• Uncommon Threads

    Weaving a Life Through Family, Business and Faith

    by John Wieland

    Illustrated by Jim Boerkel

    Perfection is not a precondition for success. Uncommon Threads is the candid story of an unlikely (and imperfect) business leader who wove together the threads of faith, family, and vocation to find his saving grace—and who now encourages you to do the same.

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About the Book

How exactly did an average Joe turn a bankrupt company into a 30-branch business that earns over $300 million in revenue and gives 10 percent of its profits to ministries across the world? Wieland has asked himself that question hundreds of times—and in the end, he wrote a book to figure it out.

His conclusion? Success is an intricate and beautiful tapestry woven from the uncommon threads of business, family, and faith.

Unlike many books that discuss faith, Wieland never preaches perfection. In fact, it’s his honesty about his own struggles — between worship and human instinct, between sacrifice and indulgence, between sharing his love of God with others and appreciating people right where they are — that makes Uncommon Thread so unique. Wieland uses the lens of his own life to examine important topics such as hypocrisy, racism, parenting, and religion. He even tackles what happens when you take someone into your home only to later find out that he shot a lady in the head and left her for dead.

His is the story of a life well spent. Uncommon Threads offers both self-deprecating stories of his foibles and failures as well as inspirational tales of luck and leadership—a gripping combination that makes this book a must-read.

Praise

Jolene Rocke

5.0 out of 5 stars

Good Read
Uncommon Threads is easy and entertaining read, yet a real and sometimes raw look into the life of an ever-learning leader. John shows how the threads of faith, family and business can weave of tapestry of significance and impact that go far beyond a successful career. The section on MH Equipment’s values and how they are used as practical, decision-driving, guardrails verses wall hanging platitudes is more than worth the price of admission. In the introduction Wieland wrestles through the advice he was given to “begin with the end in mind”. I would say he accomplished that – not so much from showing how faith, family and business should not be compartmentalized but by ending with the acknowledgement and celebration of GRACE. The amazing grace of a God who loves us, despite us, because of Jesus. John’s threads of life are woven together by the master weaver and His grace and that makes for a great read.

Gillis

5.0 out of 5 stars

This book has it all...
It is funny, sad, powerful and most of all...honest...brutally honest at times...and I find that refreshing. This book talks about how all of the "threads" in his life come together and takes you on a journey through his upbringing, his family life, his life as an employee and as a CEO of a large company, his business philosophy (must read) and his faith, and how it impacted the rest of the parts of his life. After I read this, it made me think of all the "threads" I have in my life and how they have woven me into the person that I am! Great read for entertainment (did I mention it was fun, sad and funny), business people (learn from mistakes and understand about how you can be a CEO and still keep to who you are and your morals) and for the faithful and Christian (interwoven throughout the whole book).

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars

If you want to read a good book on leadership that is truly enjoyable, this is your book
I have had the privilege of being a leader in several organizations. For that reason, I have benefited from reading many books on the topic of leadership. This book stands out from most of those books I have read in several regards all of which will probably explain my 5 star review of this work. First, most leaders who write these books aren't very transparent. This writer is. He spills a lot of ink digging into mistakes he has made the reasons he made them and I found this very refreshing and helpful as I continue to try to grow as a leader. Secondly, I felt that the writer did a great job of mixing narrative with very clarified and elucidated points of leadership principles. The narrative (mostly about his life) made the book enjoyable and reinforced the principles he promotes to leaders. Thirdly, this writer does the same thing that Edwin Friedman does in failure of Nerve, he writes a book for leaders but as you read, you realize that dads, moms, coaches, and teachers would all fit into his definition of a leader and the principles could all be applied at that level. AS a matter of fact, the first third of the book is about family life. Lastly, from the jump this writer explains that the problem most leaders of faith have is an over-compartmentalizing of their faith. In other words, his thesis is they have their faith, then their family, and then their business. He does a good job of explaining and defending the thesis that you compartmentalize these to your own detriment. This was probably the most important piece for me. The writer had so many life illustrations of how he brought these different aspects of his life together. I want to follow this more closely with my home, work, and faith.

Chris Long

5.0 out of 5 stars

All Encompassing - for Business Owners, Parents, Students, etc.
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wieland has written a book that shows us how men and women of faith can live in, work, and succeed with grace, love, and obedience to our Creator. For me, Uncommon Threads is a journey through real life, one that maintains its focus on God. As a business owner I appreciate, not only John's advice, but his transparency in the real struggles we all face, including him. This is a must read for any business owner or parent, regardless of faith or worldview.

