Sunday, September 06, 2015

Summer Reading 2015

Summer Reading in random order:

One Million Steps by Bing West.  An interesting "insider" view of war.

The Road to Character by David Brooks.  Many chapters were worthy of a second reading.

50 Self Help Classics by Tom Butler-Bowdon.  Good audiobook for the road, as each chapter was a different focus.  

How Successful People Win by John Maxwell.  I have learned from Maxwell for years and while his work is redundant over time, it is still good reading.

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan.  Some funny.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris.  More funny.

I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson.  I love his style and appreciate his humor, especially in cultural and travel contexts.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.  I was hoping for more.  Glad I read it.

Half the Sky:  Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof.  I value his great work in humanitarian aid an advocacy building work.

The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father, One Day At A Time by Jonathan Kozol.  An interesting biographical and scientific exploration into the way the mind works as it fails.

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Community  by Nicholas Kristof.  Again.  Good work.

Open Heart by Elie Wiesel.  Not what I was expecting and yet moving to know more of Wiesel's story.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  Read this before I knew she was "becoming" famous.  Think she's on to many good concepts!

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman.  One of the most "Oh!My!Word!" books I've read.  

G.I. Brides by Duncan Barrett.  A human portrait to another time.

Finding Zero by Amir D. Aczel.  Math and history.  Interesting.

Alexander the Great by Paul Cartledge.  Excellent reading.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick.  Enjoyable reading - discovery of American subcultures and the history of whaling.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin.  Good reading, yet, easy to summarize in a simple review.

Family Portraits:  Character Studies in 1 and 2 Samuel by Randy McCracken.  One of the "most favorite" books I've read as Rev. McCracken and I have read "all the same people" and think most of the same thoughts - though I still learned from his interpretation in meaningful ways.

From Earth to Heaven:  A Literary Study of Elijah Stories in the Book of Kings by Moshe Garsiel.  Also great insight into literary and dynamic issues, a super read.

David, King of Israel, And Caleb in Biblical Memory.  I was overdue to read this book, and am always thankful for new insights into David studies.

Ecclesiastes by Peter Enns.  Re-reading this in order to come back to understand the meaning and meaningless of life as viewed from the perspective of Qohelet.

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