Book Review: Wisdom Meets Passion by Dan Miller and Jared Angaza

September 19, 2012 — 16 Comments

Yesterday the world ran on formulas – on all things black and white with tried-and-true wisdom. Today things run on dreams and are covered in gray and fueled by passion. But as it turns out, formulas don’t work well without feeling, and dreams don’t come true without dedication. Enter Wisdom Meets Passion, offering proof that when generations – and their beliefs – come together, something incredible can happen.

Wisdom Meets Passion

That’s the synopsis of Dan Miller and Jared Angaza’s new book Wisdom Meets Passion. It’s their combined effort to show the world that you can’t live your life with only wisdom or passion. You must combine both of them and live a life full of wisdom and passion.

My Expectations:

I’ve been a huge fan of Dan’s. His book 48 Days To The Work You Love helped me launch this blog and move forward in new and unexpected ways. My eyes were open to new avenues of revenue and work.

I knew Wisdom Meets Passion was going to be a different style of book. With Dan Miller writing a portion and his son Jared Angaza writing other portions, I looked forward to how these two different, but similar, men would share their insights on wisdom and passion.

I expected to enjoy the book immensely and devour the book in a few hours. Learning how to combine wisdom and passion to live a more fulfilled life.

My Feelings On Wisdom Meets Passion:

Unfortunately, my expectations were not met.

Lets hit the bad first:

I found the book too familiar. Partially due to the book being 90+% of recycled blog material.

It’s not that the reused material wasn’t good. The material was excellent. The book didn’t flow well for me in my reading. I felt like I was reading piecemeal items put together in an effort to create a book.

Now lets hit the good:

Dan Miller knows his stuff. He throws out wisdom like it’s candy on Halloween. There’s lots of insights into wisdom in the book.

Jared Angaza has a way with words that leave you wanting to read more. His style lends to his passion for Africa and a different kind of life.

Dan’s also a huge proponent of using quotes. Many of the quotes in the book are dead on and fit what he and Jared are writing about. Definitely a great collection of quotes.

Who Should Buy The Book

While this isn’t my favorite Dan Miller book, that doesn’t mean it’s not for you. If you haven’t read Dan’s blog, this may be the book for you.

It’s a great collection of posts from Dan’s blog. All gathered into one book.

You will find ways to combine your wisdom with passion to create a life you won’t regret.

If this sounds like something you would like, you can purchase the book at Amazon.

Question: How are you combing your wisdom with your passion? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • chris vonada

    Good review Joe! I am reading this one right now and didn’t have the previous exposure to Dan that you have. Consequently, it has been more meaningful to me. Jared definitely adds to this work!

    • Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Chris. Glad to hear you’re enjoying the book. What’s been your greatest takeaway from it?

  • kimanzi constable

    I appreciate the honest review here Joe. I’m picking up a copy of the book myself.

    • Joe Lalonde

      You’re welcome. I felt a little odd writing the review as I have great respect for what Dan has done. Unfortunately the book just didn’t do it for me. Hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think when you’re done.

  • Dan Black

    Sounds like a great book. I have it and plan on reading it soon. I have not read much of his blog and look forward to reading his stuff. 

    • Joe Lalonde

       It was a good book Dan. Hope you enjoy it. Dan’s full of wisdom and passion. Catch it and run with it

  • Michael Good


    Just registered with Book Sneeze and requested this book. Looking forward to reading it myself. Thanks for the review. 

    • Dan Black

       BookSneeze is great! I hope you enjoy the book.

      • Michael Good

        Thanks, Dan. You’ve gotten books from them then?

    • Joe Lalonde

       You’ll enjoy it Michael. Book Sneeze has a plethora of great books to choose from and they add and change every month. I hope you’ll enjoy the book!

      • Michael Good

        Yeah, looks like they have a nice selection. Next I’d like to get Andy Andrews’ “The Final Summit.” Have you read that one?

        • Joe Lalonde

           I haven’t read The Final Summit yet. Didn’t even notice it in the selection. I’ll have to check it out and request it.

          • Michael Good

            What about The Traveler’s Gift? One of my favorites!

            • Joe Lalonde

              I’m on my first read through of The Traveler’s Gift. To be followed by Mastering The Seven Decisions.

              So far I’ve really enjoyed The Traveler’s Gift. Fun story with everlasting truth mixed in. You’ll be seeing a couple, maybe seven, blog posts over the next few months about it. 

              • Michael Good

                Seven… interesting number choice. :)

                • Joe Lalonde

                  I know, right? Now why would I choose seven?