Monday, October 13, 2008

Current Reads

It has been a while since I have shared my current/ recent reading list and because I want to post but I don't feel like thinking, I thought this was a perfect time to give my update:

"Same Kind of Different as Me" by Ron Hall & Denver Moore -This is a great true story that is pretty well written and has a solid message. You only need about 4 hours to read this so it is a good quick read.

"The Shack" by William Young - The concept for this book is great and the characters are completely lovable. This is a very unique way to present a picture of God. Some of the conversations were a bit too "Christiany" at times and it is not spetacular writing but overall it is worth reading.

"Palestine: Peace not Apartheid" by Jimmy Carter- If you already know the history of the Middle East you can skip this book. Apart from giving a good overview of the history, he says absolutely nothing in this book.

"Giving" by Bill Clinton- Good stories of how people are giving time, money, and talents to help others but this is not worth reading.

"Total Church" by Tim Chester & Steve Timis- It reads like a textbook but it contains great descriptions and reasoning for the "Missional Church". Don't take this one to bed with you if you actually want to read it but don't skip it.

"In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson. Bill Bryson traveling in Australia... telling it like only he can.

"Tremendous Trifles" by GK Chesterton. This is always worth picking up to read a few chapters, although some with sharper minds, such as my wife, do not always agree with this assessment.

"The Bible" by God. No review needed.


Kevin said...
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Kevin said...

Thanks for the updates.

1) is an awesome site to share what your reading and book reviews. I love it, you should check it out.

2) I loved the Shack. We are doing a sermon series on doctrine at our was just pushed off as heresy with warnings about reading heresy if you read the book (such as don't read this book if you haven't read any systematic theology). Fun stuff. I can see where people don't agree with his portrayal of the Trinity or where you might think he hints at Universalism...yet it was a fun piece of fiction that threw out some what ifs.

3) I will check out the Chesterton as will as the Chester/Timis book.

4) Am I signed into the right account? :) YUP


Sara said...

It took me a good 6-7 hours to read the "same kind of different" book. You should take into account those of us regular people who like to read. :) xoxo

Kevin said...

Geez...well now I am just going to have to time myself and read the dang thing to see where I end up.

Anonymous said...

You seem to gravitate towards ex-presidents and guys with "chester" in their name.

Ryan said...

I don't actually gravitate towards presidents but I do like to read the thoughts of people who have done/ attempted to do great things.

Yes. I do gravitate towards "Chester"ton books. I like smart people.