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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.]

“Crucible moments” are challenging moments in our lives that shape us in some deep way. Story is about a decision that you made. Share a story, a moment, or an experience from your life that changed the way you view the world. Tell me about a moment in your early life that deeply influenced you.

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Solitude and silence are ways to consume the grace Jesus is offering us. Train yourself to rediscover the lost art of kindness and giving. Train yourself to be aware of his presence, moment by moment. Gratitude is light within our souls. Read/listen to the entire book of Ecclesiastes in one sitting. If we practice recollection, we build a muscle of abiding in peace. There is no true intimacy with the Father unless we follow him into the mission he has prepared for us. Practice listening well in your Christian community. “Strategic spirituality” is intimacy with God while on mission with him.

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We don’t pray for open heavens; we pray for open eyes to see what He already made available to us and ask for wisdom on how to access, experience, walk in, and release it. There is no revival without a divine discontentment. The house of God is the gate of Heaven when the elders become open to what God is doing. All of life gets reduced to one thing—how we steward the Presence of God. Discerning Gatekeepers of the Church of Jesus determine what gets into their church and into the city. The fulfillment of dreams is the byproduct of hosting Him well. The end goal of revival is holy discontentment. The key to seeing more is staying hungry. God intends to teach the spirit realm about His wisdom through those made in His image—us. 

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Four-step model of habits—cue, craving, response, and reward. 4 laws of behavior change—make it obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying. Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. The more tasks you can handle without thinking, the more your brain is free to focus on other areas. My results had very little to do with the goals I set and nearly everything to do with the systems I followed. The purpose of setting goals is to win the game. The purpose of building systems is to continue playing the game. Habit stacking is to pair a new habit with a current habit.  “Disciplined” people are better at structuring their lives in a way that does not require heroic willpower and self-control. Dopamine is behind the neurological processes behind craving and desire. Without dopamine, desire dies. We imitate the habits of : The close. The many. The powerful. Improvement is not just about learning habits, it’s also about fine-tuning them.

Over the coming century, the most vital human resource in need of conservation and protection is likely to be our own consciousness and mental space. The future will be nothing more than the running total of our individual mental states. We must reclaim ownership of the very experience of living.

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When you don’t have a prophet in your local church, you will always be playing a catch-up game with what God is doing. When a leader hears the word of the Lord, it gives him/her courage to act rightly. In the absence of the true authority of King Jesus coursing through our veins, other authority takes over. Without the prophets, people invest in man-made structures. Those with prophetic grace are easily bored and prefer fast-paced change. We are usually only too aware of our powerless state but remain completely ignorant of our truthless state. The point of leadership is to take you somewhere you cannot get to by yourself., so everyone wants to be led.

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Modernization did not demote the elderly. It demoted the family. The average American spends a year or more of old age disabled and living in a nursing home. The systems we’ve devised were designed to solve some other problems. The single most serious threat of aging is falling. Far from growing unhappier, people report more positive emotions as they age. Assisted living isn’t really built for the sake of older people so much as for the sake of their children. Many of the things that we want for those we care about are things that we would adamantly oppose for ourselves because they would infringe upon our sense of self. The chance to shape one’s story is essential to sustaining meaning in life.

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Amazon consistently ranks as the most trusted and beloved brand. It is becoming an operating system for your life. The foundational principles of the Bezonomics philosophy are customer obsession, extreme innovation, and long-term management. His secret is what he calls his flywheel. The software is the business model. Voice commands will become the most common way we interact with the Internet.

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[Bibi’s amazing personal story illuminates the amazing history of Israel and its likely future]. Learning is important above all else. The real foundation of peace in our area is hope derived from strength, and the consequent realization by our neighbors that Israel is here to stay. Arab propaganda systematically covered up the root cause of the Israeli-Arab conflict—the persistent Arab refusal to recognize a Jewish state. Whereas a public campaign should center on questions of justice, the appeal to leaders should center on interests. Say something clearly or nothing at all. It is not the Jews who usurped the land from the Arabs, but the Arabs who usurped the land from the Jews. My direct connection to Likud voters became the enduring basis of my political power. Without a basic understanding of economics, military affairs, technology and science, a prime minister is rendered helpless before the “experts.” The combination of military and economic power will give us diplomatic power. I emphasize that it was our historical right and not only our might that justified our claim to the Land of Israel. I seek to build Israel’s economic, military and diplomatic power to ensure its future and to achieve a genuine peace with those in the Arab world who wanted it. Free markets are indispensable for wealth creation. In democracies, significant economic reforms never reach fruition without leaders willing to spill their own political blood. We passed in the Knesset the most revolutionary free market program in Israel’s history. Once people get used to freedom they seldom want to go back. Government may not always go forward with new reforms, but they seldom go backward and undo reforms that have been passed. Money, trade and investments flow to freer economies and away from more controlled ones. Power attracts, weakness repels. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where all citizens have equal rights. The influence of geographic factors diminishes as technology grows. I set up a Bible study group that met in the prime minister residence.

