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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else

Ramos sodas (Ramos sodas, #1)  - Arthur C. Clarke Okay, I’ll admit it: this book’s title is what lured me in: what the best do better than everyone else. But something went wrong when I tried ordering all of Jon Gordon’s books from my library system—they didn’t have them all. I think I’ve figured out why. Gordon’s book are not only allegorical, but they are faith-based. While helpful, that is still a one-two punch in the world of business books. Gordon is dealing with a niche market here.

Let me back up, and start with this: Gordon’s best book is ENERGY ADDICT 101. In that book, Gordon cuts through all the allegory and presents you with lots of helpful advice and tips, along with many outside resources to use.

As for TRAINING CAMP, it should not be overlooked. There’s a bit of good advice in here, but not everyone will enjoy the delivery method. As mentioned before, you’ll have to move through an allegorical fable about a boy trying to make the football time, while he mother is dying of cancer. The coach gives the boy a playbook of helpful life advice and also encourages the boy to seek a higher power. The playbook is really the walk-away content of the entire book you are reading; 11 helpful steps to apply to your everyday life are what you’ll get.

Of the helpful advice, a good deal of it is faith-based. While my guess would be this is written in a Christian perspective, nothing really comes out and states that. Research has proven the benefits of mediation and religion, so the advice is not lost. One would do well do heed what is written here.

Overall, the book is nice and warm and fuzzy, but there’s not a lot of meat. I prefer more quotes, more works cited, more footnotes, just something to give weight to the whole thing. Gordon does this more in ENERGY ADDICT 101, but a really good example would be Tom Rath’s book EAT MOVE SLEEP, which has over 200 works cited, including a website to navigate those other works.