On several occasions and in different bookstores, I have come across How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill and now that it is in paperback I finally picked up a copy the other day. I thought it would make for a great break from some intense leadership and ministry related reading I have been doing of late.
I could not have been more pleased by how this book chronicling the life of 63 year old Michael Gates Gill rediscovering himself and re-building his life through working at Starbucks. I was moved in so many ways and found myself relearning and re-examining so many of life's truths through his life. Without giving away the story here are some of my take-away themes that I found in Michael's story.
- It is never to late to start all over again.
- We reap what we sow.
- Brokenness is the pathway to blessings.
- True significance in life is found in serving others and giving yourself away.
- It is not the job we have, but the quality of work that we do that matters most.
- There is dignity in hard work.
- What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul in the process.
- Be willing to learn from anybody --even those who are younger and seemingly less experienced.
- It is freeing not to care what others think.
- Worldly riches are fleeting.
- Relationships -- family and friends are truly what matters most.
- Community -- we all need it.
- Do not dismiss seemingly small interactions, they can have a powerful effect in other's lives.
- We have a lot to learn from those who are different from us.
I definitely hope you will be prodded to read this book.