Currently Reading: Outliers

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Malcolm Gladwell - OutliersI’ve always wanted to read one of Malcolm Gladwell’s books. My dad was reading one of his books the other day and I decided to borrow it when he was done. Outliers: The Story of Success¹ is a compelling discussion on the factors that lead to success. Where many people believe that success is solely a matter of individual merit, Gladwell proposes otherwise showing that more factors are involved in the process. Gladwell shows that factors such as extraordinary opportunity coupled with the 10,000-hour rule bring about a kind of success that not everybody is able to attain. Outliers is quickly becoming one of the fastest books I’ve read and it’s reshaping my notion of what brings about success.

Do take note, however, that success is seen quite differently in the eyes of heaven and in the eyes of the world. The two realms oftentimes collide with each other. Nonetheless, the book is an interesting excursion into the subject matter.

¹Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers: The Story of Success. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company, 2008.

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  1. I’m reading two books right now. One is called Finding Jesus on Every Page by Andrew Murray, which deals with the Christcentricity of the scriptures. The other is called Church Planter: The Man, the Message, and the Method by Darrin Patrick. He is a church planter in Missouri who works within the Acts 29 network.

      • The church I pastor has really become a sending church. We planted 2 churches in the past 2 years and have another in the pipeline, so to speak. Our first two…..and boy, was that a learning experience for a newish pastor and a small congregation! This book has been great on a number of levels for me as a pastor helping prepare church planters… in particular, the importance of the message being wholly the Gospel. I do disagree with his view on women in ministry (he’s complementarian, I’m egalitarian), but that doesn’t detract from the great understanding he brings to the church planting discussion. I am still working through it….would love to hear your feedback as you read it.

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