Greg Grindinger

5.0 out of 5 stars

Best book I have read on this topic
This is the most enjoyable and helpful book I have read on the intersection of faith, family, and business. I was surprised to find myself laughing out loud and even crying during some of the moving stories from the author's life. His transparency is inspiring as he shares successes and failures. And I learned a lot about establishing a values-based business. It is a gripping read. I applaud the author for this enormously helpful book that has been born out of his love for Christ, his family, his friends, his employees, his customers, and the readers of his book! And the illustrations by Jim Boerckel are outstanding and add a lot to the enjoyment of the book. Well done!

Rick L.

5.0 out of 5 stars

“A FAITH FOR ALL SEASONS “!!
The courage to admit that as a young man, he was less than wonderful, is admirable to say the least. To show how his faith led him step by step to become the loving family man, and successful business leader, is a life pattern that must be recorded. How could he not become the likable, generous, and decidedly unkempt John Wieland we know and love.

Martin Johnson

5.0 out of 5 stars

Encouraging Christian Read!
Uncommon Threads kept me turning the pages, one page after the next. In the book, John shares and unpacks the lessons that are really important to us in life as we all aspire to move from a place of obscurity to the place of success. It will make you laugh at times and then also challenge you in becoming the best you! I loved the 7 Principles in Chapter 12, Leading Leaders. I would highly recommend this book to those who are trying to find the balance in their families, finance and faith life. Great practical life lessons grounded in biblical principles.

Guy Henry

5.0 out of 5 stars

Uncommon Threads is a refreshing uncommon read
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommon Threads is a refreshing uncommon read John shows how faith, family, and business can weave together that goes beyond a career or ministry. Uncommon threads has a clear and transparent look at how all aspects of our life can be threaded together to paint a picture of the whole person; something I think the church has not done a good job doing. The straightforward and yet funny, direct yet entertaining writing style is unique and refreshing. I honestly don't think I have ever seen such a unique writing style. This is a must-read for anyone desiring to see how life, family, business, and ministry are all connected.

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars

Real Life Lessons!
When I read “Uncommon Threads: Weaving a Life Through Family, Business and Faith,” I had no idea how much I would be inspired. I devoured John’s book and will reflect back upon it for the rest of my life. The stories he shares about his family, business, leadership, faith, community, kindness and humility will touch your very soul. At times raw and at times humorous, the way in which John professes his faith and imparts life’s lessons will motivate you to be a better human being. I am grateful to John for his willingness to openly share his experiences with others.

Jimmy

5.0 out of 5 stars

Profound Christian Insight and Advice
I'm not a big reader by any means and I have a hard time finding books that I do like. Even if I find a book I like, I don't always get around to finishing it. But I loved this book! It teaches the responsibility of a man (and a women also) to their own life and for their family, business, and wider community. A great witness to the challenges in our lives and world. Thank you for the great insight and the life lessons. Clever, relatable, a must-read for any Christian or seeker of the Truth!

Howard's

5.0 out of 5 stars

Entertaining, but much more!
Normi's review: John’s purpose is to share his life experience approach to business, faith, and family. He succeeded by sharing his faith, faults, and triumphs and how God’s grace and mercy keep him going. He truly accomplished his goal and I enjoyed reading his journey. It is very inspiring and real. Frank's review: Rarely does a person let us know his inner most thoughts, those raw, unadulterated truths that drive one’s life. Wieland has done so in an often humorous, but always pointed way to encourage and drive our behaviors in family, business, and faith to a higher standard.

GAR

5.0 out of 5 stars

A story of a life well lived!
“John Wieland has written a captivating, inspiring, and easy to read story that brings to life his journey of faith, family and success as a businessman. Uncommon Threads may be John’s story, but his life experiences are common and relatable to everyone. Read it, you will not be disappointed!” ~ Gail Reynolds

Laura Watkins

5.0 out of 5 stars

Page Turner
The authors candidness separates this book from many others like it. At every turn John is honest about his short comings and failures. Not only is it easy to relate with John, but his humility makes it all the more easier to listen to and receive the wisdom that he has learned throughout his life. It is a book that will make you laugh, cry, and think deeply. Although imperfect, John is an exemplar of a Christian businessmen who put Christ at the center of everything.

William J.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Proof that work life, home life and belief systems are all interconnected
A most enjoyable read that left me with desires to love more deeply, laugh more readily and care more about others while not taking myself so seriously. Uncommon Threads is not a “How To” become a better Business Person / Workplace Person, Parent, Spouse, or Person of Faith etc. However, this book does delivers proof that our faith and world view, our work life and our home life are all interconnected and best function as one. It’s difficult to imagine anyone who wouldn’t benefit from reading this book.

