books


I would have liked to read so many more….but this is my season.

books

Here’s the list for 2016

  1. Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents need to Know to Do it once and Do it Right by Jamie CLowacki is a funny and informative book on potty training. Interesting tid bits on toddler brains and reminders on training, teaching and behavior in general.
  2. Engaging Islam by Georges Houssney is a very informative book written by a man from Lebanon who converted from Islam to Christianity as a teenager.  He discusses how to engage people from a Muslim background, mostly from an American perspective.
  3. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is a novel that flashes from 1962 Italy to modern day USA to tell a story of a few lives intertwined.  I don’t often read romance novels so this was a different read for me, but I did enjoy it, especially the look at Italy in the people and culture.
  4. Smart Moves: Why Learning is not all in your head by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. is a book on how learning should happen.  It is based on whole body so looks at the brain, emotions, stress and movement.  She highly encourages using Brain Gym activities to stimulate learning and grain growth.
  5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo is an amazing nonfiction narrative of stories in the slum.  The way these people survive is an incredible testimony to the human spirit, or not, when they choose otherwise. This book is very well written and artistic in a manner that speaks deep.
  6. Keep Your Love On by Danny Silk is a great book on relationships.  Direct and simple that in order to have healthy God honoring relationships one must choose love no matter what the other person does.  Interesting perspective on tough love.
  7. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver is a novel with pointed discussion on climate change and the monarch butterfly migration.  I learned a lot about butterflies and enjoyed the book. But it was not a favorite.
  8. Hope for Health: Functional Bio Analysis by Dr. Scott Monk is a very scientific and cited book that describes muscle testing and how it works with Functional Health.
  9. Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is a marriage book pointing out that the Bible tells wives to respect their husbands and husbands to love their wives.  He give practical tips as to how that looks and tons of stories of real people.
  10. How to raise a Mondern Day Joseph by Larry Fowler is a book that mostly encourages churches to get on board and work together with all their age groups. I took away a few things from this easy read, but mostly just skimmed it.  It is interesting to note that this is a person in AWANA.
  11. Power of a Praying Parent is a book I started and continue to read. Technically I did not finish it as it is not really a finishing book, but instead an ongoing read. Stormie Omartian discusses how to really pray for your kids.
  12. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer is a modern history story of the manuscripts of Timbuktu, Mali. Amazing story of the liberal and jihadi extremism of Islam.  Interesting read about the ancient history of Mali and more modern war.
  13. A Shepherd’s Look at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller is a classic that I’ve read before, but I enjoy going back to.  He brings out nuances of what David meant by discussing modern day shepherding. I love the way it makes me think about God differently.
  14. The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo. This is a quick read about the author’s own method of tidying up. Keep only what sparks true joy and give everything a home.  I like and agree with these practices; she does get a bit mystical and spiritualizes stuff, but if you can look past that, I think this method would be great!
  15. The Littles by John Peterson is a childhood favorite that I read to Ivan. Story of theses little people with tails who live in the walls of a house of regular humans.
  16. The God Shaped Brain: How changing your view of God transforms your life by Timothy R Jennings, M.D. Is a great book of the paradigm shift of setting God of love. This book combines brain science with scripture to look at truth and our relationships.
  17. Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters was a great beach book to sit and relax.  It’s a mystery novel of art and history in Germany.
  18. The Food and Feasts of Jesus: Inside the World of First Century Fare with Menus and Recipes by Douglas E. Neel and Joel A. Pugh is an informative and entertaining book.  I would love to get this book again and follow some of the recipes and feasts.
  19. The Bible by the Trinity of God through humankind.  Ivan and I had a combination of listening and reading together this year.
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2015 held fewer books, but I still enjoyed many diverse books thanks to my book club.

