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Saw this on Shaggy and thought it makes for some good discussion.
Just post what you're reading or most recently read and if you'd recommend it or not or your thoughts and whatnot. Nothing serious.
I'm currently reading World War Z by Max Brooks, Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, and Foundation by Isaac Asimov. Right now more engrossed with WWZ. Also have jumped back in and out of Linchpin: Are you Indispensable? by Seth Godin.
WWZ is pretty intense and very readable. It's written as a postwar historical account of a zombie apocalypse so it's organized in a series of personal stories that are between half a page to two pages in length. So you don't get much of a break. It's just horrible story after horrible story, but I can't put it down. Brooks really makes it feel real given how you portrays the acceptance of such an outrageous thought: the dead rising and feasting on our flesh. He does it by showing both its subtle escalation to its sudden breakout no one is prepared to handle: first rumors, then government explanations that satisfy most people (calling it African Rabies), then everyone dismisses it, then more rumors, more dismissal of the stories, then all of a sudden while watching a football game on TV and dinner cooking in the kitchen and kids doing their homework all hell breaks loose in your neighborhood and it's every man for himself.
The others I haven't gotten far enough into to judge just yet.
Linchpin might be a good book about redefining your work experience and your role in your career, but so far the author keeps repeating himself without getting into the meat of his message. I'll wait until I'm finished before passing final judgement. :)
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Lower Your Taxes Big Time - Sandy Botkin
Platform - Get Noticed in a Noisy World - Michael Hyatt
$100 Startup - Chris Guillenau
I Don't have enough faith to be an Atheist - Frank Turek
The Unemployed Millionaire - Matt Morris
The 4 Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss
The Paleo Solution - Rob Wolff
The 4 Hour Body - Tim Ferriss
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The Explicit Gospel--Matt Chandler
Victory at High Tide--about the Amphibious landing at Inchon, thus guaranteeing a USMC for another 200 years.
Cobra II--AMAZING book about the first Iraq war (2003). I learned a lot from this book. Tough read, but a must if you want a good understanding how that war started and how wrong we were about a few things. It has changed my stance on Syria and Iran in terms of preemptive policy (should we consider such a thing).
A lot of military doctrinal stuff and tactics manuals, but that's mainly to stay current. I try to juggle between having a 3000 year old military mind and a solid grasp of reformed theology. Those are about all I have time for.
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Let me know what you think of Explicit Gospel. Matt is a good friend of mine.
Catch Your Dream by Robert Lee Griffin III.
The Peter Principle, Part Deux
by Kevin Steele, with Foreward by Joseph Biden
I absolutely love The Explicit Gospel. It's been a blessing for both the wife and myself. But I went in to the book pretty biased. My first two deployments to Iraq, I absolutely lived off of Matt's podcasts. Pretty interesting because up until a couple of years ago, I wouldn't have recognized Matt if I was sitting right next to him, nor have I ever set foot in The Village, but in 08 and 09 I was as involved in his message as anybody could be, just from the Al Anbar province. Matt really blessed my family and I during that time, so I couldn't wait to read his book. Maybe someday I'll get a chance to say 'thanks.'
Do you go to the Village? Let me know if so. I'm so outnumbered by Aggies that it would be good to connect with another Baylor fan.
Good thread. Thanks for the Seven Poets shout out Ashley. The first book is definitely meant for a YA audience, but it is an action/adventure story, so will be interesting to see if you can get into it. As we move into books two and three, I think it will have more cross over appeal.
Lit! - Tony Reinke Good book so far about the importance of reading and how being a Christian should influence how and what we read. Also good discussion about the power of language.
Every Good Endeavor - Tim Keller Keller is one of my favorite authors and I've been looking forward to this biblical and seasoned view of work for a while.
The Deep Things of God - Fred Sanders Heard about this book from a JR Vassar talk on how fundamental the Trinity is to a Christian and have felt challenged and encouraged by its contents. Thinking deeply about the Trinity has been life giving for me.
Date Your Wife - Justin Buzzard This has been a practical, encouraging, and biblical call to pursue my wife. Nice kick in the pants as we come up on five years, and children, career, sports, laziness, and selfishness continue to make dating a challenge.
The Accidental Creative - Todd Henry Just starting this one, but interested in his theories on creativity and productivity.
Looking forward to reading The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy about Christopher Nolan's Batman films
Recently enjoyed and recommend:
The Master Switch by Tim Wu Fascinating and insightful read on the rise and fall of Information Empires. Basically meditates on the power of mass communication and the men who have fought, lied, stolen, and coerced others to wrestle control of it. Uses recent American history from the telegraph through the internet for case studies. Read it if you get the chance.
Surprised by Hope NT Wright I'm not normally a huge Wright fan but this book was money. It's about, resurrection, heaven, and ultimately the new heaven and earth. Very helpful for me as I thought through some tough questions after my Dad passed away.
Good to know Coach. I've been there since '06 and only know a few. Of course, it's easy to miss each other with three campuses and counting.
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