JB

5.0 out of 5 stars

You’re Not Alone!
Absolutely amazing. You go through life fighting and things get hard…. Really hard. You look to your family and faith to carry you through. You sometimes look at those around you with judgment of their success. This leads you to think that those of success don’t understand hardship, failure, or even worse Indiscretions. Not only does this book make you focus back on what matters, but it will make you believe you are not alone. It will leave you wanting to hear more.

RK

5.0 out of 5 stars

Family, Faith and Business can work together.
What an enjoyable read. This book shows how Family, Faith and Business can all work together. The Author is brutally honest about his struggles, downfalls, and successes. Every page has a beneficial tip; what to do, what not do, what worked, and what didn't work. It is a good mix of both humor and seriousness. If you want to follow an average guy on a very successful walk, this is the book for you.

Kevin

5.0 out of 5 stars

An awesome foundation for a very successful life!
This book exemplifies how a strong family life growing up can help overcome many challenges in life. A very realistic look at the challenges of transitioning from a desk job to buying a struggling company and making it very successful by relying on your faith, close friends and family.

Scott A Hennie

5.0 out of 5 stars

Real stories to apply to living as a Christian Businessman
Uncommon Threads was an entertaining, educational and moving read. John used real-life stories as a man of faith and how he has applied these stories to his everyday life. Through his stories, John shows that we are all broken, but we can overcome our conflicts through balanced Christian living. This is a great book for Christian businessmen and for Christian men in general. The illustrations are great too!

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars

I LOVED this book
I truly enjoyed reading the thoughts of a blue-collar CEO who loves Jesus, loves his family and makes plenty of mistakes! He addresses complicated topics and lives by simple repeatable Christian-based principles. This is a great book for Christian leaders. I laughed. I cried. It moved me. I plan to ask my staff team to read & discuss this. Sign me up for John Wieland‘s next book!

Sam Dunlap

5.0 out of 5 stars

Weaving business and life effectively
John Wieland tells a very intriguing story that “weaves” business insights with life and faith. His business story tells how a nearly bankrupt company became financially successful, thriving today in spite of the 2008 global financial crisis and 2020 pandemic. Wieland also includes a treasure trove of personal insights for business and life.

Kindle Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars

Good Read
This book is written with authenticity and a genuineness that is refreshing. John captures defining moments from his past that help to explain his present commitments and beliefs for the future. He shares personal mistakes and successes in a way that is very relatable for the reader, and offers perspective on living a real Christian faith. Highly recommend this book!

Mrs Champion

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great book for balanced Christian living!
I love that in this book it doesn’t tell stories of a perfect man, but one of a humble Christian striving to do his best. There are many powerful lessons and inspiring moments throughout this book.

Ronald

5.0 out of 5 stars

Integrated Faith
A great example of how Christians can and should integrate their faith into their work, even with their flaws and mistakes. It's an easy read. It's like you are seated across the kitchen table as John tells you about his faith journey. If you are in business or not, you will be blessed with John's story and lessons learned.

Greg B.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great Read!
In a confusing world, John Wieland does a wonderful job of weaving stories of work, family and faith to give the reader permission to dream, take risks, love and even fail. As a Christian, John knows that as our individual lives are unique, it’s the “Uncommon Threads” that bind us together as people. Great read!

MZ

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great book with a great message!
John nailed it in this book in figuring out how to comingle family, business, & faith while navigating through life. John's story will not only inspire and challenge all of us in the way we approach relationships with family and business partners. A great read with a great perspective on life.

Doug

5.0 out of 5 stars

Honest and Genuine
A factual account of the life of a Christian without holding back embarrassing details. This book details the focus on devotion to family and business while putting Christ as the center of both. I recommend this book to anyone searching for guidance and wisdom in their walk through life.

Steven Rudolph

5.0 out of 5 stars

An Enjoyable Read for Those of All Faiths
Wieland’s path to success should inspire hope in many. His take on business, social and spiritual issues is insightful and refreshing. It will be hard for any reader to not find at least a few words of wisdom they can use in their everyday life.

alions

5.0 out of 5 stars

Uncommon Thread: A story of an ordinary person and consequences of decisions - good or bad.
John openly shares his faith and family life with his readers. It is rare to see such vulnerability. Uncommon Thread is a good reminder that our choices matter and that what we do today will make a difference for tomorrow. Perhaps for eternity!

Ted Tracy

5.0 out of 5 stars

Must read for Pastoral and MBA candidates
As a childhood and high school friend, this book is a true depiction of John's life. His life and passion for the word of Christ is second to none. I am proud to call him a friend, a very smart Entrepreneur and a brother in Christ.