  1. The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp is a devotional for the Advent season. We read this for the 2014 season but with so many interruptions did not finish it until the New Year. It is however a terrific book to be in tune to the Christmas season.
  2. The Sleep Sense Program: Proven Strategies for Teaching Your Child to Sleep Through the Night by Dana Obleman is an ebook that someone shared with me on baby sleep.
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a great book of the WW2 erra. He blends two main characters on opposite sides of the war together in a magical way.
  4. Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker is an interesting book of the challenges of modern Christianity. She advocates for something different something better and by the end of the book you hear the story of Austin New Church.
  5. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a historic fiction book with a modern twist. The story of orphans who were shipped west in the 20s and a modern “orphan” collide when an almost aged out foster girl needs to do community service.
  6. Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony is a great book that we read together. The ideas are about how to parent so that the goal is to teach children to listen and obey God instead of just obeying earthy parents.
  7. Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood by Jim Fay and Charles Fay is a practical way to help parent children.
  8. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a Pulitzer prize winning fiction novel that I didn’t really enjoy. It is a bit of a coming to age story and a bit of a mystery.
  9. Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman seemed to us like a traditional approach to getting Christian’s more involved and motivated.
  10. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a terrific novel. Light and humorous, the story of a scientist trying to find love.
  11. Are You my Mother by Allison Bechdel is a graphic memoir. This is not a book I would have chosen outside of book club, but it is an interesting perspective on life. I did not really enjoy it and finished simply to say I’d finished.
  12. Simplify by Bill Hybels is a pretty traditional “Christianese” book. I read it as part of a Bible study and maybe it will hit others better than it did me. . .
  13. The Whole30: 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig is a great book and resource. I didn’t exactly read this cover to cover but I did read the tips and tricks and we definitely tried and enjoyed some of the recipes. I’d love to get it again and try all the recipes.
  14. Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong is a fabulous cook book. This husband and wife team present quality food in a beautiful way in their first cook book. This is another one I’d love to cook through, but alas I had to return it to the library.
  15. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple is a terrific light read. I enjoyed it even though I was anticipating a bit of a different twist.
  16. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is a cute light mystery. It is fun as an 11 year old girl is the narrator and main character and at times completely unbelievable!
  17. Joy Starts Here by E.James Wilder, Edward M Kjouri, Chris M Coursey and Shelia D Sutton is a book that is heavy on brain research and how scripture tie together to discuss joy and transforming people’s lives.
  18. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett is a book of short nonfiction articles on life. I enjoyed some of the articles more than others as they drew me in. It does intrigue me to read other of her books.
  19. A Gleam of Light: The Trials and Triumphs of a Century of Missionary Work in Morocco by Ila Marie Davis is a story of Gospel Missionary Union’s work in Morocco. It is a reliving of history of the church and the country.
  20. Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin is a how to on expository study of the Bible. Much of the details that Jen brings out are things that I learned in college or even in teaching about general comprehension of literature. So often we forget that we can use these reading comprehension techniques to the Bible.
  21. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan is a phenomenal book about the little-known story of how the atomic bomb was made for WW2. I really enjoyed the story of these women’s lives as well as the behind the scenes details of how things happened with the scientists and government and decision to make and drop the bomb.
  22. Loving our Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk is a companion to Love and Logic principles with a Christian frame. He posed lots of theology and foundation to the why behind Love and Logic with a few examples. They work well together!
  23. Mindset: the New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. was to me a book that seemed very logical and duh mentality. The premise: people who succeed believe they can grow and change and people who believe they are born with traits and abilities may temporarily have success but if they cannot learn to adapt they will not be as successful.
  24. At Home: A short history of private life by Bill Bryson is an interesting but very long history book. He has a humorous way of writing, but it is very scattered facts that loosely connect about the home and private life. Interesting but it takes a certain mindset to read.
  25. The Other Woman in Your Marriage by H. Norman Wright is an older perspective book written to women about their mothers-in-law. It is written from a traditional Christian perspective by a male psychologist and much of it I thought was very negative. I did like some of the thoughts about mothers to sons, in hope that relationships can be better.
  26. The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah is a great story about two sisters in France during WW2 and their survival during German occupation. I enjoyed this book with a few twists in the plot line and the history of the Belgian woman who helped airmen escape to Spain.
  27. The Bible by God, this year I read the entire Bible aloud to Ivan while we were nursing. Wow, we nursed a lot! It was cool to read aloud to him even though he wasn’t consciously comprehending it, I’d like to think that his Spirit is taking it in.
  1. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg is a humorous book about a small town in Missouri. One woman, loves all and helps all and she dies and has an experience in heaven, which changes many peoples lives. This is a quirky book from start to finish but it was an easy fun one to read.
  2. Radical by David Platt is a book about “taking back faith from the American Dream”. This book was a challenge to me in many ways. One was my perspective of, this big hot shot pastor of a mega church talking about living radically for Jesus yet still being comfortable taking a 6 figure salary. I had to fight to actually take Platt for what he said, not what I expect him to do or say. With that being out there, I did enjoy this book about making disciples and living in a way that is not the expected “American Dream”. I have yet to decide practically what it means for me, but I do want to live in a different way than the norm.
  3. Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them by Erin Gruwell and her students at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, CA. It is a book of heart wrenching stories written by the individual students during their four years in high school. It catalogs their journeys of racial discrimination and prejudice.
  4. Miracle for Jen by Linda Barrick with John Perry is an amazingly miraculous story of the Barrick family’s car accident. This story specifies their daughter, Jen’s, recovery. She had brain damage on almost all parts of her brain and the time in coma and recovery she discovered a power and relationship with Jesus that she could live out loud.
  5. Proof of Heaven: a Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Dr. Eban Alexander is an amazing story of his impossible illness, week in a coma, and his visions of life after death. His story is very controversial and some would not call it “Christian”, however I appreciated his scientific approach to something very incredible.
  6. Anti Cancer: A new way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber MD, PhD, is a well researched book of how to help your body positively fight cancer. David shares his story of having brain cancer and relapses through which he begins to seek alternative approaches. The biggest takeaway is that we all have cancer in our bodies, some of us are able to better keep it in check through the immune system, others cannot.
  7. The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges is a little book of a Biblical viewpoint of holiness. He does not subscribe actions of things to do or not do, but it is more about a relationship with God. However, I do think the one thing he left out is the ability we have to listen and hear from God directly, not just through scripture.
  8. The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy is an old book but many of the concepts he discusses about government, religion and life are still very applicable. Tolstoy’s philosophy is that of nonresistance and he talks through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as evidence for that. It is a very interesting and compelling argument.
  9. Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot is a short book discussing spiritual disciplines in our world. She brings in personal stories to illustrate points and disciplines which draw us closer to God. She has a simple style to the writing, but the points are well taken.
  10. Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus by Jerry Trousdale is a book of amazing stories. These stories are about discipline Muslims to conversion and then watching them change their world. Amazing and practical as he outlines the disciple making movement through Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) and ending with simple churches that are multiplying.
  11. My Lord the Carpenter: the stories behind the parables by Etta Nommensen is a simple narrative of the early life of Jesus and the stories in Nazareth from which the parables could have come. It is an interesting concept and the book takes liberties to expand stories, but short and thoughtful.
  12. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is a tear jerking book of what a young father wants to leave as a legacy for his children as he is dying of cancer. As a former computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, he is asked to give a lecture in the series; little does anyone know it truly is his last and final lecture.
  13. Eiger Dreams: Ventures among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer is a compilation of short stories of hiking, bouldering and extreme sports. Written in the early 90’s, it is a bit dated; however, the stories are intriguing just the same. Stories of men and women on some of the world’s highest mountains in Alaska, France, and Asia.
  14. A Shepherd Looks at the Good Shepherd and His Sheep by Phillip Keller is an easy read telling stories of Jesus through the lense of a modern day shepherd. It felt traditional to me and not many new thoughts, but I did enjoy the simplicity of it.
  15. Love and War by John and Stasi Eldredge is an excellent book co-wrote on marriage. It has some great reminders of things that we learned through premarital counseling, however the daily life over the years causes a rhythm that may or may not be excellent. This is a great resource for having an excellent marriage!
  16. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a book I knew I wanted to read as soon as I saw the trailer of the movie. Wow, what an excellent read! I thoroughly enjoyed this look at World War 2 from the perspective of death as the narrator and the focus on a German girl.
  17. Vice and Virtue: The Battle Within by Jim Dixon is a book about sin as well as fruits of the spirit. It is typical of a pastor with little sermon illustrations and such, but much of the book I did take to heart and thought more about than on the surface level.
  18. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a classic on relationships. He dives in with many interesting stories to illustrate how to or how not to interact with others to get the best for both parties.
  19. How Starbucks Saved my Life by Michael Gates Gill is a great book about a man who after almost 30 years of giving himself at the expense of his family to his corporate advertising job loses his job and in his despair settles for a job at Starbucks. He learns so many more things about relationships and helping others that he admits to being the happiest in his life. He peppers his story with flashbacks throughout his life which make this a humorous and interesting book.
  20.  National Velvet by Enid Bagnold is a classic about a girl and her love for horses. I was a bit surprised when I had to look through three library systems in order to obtain this book to help read with a student, however it was fun to reread a childhood favorite.
  21. What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding by Thomas Hill is a parody on the popular book What to Expect When You’re Expecting. This is a funny book that we enjoyed reading together. Most of it is completely made up and we had a great laugh together.
  22. Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman is a great combo memoir and parenting book about Pamela’s experience and education living in Paris. Her writing style is excellent as well as some of the tips of how the French raise their children to be independent.
  23. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin is an incredible book on midwifery and modern medical information for pregnancy and childbirth. The first half of the book starts with positive birth stories of women on the farm or in home birth situations.
  24. Husband Coached Childbirth by Robert A. Bradley, M.D., Marjie Hathaway, Jay Hathaway, James Hathaway is a great birth preparation book. I laugh that it refers to the partner as a coach as it is an older book, but that is the buzz word right now. Anyway it has helpful tools of preparation and use before, during and after labor and delivery. It is meant to be paired with the Bradley class series but can be read on its own.
  25. God Guides by Mary Geegh is a journal of stories of her experience as a missionary teacher in India and how she listens to God and teaches others to do the same. They practice a quiet time of listening to God for guidance and obeying what he says.
  26. How Big is a Placenta Bowl and other weird questions you’ll ask when planning a home birth by Renee Moilanen is a book that the title explains it all. Anyway it was a quick read with a few tips and new information, but nothing that I hadn’t heard already.
  27. Supernatural Childbirth by Terri Mize is a book about the New Testament promises surrounding pregnancy and childbirth. In an era when childbirth is plagued with so much fear and panic this is another resource that helped me to realize that God made our bodies to have children.
  28. The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley is a gentle way to help baby learn to sleep on their own. The big take away from this book is that the infant and baby will not just fall asleep when he is tired, but instead must often be taught how to sleep.
  29. The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor by Sheila Kippley is a book about natural birth control. The 7 standards are things to do to ensure that breastfeeding is postponing ovulation so as to delay pregnancy.
  30. Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene by Ingrid Bauer is a book about elimination communication. Basically the idea is that instead of putting a diaper on a baby the caregivers learn to respond to the babies natural communication about their elimination needs. I love the concept, however in reality it hasn’t happened for us yet.
  31. The Bible. I can no longer count how many time I have read through the Bible in a year. I love being surprised over and over by new insights.

