[Book] Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling

Very Good Lives (Little, Brown and Company, 2015)

In 2008, J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter series) delivered the commencement address at Harvard. Her words are captured in this small book with illustrations to punctuate certain ideas. I came across this book while browsing through Barnes & Noble this past weekend. 

She highlights in her address that years from now, the graduates will probably not remember what the speaker said, and she wants that to changes for them. Her wisdom identifies two principles we all can apply:

She highlights in her address that years from now, the graduates will probably not remember what the speaker said, and she wants that to changes for them. Her wisdom identifies two principles we all can apply:

  • Failure is not be feared
  • Imagination unlocks great potential

J. K. Rowling highlights some of her failures or rock bottoms that led to her greatest achievements. This book is a quick and easy read, but I caution you not to blow through it too quickly. These nuggets of wisdom are powerful, and if you let it, they might even unlock hidden potential in you.

"God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called." - Max Lucado

I spent the past week in Rosarito, Mexico building a house, supporting two Vacation Bible School’s and sharing the stories through photographs. This week’s image comes from this past week as children and parents worked side-by-side to create a driveway from gravel.

You can read more about our work in Rosarito, Mexico here.

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"All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name." - Psalm 66:4

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"Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts." - John Wooden

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"People may make plans in their minds, but the Lord decides what they will do." - Prov. 16:9

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[Quote] "We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them." — Francis A. Walker

Memorial Day 2016 – “We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” — Francis A. Walker.

To all the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces – thank you for your service and sacrifice so that I can be free!

Photo: Tomb of the Unknown SoldierArlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C. | © Dave Anthold | 2011

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