I publish WendellNotes for significant books I read to make their perspective available to friends and GIN subscribers who may not otherwise have time for them. Before I started writing WendellNotes in 2011, book notes were part of my Journal. [Brackets separate my comments from the author's.]
I will only ever prophesy according to what I have faith for. Prospering came back to Israel because of prophecy! When a nation is in turmoil, God always calls for the prophetic voice. Apart from God we are the only beings in the cosmos with authority. He exempts Himself from the day-to-day governance of the earth. We are to be so transformed that we create a Kingdom of God culture that the world can become. It is our job to make our land look like Heaven. You’ve got the whole world in your hands. Satan is terrified of your rank because you outrank even his strongest demon. We must find a place in our will where we choose to prophesy. What are You praying for me, Jesus?” Most intense battles that happen in or around our life start when we enter new territory.
Alleviating poverty is not the same as creating prosperity. Investing in market-creating innovations has proven a reliable path to prosperity for countries around the world. Good theory helps us understand the underlying mechanism driving things and dispenses advice in “if/then” statements. 4 barriers prevent people from consuming a solution that will help them progress: skill, wealth, access, and time. A market-creating innovation isn’t simply a product or a service—it is the entire solution. Institutions are about culture—how people in a region solve problems and make progress. The institutions of a society reflect its values rather than create them. Every time people tackle a problem, they aren’t just solving the problem itself; they are creating or dismantling culture. Procedures are exclusively instruments of economy. Development often precedes successful anticorruption programs, not vice versa. Infrastructures are only worth the value they distribute to citi-zens. Innovation is the process by which society fixes itself. Asking good questions is one of the most important traits of leadership. Investing in market-creating innovations provides the solution to the Prosperity Paradox.
The personal economy is the organizing principle for innovation and growth. Our employment systems often incentivise behaviors detrimental to our strategic vision. Your approach to work will most likely be inherited by your children. By infusing purpose into your work, you not only improve your own well-being, but also that of your children. Big, sticky, complicated problems are your most powerful opportunities. Gratitude is the common ingredient in Google’s successful employees. Amazon screens job candidates online for their sense of gratitude and finds it more effective than traditional interviews. Change the job you’re in to better meet your needs. Most people take a job for the organization and leave because of their manager. The top 3 things employees want is appreciation, feeling “in” on things, and an understanding attitude. Purpose is becoming the currency of individual and business success in the 21st century.
[This book explains the causes of and solutions to migration and growing wealth inequality in the clearest terms I have found--as matters of economics.] The same concentrated control of wealth that breeds inequality seems to corrupt politics and restrain business initiative. Inequality across countries has gone from a relatively insignificant phenomenon in the 1820s to the dominant source of global inequality today. Despite large migrant populations—in all cases, involving mostly low-skilled migrant workers—none of the countries (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand) has experienced as large a popular backlash against migration as OECD countries with their far fewer migrants. Migration receives political support as long as its benefits are widely distributed in a visible way. When migrants have the option, most prefer temporary migration for work in circular patterns over permanent migration.
Institutional investors now behave as trusts did a century ago, but in subtler ways. Competition would focus on the quality of governance that they provide to maximize returns. Siren servers (Google, Facebook, etc.) thrive on appropriating for themselves--rather than its creators--the value that creative content generates. Data are more like capital than labor. Data labor will represent a much greater source of income and wealth in coming years than at present, and much of the market capitalization of digital companies is based on this possibility.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
Whether or not experience led to expertise, depended entirely on the domain in question. The increase in correct IQ test answers with each new generation in the 20th century has been documented in 30 countries. Teaching kids to read a little early is not a lasting advantage. Exploration is not just a whimsical luxury of education; it is a central benefit. “Winners” quit fast and often. Knowing when to quit is a big strategic advantage. We are works in progress claiming to be finished. Instead of working back from a goal, work forward from promising situations. As ambiguity and uncertainty increase, breadth becomes increasingly important.
