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Holiday Prose

To commemorate the end of 2018 and the holiday season, the Creed team put together a list of recommendations for some of our very favorite books, periodicals, and podcasts. To bring this literary lineup to life, we ventured to the historic James J Hill House for a glamorous photoshoot. Enjoy!

Dean Recommends…

Book: Designing Your Life

By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

“Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve. Design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling.”

Jana Recommends…

Book: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

By Malcolm Gladwell

“This book is an exploration into what science knows about our subconscious thoughts and how they influence our perception of reality without us realizing their effect.”

Leo Recommends…

Podcast: Up and Vanished

“I’m a sucker for true crime. This is a really well done podcast in the middle of its second season.”

Andrea Recommends…

Book: Finding Ultra

By Rich Roll

“This book inspires me to be active and eat better. It even inspired me to start running races again!”

Jonathan Recommends…

Book: Forged in Crisis

By Nancy Koen

“Drawing comparisons and contrasting the crisis that 5 great historical leaders had to navigate.”

Stacy Recommends…

Book: Love Does

By Bob Goff

“Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible too.”

Tony Recommends…

Book: Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living

By Nick Offerman

“Funny Book! Plus, a great book to remind us why being creative and building things from wood projects to websites is so important.”

Jayna Recommends…

Podcast: 99% Invisible

“A fascinating series about the stories of the things around us, from state flags to space junk, delving into their origins and evolutions through a design-thinking approach.”

Clark Recommends…

Magazine: SD Times (Software Development Times)

“Although, this magazine doesn’t focus specifically on code, it does cover industry trends really well and at times leans towards the cutting edge of technology.”

Janelle Recommends…

Book: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

by Mitch Albom

“Uniquely told novel that combines a fictional story interweaved with the historical 20th century music world”.

Joe Recommends…

Podcast: Coding Blocks

“Love these podcasts. The site does a great job to kep casts up to date and current. The podcasts are not the only thing I utilize they do a great job covering tips and tricks, video training, and other helpful articles to read through.”

Angeliki Recommends…

Magazine: Make Magazine

“Shows how-to steps for making neat innovations – both old and new”.

AJ Recommends…

Book: Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders

“Maybe the most unapologetically original (and experimental) novel I’ve ever read. Within a few pages, you’ll either fall in love with it or want to throw your copy at whoever recommended it to you.”

Marcia Recommends…

Book: Ask It

By Andy Stanley

“In this book, you’ll learn the one question that will help you make decisions with confidence and clarity. Great writing style and very helpful!”


Bill Recommends…

Book: All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

“A unique and fictional story set during WWII. The beautifully written narrative is what makes this my favorite book of ever.”

Jessica Recommends…

Book: Home Body

By Joanna Gaines

“It’s an amazing collection of advice, tips and tricks to decorate your home and make it truly a place you love to be.”

Renata Recommends…

Book: Flying at Night

By Ted Kooser

“Kooser is flawlessly accessible, even to the non-poetry lover and effortlessly magnifies everyday happenings into works of art.”

Grant Recommends…

Podcast: Revisionist History

“I love challenging assumptions and asking, “What if?” Malcolm Gladwell does a great job, as he has in books, of asking sometimes fun, sometimes serious questions of if we got it right the first time.”


Al Recommends…

Book: Heaven

By Randy Alcorn

“My mother recently passed away, and I’ve been thinking about all that she is experiencing in the incredible place that God has prepared for those who love Him. An encouraging and hope-filled read.”

We hope you find something that strikes your fancy. We always welcome further conversation about what you think, or if you have any favorites. Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2019!