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2008 IN BOOK REVIEW

Soooooo, when you’re in college you think, “When I’m done with college (or  my college culture job) I’ll do so much ‘free reading’ ”.
Huh.

Well, I am here to say that I’ve been out of that environment for 4 years now and have done very little of that ‘extra curricular’ reading I’d always longed for.  🙂

So, in an effort to be slightly less-lame, though not having a TON of time, I have tried harder in 2008 to do some reading.

I am only posting this as a form of accountability and iron on iron.  I am in NO way saying that I am proud of the number of books that I’ve read (or rather, not read).

I’ll break it down by categories:  books I finished, books I’m currently reading, books that are on the ‘to read’ list and your welcomed recommendations.  This list assumes the Bible.  🙂

BOOKS I FINISHED
1.  Under The Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
2.  Mistaken Identity by Van Ryn, Cerak, Tabb
3.  Beyond the Band of Brothers by Major Dick Winters
4.  Stories In His Own Hand by Ronald Reagan
5.  The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam
6.  Open Water Diving Manual by PADI
7.  Girl Soldier by Faith J.H. McDonnell & Grace Akallo

BOOKS I’M CURRENTLY READING
1.  Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris
2.  The Last of the Just by Andre Schwarz-Bart
3.  The Cross Centered Life by CJ Mahaney
4.  The Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller
5.  Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Braun
6.  A Faith Worth Sharing by C. John Miller (aka ‘Jack’)

BOOKS ON THE ‘TO READ’ LIST 🙂 (in no particular order)
1.  Why We’re Not Emergent By Two Guys Who Should Be by DeYoung & Kluck
2.  Relationships-A Mess Worth Making by Paul Tripp
3.  Into Thin Air by John Krakuer
4.  Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
5.  When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey
6.  PeaceMaker by Ken Sande (this would be a re-read)
7.  Chinatown’s Angry Angel: The Story of Donaldina Cameron
8.  The Good News About Injustice by Gary Haugen
9.  The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
10. The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
11. Escape by Carolyn Jessup
12. Awearness by Kenneth Cole

BOOKS THAT YOU RECOMMEND (and Why)…
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So, here’s to looking back on 2008 and looking forward to 2009, from a literary perspective, of course.

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5 Comments»

  msmillett wrote @

Books I recommend (in no particular order):
1. Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin: Anyone leading worship MUST read this book! I am currently working through it and being challenged.
2. Crazy Love by Francis Chan: Lukewarm Christian…maybe not Christian?
3. The Reason for God by Tim Keller: Haven’t read it, but it is on my list for 2009. I have heard tons of great things about it.
4. Fields of the Fatherless by Tom Davis: ‘Inasmuch as you have done to the least of these, you have done unto Me’ – Christ.
5. A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent: This one tops the list. What I love about this little book is it walks you through the gospel and has the scripture noted at the bottom. There are two gospel narratives, prose and poetic. WOW!!! Buy this book and let it enrich your time with the Lord.
6. Money, Possesions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn: Practical butt kicking. Treasure principle on steroids. Addresses true tithing, grace giving, missions, lifestyle choices, prayer. AMAZING!!

That’s what is off the top of my head. I love your lists. Thanks for sharing!

  Gunner wrote @

I recently read “Dreams from My Father,” Obama’s first book. A very insightful narratival look at family, race, and low-level politics. And a chance to get to know our next president.

  Christina wrote @

I’m cringing right now, both inwardly, and outwardly, I feel burdened that I bear the title English teacher/English major, should be reading, must read more…. do blog posts and Lorelei’s book about giraffes that can’t dance count as legitimate reading material?

  Eric Z wrote @

Of the 60 or so extra-curricular books I’ve read this year (see my Facebook for full list), a few I think you’d like include:

Already mentioned:
Tim Keller, Prodigal God & Reason for God
Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Others:
John Piper, Spectacular Sins
Piggin, St. Andrews Seven
Seth Godin, Tribes
E. M. Forester, A Passage to India

  Beth wrote @

I just have to say I have been reading the Four Loves and it is WONDERFUL. I mean, one of the best books I’ve read in years. And I would also highly recommend “Because He Loves Me” by Elyse Fitzpatrick. It’s totally changed the way I understand the gospel and God’s love.


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