Saturday, February 28, 2009

2-in-1 Mini Reviews: "The Go-Getter" AND "An Hour to Live, An Hour to Love"

The Go-Getter
By Peter B. Kyne with Alan Axelrod, Ph.D.
Publisher: Times Books
Published on January 2003
ISBN-13: 9780805065626
96 pages

This is one great motivational fiction and a powerful story that teaches us to stay motivated and passionate about our work, no matter what the obstacles are. "It shall be done" is the motto of William E. Peck, the protagonist who is a young war veteran. I am intrigued by the "Blue Vase" test thrown to Bill and truly admire his determination, loyalty, passion, and responsibility in getting the job done. The section "Afterword" (by Axelrod) expounds on the story penned by the late Kyne (1880-1957) first published in 1921. Both employers and employees will be able to learn from this small but powerful book.

An Hour to Live, An Hour to Love
By Richard and Kristine Carlson
(Authors' Website)
Publisher: Hyperion
Published in 2008
ISBN-13: 9781401322571
96 pages

Richard Carlson, author of the bestselling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, presented his wife, Kristine, a short manuscript called "An Hour to Live" on their 18th wedding anniversary. He passed away three years after that. He poses the questions quoted from Stephen Levine: "If you have an hour to live and could make just one phone call, who would it be to, and what would you say... and why are you waiting?" The author said if we answer this question honestly and act accordingly, we will have no regrets. And this book is his answer to those questions. One thing for sure, he is not looking at his 'trophies'. To make his point clearer, he talks about who he will NOT be calling. There is no prize for guessing who he would call: his wife. This small book is a heart-warming, thought-provoking and touching read. It is a love story that serves as a great reminder of the things that are truly important in our lives. To love, you must dare to risk.

You will be remembered most, not from your accomplishments in life, but for how well you lived and how much love you carried in your heart. - Richard Carlson

Now for a bit on book thongs. I first heard and knew about book thongs a few weeks ago when I received four complimentary ones from BookXcess. I went on a book shopping spree there (click here for the story) and as a result of my purchases, I was given those fancy bookmarks.

One of the book thongs (a black one) are now used with my Bible. I find it very handy and it matches well with the Bible's black cover, making the book look pretty too.

The book thongs come with little colourful slips like the ones below. The black-and-white background is the pattern on the seat of my reading chair.

Here's one with a blue velvety strap and beautiful purple decorative beads

If you are wondering what a 'book thong' is (for the benefit of non-booklovers), it is a kind of bookmark with "cord that fits between the pages next to the spine and the decorative beads hang out of the top and bottom of the book to keep it from slipping out." (Source) What a fancy way to mark the pages in your book!