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The Little Red Book of Wisdom Hardcover – June 14, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Revised edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595553541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553546
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the founder and president of The DeMoss Group, a public relations firm devoted to serving Christian organizations and causes, DeMoss believes wisdom is simple, plentiful and in no way reserved for the elite or highly educated. However, it doesn't hurt to have a Judeo-Christian perspective on the world; for DeMoss, "God is the source of all wisdom," and the lessons contained herein come from the Bible (especially Proverbs), public figures like evangelist Billy Graham and golfer John Daly, regular Joes and DeMoss's own experience. Eschewing a simplified approach to advice-giving, DeMoss uses narratives to convey his lessons, insisting that "We're not talking about New Year's resolutions here; we're talking about every person's option, sooner or later, to live deliberately." Though it will appeal largely to a religious audience, DeMoss's arguments debunking commonly accepted falsehoods-like the myth of the "self-made millionaire" and the limitless promise of technology-are definitely timely, and his common sense approach to chapters like "The Power of Understatement" and "Work Less, Think More" has universal appeal.
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About the Author

Mark DeMoss is president of The DeMoss Group, a public relations firm he founded in 1991 to serve Christian organizations and causes. A number of the largest non-profit organizations in America are counted among The DeMoss Groups' clients. Mark has spent his life around wise people and has worked closely with some of the most prominent religious leaders of the past several decades. Mark and his wife April live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their three teenagers.

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Best book for some practical wisdom in every day life.
Ehodge
The Little Red Book of Wisdom is one of those books that after you read it, you'll say "I think I knew all of this already", but it was good to be reminded of it.
R. Coley
The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss, is a book about good common sense and wisdom in both the professional and personal areas of our lives.
Laurel Santiago

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brian Horn on May 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read 2-3 chapters every morning while sitting on my patio w/ the dogs. Each morning I walked away w/ something positive.

Much of the advice reminded my of lessons my father taught me while growing up that I didn't really listen to. I'm glad I had the chance to hear it again while my dad is still around, so I could thank him for it.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John Zxerce on March 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I expected this book to be focused on business-related principles. I thought that because I found it in the business section of my local bookstore. However, there is a mixture of wisdom between pratical, professional, inter-personal and spiritual. With that said, the emphasis is spiritual.

Additionally, I thought the book was going to contain shorter tidbits of wisdom. You know, kind of punchy pieces to ponder. Instead the book includes mostly personal stories from the author's own life, and as a result it ends up being biographical and anecdotal.

I liked the chapter titled 'Buy some stamps' - Reclaiming the lost art of letter writing.' However, instead of focusing on why letters don't get written much anymore and how meaningful they can be, I wish the chapter gave more pratical advice for what makes a memorable letter and how to proceed in writing one.

Here are some of the other chapters I liked...

1. A Matter of Death and Life - Life is brief
2. Stay Under the Umbrella - Keeping your focus in life
4. The Amazing Power of Understatement - Under-promise, over-deliver
5. Work Less, Think More - Good thinking requires some effort
9. Good People Are Everything; Money Isn't - Building a winning corporate culture
16. A Proverb a Day - Wisdom for every aspect of your life in one short book
18. Shut Up and Listen - Learning to listen more than you speak
20. Anticipate Deathbed Regrets - Take steps now to avoid regrets later in life
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Coley on March 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Little Red Book of Wisdom is one of those books that after you read it, you'll say "I think I knew all of this already", but it was good to be reminded of it. The book provided a lot of interesting stories that a lot of people might find surprising. Every chapter has good insight in it and it's something that many people can learn from. His practice of reading a proverb a day is a habit I am trying to form myself. It's a really good book that I recommend to everyone to remind themselves of life's curveballs and routes that should be taken.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Page Wiedeman on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Little Red Book of Wisdom is a wonderfully written motivational book which balances personal experience with scripturally based truths. It also includes tremendous insights into how to run a business. Anyone who reads this book will want to work for Mark DeMoss! It provokes a wide range of emotions within the reader. I laughed out loud with some stories, while others brought tears to my eyes! If you have read Andy Stanley's book, The Best Question Ever, then you will love this book as a great follow up!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Syd Vaughn on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Little Red Book of Wisdom is a great book to keep by your bed and read one of the short chapters before turning in for the night. It will definitely inspire you and provide you with food for thought during the next day.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lily MacLiam on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Little Red Book of Wisdom provides a BIG helping of practical advice for life at home and at work. Well written and easy to read, the book will almost certainly challenge your thinking and instigate at least one new positive habit (mine are writing more letters and thinking more before I start working). If you are looking for a graduation gift, a First Communion gift, a confirmation gift, or just a "hey, you're my friend and I care about you" gift, you can do no better than Mark DeMoss' "Little Red Book of Wisdom."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Centore Ph.D. on July 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was visiting a Christian organization a few miles outside of Atlanta, and people would not stop talking to me about the book I was carrying. Or rather, about the man whose name was stamped on the book. "Am I the only person who hasn't heard of Mark DeMoss?" I asked, as one pastor began to comment. He laughed, "Mark lives five miles from here." "Oh...of course he does."

I was on the home turf of The DeMoss Group, and to my surprise everyone who knew Mark DeMoss spoke well of him, as a person and a professional. This was a minor consolation to my concerns.

To write a book on business or self-help is one thing; and to write a book of wisdom is another. Wisdom trumps truth: what we know about philosophy, science, etc. It is the very best of these things, being the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. So to sell something and call it wisdom is a bold gesture.

He had a positive introduction from the neighbors, but as I reread the title I thought again, "This better be good."

Wisdom is Knowledge.

Splitting it down the middle, the first half of DeMoss's book is wisdom for "professional life". It reviews the principles that guided The DeMoss Group (a public relations firm) to professional success. If you are a connoisseur of business books you will recognize some of the early points. For example, "stay under the umbrella" (Chapter 2) is nearly identical to Jim Collins' hedgehog concept in Good to Great. Other pieces of wisdom include: adversity leads to strength (Chapter 3), spend time thinking, not acting (Chapter 5), and write letters by hand (Chapter 6). Each chapter has one major take-home point, which is always backed up by an artfully told story.

Wisdom is Experience.
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