Sharon

5.0 out of 5 stars

Uplifting and Refreshing reading!
Easy and enjoyable reading! Inspiring words to encourage living a positive home life and business life! Love the illustrations also! Makes you re-evaluate your spiritual walk and the choices you face in this world.

Fab

5.0 out of 5 stars

Fast read, very entertaining, very inspirational.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read. I laughed throughout the book. I found the book to be very interesting and inspirational. I would recommend this book to a friend.

Mark H

5.0 out of 5 stars

Loved the stories & insights!
Sat down to read for 15 minutes and kept reading for over an hour. Loved the author's stories and insights on living as a Christian in the workplace. Very inspiring!

Bill S.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Every manager or corporate executive should read this!
As a father and a manager in the workplace this book helps show how to keep everything in balance with my faith. I plan to share this book with all the managers that work with me.

Matt George

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great Read
This book is a great read and one that has so much honesty in it. I think we all can relate to the stories that are meaningful and a part of all of our lives. Loved this book.

Chris

5.0 out of 5 stars

There is Hope
Great book. Was impressed with the honesty and faith one can have. Made me look at things different, and gave me some good insight on Faith in the workplace.

James Stevenson

5.0 out of 5 stars

Entertaining Stories of Personal Growth and Reflection
Great stories of growth and awareness. Realizing maturing never stops as a person, in faith, in family and in business. Easy and humorous read.

Joseph Fessler

5.0 out of 5 stars

An inspirational story!
A great book about how a young man found the lord and implemented those Christian principles into his life and business.

Richard A.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Book for Christian Living
Great read, humorous but thought provoking, providing encouragement through life's challenges.

Robert C. Gates

5.0 out of 5 stars

Business Well Lived
An engaging read providing critical insights into the intersection of life and business. Highly recommended.

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars

Worth it; A great book focusing on Faith, Family, and Business
Great book, John does a great job combining life lessons and how those lessons molded him.

MJR

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great book on combining faith, family, and work!
One of the most readable books on running a successful Christian business while being true to your faith and your family. John Wieland tells success and failure stories in a fun and humble way. So many of us are looking for practical ways to combine our Christianity with the workplace. This book is a guide to combining faith, family, and business. John illustrates how he led as a business owner while keeping the priority of his faith and his family. This is a great book for Christian leaders and businessmen. What stood out to me is how the author’s company is focused on the well being of their employees while staying profitable. I loved how John described how the values of the company are lived out in very practical ways that make a difference for the company, for the employees and their families, and for their customers. Some books you have to work to keep reading. Not this book. You will enjoy reading this book from the very first chapter. Uncommon Threads, Weaving a Life through Family, Business, Faith is a fun and very meaningful read if you want to bring balance and integrity to your faith, your family, and your work.

Thomas G

4.0 out of 5 stars

Uncompromising Values Set This Business Apart
This was quite an interesting read. The author, a Christian, devoted the early portion of his book to his growing up years. And he was surprisingly open about the mistakes he made, which eventually led him to faith in Christ. But for me, the best part of the book was his discussion about his unwillingness to compromise the values of his sizeable business - even when it would cost the business dearly. That's a rarity in American business and serves as a great example of how businesses can (and should) make a difference in the lives of it's employees, customers, and suppliers.

Les Ute

5.0 out of 5 stars

Pleasant lessons from a tested leader
Are you puzzled about where your career is taking you? Does the overlap of family, faith, and work perplex you? This book will help you fit the puzzle pieces together. Uncommon Threads drops you into a pleasant stroll through the author’s life. The author has been very successful in life. He would tell you, “surprisingly so.” As you meander through his experiences, you pause at times to realize that you just learned something—a principle to hang onto—for every person who wishes to maximize every part of life. We learn from the stories of other people. This is definitely one of those stories that puts the puzzle together. So take a stroll with the author and make these lessons part of your routine. Review by Paul, Executive Pastor and Strengths-based Coach

Stan Butler

5.0 out of 5 stars

Totally Transparent
Transparency generates trust. This is true in life as well to be an impactful business leader. Be prepared to read the pages of John's life, including the good, the bad and the ugly. Sometimes it reads like a grocery store tabloid but other times you see into the most private thoughts from his journal. Through his use of humor, he has sneakily given egotistical business people a road map that screams, "Get over yourself" and when you do, "God will takeover". At that point, enjoy rolling over and over in His grace that you had been missing all along. Spoiler alert: Read to the end of the book, no skipping ahead, to get to his short list of life's lessons including John eating a piece of humble pie after his Jeopardy experience!

