#EmptyShelf 2016 #24: Everything Bad is Good For You by @stevenbjohnson (Penguin, 2006)

So, this book has been on my shelf for “quite a while” – originally written in 2005, it’s a fascinating look at the debates surrounding popular culture before Facebook really became ‘a thing’ – and it chimes with a whole load of stuff I’ve said in Raising Children in a Digital Age, particularly the notion of judging popular culture against elite culture of the past, rather than judging it on its own merits! Similarly, Beyond Chocolate, an Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #23: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury, 2015)

Mentioning to a friend that I have always enjoyed dystopian/utopian (futurist) fiction (it always seemed to be a staple of my teenage reading, and more recently, books such as The Hunger Games, and TV series such as Black Mirror and Mr Robot), having just re-read the Divergent trilogy, he suggested I should try (and lent me) The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. In brief, Charmaine and Stan, who had been happily employed, mortgaged, and planning for kids, victims Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #22: Saving Bletchley Park by @Dr_Black with @stevyncolgan (Unbound, 2015)

Over the last few weeks I’ve watched the whole of 24 (208 episodes in total I believe), but today decided I was ready for reading a bit of paper! I’ve had Sue Black’s Saving Bletchley Park since Christmas in an e-book, and the hard copy turned up not long after … and I had promised myself that on this two weeks of annual leave (no work emails, no CPD, mostly sleep) I would read the Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #21: Allegiant (Harper Collins, 2015)

Last year, I read all three in the Divergent novels in one go. Teenage fiction is always fascinating, as it usually has a strong moral tone to it, and I’ve always enjoyed reading utopian and dystopian future books – especially ones where the things that we don’t even think about are encountered for the first time and have to be explained! Over the past weekend, I’ve watched the two films that are available on Amazon Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #19: @SarahBessey: Jesus Feminist: God’s radical notion that women are people too (DLT, 2013) #IWD2016

Last Saturday I was on the train to/from ‘Gathering of Women Leaders‘ (GWL), which looks at the barriers to women in leadership positions, and the difference that we can each make… so Sarah Bessey’s Jesus Feminist appeared to be an appropriate book to read each way – and of course today is International Women’s Day, so…! On pp12-13 Sarah looks at what the notion of ‘feminism’ means, especially highlighting the mix of Christianity and feminism, and Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #18: @BreneBrown: Daring Greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead (Penguin, 2012)

One of my observations from time spent with BigBible was that humour and vulnerability are the core posts that are read/shared, whilst I always know that the sermons and teaching that I hear that come from a place of vulnerability are the ones that I connect with as I hear others sharing from a place of struggle. Over the past couple of years I’ve heard the name Brené Brown (including I think via Greenbelt), so this year Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #17: Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media and Blogs (Wiley, 2010)

Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah (Wiley, 2010 – with a newer version from 2014), cofounders of Hubspot. Foreword The foreword is (again) written by David Meerman Scott, author of The New Rules of Marketing & PR, in which he describe us a ‘living in a revolution in the way people communicate’ (something that anyone who’s been on Medialit with me will know I would put a question mark after revolution!) We start at Google or another Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #16: Content Rules: How to create killer blogs, podcasts, videos, ebooks, webinars (and more) that engage customers, and ignite your business. (Wiley, 2012)

Ann Handley & C.C.Chapman, Wiley, 2012 Foreword The foreword is written by David Meerman Scott, author of The New Rules of Marketing & PR, who highlights that ‘marketing is about publishing great content’, but so often the focus is on the design, and the content is an afterthought. This book is designed to help organisations ‘tell great stories’ to engage their customers – past, present and future. Sadly, he feels, most marketing produced these days Continue Reading →