The Books I Read in 2011

Interesting Books

These are books I’ve read about, that I’ve been told about, or that I’ve run across in the bookstore and don’t want to forget about. I use this list when perusing book stores and the local public library.

ISBN is 0316016411 Brother Bob recommended The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind while dropping off a bunch of other books for me to read. Looks like I’m going to be busy.
ISBN is 0060736607 I discovered The Evolution of Faith: How God Is Creating a Better Christianity by Philip Gulley while looking up Philip Gulley’s (other?) books on Universalism to recommend. Looks like this is more of the same, which in my opinion, is a high compliment.
ISBN is 0446576433 I learned about Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It by Lawrence Lessig while watching his talk on how money corrupts politics.
ISBN is 0374275637 I discovered Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman while wandering through Barnes & Noble one evening. It will be one of the first books I get on my eReader.
ISBN is 1936719169 Michael Hyatt recommends Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli.
ISBN is 143918903X Online friend Duane Scott recommends A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran by Reza Kahlili.

I’m reading A Time to Betray by @Reza_Kahlili http://amzn.to/gzVxBq One of the best nonfiction books I’ve read! Thanks @curtharding! #

ISBN is 9780061353239 Online friend Charlene Kingston recommends Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions.

It’s not very often that I finish a book and want to start rereading it immediately! But that happened last night with Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. I learned so much about why I choose what I choose, and how to understand why other people choose what they choose! It’s fascinating.

Hmm…

ISBN is 1591843790 On March 16, I watched a live webcast by Guy Kawasaki talking about his book, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. Looks very good.
ISBN is 9780440351832 Charlene Kingston recommends Man and His Symbols by Carl Gustav Jung.
ISBN is 1595551387 David Hayward, who blogs at nakedpastor.com recommends Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas.

Stories like Bonhoeffer’s, as Mataxas has written it, should give us pause to consider how we may be inadvertently colluding with that which is evil and destructive to ourselves and others.

ISBN is 006145205X Art recommended The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley.
ISBN is 1585421464 Cube neighbor Pam recommends The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. After reading the first chapter on The Morning Pages and The Artist Date, I’m intrigued. I will definitely search this book out.
ISBN is 0767915828 Cousin Todd’s goodreads notice share a couple of books that look interesting, one which is The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout. Allegedly, 4% are sociopaths, so statistically, I should know a couple. Maybe having done criminal defense, I met more than my fair share.
ISBN is 0313364966 This is the second book from cousin Todd’s goodreads notice. I wonder if my local library has Slaves to Faith: A Therapist Looks Inside the Fundamentalist Mind by Calvin Mercer.
ISBN is 0802862926 Frank Viola interviews author Craig Keener about his new book The Historical Jesus of the Gospels. It looks very interesting, though I typically wait for books to come out in paperback before buying them.
ISBN is 0393338827 Dave Winer describes The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine:

Just finished The Big Short by Michael Lewis, and it ends with a chilling thought about how f_____ we are. There’s no other way to put it.

It looks like an interesting book to read to understand credit default swaps.

ISBN is 0470916222 Justin Tadlock mentions Professional WordPress Plugin Development, a book he cowrote with Brad Williams and Ozh Richard, on his blog. Looks very interesting.

Do you have any books you’d like to suggest I read?

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2 thoughts on “The Books I Read in 2011

  1. Great to look over your list Brent! I’m sorry you didn’t connect with C.S. Lewis’ “Till We Have Faces.” Ronda and I have both read and re-read this book over the years and it is a great favorite of mine. I just got a copy of it on my Nook, and also on my iPod to read again.

    The book I read this year that I think you would enjoy is “How We Know What Isn’t So.” Very thought provoking. Here’s my Amazon review.

    Happy New Year!!!!

    1. Art, I think I need to re-read Till We Have Faces and give it a second chance. An ereader version would certainly make it easier to read. I’m finding I much prefer reading on my Nook over a physical book.

      I’m currently reading Thinking, Fast and Slow and enjoying it. I wonder how it compares with How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life. Maybe I’ll have to read both.

      Time to update my books pages… :-)

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