Book Review: The Real Madrid Way

The Real Madrid Way

The Real Madrid Way: How Values Created the Most Successful Sports Team on the Planet by Steven G. Mandis (Dallas: BenBella Books, 2016. 344 pp) Steven G. Mandis is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and chairman and senior partner of Kalamata Capital. He earned his AB from the University of Chicago and his MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University. Thinking about My Life’s Work A life’s work. The phrase means less than it used to mean. For most people. A life’s work will be a series of stops, likely at companies with high variance of deliverables. The daily tasks of the worker may be the same but the overarching goals or the building of something bigger than… Read More →

Book Review: Red or Dead

Red or Dead by David Peace

Red or Dead: A Novel by David Peace (Brooklyn: Melville House Publishing, 2014. 736 pp) David Peace is an English writer best known for his Red Riding Quartet and The Damned Utd. In 2003, Peace was named one of the Best Young British Novelists by Granta. According to the Scriptures The Gospels represent a fascinating literary genre. As Luke mentions, they are written so that we might have certainty. This statement separates the Gospels from straight non-fiction, where historical fact takes on a level of scientific exactitude. But the narrative removes itself from fiction, where the crux of story pushes the reader into far-off places where truth functions as a non-entity. The Gospels are different. They approach history from a… Read More →

Book Review: Elders

Elders by Ryan McIlvain

Elders: A Novel by Ryan McIlvain (London: Hogarth, 2013.  304 pp) Ryan McIlvain was born in Utah and raised in Massachusetts. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including the Paris Review. A graduate of the Rutgers MFA program and a recipient of the Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, he currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles. Shotgun Gospel Even though I’ve grown up in the Christian faith and continue to hold to the basic tenets of its tradition, I’ve always felt a little uneasy about the Evangelical push toward proselytizing. There’s a sense in which your work holds value only as much as you are able to convert others to the faith. The gospel mandate to share… Read More →