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More Than a Hobby: How a $600 Startup Became America's Home and Craft Superstore Hardcover – July 19, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785208313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785208310
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Green is founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby. Born into a pastor's home, he began working at a local five-and-dime as a teen. Marrying his high school sweetheart, the young couple began a small picture-frame shop. In 1972 they opened their first retail store. Today Hobby Lobby has more than 300 stores in 27 states. David and his wife Barbara have three grown children.



Dean Merrill is best known in recent years for his collaborations with Jim Cymbala (Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire and its two sequels) and Philippine missionary survivor Gracia Burnham (In the Presence of My Enemies). He is a former president of the Evangelical Press Association. Merrill is married and the father of three. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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David Green and my father were very much alike.
David E. McClendon
This is the kind of employer which should comprise our marketplace - that is, his logic, morals, faith and humanity toward employees are great characteristics.
Leslie C
I ordered this book because of my familiarity with Hobby Lobby craft stores.
C. Bandi

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Creasy on November 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My wife "discovered" Hobby Lobby while I was training for my job in Oklahoma City several years ago. We were newly weds at the time, and my wife was far from home with no friends, and was very homesick. She enjoyed going in and looking around the store as an escape, and eventually took some classes there.

After a couple of weeks, we went to a local church to visit, and the most pleasant woman came up to us and greeted us. She was kind and charming, and was one of the very few that morning that truly made us feel welcome. She was Barbara Green.

At the time, we did not know that the Green's were the owners of Hobby Lobby. We learned later what you get a great sense of in this book. David and Barbara Green are genuine, good folks. Everything that Mr. Green espouses in his book is true, and he actually does live what he believes.

It is refreshing to read a book that goes against the grain of the cut-throat retail business and the politically correct landscape of America today. I enjoyed reading "Not Just a Hobby" very much, and did so in an afternoon. The book is very engaging and well written, in my opinion, and is just like sitting across the table from Mr. Green as he reminisces about his past and the lessons that he learned along the way. As a bonus, you get some sage advice for living, that you would do well to consider!

This book is good for anyone who likes to read a book where the good guy wins! I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone with a teenager who will soon enter the job market. If everyone would set their goals as high as Mr. Green did, and as he expects his employees to do, it would be a greater pleasure to go shopping.

Thanks, David, for writing this book, it is an inspiration. God bless you also for being a father and grandfather of principle, and for building God's kingdom in ways no one will ever know about but Him.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shay Smith on December 14, 2007
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I thought the book would be the success story of Hobby Lobby but it is much more. The author's principles of retailing are solid practices that all retailers should adopt. That is the reason the store is a delight to shop.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leslie C on August 17, 2008
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David Green is a smart man, there is no doubt. "More Than A Hobby" profiles Green's background from his childhood through the present. He writes of the strong influence his parents had on his work ethic and the values that drive him to make a difference in the way his business is run.

He outlines how he found a void in the retail store in which he was employed and set out with some business partners to create the product and bring it to market. He describes the lean times he and his wife encountered and the faith that kept them going.

As we know, he built a successful business. What I wanted to hear was how he runs his inventory system and how they can possibly survive without a Point of Sale system. I was amazed how he specifically addressed my question and found his answer to be quite logical. (I hate to spoil the book for anyone reading this review...I tend write simply an overview of the book.)

I liked the book - it was an easy read and informative. I admire his business acumen and kudos to his wonderful successes. This is the kind of employer which should comprise our marketplace - that is, his logic, morals, faith and humanity toward employees are great characteristics. Unfortunately he and his business have fallen prey to the import of CHinese goods however can any US businesses survive today without importing from the Far East? His business dealings there are only logical with the bottom line always in mind - as well as his customers.

Read the book - it is interesting. It should be required reading for anyone studying business, marketing, retail management.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Bandi on September 25, 2008
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I ordered this book because of my familiarity with Hobby Lobby craft stores. I have found them to be a cut above other similar businesses, and was curious as to how Mr. Green got started and the way he runs them, especially in view of his practice of being closed on Sundays, closing the doors at 8:00pm instead of 9:00 or later, and his inspirational Christmas Day advertising in the newspapers.

The book did not disappoint me. In addition to satisfying my curiosity, it provided insight into the probable reasons for this chain's success, as well as guidelines I can implement in my own business. A great read for anyone interested in a no-nonsense approach to running a sucessful enterprise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathry Skaff on January 6, 2014
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I thought this was a fantastic book. I saw it at the checkout at Hobby Lobby and I found myself wanting to read it so I went home and purchased it online. I recommended it to my sister and she read it and was extremely impressed. I think this should be a MUST read for anyone thinking of starting a business and even some other businesses that should read how he got started and his philosophy on how to treat your employees.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Happily Retired on December 3, 2013
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This is the real inside story of the Hobby Lobby business. I particularly appreciated reading about David's business philosophy. It is refreshing to hear such honesty. I feel like I was allowed inside the family to see how this company actually runs. If a new start-up business utilized many of their methods and values, I would think they would have a much better than average chance of success.
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