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Book Review: Starting Over A Manifesto on Being Myself by Michael D. Perkins

Over the years, I’ve reviewed many books here on The Stretched Blog.  Today, I’m reviewing my first eBook.  Starting Over A Manifesto on Being Myself is a creative and challenging eBook by pastor and blogger, Michael D. Perkins.  In Starting Over, Perkins challenges bloggers (and other creative persons) to break free of the formulas that govern traditional blogging (and other forms of creativity).  Michael’s unique blogging style which usually appears on The Handwritten is taken to the next level in this handwritten work as he encourages readers to avoid copying others and to find ways to be ourselves.

From a personal perspective, I was challenged by every page of Starting Over.  My engineering personality thrives on formulas and routines.  So much of my blogging has been influenced by “big name” bloggers like Michael Hyatt, John Saddington, and Jon Acuff.  I think it’s okay to be influenced, but it’s important to find our uniqueness in our on original styles and forms.  Starting Over definitely STRETCHES me as I consider my Stretched Blog.

If you are a blogger, I definitely recommend downloading a copy of this FREE e-book.  You can pick up a copy by clicking here.  Let me know what you think!

How about you?  Who had influenced you as a blogger?  And how have you found your unique voice through your blog?  What do you need to change in order to become yourself?


January 9, 2012 - Posted by | blog spotlight, blogging, book review, Michael D. Perkins, Starting Over, stretch, thoughts


  1. I think we are influenced by every blog we read. For the good and bad. And sometimes for what to avoid. It has taken me the better part of a year to figure out what I really want to do….and I’m still figuring it out.

    Comment by LarryTheDeuce | January 9, 2012 | Reply

    • And I think that I’m relearning this daily – what I want to do and who I want to be.

      Comment by jonstolpe | January 9, 2012 | Reply

  2. Jon, thanks for the really kind words.

    Comment by Michael Perkins | January 9, 2012 | Reply

    • You’re welcome. Well deserved.

      Comment by jonstolpe | January 9, 2012 | Reply

  3. One of the first blogs that I read was Mark Batterson’s. He blog influenced me big time when I first started. I hope that I have a unique voice and that I’m not a knock off. My goal is to be authentic and you can’t be when you are trying to be someone else. I love Michael’s blog. Look forward to reading the book.

    Comment by robshep | January 9, 2012 | Reply

    • Batterson – I just finished reading The Circle Maker. What a great book.

      Batterson has been doing the blogging thing for a while. He’s definitely someone to look at from a leadership, creativity, and spiritual growth standpoint.

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with learning from others – as long as we can discover and use our own originality when creating.

      Comment by jonstolpe | January 9, 2012 | Reply

  4. Jon, thanks for the heads up on “Starting Over.” I look forward to reading it. In case you didn’t get the message over at my website, let’s email about guest blogging. I posted Chris Patton’s article today and look forward to sharing other bloggers like you with my readers. My email address:

    Like you, Michael Hyatt influenced my entry into the world of blogging.

    Comment by tnealtarver | January 9, 2012 | Reply

    • I just sent you an e-mail. Thanks for the comment.

      Comment by jonstolpe | January 9, 2012 | Reply

  5. […] going to allow two other bloggers to give their thoughts.  Here is Moe’s review.  Here is Jon’s (Stretched) post.  I would suggest you head over to Michael’s blog to find out […]

    Pingback by Cycleguy's Spin » Blog Archive SomeLove | Cycleguy's Spin | January 12, 2012 | Reply

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