Gary S.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great read for Christian leaders
I thoroughly appreciate the transparency the author brings to this book in revealing successes and failures along the way that made him in to the man, Christian leader and businessman he is today. His story demonstrates that you don’t have to be a great scholar to be successful in business. Just maintain faith and principles and success will follow. Most important to me in reading John’s story is the humility displayed throughout his journey. Clearly his experiences prepared him for one of his biggest feats in kicking a serious health issue with selflessness and grace. This book is a great read for anyone needing that motivation to hold your Christian principles in check during all aspects of life. I would highly recommend this book!

Scott A

5.0 out of 5 stars

Salt and Light!
What a refreshing journey told with candor, wit, humor, truth, love, mercy, honesty. At times I chuckled and at times I winced with conviction of truths that John Wieland shares poignantly but with simplicity. This is an inspiration ... and also causes inward reflection of who I am and what I am called to step into. Whether a leader in business, in social life, or simply as being a parent, this challenges us to be a better version of ourselves. A Must-Read!

ja fan

5.0 out of 5 stars

Authentic glimpse of Christian family and business
This was a refreshing and authentic look at how to weave faith into both family and business. There were stories of real and raw family situations, as well as a practical approach to living out faith in a work or business setting. I found it valuable as both a glimpse into another family struggling like mine to live up to what they believe, and a guide to how faith can apply to achieving excellence in a business setting. While I find many business books are dry and read like a flow chart, this was engaging and the tone was conversational throughout.

SRR

5.0 out of 5 stars

An entertaining and well told story of a life's journey through ups and downs and lessons learned.
No matter your faith or if you have no proclaimed faith, this book has a strong message that everyone can apply through their daily lives at home or at work. John provides us with great stories and great examples, many at his own expense, that will help guide, push and encourage us on how to grow as people and lead a purposeful and fulfilling life. There is a genuine authenticity about the message that will encourage you to reflect on your life as your read the book. You will certainly find yourself laughing at times, crying at times and maybe even shaking your head at times but that is a part of the appeal of the book.

B Plattner

5.0 out of 5 stars

Must Read for any Christian Businessman or Woman
Loved this book and the nuggets of wisdom found in it! Uncommon Threads shares the Good, the Bad and the Ugly in a candidly funny and brutally honest way as John Wieland unabashedly shares his life of faith and family experiences weaving in Biblical principles to bolster his sound leadership and business practices. Almost makes me want to come out of retirement and work for MH Equipment Company!

Mike Long

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great book for everyone to read
This book gives great examples of how we learn throughout life, continue to grow, and become better each day because of our mistakes, not because we do not make mistakes. By weaving our family, work and faith together, we always succeed in life, regardless of our situations. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars

Worthy read for the college student or the seasoned professional
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2021 In Uncommon Threads, the author is refreshingly humble and transparent in sharing his life journey to becoming a successful Christian businessman. Life is tough, but the author shares how his commitment to his family and his faith have been worked in harmony with his commitment to his career. Whether a college student or a seasoned professional, I am confident that a reader will glean many nuggets of inspiration and truth.

Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat

5.0 out of 5 stars

An Enchanted Life's Journey
An exciting read sharing John’s enchanted life’s journey filled with twists and turns. John’s trinity of the family, business, and faith framework infused with numerous biblical lessons essentially shares his interesting, trying, and successful life’s journey. Resilience, adaptability, hopefulness, humility, respect, and creativity were values that stood out as he continued to adjust his journey for continued success.

Jim Faith

5.0 out of 5 stars

A must read for any business leader!
A refreshingly good take on the intersections of life, business and the Christian faith. John takes us on a roller coaster ride of a life filled with joy and disappointment in equal measure. The lessons articulated are made all the more real by John's reflections of his journey from rambunctious youth to successful business leader. I would count this among a select group of "must read" books for any business leader.

Cam

5.0 out of 5 stars

John has written the handbook for living life
In Uncommon Threads John not only give you a peek behind the curtain, he tears it down! His honesty and complete transparency goes straight to the heart. As he shares his successes and failures you will laugh, cry, and learn that a life well lived is a life centered on a relationship with Jesus Christ and outwardly focused. Faith, family and business can coexist in our world today and John shows us how.

Joy Spurgeon

5.0 out of 5 stars

Christian Living
John Wieland has created his own unique culture, made up of his successes and failures in life and tempered by personal results. " Uncommon Threads" guides John's awakening to a threefold interconnection of faith, family, and business. Such understanding provides him a special message to share with you regarding the lessons he has learned. The lessons are so meaningful to balanced Christian living.