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Quantitative change has led to a qualitative one. Big data refers to things one can do at a large scale that cannot be done at a smaller one. With information, as with physics, size matters. It leads society to abandon its time-honored preference for causality, and in many instances tap the benefits of correlation. Social sciences have lost their monopoly on making sense of empirical social data. There is a premium on diversity within a group and in society at large. Correlations lie at the heart of big data and are now used so frequently that we sometimes fail to appreciate their inroads. FICO is also used as a cheap proxy for people’s income levels. MOOC (massive open online courses) may upend the entire education industry and pop the growing cost bubble. Infrastructures were focused on flows of water and knowledge, as were the telephone and the internet. In contrast, Datafication represents an essential enrichment in human comprehension. It is almost certain that the value of data will show up on corporate balance sheets and emerge as a new asset class. Data is to the information society what fuel was to the industrial economy.

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[Because the Bakers live in such a desperate part of the world and look for the most difficult cases through which to display the love of God, they experience more than their share of tragedy and sorrow. I know of no one who has faced greater challenges to their faith than Roland and Heidi Baker. It is the army of children cared for by the Bakers’ ministry that are some of the best at bringing a miracle to an impossible situation. Heidi highlights the central key of keeping intimacy at the center of our journey and being lost in love with God. She shows that this is how to be fearless and find hope and perseverance in the hardest moments.] Developing a life in God’s presence above all else is the only way to fulfill our God-given destinies. To the degree we are united with God’s heart and in love with Jesus, we will be fruitful. All fruitfulness flows from intimacy. His method for changing your nation is you. Most of the time you will be confined to activities you know how to produce and control. God wants to take us beyond what we can control. While He is pruning us above the ground, He is also multiplying our root system below. I try to pray for 3-5 hours every day.

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Talib was the only one who predicted the 2008 crisis and bet on it with his own money. Categorizing always produces reduction in complexity. Metaphors and stories are far more potent than ideas; they are also easier to remember and more fun to read. Ideas come and go; stories stay. We are better at explaining than understanding. Narrativity can viciously affect the remembrance of past events as follows: we tend to more easily remember those facts from our past that fit a narrative. To avoid the ills of the narrative fallacy, favor experimentation over storytelling, experience over history, and clinical knowledge over theories. It is the asymmetry of the bonus system that got us into the 2008 crisis--no incentives without disincentives. Capitalism is about rewards and punishments, not just rewards.]

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Aging has only an accelerator pedal. Some things aid successful aging: social connectedness, doing something they feel is interesting or worthwhile. Men who drank 5 or 6 glasses of water a day had a substantial reduction in the risk of a fatal heart attack— 60-70% less. Regular napping decreased  risk by a whopping 37%. Exercise and nuts helped. The big aha for me is how the agents of longevity reinforce one another for the long term. You need to build an ecosystem around you.

Mouthbreathing, it turns out, changes the physical body and transforms airways, all for the worse. Inhaling from the nose has the opposite effect. Big, heavy breaths are bad for us because they deplete our bodies of carbon dioxide. Learn how to inhale and exhale slowly. When we breathe slower and hold in more carbon dioxide, pH lowers and blood becomes more acidic. We produce and signal stem cells to build more maxilla bone in the face by clamping down on the back molars over and over--chewing.

King Josiah’s reading of the Bible led to revival simply by reading their history. Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Benjamin Rush cited ending slavery as a primary reason to be independent from Great Britain. African Americans started every southern state Republican Party. On the 14th Amendment to the Constitution passed in 1866 [granting citizenship to all persons born in the US], not a single Democrat voted for it. Not another civil rights law was passed from 1875 to 1964 because in 1876 Republicans lost control of the Senate. In 1875, the Republican Congress banned all segregation, but in 1882, the Supreme Court struck down the law and in1896 reaffirmed their pro-segregation position. The Klu Klux Klan was started to oppose Republicans and was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party. Not one Southern Democrat voted for either of the civil rights acts even in the 1960s! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. One simple act of gratitude caused Black America to quickly forget that the Republican Party was birthed in America [in 1854] as the antislavery party to end the scourge of slavery and combat the terror of racism and segregation.