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Book Review: Every Tool’s a Hammer

I went into this one thinking it was an autobiography. Adam shares some stories, but it is more of a makers manifesto. I’m sort of a creative book junkie. I choose books about creative pursuits and the artist’s methods because I am always looking for guidance in those areas in my own writing.

My biggest takeaway from this book is how many people are “makers” even though they would never self identify that way. Maybe you work in software development- you are a maker- you make software. Adam tells us how he plans his projects, the sketches and checklists. He has the option of calling up famous dudes and asking advice, but we regular folks can use the internet in that same way.

If you’ve watched Adam on Mythbusters you can hear his voice through his words and his optimism that you the reader can make things shines through the pages. He really gives you that kick in the pants (permission?) to tackle that creative thing that you keep putting off because you aren’t sure how or if you should try.

Originally, I borrowed this from the library but am buying a copy for our home so that I can pass it around and model our own maker space after reading how Adam sets his up.

By Jenny Naughton

JENNY NAUGHTON and her husband share their 1930's era Chicago home with four sons and a daughter. A voracious reader, Jen reviews books before their release for dozens of publishers on her page: Windy City Reader. Jen also blogs (on WordPress!) about classical, mostly secular, home education at Good Enough Homeschool.
In her spare time, she runs an online book club for teens and helps other home educating family match their kids with the perfect book for them.
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