Christopher P. N. Maselli

Author. Writer. Wordsmith.

(I like a good thesaurus.)

Free Amazon Kindle 3G, Courtesy American Airlines

Amazon Kindle

I’m as giddy as can be. A few days ago I received an email from American Airlines, notifying me that my AAdvantage miles were about to expire. I shrugged. I haven’t flown American for years (read: I just had three kids in a row). Plus, I had tried cashing out my airline miles before for a free ticket, seat upgrade, hotel discount, etc, but found it VERY frustrating. It seemed every option had so many strings attached that it was never worth it. Nonetheless, I went to their site to see if...

Ebooks, Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad Statistics

iPad vs Kindle vs Rock

Compiled these statistics about ebooks, reading, the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad the other day for a project and thought I’d share: Ebooks Ebook sales grew 177% last year. Source 53% of those who buy ebook readers state that they now read more books than they did before. Source 51% of e-reader owners increased their purchases of e-books in the past year. 9% of consumers increased their purchases of hardcover books in the past year. 2.6 Average...

Frank Viola and the New Roman Road

The Roman Road

Recently, I’ve been enjoying author Frank Viola’s blog posts, especially as he’s been engaging more and more with those who follow his writing on the Internet. If you’re not familiar with Frank (the author, not the baseball player), he’s the author of a series of some extremely thought-provoking and faith-stirring books including Pagan Christianity?, From Eternity to Here and others. Today, he posted an interesting article on The New Roman Road. As someone who...

Book Review: Your Money God’s Way by Amie Streater

Your Money God's Way

Your Money God’s Way by Amie Streater is a straight-forward treatise, written by the author to “change our thinking” about money. Her contention is that Christians especially have thought incorrectly about finances for way too long and it’s time to renew our minds with wisdom and what the Bible truly advocates. As a fan of Dave Ramsey and someone who thoroughly enjoys Robert Morris’ teaching, I was eager to read this book as they both strongly endorse it. Truthfully, I’ve read a LOT...

Rework by Fried and Hansson Review

Rework by Fried and Hansson

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, founders of 37signals, is a compelling read, challenging the “old” way of business. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and quick read, with one nugget of goodness after another that will provoke the way you operate as a writer, and as a business person. The other day I attended a meeting where the orchestrator stated they wanted a system of checks and balances in place so if something went wrong, it would be clear who caused the...

My Consumerist Nature

Kathryn and Legacy on So You Think You Can Dance

Recently, I was listening to an interview with George Barna, one of the foremost authorities on statistics today. He was speaking about the changing nature of the church and how we as a people have turned into consumers of everything, including church. In other words, church has become a place we go to “consume” a spiritual fix and then leave and continue on for the week. Of course, this isn’t at all what the Apostle Paul or the early apostles intended when writing their letters. Rather...

Engaging with Social Media

Social Media images

Here’s more concerning my “Social Media Manifesto.” In my last entry, I talked about Expanding with Social Media. Before that, it was Evolving with Social Media. Today, I’m going to speak to engaging with it. This is a bit of a departure from the other two, as many of these ideas speak to how a larger organization might engage in social media. But even an individual can put these principles to practice as she engages the world. Social Media Involves Responding Today’s customer service...