Buddy’s #5 Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson

After both Mark and Ron made this book one of their top reads for 2011 I knew that I had to read it. I know that not even their man crushes on Steve Jobs could move it up that high in their minds if it wasn’t an intriguing read.

This book impacted me more than I expected. Getting to know the life of another always increases compassion and understanding. Job’s character flaws are well known and he didn’t seem to care that much about them other than a little regret in quiet moments of reflection. As I longed for Job’s to know Jesus towards the end of the book it caused me to reflect on the lives of many others around me and how there is still the opportunity to tell them of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

One of the things that came out over and over was Job’s ability to get people to do things that they thought were impossible and over and over in his career people were able to meet seemingly impossible goals.

A paraphrase of Job’s thinking, “Act like you can do something and it will work. Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume you are.”

Job’s obviously made a dent in our world in a huge way. When Apple’s iTV comes out in 2012 millions more will be impacted by his desire to bring simplicity and peace to technology.

I did walk away from the book encouraged to live a life without regrets and pursue the things that God has before me wholeheartedly.

James 1 comes to mind. “The sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; It’s blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.”

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