Steve Hutton, Elder at Summit Point Church

5.0 out of 5 stars

Seeing Our Faith Connect the Threads of Life
So many of us live our lives in compartments and never see how they fit together. John Wieland illustrates how the transforming power of Jesus Christ weaves the uncommon threads of life into a unified pathway of faith. His illustrations are poignant and awakening. He shows business leaders and CEOs how to be a Christian in the workplace. John nailed it and shows how to link our own uncommon threads.

Janet O'Neill

5.0 out of 5 stars

Living the Christian Life
If you live the Christian life, this book reaffirms the wonder and love of Christ. If you are trying to live the Christian life, this book provides sensible advice on how to keep trying. If you are curious about how to live the Christian life, this book will go a long way toward satisfying that curiosity, with an honesty that is both simple and powerfully compelling.

L.E.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Insightful, Funny, and Faith-Filled
You’ll laugh, cry, and be inspired by this authentically written & easy-to-read book by John Wieland. His reflective & candid writing style takes readers along on his journey to find contentment personally, professionally, and spiritually. His straightforward and humorous life stories left me feeling inspired and empowered as a wife, mother, business person, and follower of Christ!

Nathan H.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Sometimes Raw, Sometimes Tender, but Always Insightful!
John tells it like it is, pulling no punches. The emotion of this book is sometimes raw and sometimes tender as he describes the events of his life in the various threads of Family, Business, and Faith. Use this book for tips on how to weave the uncommon threads of your own life to make a difference in the lives of those closest to you.

Becky

5.0 out of 5 stars

Uplifting and Enjoyable!
Whether you enjoy books about business, Christianity, or every day life, you will be uplifted and entertained by Uncommon Threads. You will laugh and learn as the author shares mistakes made and lessons learned as a successful Christian businessman and devoted father and husband.

Brenda Bahorik

5.0 out of 5 stars

Funny, vulnerable, read with examples of Gods leading everywhere
John brings practical life lessons throughout his book. A very successful businessman who seeks after the Lord but shares mistakes he made along the way!

Andy Lehman

5.0 out of 5 stars

transparent, highly practical for leaders and Christiaan businessmen
It’s refreshingly transparent and authentic. It’s highly practical to me in my work. It brings people into the room to see how Jesus can be reflected in the life of leaders and Christian businessmen.

Jeff J

5.0 out of 5 stars

What the world needs right NOW!!
John does a wonderful job of shining a spotlight on what we as a society are missing. Uncommon Threads takes you on a journey that intertwines so many aspects of our lives…with God in the center. We need more CEO’s, business owners, fathers, mothers, and leaders to implement some of the ideas that John gives throughout his book. Character and Values matter!! I found myself laughing out loud at times, saddened by our humanity at times, but most of all looking at my life to see how I’m doing on many of these topics. I would strongly suggest reading Uncommon Threads and looking introspectively to see how you can make this world a better place. Thank you John for being the leader that you are and touching so many lives in such a positive way!!

Robin L.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Uplifting journey of life
Authentic journey including successes and missteps of a Midwestern businessman with small town roots. Most interesting read as the author overcomes hurdles to achieve business success by following the tenets of his faith and devotion to family. Genuine, humorous and an easy read. Highly recommend

Catholic and LOVING it!

5.0 out of 5 stars

Must read for anyone - especially if they are in business.
Loved reading this page-turner! It should be required reading for all who are in business school - or for anyone. John weaves family, business and faith in an entertaining and openly raw way. He reveals his successes as well as his foibles, learning from each one in a humble manner. I love the way that through it all faith carried John through. My one take away from the book is to not just say I will pray for you, but rather let’s pray about that - right now. 😊🙏😊

Keith Bowman

5.0 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable and poignant read.
Great insight into life and business from a very successful businessman. Success story where humility and faith seem to rudder the ship. Not a typical "look at me" business book.

Andy

5.0 out of 5 stars

We need more John Wielands in this world! This was a once started, could not put down reading experience. John Wieland, the author, narrates this book in his own voice, with authenticity, humility and sincerity rarely found in todays writings. This was a self reflection of his own experiences, but I would be disingenuous if I didn't find much of it applicable to my own life. Ultimately, he is a man, faults and all, for all of us to see, but more importantly, for all of us to reflect and be better people. I laughed, I smiled, I shed tears. I'm also buying copies for gifts for friends and family! Thank you to the author for the gift of this book! Left a lasting positive impression!

Rick Stearns

5.0 out of 5 stars

“You paid the tuition. Make sure to get the education.”
A great read and always keeps you engaged with that period of time in his life and what he learned. Even after working with John for over 25 years, there is much of his story that I didn’t know. This book felt like a family scrapbook, sharing things that we forgot about that were awesome and somethings we wished we had a mulligan on. The story ties together the importance of the jigsaw puzzle of business, family, faith and community.

