Book notes: Life Matters

Title Life Matters
Authors A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill

I totally, totally, totally like this book. It’s just _packed_ with
gems. A few pages into the book, I realized I had another must-read in
my hands. This book talks about balancing work, family, time, and
money, and it’s full of very real and warm stories. Don’t be
intimidated by its size. It’s really fun and easy to read!

Let me give you an example of how deep and wonderful this book is. In
the section on work, you won’t find tips on how to cut corners on the
job so that you can spend more time with your family. You won’t find
wheeling-and-dealing tips to help you get ahead. You will, however,
find them not only quoting Kahlil Gibran’s “Work is love made
visible,” but infusing every page with that creed. You’ll hear about
how involving your children in work can help give them an appreciation
of the joy and dignity of work. You’ll learn how to make the most of
your time, and how to stay energized and loving after a long work day.
This is Really Good Stuff.

What I really like about this book is that Rebecca’s stories show the
value of homemaking and how you can learn important lessons from that
underappreciated kind of work. I rarely find women’s insights in
productivity books unless the books are oriented toward women.
Rebecca’s stories about her family and her society, her writing and
her life were given just as much importance as Robert’s stories about
business.

There’s even an audio CD version for all of you podcast- and
CD-listening people out there. Get this book. It’s good. In fact, I
want to buy several copies of this to give to friends. It’s _really_ good.