 < The Art of Thinking Clearly > If you love reading about psychology and human behaviour like I do, this book is essential. It is about cognitive biases, namely, systematic errors in thinking that occurs when people are processing and interpreting information in the world around them and affects the decisions and judgments that they make. Read my BOOK REVIEW here: https://www.richardangelus.me/.../the-art-of-thinking...

 #ServeToLead #1Book1Week #LeadersAreLeaders #LetsMakeReadingCoolAgain #Theology #Hermeneutic #Biography #Politics #Thinking

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Markus 3:22-27 Mengapa Tuduhan Terhadap Yesus Salah? (#InjilMarkus S.1 E.26)

 

Apabila Yesus Kristus menyembuhkan orang yang kerasukan, respon orang ramai sepatutnya positif: "Mungkinkah Dia ini Mesias?"; "Syukur, anak saya sembuh"; "Apa yang dilakukan-Nya baik!" Tetapi sebilangan ahli Taurat mempunyai respon yang sangat negatif, “Dia dirasuk Beelzebul! Dengan kuasa ketua roh iblis Dia menghalau roh-roh iblis.” Wow! Apakah tuduhan mereka benar? 😇🙏💪 #ServeToLead #InjilMarkus

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Kenapa Yesus Bercakap Melalui Ibarat? (Matius 13:10-17)

 

Apabila Yesus Kristus ditolak oleh para pemimpin agama dan orang ramai enggan bertaubat, Dia mulai mengajar orang ramai "banyak perkara melalui ibarat" (Matius 13:3). Perkara ini menjadikan para pengikut-Nya bertanya, "Mengapa Engkau bercakap kepada mereka melalui ibarat?” (ayat 10).

Ada tiga pemerhatian yang saya dapat: 1) Mereka belum lagi pernah mendengar Yesus mengajar melalui ibarat; 2) Mereka sendiri tidak faham maksud kesemua ibarat itu; dan 3) Mereka merasakan bahawa ada sesuatu disebalik hal ini. Jadi, kenapa Yesus bercakap melalui ibarat? 🤔⚡🙏 #ServeToLead #InjilMatius

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

The 48 Laws of Power (1998) by Robert Greene, Book Review



The 48 Laws of Power (1998) by Robert Greene

 Robert Greene is a genius. He wrote books on strategy, seduction, human nature, and power. I have read The 50Th Law (co-author with Curtin Jackson a.k.a. 50 Cent), halfway through The Laws of Human Nature, listened to a dozen of his interviews, and just finished this book. What can I say? If you want to observe power, to gain power, and to arm yourself against power, this book is a great resource. Unfortunately, too, if you’re crazy for power as a dictator, you will get it if you apply (most of) these laws. These laws are amoral, meaning, they don’t concern either you will use it for good or evil.  Greene said in an interview with The Guardian, “I believe I described a reality that no other book tried to describe. I went to an extreme for literary purposes because I felt all the self-help books out there were so gooey and Pollyanna-ish and nauseating. It was making me angry." Some people like Will Smith and Jay-Z love this book and some consider it as a 'psychopath's bible.’ In Utah State Prison, two of Greene’s books The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction are banned. The reason? The authority says, “They’re all about manipulation.” Also, cunning and ruthless.

 I say, this book is DANGEROUS – and dangerous doesn’t mean it's all bad. First, the laws are generally true (I think instead of calling these ‘laws’, ‘rules’ are better). For example, Law #1 Never Outshine the Master, Law #3 Conceal Your Intentions, and Law #20 Do Not Commit to Anyone. To some extent, in the beginning, these laws are true but unsustainable in the long run. Secondly, the laws are thought to be ‘realistic.’I’m not evil – I’m a realist,” explained Greene. My problem with this is that it is very subjective. For example, Law #2 Never Put Too Much Truth In Friends. Use Your Enemies, it not realistic at all. In the war, perhaps; in the movies, maybe; in my workplace, nonsense. Thirdly, most of the laws are opposite of my Christian values. This is a matter of faith, so if you’re not a Christian, ignore this one. Law #14 Pose As A Friend Work As A Spy, Law #15 Crush Your Enemy Totally, and Law #32 Play to People’s Fantasies, for example, are very intentionally divisive, deceiving and manipulative. Fourthly, (this is the good part) I use the laws to identify how people might use the laws against me, as protection. In a sense, if I use it as identifiers, then, I also acknowledge that some of these laws are realistic, right? So, you see, it is a DANGEROUS book. Partly true, partly realistic, partly evil 💪👌👐 #ServeToLead #1Book1Week #LetsMakeReadingCoolAgain #LeadersAreReaders #GrowingLeader #RobertGreene #TheLawsOfPower

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Homer: The Odyssey (1993) retold by Geraldine McCaughrean, Book Review

 

Homer: The Odyssey (1993) retold by Geraldine McCaughrean

Many years ago, I try to finish reading Homer’s original English translations of Iliad and Odyssey (found 1 volume in the library), but I failed. Probably I wasn’t that interested in mythology before or my English wasn’t that good, or I thought it was a boring long-poem. Maybe, all. But perhaps what I need was not to know the whole story behind the poem but a retold that keeps the essentials and yet fun to read (and that may include reading children’s books). That is exactly what McCaughrean did to Homer’s Odyssey. Homer (presumably) was the first Greek writer whose works survive – perhaps the first Greek writer there was. In the Iliad, considered to be the earliest of the two, he wrote about the last few weeks of war between the Greeks and the Trojans, the imminent death of Achilles and the fall of Troy, the drama between mortal men and the gods.

Like something of a sequel, the Odyssey told the epic journey of Odysseus, warrior-king of Ithaca (fairly means “victim of enmity”), who sometimes known as Ulysses, sail back home after 10 years of war at Troy. But along the way, he and his soldiers encounter all kinds of enmities, dangers, and adventures, from Polyphemus the greedy one-eyed giant (son of Poseidon, the sea god), from the cannibal King Lamus of Laestrygonia, from the sorceress Circle, Scylla the six-headed sea monster and even the wrath of the gods themselves (how dare!) before he united with his wife, Penelope, and son. The journey takes another 10 years. “’Your son will be a big lad now, captain,’ said Polites. ‘Eleven! Almost eleven! He was only a baby when I left Ithaca. A fine help I’ve been to his mother, leaving her all alone.’ ‘Ah, but such a lady, captain! Such a lady never knew the meaning of impatience!’ Odysseus looked into the distance with unfocused eyes. ‘Indeed, yes, Polites. Such a woman.’” 

One of the main questions that I have when I read this book is this:
Why they encountered with these monsters and gods on the way back home to Ithaca and not when they went to Troy? Well, myth is a myth 😅🤫📖#ServeToLead #1Book1Week #HomerOdyssey #GreekMythology

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