Stephanie Sargent

5.0 out of 5 stars

A Candid Introspective Into How One Man’s Faith Shaped Him & His Business
I thoroughly enjoyed how the author shared his journey of faith, family and business. It’s inspired me to take a more active role in advocating for Christ. The author’s transparency into real accounts of his life (successes and failures) bring a refreshingly authentic flavor often absent in many works. The book had a good balance of comedy, drama and scripture layered into every chapter that kept my interest from beginning to end. There are some takeaways that I hope to put into practice in my own life.

Steve Pannel

5.0 out of 5 stars

Uplifting, comical, and encouraging
John’s journey challenges the reader to reflect on the balance of family and work, life and faith. A well written book and easy to read with illustrations that help tie together the stories of the past. His approach allows the reader to build on the business principles while learning from John’s life journey. A must read for developing leaders!

Chuck P

5.0 out of 5 stars

A fabulous read
A truly inspirational and spiritual book written by an authentic, Christian leader that has impacted the lives of so many people through his beliefs, actions, and words. A beautiful congruence and testimony of one man’s journey through life with family, friends, colleagues, and God!

Ben Johnston

5.0 out of 5 stars

Uncommon Wisdom
The title speaks of uncommon threads that weave together the life of John Wieland, the CEO of MH Equipment. The reader may notice that what is particularly uncommon is the wisdom that can be gained from the book. The stories of his family are interesting but what will be most helpful to the general reader are his insights on business, leadership, and faith. John Wieland is happy to acknowledge his failures and we can all learn from them. However, there are significant instances in his life that can help shape the lives and values of others. For instance, in the chapter entitled, “Values and Culture Are the Secret Sauce,” he recounts a strategic planning session where the high-priced facilitators want to push the company to commit to a four-year strategy to increase sales by 100 percent. John is asked if he is “fully committed to our strategic plan”. At this point, the reader is thinking, yes, he will buy in and skillfully make it successful. However, the gem of wisdom is when he flat out refuses to commit to any goal that goes against the corporate value statements. His words of insight are worth the price of the book: “When you chase numbers, you make bad decisions.” I wonder how many bad decisions in life, investments and organizations are ultimately a result of chasing numbers, while only giving lip service to values. The significance of values over numbers, i.e., dollars, is also illustrated in how the company approached the COVID crisis of 2020. There was an intentional decision to stick to their values with the reasonable belief that the company would suffer. The outcome of the story is surprising, but the uncommon wisdom is what really sticks out. My paraphrase is this: Hold true to your values even when circumstances in the world give you every reason to abandon them. Integrity is a higher value currency than dollars. Faith is never far from John’s thoughts. Anyone facing a serious illness or prolonged time in the hospital will be richly rewarded to read the chapter entitled, “Lessons Learned from a Bone Marrow Transplant.” His reflections would seem to indicate that he would not look back at those months at the Mayo Clinic as the worst days of his life, but on the contrary, very enriching. The reader is blessed to see how John and Julie handled a pivotal moment when faith confronts life and death. In the end, John shows how these three threads of family, business, and faith weave together in a unique manner. Ultimately, there is a great take away for every reader. It is John Wieland’s faith in Jesus Christ that has transformed his family values, his business values and his life’s journey. The book has great value for anyone who longs to see an example of faith lived out in the real world.

S. M. Sader

5.0 out of 5 stars

Single guiding light for your entire life
Can a single set of principles and approach be used on all facets of life? This book makes the successful argument that you can. It is honest to a fault. It has humor and life lessons. The approach used: try to be a good, loving Christian in all aspects of life. It was a fun quick read with good insight of how to tackle life. The insights always had good examples and practical approaches used by the author. My feeling at the end of the book: I want to work for his company!!!!

Sanders Willson

5.0 out of 5 stars

Life must be integrated
John Wieland’s book is important for three reasons: first of all, it is loaded with common sense wisdom about how to live life; but, secondly, it is beautifully transparent (John lets us see his failures as well as his significant successes); and, most importantly, he skillfully integrates the three major components of most people’s lives—family, work, and faith— demonstrating that none of these sectors can stand alone and each must be thoughtfully integrated with the other. If you know John, you’ll find this book interesting, entertaining, and challenging. If you don’t know John, read this book, and you’ll wish you did. —Sandy Willson

Bob U

5.0 out of 5 stars

Life Lessons Learned.....
Uncommon Threads by John Wieland is filled with stories of life lessons he has learned about family, faith, business and how to lead by example through serving and understanding others. John gives the reader a honest look into his heart and soul that will inspire you as you navigate this life.

