Thursday, January 6, 2011

My New & Improved 2011 Reading List

A few notes before we begin:
  • I was trying to whittle down this list to 12 books, but in the end I couldn't find a final two to take off.  It may be a stretch for me to read all 14 of these, but I'm going to give it a shot.
  • Remember, you can win one of these books from me!  Check out my NFL Playoff Contest.
  • I want to read on a variety of topics in order to improve multiple areas of my life.  So that's why this list may seem slightly random.
Here they are in alphabetical order:
Do any of these grab your attention?  What are you planning to read this year?


    1. A. Your background distracts me, especially when scrolling.

      B. Add some books on basic philosophy, worldviews and thoughts on ethics. It completely changes your way of approaching/viewing issues, and seems especially relevant to The Devil's Delusion. There's a lot of science vs. religion debate going on, and people don't realize how much of the picture they're missing until they study philosophy. A lost subject that should not be forgotten, I'm increasingly becoming convinced.

      3. The last book looks interesting. I don't think I knew of it. Actually they all look interesting, but another book with DeYoung and Kluck together has to be awesome.

      D. I'm doing Crazy Love with a group right now. It is good, but as always with things that are overhyped, it's not as good as some like to say. I don't think anything short of the Bible is as good as people say that book is.

      E. Peace out.

      F. Secret word: belly

    2. Steve-

      Thanks for the comment.

      A. Thanks for telling me. I'll work on that. Any suggestions for a replacement to the notebook paper?

      B. Any specific suggestions here? I don't have any philosophy books on my reading list currently

      3. Agreed

      D. Reading it myself now. I'll withhold comments till I finish.

      E. See you at breakfast tomorrow.

      F. No need for a secret word.

    3. Ran across these comments. I agree with Steve about the role of philosophy and ethics, especially when dealing with issues of the new atheism.

      Some books about philosophy/christian thinking that I personally have found challenging and great are, in order of my preference:

      "The Christian Mind: How Should A Christian Think?" by Harry Blamires (great book)

      "Love Your God With All Your Mind: The Role Of Reason In The Life of the Soul" by J.P. Moreland

      "Engaging God's World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living" by Cornelius Plantinga (maybe not the greatest or exactly philosophical in nature, but a good, easy and quick read)

      "Introduction to Philosophy: A Christian Perspective" by Norman Geisler (as dry as the title sounds, but solid nonetheless)

      "Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God" by John Piper (just got this for Christmas, haven't read it yet, but seems promising)

      Lastly, apparently it's mandatory for all christian philosophy books to have a colon in the title.

    4. Josh- Thanks for these suggestions. I totally added all of them to my 'Want to Read' list. (Which is insanely long... that's why I had to buckle down and choose a baker's dozen +1 for this calendar year.)

      And yes: Colons are imperative when discussing philoso:phy