Monday, December 17, 2012

When Generations Collide and Collaborate
By Dan Miller and Jared Angaza   

OVERVIEW: This book is about different generational approaches to work, money, education―well, just about everything in life. Dan Miller and his son, Jared want to share their stories―not with the expectation that you will duplicate their lives but as a way for you to see into lives that are dramatically different in observable details yet strikingly similar in values and heart issues. As you read this book it is their hope that you will take a fresh look at your principles and lifestyle and perhaps those of your children, your parents, your neighbors, or the people living on the other side of the world. Their desire is not that you question valued traditions but that you would perhaps be more open to acceptance of people whose experiences may be different from you own.

AUTHORS: Dan Miller, president of 48 Days, specializes in creative thinking for increased personal and business success. He is the author of the widely acclaimed 48 Days to the Work You Love and No More Dreaded Mondays. Jared Angaza is a branding consultant, philanthropist, and blogger. Founder of KEZA, an ethical fashion company, and Angaza Consulting, Jared consults primarily on the issues of gender equality, business development, and rebranding Africa.

MY REVIEW: I have got to stop doing this! Recently I have found myself beginning every book review by stating that this is one of the best books I have read this year. No, every book I have read this year has not been wonderful. But the last five or six have been. Really, they have been excellent and this book is one of the better ones. I have little colored tabs sticking out all over the book indicating where to find things I want to remember and quote.

Dave Ramsey, New York Times best-selling author said, "A solid, comprehensive plan for attacking your life and career goals." Kevin Miller who is Dan Miller's son and Jared's brother, who may be a little biased―but I don't think so, said, "The message presented in this book leaves the door open to two dangerous outcomes; continue a life of mediocrity or risk new possibilities. Either way, it's a risk. Which will you choose?" And then Andy Andrews, New York Times best-selling author of The Noticer and The Traveler's Gift, wrote, "This is the book you've been waiting for! Dan and Jared have created a treasure map just for you. Read and be amazed as they peel back the mystery of tapping into the wisdom and passion that you and I have overlooked for so long."

I was attracted to this book by the word Passion, written in red on the cover of the book. The title is Wisdom Meets Passion. Most of us know we need a little wisdom but all too many of us give little consideration to passion. One big thing I learned from this book was how to be more open to acceptance of people whose experiences may be different than mine. I have struggled with this  all my life and still do. But these men have helped me to move in the right direction.

(I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.)