A while back, the folks over at YellowBrickRoad reached to us with an opportunity to review their new book, Actions Speak Loudest. During the past few weeks, in my spare time, I’ve had a chance to dive in and am pleased to say I’ve enjoyed the content and intent of the book.
It’s a simple yet inspirational piece urging us to contribute towards a more sustainable, equitable, responsible, peaceful, and moral future for our children and children’s children. With noteworthy contributions from former President Jimmy Carter, Joe Torre, Jeffrey Sachs, Queen Noor, Newt Gingrich, and others, the writing is authentic and action oriented.
Each contributor focuses on a specific topic ranging from peace to character to childhood obesity. They share personal stories and reflections to help us better understand and relate. An aspect I really enjoyed was that the book laid out prescriptive and simple tips, following each contribution, to help us take straightforward actions right now and contribute towards a brighter tomorrow.
A few quotes I enjoyed:
“All research points to the fact that the most important component in students’ educational experience is the quality of their classroom teacher” – Dave Eggers, Ninive Calegari & Daniel Moulthrop
“The annual number of high school dropouts- 1.2 million- is twice the size of the U.S. Army” – Richard W. Riley & Terry Peterson
“Having a dad, in short, is now a privilege, a ticket to middle-class status on par with getting into a good college” – Juan Williams
While the content wasn’t revolutionary, it was refreshing and thoughtful. If you’re looking for something to noodle on in your spare time, I’d definitely recommend it.