HGTV's "Scoring the Deal" Star Jason Abrams Talks About His New Show and What's on His Reading List
"Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape," by Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer.
What's the premise?
Her uncle, David Miscavige, is the head of the Church of Scientology. So she was born into this group, and lived really high up in it in the most secret throes of the organization. And it's a story of what her life was life growing up in it, and why she left. What makes it interesting, is she was a member of the "Sea Org," which is like the most secret order of the Scientologists. And her mother and uncle are as high up as you can get, and they still are. It's really cool, I'm enjoying it.
What was the last book you read?
"Fatherhood for Dummies," or something like that. My wife is expecting in March.
What's next on your list?
"The One Thing." It's Gary Keller's (from Keller Wlliams)new book, and it's kind of a departure from his traditional books on real estate. This book has made me look at life a little bit. The concept is there's the "80/20 rule," and that rule is kind of incomplete. Really you can take the 20 percent of important things, and pare that down to 80/20, and pare that down to 80/20, and so on, and before you know it you have one activity that would make all other activities either easier or irrelevant to be done. So what is our one thing?
How do you pick your next books?
I'm a cover guy, I judge a book by its cover. I traveled 309 days last year, so I'm in an airport maybe three days a week coming and going. So I spend a lot of time in airport bookstores before flights.
What's your favorite way to read a good book?
Well first of all, I prefer paper over e-readers. I like to turn pages. I guess I really like reading on planes, because when I'm not on planes there's an awful lot of people pulling at me these days. It's nice to be in the air, where there's nothing going on except the clouds, and you can kind of tune out.
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