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1. Far from Home : The Soul’s Search for Intimacy with God by Joseph M. Stowell  is a traditional draw close to Jesus book. I was disappointed to find traditional thoughts of read scripture and you’ll be close to God, when I have discovered the power of listening to him speak and acting on it.

2. Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy and Joy in a Low-Trust World by Stephen M. R. Covey and Greg Link is a great book about trust in our world. Much of the focus is business, however he does provide examples in government and in personal relationships. I really enjoyed this read.

3. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering our Hidden Life in God by Dallas Willard is a deep book expounding on the Jesus’ teaching and how to be a disciple of Jesus.  Great but challenging read, calling us to authentic life and yearning to be like Jesus.

4. The Go Getter by Peter Kyne is a story of a man’s quest for a sales job.  It’s a very small read, with a powerful message. *

5. Empowering Your Health by Dr. Asa Andrew is a book about you changing your health, not just going to the Dr expecting a magic pill.  He talks through mental, chemical and structural and how we can “lifestyle” our way to better health through better choices in food and supplements.

6. The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow by John Zenger and Kathy Stinnett is a coaching book for business leaders.  The biggest thing I got from this book is the importance of feedback for both coach and coachee as well as Prochaska’s Stages of Change including: Precontemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, and Relapse. These are important to keep in mind so that I know what kinds of questions to ask and how to guide based on where a coachee is in this process.

7. Waking the Dead by John Eldredge is a great read of God’s drawing our hearts to his.  I love how Eldredge incorporates stories to illustrate and speaks of his experience in nature, especially here in Colorado.  Excellent book for anyone.

8. The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss is an interesting book of what Ferriss has researched on how to lose fat and get in shape.  Ferriss is not a doctor nor does he claim to be, so the research is all about numbers and some of the suggestions I do not necessarily agree with. . . however it is interesting to hear his data. *

9. Two From Galilee by Marjorie Holmes is a narrative story of Mary and Joseph of the Bible.  She takes liberties to give the characters personalities and emotions which puts you in the story, though some things she may have said, I do not agree with.  anyway, but it’s a good read to re-emphasize the humanity of Jesus coming to earth as a baby.  The story ends as Mary and Joseph are leaving to flee to Egypt.