Reconciling All Things
The definition of justice is not self-evident. If it is to make sense or lead to a transformed vision of human relations, it requires a story. In the absence of a clear vision, reconciliation has largely become a matter of relief, mediation, advocacy and conflict resolution, the exclusive terrain of “experts.” The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is beyond our vision. Without being well articulated, the vision can’t be sustained. The work of God’s reconciliation includes taking time to cultivate habits of ordinary peaceful existence—habits like listening, welcoming strangers, planting gardens, raising children and keeping house (Jer 29:5-7). Our original sin is the attempt to secure for ourselves what can be received only as a gift. Prior to the genocide, Rwanda was considered one of the best-evangelized countries in Africa--the killing happened amid explosive church growth. The church was clearly part of the story of brokenness. God draws very near to the most vulnerable—not because they’re any less sinful, but because they are the most sinned against. To learn to lament is to become people who stay near to the wounds of the world. Hope in our world is often confused with optimism and success. This is why we must learn to lament before turning to hope. Reconciliation without lament cheapens hope. The unique gift of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission is not that it unveiled the truth about historic injustices, but that it did so within an atmosphere of mercy and forgiveness. Over time, as leaders are present to the gap, their response grows and becomes more visible, public and pronounced.
Red Moon Rising: The Story of 24-7 Prayer
God’s heavenly logo for the days in which we live is the harvest moon, rising blood red. It’s more important to know whom you are called to be with than what you are called to do. I want to be different before I do anything different. Prayer itself is an art only the Holy Spirit can teach. Reading the Scripture is like putting food into our mouths: meditation chews it and prayer extracts its flavor. Prayer reverses the Fall, in which Adam asserted his independence. What if the call to pray is a call to bleed as well as to receive blessing? Whenever God sets about to do a new thing, he always sets his people praying. Hospitality begins by seeking to host the presence of God and continues with hosting visitors.
This is the most helpful view of the controversial LGBT issue I have come across.
If what we offer to the world is a grumpy and constricted belief in God, then it is probably because we have a grumpy and constricted view of God. While food makes us live, stories are what make our lives worth living. Stories plunge the reader into a fictional world in such a way that when they return to reality, they perceive the world with more clarity and joy than before. They are one of the fastest and most effective ways to penetrate the human heart. Jesus told a better story. Idolatry is the worship of the parts instead of the whole. The feeling of wonderment is the source and inexhaustible fountainhead of [the child’s] desire for knowledge.
Religion - The Rise of World Culture
What distinguishes Western culture from other world civilizations is its missionary character—its transmission from one people to another in a continuous series of spiritual movements. This independence of cultural leadership from political power was a main factor that produced the freedom and dynamic activity of Western culture. One of the most remarkable features of medieval guild life was the way it combined secular and religious activities in the same social complex. It was in the life of the Church and the extension of the liturgy into common life by art and pageantry that the community-life of the medieval city found its fullest expression.
Restarting the Future: How to fix the Intangible Economy,
Today's lower growth rate is in many respects the result of choices that we wish to make in a rich society, from having fewer children to moving around less for work. There is a long-term shift from manufacturing (where growth has historically been high) to services (where growth has historically been lower). The scalability of intangible investments turns the economy into more of a winner-takes-all structure.
Risk Only Money
This inspiring story of a businessman’s ego, collapse, and recovery is replete with useful insights on managing people and life. It also includes the pivotal role played by a dear friend, Fritz Kling, who is now repeating through DeBoer Fellowship for the country of Myanmar what he did and others did through Richmond Christian Leadership Initiative, www.rcliweb.org, for the city of Richmond. www.deboerfellowship.org
Sometimes not knowing is more valuable than knowing and a learner’s advantage kicks in. While experience provides a distinct advantage in a stable field, it can actually impede progress in an unstable or rapidly evolving arena. While truth may be eternal, knowledge is fleeting. We must learn to operate like our mobile devices, all data-processing power and negligible data storage. It is impossible to begin to learn what we think we already know. Rookie smarts—the twin powers of naïveté and chutzpah. Musk is an obsessed serial learner. Curiosity grows from a deep-seated belief that what you don’t know is more interesting than what you do know. Certainty prohibits learning, curiosity fuels change. The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. It is while striving that we feel joyful and most alive.
Run with the Horses
The word saint is a noun form of the verb consecrate. The great paradox of judgment is that evil becomes fuel in the furnace of salvation. We need to know supremely these 2 subjects--God and the world. The imagination is an essential ministry in nurturing the life of faith. There is no other institution that suffers from time so much as religion. The whole labor of regenerating mankind has to begin again every generation.
You can define the Christian life in a single word: trust. Legalists render themselves incapable of receiving grace. It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. One of the surest ways to avoid being happy is to insist on being happy at all costs. We must deduce everything about God from what we know about Jesus. The humility of Jesus consisted in his enthrallment with his Father.