Steve

5.0 out of 5 stars

Hard to put down
I enjoyed reading Uncommon Threads. The book is a easy read and hard to put down. John humor and honesty shine through in his sharing of personal stories. You don't need to own your own business to get some good nuggets to put into practical use. In today's world it's refreshing to hear that men of faith can still have a successful Christian business without compromising on their morals. Thanks for sharing your insights!

Mark M. Dalbey

5.0 out of 5 stars

Read This Book...
John Wieland has outlined a great life story in Uncommon Threads. A story of how having success in faith, family, and business is not mutually exclusive but rather an interconnected road of opportunity for success on all levels and stages of life. Uncommon Threads is an easy and entertaining read which keeps you engaged from chapter to chapter. Would highly recommended for anyone seeking guidance and personal development in their faith, family and business.

mikemangold

5.0 out of 5 stars

a very inspiring book
This is a must read. In Uncommon Threads, John Wieland navigates thru life. He works to keep his priorities faith, family and business in the right order. He purchases a company that is headed for bankruptcy and turns it into an over 300 million dollar revenue company. He is transparent and open about his mistakes and good decisions. This book will make you laugh, motivate, inspire and challenge you.

Marilee Proehl

5.0 out of 5 stars

Uncommon Threads
John uses humor as he weaves the important parts of his life that make him who he is today; a man of faith, a Godly husband and father, and a businessman who wants to teach his employees how to have a servants heart. There are lots of life lessons in this book that can challenge us to think out side the box in our own lives. Thank you John for your humble example.

Todd Baum

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great Read!
This book is a must read if your struggling how to juggle faith/family/business. This book brings it all together and how they all are intertwined to be successful with all 3.

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars

The power of Faith
Uncommon Threads is an easy read that reminds us that it’s okay to be human, and that it’s never the wrong time to do the right thing. The author shares specific examples of how living out his faith has helped others and has impacted him, his family, and his business. Business leaders will appreciate his commitment to the well thought out Vision, Mission and Values statement that his company uses as its guiding principles. This book helped me to refocus on the things that really matter.

Hartwells

5.0 out of 5 stars

Fun, honest, and very helpful.
Reading Uncommon Threads was encouraging, it highlighted that a walk with Jesus is for everyone; you don’t have to be perfect. John’s storytelling is inviting and welcomes you to personal reflection. The illustrations by Rich are amazing. They are stories themselves as they perfectly capture the mood of John’s narrative – sometimes poignant, sometime funny, but always insightful. This is a terrific book for anyone. The life lessons John shares are beneficial to all; the business practices are applicable to anyone seeking to improve the organizations they belong. Above all it is spiritually uplifting!!! We seem to need a book like this in these times.

Jen B

5.0 out of 5 stars

Faith, Family, Business, Life Lessons
Verified Purchase So many relatable stories. John does a great job of making this book honest, entertaining, and easy to read. His authentic style and humor pull you deep into his life and lessons learned. The value of recognizing Christian values, principles, life, family, business are all connected. Proves that an "average joe" can succeed when focused on the goal of stewardship, honesty, transparency.

Crow

5.0 out of 5 stars

Couldn't put the book down
I am really not a person that sits down to read a book, but this book just pulled me in. The way John wrote this book made me feel like he was actually sitting down next to me and telling me all these stories in person. I could not put the book down. I love the way everything tied together with faith, family, and business. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I took screen shots of many pages that had such good advice and wisdom so that I could look back at it.

carl m. williams

What an eye-opener! How does a guy who admits he is not the smartest guy in the room become such a great success? Not just in business, but in family and in life? Common sense, a true faith, and a belief in his fellow man have all helped John Wieland become a true leader, one that we can all look up to. I think this book is a must read for all who want to become successful, not just in business, but more importantly, in life! John's story will pave the way for those truly wanting to become the best they can be. Easily the best book I've read this year!

alan rassi

5.0 out of 5 stars

An excellent book
This book is a good read for any man or woman who desires to live a Christian life in the workplace. John's transparency about his own struggles is an encouragement, and the success he has known in rebuilding a company is motivational. It is evident that he wants most of all to honor God with every part of his life. AJR
  • About the Author

    John Wieland

    John Wieland purchased a small, virtually bankrupt company in 1994. Under his leadership, MH Equipment has gone from having three branches and 50 employees to having over 900 employees and over 30 branches. Wieland is also the president of the His First Foundation, a non-profit that receives 10 percent of MH’s profits. He teaches college graduates how to handle money responsibly, is a speaker and will guest preach from time to time. He and his wife Julie have four children: Jessica, Jennifer, Jamie and Josiah.

  • Book Cover for Uncommon Threads