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Reading Roundup: May 2010

Here’s a list of the books that I read in May (in no particular order) that I found interesting (and there were quite a few good ones for May):

  • Jesus Wants To Save Christians by Rob Bell– Of all of his books, I enjoyed this one by far.  A unique way to tie the entire story of the Bible together as well as showing how we continue to make the same mistakes in our understanding and following of God.  We want to be free from our own Pharaohs, but then when we are free we somehow find ourselves becoming our own personal Pharaoh.
  • Father Fiction by Donald Miller–  Originally published as To Own a Dragon, this book deals with the need for a father (or a father-figure) in a boy’s life.  Using his own life as an example, he expounds on many of the things he missed out on growing up without a father.
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser-  If you are looking to improve your writing, this is a great place to start.
  • The Sacred Echo by Margaret Feinberg– In this book, she writes about how God’s voice is not just a sacred echo, but a continual echo.  Sometimes, it’s a matter of stopping and looking or listening for God’s voice.
  • The Damned UTD by David Peace- I heard about this novel on a BS Report podcast.  A fictional take on the 44 day reign of Brian Clough over UTD (soccer) that delves into the way greed, pride, and arrogance can consume a person.  Great read.
  • The Opposable Mind by Roger Martin-  A thought-provoking look at the way we look for solutions.  Most people approach a problem with an “either/or” mindset, and the author, using real-world examples, proposes a new perspective on problem-solving.  The caveat is that one must actually think about the problem as he/she seeks creative solutions when it initially appears that only an “either/or” solution is available.  Another way can be found.
  • The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser- a page-turning dive into the world art and art theft.  A fascinating read that revolves around many memorable individuals.  Very hard to put down.
  • The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs– This book is hilarious.  For someone who claims to have a limited biblical understanding and doesn’t believe in God, he picked up the nuances of various religious groups quite well.  Not only is he trying to be literal in his understanding of the bible, but you also see how his efforts affected those around him.  I read his previous book, The Know-It-All, when it came out and it’s just as funny.
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami-  Part memoir about running, part memoir about becoming a novelist, both of which are solitary ventures that require discipline, focus, and endurance.  Although not a runner myself (a cyclist instead), I could identify with the pleasure found in such a solitary pursuit.
  • Come And Gone by Joe Parkin- the follow-up memoir to A Dog in A Hat, which details Parkin’s return to the US after his stint as a professional cyclist in Belgium and his efforts to ride professionally here.  Funny and engaging.  Interesting how he notes the differences between the racing styles here and in Europe as well as among the different specialities.  Parkin always has a unique perspective.
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