Thursday, December 9, 2010

2010 Book Recap, Part I

I've already posted about the audio books I listened to this past year.

Here's the rundown of the good ol' paper books I've read.  (No e-reader yet.)  There are in order from the books that impacted me the least to those that impacted me the most.  Keep in mind that I'm not you, so naturally we might feel differently about different books and different topics.

REVEAL Study by Greg L. Hawkins and Cally Parkinson*  This was the study put out by Willow Creek regarding church organizations and personal spiritual growth.  I think it is valuable that they did this study, but most of the results seemed obvious to me.  One example of the obvious: "Spiritual growth is not related to church involvement, but a personal relationship with Jesus." (p54).  It's almost laughable that this fact had to be revealed in a study... but I am glad that it was 'discovered'.

Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger The sub title of this book ("Returning to God's process for making disiciples") was why I wanted to read it.  Unfortunately, a more accurate sub title would have been "Finding easy processes for making disciples."  One the plus side, there were some cool stories and practical ideas for church organizations.  But there was no study and explanation of Biblical disciple-making, so that was a bummer.

First Comes Love, Then Comes Money by Scott and Bethany Palmer  Personally I didn't gain a lot from this book.  Brittany and I apparently have a very boring financial relationship compared to some.  And I'll be striving to keep it that way based on the stories in this book.  I would recommend it to any newlyweds (or newly engaged couples) as well as married couples who are having regular disagreements about money.

On Becoming Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo* I attempted to read this just before our third son was born.  I'm a little bit of a sleep-a-holic, so getting our new baby to sleep well (and quickly) was essential.  I would highly recommend it to any expecting parents.  (That being said, luckily my wife also read the book and was way more on top of the nursing routine than I was... and understandably so.)

Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky  Again the sub title of a book caught my eye: "The Power of Organizing without Organizations."  This is basically a look at social media and how it can be crazy powerful (both for good and bad.)  It was a pretty fun read.  My biggest take away was the story of a book from 1492: De Laude Scriptorum.  But you'll have to come to my TRAINing Disciples seminar to hear it.

Part II will be coming soon with more books.  Stay tuned!
    *I own these books and would love to lend/give them to you.  Just holler at me.

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