Who Moved My Cheese?

February 25, 2006

Another great find at Half Price Books was Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson.  About 6 years ago, I had a friend who spoke of the relevance this book has to church life.  The young lady who said that was a new Christian herself, but she could see the wisdom of this book applied.

I recommend this book to anyone who has had unpleasant experiences with change.  To pastors who are confronted with inevitable change and anticipate resistance, this can be a helpful resource.

The bulk of the story has to do with an analogy of 4 characters and their response when their cheese is moved.  Two of these characters are mice, and two of them are little humans (such that they were the size of the mice).  They all live in a maze.  There is insight to be gained from the responses of each.  The hardback copy that I picked up (for $1, which is $19 off its retail) is 94 pages in length.  The margins are more than generous, and there are at least 15 full-page illustrations with one line of content.  The book could easily be compacted to 25 pages or less.  However, in spite of its brevity, the truth could have been portrayed with half the words.

Depending on your reading speed, I would guess most could digest this book in a one-hour sitting.  If you think the content might be relevant to you, I highly recommend it as a valuable resource.  I am sure you can find a copy at your local library instead of paying the inflated cover price at the local bookstore.

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