My Read of the Month:

Title: A Gift from a Friend
Author: Merry Riana
Published: 2006
Genre: Entrepreneurship/Self-improvement
Ratings: 3.0 out of 5 stars

Merry Riana is a 30-year old Indonesian entrepreneur, best-selling author and motivational speaker residing in Singapore.

At the age of 26 years old, 4 years after her graduation, Merry became a millionaire through her financial services business. And has since clinched countless awards and accolades.

In her book, Merry shares with readers her entrepreneurial journey and how it all begun. But more than just a rags-to-riches story to impress, this book provokes one to live beyond the widely-accepted and usual route of living a life of a 9-to-5 employee.

Merry weaves in a couple of key principles she practises that has produced success for her and shares them to her readers.

For instance, she encourages readers to pursue a dream or goal in the name of love. For her, she did it in order to give her family a better life. And her stand on integrity and exercising gratitude in life.

She also explains on the power of association which states how we become like those we spend the most time with. And she encourages her readers to have as many friends as possible but to choose their peers carefully. For our key associations have great influence over our lives.  

Overall, her book is easy-to-read and down-to-earth which inspires and challenges one to consider living life more dangerously in order to achieve personal goals and financial freedom.

But as easy-to-read as it is, the lessons of this book might be easily forgotten due to its presentation of contents which borders on being messy. Nonetheless, this book is for everyone and makes a good introduction to the journey of entrepreneurship!

Who should read it: For aspiring entrepreneurs.

My Read of the Month:

Title: Entrepreneurial Faith: Launching Bold Initiatives to Expand God’s Kingdom
Walt Kallestad & Kirbyjon Caldwell with Paul Sorensen
Published: 2007
Genre: Business/Entrepreneurship/Leadership
Ratings: 3.7 out of 5 stars

Caldwell and Kallestad bring considerable credibility to this subject of entrepreneurial faith with their personal experiences and achievements in birthing businesses outside their churches to serve their communities.

Both authors agree that today’s role of the Church has become too narrowly defined and lived out that churches have lost touch with their communities.

According to them, most churches merely focus on organisational maintenance that is targeted at meeting the needs of their congregation. But none or little is prioritised to those people outside the church.

With the objective to transcend the status quo in ministry and to encourage kingdom-minded entrepreneurship, this book serves as an excellent manual for budding entrepreneurs who see themselves as missionaries or “tent-makers” in their community.  

To them, true entrepreneurs are change agents that are not primarily in pursuit of money, but using his or her skills and expertise and knowledge and passion to make life better for others.

These group of people embody what they defined as entrepreneurial faith, one that launches the love and power of God out from the four walls of the church; taking the gospel out of the church and to the people.

Albeit this book covers a good range of topics and provides practical advice on being an entrepreneur, but it does not present any new revelation about entrepreneurship or faith. More theological depth for support would be an improvement to this book.

Who should read it: For budding social entrepreneurs and church leaders. 

My Doodling:

If you’re an inspiring social entrepreneur and have plans to create money to give money, here’s an event not to be missed. The Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) is organising Entrepreneurs Meet Social Entrepreneurs on 19 May 2010 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Today’s the last day to register so act quickly!