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Reading Roundup: March 2011

Here’s what I read this month. Again, I managed to come across a few that I couldn’t put down.  (And I happened to be reading a couple of really good books at the moment that I haven’t finished yet- they’ll have to wait for next month’s list.)

The couldn’t put down books:

  • Hannah’s Child:  A Theologian’s Memoir by Stanley Hauerwas- I enjoyed this book most of all this month.  Hauerwas is one of the most engaging, challenging, and unique theologians of our day.  His memoir details his development as a thinker which I found enlightening.  I knew most of the philosophers and thinkers he mentioned, but I learned about others for the first time.  But, for the first time, he also wrote about his marriage to a bi-polar woman and the many difficulties he faced before they divorced.  I was absolutely mesmerized by his story.
  • Poke The Box by Seth Godin-  Another challenge from Godin to go and do now.
  • The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven:  How A Ragtag Group of Fans Took The Fall For Major League Baseball by Aaron Skirboll-  I had vague recollections of this story, when cocaine seemed to be epidemic among baseball players, but I had no idea the extent of the problem or how it played out in the courts.
  • Love Wins:  A Book About Heaven, Hell, and The Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell- You don’t have to agree with everything about a book to enjoy it, but I did enjoy it.  Ignore the bloggers and commentators, read it for yourself and come to your own conclusions.  Also, Mars Hill, where Bell is pastor, has posted a FAQ about the book.

And the rest (still good):

  • The Only Thing Worth Dying For:  How Eleven Green Berets Forged A New Afghanistan by Eric Blehm
  • Evil Plans:  Having Fun on the Road to World Domination by Hugh MacLeod
  • Good Rockin’ Tonight:  Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘N’ Roll by Colin Escott
  • My Year of Flops by Nathan Rabin & The AV Club
  • Scorecasting:  The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won by L. Jon Wertheim
  • Run!  26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss by Dean Karnazes
  • The Ghosts of Belville by Stuart Neville
  • Rain Fall by Barry Eisler
  • The Great Emergence:  How Christianity is Changing and Why by Phyllis Tickle
  • Pure Scum:  The Left-Out, the Right-Brained, and the Grace of God by Mike Sares
  • The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
  • Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
  • The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Andrew
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