These are the books I finished reading in 2010. Looks like I averaged one book every two weeks.
Brandie Kajino recommended
reading something by Markus Borg. Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith
looks like an interesting place to start.
I bought this book December 12 and finished it three days later. When done, I felt dissatisfied that I didn’t fully catch Borg’s views. I suspect I should re-read the book, having done most of my reading of it in the late, late evening. I’m going to finish the other Borg book I have first. I suspect it will answer any of the questions I still have.
I bought A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
on November 11, 2010 and finished it on the 28th. I bought it because I like his later book, Drive
. While reading Mind
, I found myself reading sections to my kids.
The heart of Mind is a discussion of six “senses” that are necessary in the Conceptual Age: design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning. Even better, after each chapter, Pink lists exercises and resources for developing that sense. I recommend this book.
I bought If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person
on November 17 and finished it on the 20th. I read Gulley’s and Mulholland’s books on Universalism in the opposite order they were written. Actually, I think I’d recommend that order (though I am going back to read the other two).
I started reading The Black Swan
on August 27 at the local Barnes & Noble. I sat down in an over-padded chair and read about four chapters. I returned the following Monday and bought it. I finished the book a couple of weeks later, on September 13. I’m looking forward to NNT’s next book: it will be about tinkering.
I read If God Is Love : Rediscovering Grace in an Ungracious World
, by Philip Gulley and James Mulholland. Finished it August 6 on a flight home from Sacramento. The passenger in the next seat asked what I was reading. When I told him what it’s about, he asked, “If everyone goes to heaven, what’s the point of being good?” I think he’s a prime candidate to read the book.
I seem to be reading Philip’s books in the opposite order he wrote them. Just one more to go in this series (if only I could find it in a store).
I re-read Contact
by Carl Sagan, I think for the third time. Finished it May 26. Now I want to watch the movie to see the differences. A couple of favorite quotes:
“Any faith that admires truth, that strives to know God, must be brave enough to accommodate the universe.” Palmer Joss
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
I found Protect and Defend: A Thriller
in terminal B in the Sacramento airport on the way home. I finished it the next day on May 20.
Protect and Defend is your type of novel if you believe: (1) that the CIA lives up to its middle name; (2) that often, someone needs to be killed, and (3) that this killing is best done without the permission, indeed without even the knowledge of any elected official. On the other hand, if you remember the CIA’s incompetence, if you believe America’s actions have consequences beyond the immediate, and believe accountability in government is mandatory, especially when laws are being broken, then this book will be at best escapist pulp, and at worst, offensive.
I started re-reading Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So
on May 15 or so and finished it May 18. Just what I needed: another book in my computer bag. Maybe it’s time to make the move to an e-book reader.
I asked for and received The Case for God
for Christmas 2009. I started reading it the following New Year’s Day. The book is packed with endnotes, a pet peeve of mine. It’s not that I dislike notes; I love notes. I just like them as footnotes so I can easily read them in parallel with the content. The author, Karen Armstrong, is on TED talking about the golden rule
I finished this book May 7.
8 Michael Hyatt recommended Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
I just finished Seth Godin’s Linchpin. A game-changer. One of the most important books I’ve read in 12 months: http://bit.ly/6stlFm
I placed a hold request for this book at the Hillsboro Public Library on January 25, 2010. They e-mailed me to say it was ready and I picked it up February 14, 2010. Looks like I better boogie through it; they’re not going to let me renew it. So much for finishing it before I had to return it. I decided to buy it instead. That way, I could mark it up. And mark it up I did.
I’ll be re-reading Linchpin book soon. Highly recommended.
Michael Hyatt recommends Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
I have already begun to use many of the Switch principles in my own life and in my company. It is amazing how simple and effective they are. The book was an easy read and one that I will be going back to again and again. I have now added it to my list of top ten business books.
I couldn’t resist. I bought it March 30, started reading it April 24, and finished it three days later.
5 Getting Naked
by Patrick Lencioni is one of books I bought March 30
. I read a bunch of his books last year
. They’re quick reads with good, practical info. To emphasize the quick read point, I both started and finished this book on April 22. Like all of Lencioni’s books, Getting Naked
has an interesting plot that made me want to keep reading. I took the book to Jamison’s science fair
and had to explain the title. Executive summary: I like the book enough to give to the person who lent me the first Lencioni book I read and got me hooked. Thanks, Dave!
Every once in a while, I read an action-mystery novel and I’m reminded why I don’t read them much anymore. Lee Child’s Gone Tomorrow: A Reacher Novel
is the latest, bought and finished April 4. My book review is here
I bought a bunch of Bart Erhman books after reading his Misquoting Jesus
, including The New Testament
, which is intended as a textbook for a introductory college New Testament studies class. So far, it’s been a good survey of the history, competing forms of Christianity, and various methods for analyzing texts. I finally finished the book on March 29. This book will be worthy of another read and to serve as a reference for unorthodox (though scholarly) summary of New Testament texts in their historical contexts.
Suzi gave me The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
for Christmas. I started it Super Bowl night and got half way through. I finished it the next day. It’s (obviously) a quick read, essentially a lengthened sermon on the story of the prodigal son
, but spending more time on the elder son, than the younger.
My only disappointment with the book is that it didn’t follow through on being about the prodigal God, not the prodigal son(s).
Nearly a month into 2010 reading lengthy textbooks (and restarting books after already having read part way through), I hadn’t yet finished a book. It was time for a quick read: The Lost Symbol
by Dan Brown.
I was able to check out a “non holdable” copy of the book from the Hillsboro Public Library on January 25, 2010 and finished it within 48 hours. The Lost Symbol is a typical Dan Brown symbol-fest novel, with his religious views thrown in. To make the story more entertaining, I followed the action on Google Maps. Dan Brown makes it easy by giving the street addresses for important locations. Symbol has a few interesting plot twists, but when I reached the end, my reaction was merely, “Yeah, whatever.” And the book is misnamed. Meh.