10. God Came Near by Max Lucado is an early book of Lucado’s.  It is short snippets of thoughts of God on earth, set in context of his young family in Brazil.  It’s an easy short read, either 1 short chapter a day for inspirational thoughts or as I did almost in a single sitting.

11. Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola is a book to come back to knowing who Jesus is.  Our modern christian gospel has weakened in this area and this book attempts to point back to the Jesus of power and sovereignty.  It is a great read. . . simply written yet deep.

12. Anna Kerenina by Leo Tolstoy is an amazingly written novel.  It is extremely long, so I got it to listen in the car and was glad since I probably would not have pronounced many of the names correctly.  There is drama and intrigue, sex scandal and family division, suicide and love.  Everything a great novel needs, yet in the end one of the characters comes to full grips with what he believes of God and how that changes his life.  I really enjoyed the book, but probably will not watch the movie as I expect it is mostly about Anna’s love affair.

13. Thou Shall Prosper: 10 Commandments for Making Money by Rabbi Daniel Lapin is about the things that people who are Jewish typically do in regards to money.  They manage it well and therefore by following these “commandments” keep and grow money. Interesting concepts, some that I agree and others that I would not necessarily agree.

14. Six Hours one Friday by Max Lucado is a simple read of short stories depicting reality and how we need to “anchor” to the cross of Christ to live.  Stories from Max’s life or stories from history or stories from Scripture are woven through this book.

15. The Five Love Languages of God by Gary Chapman is under a new name of God Speaks Your Love Language, but the concept is still there that we love and receive love from God through our love language. I like how Dr. Chapman gives examples and illustrations from men and women he’s met, in history, and in scripture to show various love languages.

16. My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme is an excellent memoir of Julia’s life abroad mostly France for 6 years.  She talks about how she got started into cooking and the book as well as fun stories of their life in Paris and small towns.  I thoroughly enjoyed the French culture she brings out and after reading this and Julie and Julia I must go to the library and attempt my own french cooking with “Mastering”.

17. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana DeRosnay was a book recommended by one of my students. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel which blended the lives of two women. One a child during the French Round of Hel’deViv round up in Paris in July 1942, the other an American living in Paris researching the horrid events.

18. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo is a quick read that I have been told over and over to read.  I really enjoyed this causal story or the Burpo family and their son’s experience in heaven.  Todd, the dad, shares the story in a way that really drew me in.  I also enjoyed the fact that many of the places he discusses are around the Denver area, so I could really visualize the story, particularly Rose the Tarantula.

19. The Shaping of Things to Come by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch is a book on how the church needs to transition to the new generations and the idea of missional outlook of church. They outline possible changes as to where the church needs to go.

20. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is the memoir of a young girl who lived in Iran through the revolution and the wars up until the early 90s. It is a great story of a woman who has to find herself through her adventures in Europe.

21. The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien is a classic that I had not ever read before.  With The Hobbit out on movie it made me want to read these “epic” books.  However, I instead listened to it on CD.  I did enjoy listening though as many of the elfish speech and other words I probably would have mispronounced in my head. I do almost wish I hadn’t seen the movie before reading the books as I wonder what my own picture of the characters would have looked like.

22. Rebecca by Daphine Du Maurier is a romantic suspense novel written in the 30’s.  I would not have picked this up on my own, however a student chose it so I paralleled my reading to help with comprehension as needed.  I really enjoyed this book.  It is a very well written novel and without having seen the movie I did not know some of the surprise twists.There is an old black and white movie produced by Hitchcock, I may look into it, since I liked the book so much.

23. Think: Why Crucial Decisions Can’t Be Made in the Blink of an Eye is a book byMichael R. LeGault. I really enjoyed this book that is a bit of a reaction to Blink by Malcom Gladwell.  LeGault gathers scientific data from various sources about how we think or often times do not think, but instead hirer consultants and gurus to think for us.  By think, he means critical thinking.  Interestingly he points his argument to many areas of life including: schools, parenting, government and business.

24. The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to take control of your tasks, time, and talents by Nancy Ratey is a terrific book about how the brain works which show symptoms of ADHD.  I am still slow to say that ADHD is specifically biological, however there are certain symptoms which appear to be universal. These physical and behavioral symptoms can be taught and trained to function otherwise. Ratey uses examples of clients she has helped to change their behavior so that their symptoms are manageable.

25. the Catcher in the RYE by J.D. Salinger is a classic that high schoolers often read.  I do not remember reading it in highschool, but since I was homeschooled that makes sense.  I picked this up to parallel with one of my students.  I did not enjoy it. I guess it’s all about the coming of age of this teenager, but I did not appreciate the language and sexual references.

26. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas is a very well written, well documented book on the life, political, and historical surroundings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I thoroughly enjoyed all the added history and details of the inside happenings of Germany during the early 1900’s through the end of WW2 in 1945.  My favorite quote from the book comes from a wedding sermon Dietrich wrote in prison for his niece, “It is not love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.”

27. The Coaching Manual by Julie Starr is a specific manual of how to for personal coaching.  I really enjoyed the tidbits of practice tips and things to try for me to learn more about how I communicate and observe others.

28. Wheat Belly by William Davis is an eye opening MD’s account and evidence for why not to eat Wheat or even Gluten Free alternatives. Davis goes into the body’s reactions to these ingredients and the history of how wheat has changed in the past 80 years so dramatically that it is harmful to our bodies.

29. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is a classic that I never remember picking up.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and really saw the themes of grace and mercy throughout.

30. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a crazy memoir of this life of being on the street as a family yet having frivolous items. Her family of 6 struggle to eat yet mom is holding on to land in AZ and TX because you do not sell something like land.  It is amazing how she comes out and does well in New York City.  Except for the language I enjoyed this story: I laughed out loud and gawked open mouth at some of the episodes.

31. The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien is the middle book of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I enjoyed reading the full version vs. just seeing the movie.  The dialogue and descriptive language cannot be matched.

32. The ADD and ADHD Cure by Jay Gordon is a natural treatment for a child with ADD/ADHD.  He encourages elimination of wheat/dairy/sugar/artificial  and natural ingredients/coloring, increase in exercise and sleep as a way to help with the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.

33. Brain Works: the Mind bending science of how you see, what you think, and who you are by Michael Sweeney. Wow, what an interesting book about how our brain works.  I learned much about the way we see things and our perceptions of the world. In general our brain can hold 7 pieces of information at the same time . . . ie phone number or names.

34. Return of the King and the Annals of the Kings and Rulers by JRR Tolkien is the conclusion of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  I enjoyed this much better than the movie as it wraps up many pieces the movie does not including the fight for the Shire.  The annals of the Kings is an appendix to give additional information and background knowledge.

35. Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo is a very intriguing book about the billions of dollars that Africa has received with little to no change in the economy.  Moyo is an African and gives some very convincing arguments as to how and why the situation is not changing despite the money pouring into Africa.  Solutions presented include helping the individual succeed through programs like the Kiva lending website.

36. Leadership Coaching by Tony Stoltzfus is a great book with practical steps to understand and practice coaching skills.  It comes from a Christian perspective that emphasizes belief in people that they desire to change and have a good reason for what they do.  Christ is transforming and a coach can be a catalyst for that change.

37. Your God is Too Small by J.B. Phillips is a little but deep book. The first half Phillips breaks down our misconceptions of God. The second half he builds the case for a magnificent God who loves and cares for his creation.

38. Choice Words by Peter H Johnston is an incredible little book about the words and phrases teachers use to encourage their students to better learning.  These are essentially like coaching questions that are open ended and ask the students to think and analyze their work. The books focus is primarily reading and writing but he does branch out a little bit and talk about generalization to other subject areas. Terrific book for parents and teachers alike!

39. Multiply by Francis Chan and Mark Beuving is a book and study guide to help believers disciple others.  There is also material online to view and add to the study.  I enjoyed the book as a reminder of why we are here, yet felt that it did not have some of the same passion I grew to love about Chan’s earlier works.

40. Two Minute Warning by Bill McCartney and Aaron Fruh is a look at Scriptures and the evidence to support and honor Jewish people.  The argument is that in order to be united under Jesus, the Gentile believers must love and honor Jews so that it brings them to Jesus and thus bringing about the last days.  It is an interesting discussion that I want to continue to think about and dialogue with others.

41. The Autism Revolution: Whole body strategies for making life all it can be by Martha Herbert MD, PhD. with Karen Weintraub is one of the best books on Autism that I have found yet.  I love her scientific approach, yet realization that it is a whole approach and medication is not the end all be all. However, she does claim with finding the strategies that work for a specific person with Autism; she has seen many of the symptoms go away enough so to say that person does not have autism any longer.

42. Make Your Brain Smarter:Increase your Brain’s Creativity, Energy and Focus by Sandra Bond Chapman PhD. with Shelly Kirkland is an amazing scientific yet practical book on the brain.  Chapman gives clear evidence to how the brain works and how to increase brain power and decrease brain drain. Phenomenally written for the lay person to understand yet scientifically proven based from studies out of her brain research center in Texas.

43. Amazing Faith: Stories of Christians in Defining Moments by Thomas A. Shaw, Dwight A. Clough is a great book of short stories of men and women who all graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.  These stories tell of people who had a part in ministries worldwide and how they changed the world in their small corner or influenced a wider range of people.

44. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien is a great book of adventure.  Spurned on by the first book, Nick and I decided to read this one together this year.  I liked the movie in my head and now may or may not like the 2nd movie; it is yet to be determined.  The book is a little difficult to read out loud as Tolkien has an older style of writing, but it is an excellent book.

2012 books read

1. An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life by Mary Johnson. This is a very intriguing read about a young woman who becomes a nun in the Missionaries of Charity organization begun by Mother Teresa.  She openly shares her struggles to fulfill her vows and yearning for a life of authenticity.

2. Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio is a great book about a girl in 50’s/60’s era who develops what looks like symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome.  Her grandparents, raise her as best as they can and the reader experiences her struggles through puberty and Tourette’s.  Opera Winfery book club selection and a recommendation from here as well.

3. The Shack by WM. Paul Young. This is the second time I read it, knowing more of the story of the author, I was able to read with a different view.  I continue to love this book and the imagery it contains of our relationships and the relationship of the trinity together and in the lives of humans.

4. Knowing God by J.I. Packer is a traditional classic of the Christian faith in the light of how God relates to us.  There are some things that I disagree with in the “traditional” point of view.  But it gave me some good thoughts and dialogue for further exploration.

5. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom is a sad yet triumphant story of a Christian family in Holland who protected and helped Jews.  Corrie let the underground work in her town and was arrested and sent to prison, and concentration camp in Germany for her political crimes.  She and her sister were a light in a very dark place and her story if phenominal.

6. Of Thee I Zing by Laura Ingraham is a book critiquing what American “culture” has become.  It is humorous yet very sad and depressing as she speaks of our great country.

7.  The action research guidebook: A four-stage process for educators and school teams by R. Sagor. Yes, this is a text book, but I actually did enjoy the usefulness of this process.  It is very hands on for studying and participating in action research.

8. Studying your own school: An educator’s guide to practitioner action research by Anderson, G. L., Herr, K., & Nihlen, A.S. was another textbook that I read for class this spring. I really enjoyed the examples of teachers and schools who are doing a great job and making changes using the action research process.

9. Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture by Michael Frost is a book I read back in 2006 or 2007. I reread and really appreciated many things that we have actually changed that align to the principles in this book.  I was again inspired to make additional changes in the way we live to be more focused on eternal purposes that look so very different from our “christian” western society.

10. The Gospel of Ruth by Carolyn Custis James was a great book that Nick and I read together.  It was given to me for my birthday and I thoroughly enjoyed this different look at the book of Ruth than traditional Bible studies take.

11. The Bible by God. I was able to take the time this year to read the Bible straight through in 8 days.  It was incredible to see the flow and connections that I have never made before.  I definitely recommend it to anyone with the time, but it is a full time endeavor.

12. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp is a memoir written in poetic form.  I really enjoyed this reminder that life is all about thanksgiving and keeping Jesus’ gifts in our perspective. This was a gift from a friend that I thoroughly appreciated.

13. A Praying Life by Paul Miller is a very practical book on prayer. I love how he frames his points with real life stories of family and friends.  I especially can relate to the stories about his daughter, Kim, who has Autism.  Loved this book and they way he pulls scripture and thoughts together about prayer.

14. The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament by Frank Viola is a simple read, yet it gives an enormous amount of history and background to weave the story of the New Testament together.  I really enjoyed reading this as it pairs scripture with the history.  It’s an easy skim through without reading the entire NT, but if you pair it together, it gives a thorough understanding.

15. Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians by Eugene H. Peterson is the story of David. Peterson personalizes and opens up the humanness of David that I feel like at times we hide behind the “man after God’s heart” mentality.  This is a great read to open that earthiness back up.

16. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is the eye opening saga of how American food culture has “evolved” over the past 50 years. It is very interesting and often disgusting what you read in here.  It makes me want to change, but noting the book was written in 2002 I also wonder if anything has changed in lieu of what Schlosser brought out. There is a movie, but the book is so much better!!

17. Farm City by Novella Carpenter is a humorous recount of a real urban farmer in Oakland, CA.  She tends a garden and raises: chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and pigs all while entertaining her ethnically diverse neighbors. I loved this book and it motivates me to do more, well I may exempt my house from becoming the pen for the chicks and rabbits.  I don’t think I could handle to mess she refers to regularly.
18. The Butterfly Hunter: Adventures of people who found their true calling way off the beaten path by Chris Ballard is an amazing and inspirational book. People who do what they love, somehow get paid a little or a lot and the “jobs” are not traditional.  It is a fun read about real people with real “callings” or whatever they term it.  They are not necessarily working for a living, but living.

19. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin is a story of Greg’s journey in building schools in Pakistan.  There is much controversy over the stories of this book and the credibility of the non profit organization that Greg is the founder and CEO. I really enjoyed the culture and tradition pieces that he puts into this book, weather or not it has been exaggerated or fabricated.

20. Animals Make us Human by Temple Grandin is a book about how animals are wired and how we can help give them a better emotional state. It is interesting how Grandin writes about the brain and her perspective on animals. It is a very interesting book and I appreciate the thoughts, however when forced to choose, I know animals do not have souls and therefore will still elevate humans, however I also do think we should take care of them as best as we can.

21. The Vertical Farm by Dickson Despommier is an interesting take on how to feed the world in the coming years as we have striped the earth of rich nutrients. He recommends vertical in sealed buildings in urban areas. One of the biggest disagreements that I have is that he says then the farmers can control everything if the farming is done indoors, however I believe that is playing God and how sure that will be allowed by an all powerful God in Heaven.  Think tower of Babel.  But needless to say it is an interesting perspective and he offers solutions to a potential big problem.

22. The Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers is the first of her books I’ve read, but I really enjoyed the emotional take she adds to the story of Jesus’ family tree.  There are some narrative license things that I disagree with, but I definitely enjoyed the stories.

23. Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner is a short little book about her journey of spiritual practices that she learned as a child raised in Judaism yet converted to Christianity. She comments on the lack of spiritual disciplines that the church encourages and reaches back to her Jewish roots to draw closer to God.

24. The World as We Know It by Joseph Monninger is a novel about a young couple who meet as children. The life the live growing up close to each other and the journey they go on to discover themselves.

25. Ladies Who Launch by Victoria Colligan and Beth Schoenfeldt with Amy Swift. This is a book and a website subscription service that helps to motivate women who want to launch something in their lives be it a business or dating or education.  They have marketed it as specifically for the way women work and how we are motivated.  Interesting read, but doesn’t help me want to start a business.

26. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Home-Based  Business by Barbara Weltman is a very overwhelming book to read/skim and take in.  I finished it because I always finish books, but it is a lot of information.  Presented well with tips and tricks, however I do not think this is something I want to do as it seems an immense amount of work.  Yikes.

27. The Joy of Working by Denis Waitley is an excellent, not your typical “30 day system to . . .”. There are 30 small chapters on many things like success, responsibility and happiness.  He does bring scripture and God into some of his rationals but it is not an overly Christianese book. I was also amazed for as old it is, how things really do not change that much as SOS says there is nothing new under the sun.

28. Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmband is an incredible story of the persecuted church under communists in Russia and Romania and beyond. The book’s last edition is from 1998 but the website for Voice of the Martyrs continues to give updated information on the persecuted church.

29. The COACH Model for Christian Leaders by Keith E Webb is a great tool for coaching. I took a class that used this book as a text. I really enjoyed the process of learning how to coach and be a coach taught by Walt H. through the Luke 10 organization.

30. The Jewish War by Josephus is an interesting read on the Jews continual persecution by outsiders.  Ultimately is the fall of Jerusalem and the horrible things done inside while under siege. Written in the first century AD and translated a few times, it reads pretty well in english.  Interesting piece of history.

