Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A room without books is like a body without a soul (Marcus Cicero).
To the annoyance of many people, I read several books at a time. When it comes to reading I try pretending that I'm linear and formulaic, but it's more like hodge-podge and potluck. A book has to be really good (and I mean really good) for me to lose myself in it. When I fall in love with a book, I marry myself to it. I won't get out of bed, I'll stay up all night with it, and when I'm away from it, all I do is dream about being reunited in our favorite spot: my bed.
Someone asked me to post a list of what I'm reading, but if you know me, books are like love-interests. When I see people posting their booklists, I feel like they just wrote an expose of their love life. Somethings should be private, people!?!
With that being said, I realized that I have serious issues with books and need to get over the personification of inanimate objects. [Yes, I take Nerd to a whole new level.] I'm listing a few books that I've either just finished or I'm currently reading. Some books are for research, others are for leisure, and others are for theological investigation. I'm not advocating any book in this post! I'm just listing what I'm reading. If there is a book you recommend, drop me a line. I'd love to check it out! As Mortimer Adler says, Reading is the basic tool in the living of a good life.
A Year of Biblical Living, AJ Jacobs. Hilarious. Seriously, I read 120 pages in like a nanosecond. Jacobs is an atheist who is causing me to internalize the question: Do I really live as the bible commands?
Tribes, Seth Godin. Rocked. My. World. If you're a leader (or want to be) read this.
Its Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be, Paul Arden. Ignore the title--it's not a spiritual book. It's a marketing book about 60 pages in length, containing 60 years of wisdom.
Leading With A Limp, Dan Allender. I would've never picked this book up had it not been for a friend who bought it for my birthday. I wanted to be grateful, but I was confused. [Uh, thanks? This is totally like the Sadaris book I really wanted. Oh wait, no it's not.] But it's probably one of the best books on leadership I could ever read.
Plan B, Anne LaMott. Some people think she's crazy. Others think she's a spiritual oracle. I just think she's a great writer. Whether I agree with her theology or not, she's got a grip on writing that grips my heart.
On Writing, Stephen King. I was afraid to buy this book because I thought I'd have nightmares or something. Hello, it's Stephen King. But to my surprise, I was moved to tears reading his story, his passion, and his insight on writing. Tedious, but very informational read.