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Reviewed by Vincent F. A. Golphin

 for Readers' Favorite.Com

The subtitle of this 130-page nonfiction work is "a fun book about little things that make a big difference." Readers who approach the book with a hunger for "fun" or to learn the importance of the "little things" in mind, rather than rockets or science in any form, will not be disappointed. Rodney A Blaukat, whose day job is in sales, delivers everything promised. Rocket Science Made Easy is a series of brief essays or stories that poke readers' consciences to make them consider why they needlessly strive to make life complicated.

As the writer explains, story by story, written in the breezy style and length of a blog entry, most of us make life far more complex than is needed. Rodney's Hot Dog Stand, the author's online journal, is a great source for more reflections and insight. However, more than the blog, Rocket Science Made Easy is filled with tales that create an 'ah-hah' moment readers can make use of in everyday life. The stories also contain insights that will repair behaviors in businesses, churches and organizations.

The book's tone is not preachy, a plus in a work that offers advice. Blaukat is a professional trainer, speaker and salesman, yet the author also avoids making readers feel as if they are in the midst of a sales pitch or workshop. The well-paced prose and diction make for an almost flawless tool for motivation because those who love a good, quick read will be easily pulled into his stories. For example, in a chapter cleverly titled "Tripping Over Mouse Turds," he writes about a "how a small problem at work had turned into a big deal." 

How many times have you been in meetings and the conversation turns into a topic that somehow becomes the crisis of the century? We spend hours trying to figure out what picture to hang in the lobby while the receptionist doesn’t have a computer. We spend hours trying to figure out what color the baseball uniform should be while the team is still picking flowers in the outfield. Tripping over mouse turds has become a full time job for some people. I’ve come to find over the years that not everyone particularly likes the phrase. But “tripping over tiny pellets that come from the back end of a small rodent” doesn’t seem to have the same effect. But the end result (no pun intended) is still the same.

The best thing about Rocket Science Made Easy is that it powers beyond the average self-help book into entertainment. If readers do not crave the author's advice, they will find amusement in its 54 first-person narratives. Much like someone you meet at a party, the author slowly reveals himself through the text. The more he shares, the closer the reader will feel until the writer as main character and his advice are trusted. 

Give this book to any person who is very busy. Give it to someone who wants to run a more effective business or organization, even a club. A high school or college student might not let you see them read it, after all, they tend to know already what life is all about. Yet if one of them were to get past the first chapter, they too will be hooked. This is a book for anyone who has the patience to spend time with a story. They will come away all the better for the encounter.

Reviews from Amazon.Com

Rodney is a great story teller about everyday stuff that we make way too complicated! I read this book in 2 hours and completely loved it. Bought 10 more copies to give to my friends, colleagues and a few family members (especially the ones who can actually read! Sorry -- bad joke).

Almost every story related to my life in some way and made me think, laugh and question what's going on at work, at home and in this crazy world, in general. If you're interested in: knuckleheads, taking care of business, smelling a skunk, money, the power of "thank you," Rex the bus driver, why anyone would put pennies in a vending machine, and the wisdom of Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies, please grab a copy of ROCKET SCIENCE MADE EASY and enjoy! -- JenYaz


Blaukat uses his sharp wit with real stories that we can all relate to, reminding us that life doesn't have to be hard unless we make it that way. We complicate life and its situations so many times, make events and situations seem heavier than they are or have to be. I praise Blaukat for taking a moment to remind us all that we need to stop and realign our thoughts, actions and take a breath...think simply and live fully. And laugh. A lot. This is a great easy read with big messages - for those of us with busy lives that are complicated, this is a great book to read a chapter at a time and savor the words without losing the meaning or forgetting where we left off.
Thank you, Rodney Blaukat! Looking forward to Rocket Science II! -  M. Guccione

Somewhat intrigued by the title of this book, I ordered a copy from the author who is originally from my hometown Joplin, Missouri. The short vignettes were full of common sense notions with subtle bits of humor and wit thrown in. Rodney is obviously a people person who has never met a person he was not interested in and therefore could be described as the Will Rogers of Frisco, Texas. These days common sense seems downright uncommon and Rodney does a nice job of putting the focus back on "bringing back simple." - StarGazer

This book is full of great stories and life experiences that make you re-examine the way you view life and deal with life's problems. The chapters are quick and easy to read. It's a great book that not only makes it hard to put down, but also has you going back to previous chapters to re-read the great stories! It would definitely be a great gift for family and friends, young and old as it would be beneficial for anyone in your life! - Cox Family

This book is packed with good stories, compelling ideas, well-written, easy to understand principles, using life's everyday experiences and turning the complex into practical solutions. This book will help you, make you laugh , make you think, make your decisions a little easier for you. Buy one better yet buy 3 and give a couple to your friends or co-workers. - J.Boudreaux

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