31. The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis is a book on his theology of pain. Interesting take and especially hard but good to read while going through hurt. In his way, he explains it very well and touches on this difficult topic.

32. Joystick Nation: How Videogames ate our quarters, won our hearts, and rewired our minds by J.C. Herz is a book I picked up based on that last phrase. I am always interested in learning more about the brain and how it works. I was a bit disappointed on that end of this book however I did learn about much of the video game history.  Though since the book was written in 1997, I would be interested in a more recent follow up. . . I’m sure there is one out there.

33. Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs is a book of 8 women from scripture that Higgs labels as “really bad” and tells their story.  She writes a modern dramatization of each woman’s story then commentates through the story in the Bible in between verses.  I remember liking the first Bad Girls of the Bible, I think, but I did not enjoy this style. . .maybe more for people new to Scripture.

34. Longing to Pray: How the Psalms Teach us to talk with God by J. Ellsworth Kalas is a short quick devotional book.  Each chapter opens with one or two Psalms to read then dives into the core of the Psalm and how it teaches us about friendship with God.

35. The Radical Center: Understanding the New Christian Re-Formation by Paul Barnes is a book on his view of how Christianity has to change to be effective in the 21st century and beyond.  The first piece of church history that makes this make sense is that about every 500 years a reforming of Christianity takes place and we are on the verge of 500 years since Martin Luther. . . that being said I do not agree with everything Paul discusses but he makes quality arguments of his points.  Good read if you want to be stretched in you Christian view.

36. Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind by Joyce Meyer has solid Biblical truths about our mind and how capturing the thoughts and turning them to truth can win against Satan’s attacks.

37. I Do Believe; Help Me With My Unbelief! (My Journey Toward Uncompromising Faith in God) by Tammy Schaefer is the memoir of my cousin Tammy.  She is a cousin on my mom’s side of the family and it is affirming to see God’s work in all lives no matter what we do, He keeps pursuing.

38. Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose – The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership, 4th Edition. by John Whitmore is a great book on the principles of coaching. I also learned a ton about leadership and things I didn’t do well, but I didn’t know.  He is from UK so has a different perspective but I enjoyed most of the thoughts and skimmed through some mystic/new age stuff at the end.  Good practical coaching book.

* Unabridged Audio Books in my car en-route to school.

1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey*

Great book – interesting Christian dimension that I did not expect.  Good life principles.

2. Make Money not Excuses by Jean Chatzky*

Simple, straight talk to women about money and what to do to make more and keep it.

3. The Overton Window by Glen Beck

Science Fiction, political thriller, but maybe not to far off.  Interesting read – took me 2 days.

4. The Ultimate Cheepskates Roadmap to True Riches by Jeff Yeager*

Nice take on money, he’s a bit crude, but makes his point that if you spend less you have the ability to earn less and be happy.

5. The Naked Gospel by Andrew Farley

Revolutionizing book about the Old Covenant vs. New Covenant.  We are forgiven and saved and dwelt once in Christ and we should live that way, including living by grace NOT the law.

6. The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn*

Treasure in heaven is better than treasure on earth, make deposits there where you can “send it on ahead” instead of leaving it behind.

7. Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller

Memoir of a three-month journey of Donald as a young man and a friend as they travel WV van from TX to OR and the learning along the way.

 8.  Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper*

Call to Christian to live a life worthy of hearing God say, “Well done”. Call against American consumerism and lack of care related to unbelievers going to hell.

9.   Emergence Labeled Autism by Temple Grandin*

A true story of the process of growing up an emerging “out” to become a very successful woman who has autism. HBO documentary based on this book was done in 2010.

10. Under the Tuscan Sun by Audrey Wells*

Way better than the movie, so I hear. Loved all the Tuscan culture, language and food.  She buys an old villa and renovated it. They grow tons of local produce, and she even includes yummy recipes.

11. 90 Minutes in Heaven  by Don Piper*

Wow, this incredible true story about a horrible car accident and Don was pronounced dead at the scene then tells of his experience at Heaven’s gate and the story of his return to earth and miraculous recovery.

12. House Rules by Jody Picoult

The main character is an 18-yr old boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome.  His obsession is forensics and therefore he ends up being at a crime scene and charged with murder.

13. Fearless by Max Lucado*

We live a life of fear, but Jesus calls us to live trusting him and fearless.

14. Days of Glory, Seasons of Night  by Marilee P. Dunker

The story of Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision, and his family.  Their life and struggles as a family torn between their father serving God and being a father.

15. The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson*

True story of this father’s quest to the outer regions of Mongolia to heal his son who has autism.

16. Blink by Malcom Gladwell*

Psychologist’s perspective and research of how we make split second decisions in the blink of our eye.

17. A Mile in My Flip-Flops  by Melody Carlson

Novel of a woman healing through a house flip.  She finds God again in her life and a new romance as well.

18. Spiritual Arts  by Jill Briscoe

Spiritual life is not just a gift, but it must be cultivated in the form of various arts to practice.

19. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

16th century monk who learned and shared about the practice of being in the presence of God through his daily life.

20.  Animals in Translation  by Temple Grandin*

A look at animals and autism through the eyes of a woman who has autism and is brilliant at communicating it.

21. Sex God  by Rob Bell*

I really enjoyed this look at Christianity in terms of relationship and spirituality and sexuality.  Rob Bell writes in a very easy to read/listen to way and much of the book terms that “this. . . is about that.” Everything we think about and divulge into is truly about something else.

22. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus  by John Gray*

A look at the difference between Martians and Venusians . . . and how understanding and appreciating the differences can help us to know and appreciate, and better understand our spouse more.

23. Celebration of Discipline  by Richard Foster

A scriptural and practical look at the spiritual disciplines. I really enjoyed the practical application of this book. I’ve tried to read others and gotten lost in the theology.

24. Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice by Patricia Wolfe

Great easy to understand descriptions of research and what and how the brain works, plus almost half the book is multi grade level suggestions and activities of ways to activate the brain for learning.

25. Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Clarissa Willis

Practical ideas and theory about Autism and how to teach, not a lot of new information for me, but some good reminders and easy to read for beginners learning about young children with ASD.

26. The Bookseller of Kabul by AsneSeierstad

Wow, great book and look into the life of an Afgani family.  Written by the perspective from as inside as Asne could get, living with the Khan family and hearing from all of them.

27. The Nanny Dairies  by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Very funny, and ironically crazy look into the life of a nanny working for a high upper class Manhattan family.  Great beach book.  😉

28. Too Busy Not to Pray: Slowing Down to be with God  by Bill Hybels*

This book I think I have read before, but didn’t remember it. It is your typical “church” book on prayer and how God speaks. Some good reminders, but not altogether fabulous.

29. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Another one that I’ve read before, but a great re-read.  Separation of heaven and hell and earth. It’s a great look at what it might be like, but more than that, what keeps us from truly knowing and loving God.

30. The Bitter and the Bold by Jay M. Rasooli and Cady H. Allen

This is the story of Dr. Saeed of Iran.  Born late 1800’s, he became a christian as an early adult and through missionaries learned and studied God and medicine.  He was very influential in his day. Interesting short story about his life and the persecution due to Islam and culture, yet he persevered and ministered to all walks.

31. Desiring God by John Piper*

Philosophy of Christian Hedonist – our purpose on life is to glorify God and ENJOY him forever.

32. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer*

Very interesting book of short stories told along the road. I listed to this one as it was intended, I figured. I listed to it in a modern version of English with a narrator to help in the transitions.  Very interesting to think about the various styles of tales back in the day.

33. Against Medical Advise by James Patterson, Hal Friedman, Cory Friedman

Fascinating book about Cory’s struggle with Tourette’s Syndrome and his 13 year battle against his body.  This is a great read that I enjoyed especially since I work with kids with special needs and could possibly interact with this in the future.  Also fits into my natural seeking journey right now as well.  Great read!

34. Forgotten God by Francis Chan

The Holy Spirit’s power is not in America the way it was in scripture. Chan dives into some of this through an encouraging read of practicality that he is great at.

35. Pilgrims Progress  by John Bunyan*

I think I read this a long time ago, but I really enjoyed listening to it and catching all the Biblical references.  Fabulous and timeless story.

36. HoneymooninTehran by Azadeh Moaveni*

Phenomenal book of an insider’s view of Tehran, Iran.  Azadeh’s family immigrated to America before she was born, she returned to her homeland as an adult. This is her story of living there around 2005 and the turn over of the presidency to Ahmadinejad.

37. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by RhodaJanzen

Memoir, at times crash as she turns away from the Mennonite tradition, but through her struggle she comes to accept and appreciate her upbringing.  Many things I laughed out loud about that I enjoy in the Mennonite tradition.

38.  Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

Written by a Mennonite, so many of the stories and things she mentions are familiar.  Lorilee visited many Amish homes and farms and learned how they are so financially doing ok, despite the recession. Their motto: Use it up, wear it out, or do without.

39. Erasing Hell by Francis Chan

Chan’s response to Rob Bell’s Love Wins.  I commend Chan for the research of original languages and culture in interpreting what scripture has to say about Hell.  The biggest lesson learned is that hell referred to in the Bible is towards believers, not unbelievers (hell, fire and brimstone sermons) and that should motivate us to live in love so much more!!

40. The Cat Who Went Into The Closet by Lilian Jackson Braun

Cute, easy read about a mystery seeking bachelor who lives with two very curious and 6th sensed cats.  Recommended and given by my mom and also mentioned in the Mennonite in the Little Black Dress.

41. Hudson Taylor  by J. Hudson Taylor

Autobiography of the man who began the China Inland Mission.  Amazing story of God’s provisions and Taylor’s faith that led many to Christ. Excerpts from his diary and journals make up this small easy read.

42. The Bible  by God

Again, the best book ever and the greatest story of the world.  I am always amazed at the nuances that I can catch even after so many times reading it.

As most of you, our friends and family know, I like to read books.  In our attempt to de-clutter this year I parted with many books, however I still have many and am getting better about going to the library or borrowing from friends.  Anyway, for whatever reason in 2010 I decided to keep track of the books that I read and now and publishing the list, just for fun.  I’d love to hear comments if you have read some of these or are interested in reading some.  You’ll see fiction and non-fiction, Christian, financial, personal and fun all together.  It was a good year and I think I’ll do this again.

  1. Marley and Me by John Grogen
  2. Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson
  3. The Lies about Money by Ric Edelman
  4. The Bold Truth about Investing by Adam Bold
  5. Peace Child by Don Richardson
  6. Apartment Therapy by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
  7. The Lady, Her Lover and Her Lord by T.D. Jakes
  8. If I Live to be 100 by Neenah Ellis
  9. Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
  10. The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus by Peter Gomes
  11. The Skin that We Speak by Lisa Delpit
  12. Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
  13. Arkansas by Christine Lynxwiller
  14. Forgiving the Dead Man Walking by Debbie Morris
  15. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  16. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  17. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  18. No More Monday’s by Dan Miller
  19. What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Nelson Bolles
  20. Soon the Light will Come by Thomas A McKean
  21. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  22. Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
  23. Reimagining Church by Frank Viola
  24. The Power of Uniqueness by Arthur F. Miller Jr.
  25. The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
  26. Worship: Rediscovering the Missing Jewel by Ronald Allen
  27. Skipping Stones by Paul Barnes
  28. The Bible by God