the last 10

I get asked all the time about what I am reading.  Probably because I read all kinds of different things.

So here are the last 10 books I read: 
1) Inside Steve’s brain – Leander Kahney 
     This was a great book about discovering how to work out your creativity.  I thoroughly recommend it in order to get sparked by so many different things.  The first sentence in the book hit me hard.  It said, paraphrased, ‘Steve Jobs spends as much time working on the packages that his gadgets go in as he does developing the gadget itself.'”  

2) Your first two years in youth ministry – Doug Fields
     “I loved the Purpose-Driven youth ministry by Fields and this one is very good as well.  It really gives great insights for those starting in youth ministry like myself.”  

3) On Church Leadership – Mark Driscoll  
     “This is a short book.  Really short.  Straight to the point and it is a part of the “a book you actually read” series.  I loved the chapters on elders and women in ministry especially because I had never really analyzed them that much and he gave great insights into the aspects of leadership that I had never even considered.”

4) The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller
     “So this one is not necessarily a book, but it is a great graphic novel.  I had never really considered it before but with the Dark Knight coming out this month, I thought I should check it out.  I definitely don’t regret that decision.  I loved reading this comic.  I haven’t read a comic in about 5 or 6 years and this one makes me want to start back.  As a friend told me recently, ‘Comics don’t get old, people do.’ Well spoken.”

5) Vintage Jesus – Mark Driscoll
     “I used to not like Driscoll that much but he started following me on twitter.  Or somebody with his name did.  No seriously, I used to not like him because of how harsh and unloving I thought he was.  This was mainly because I was a pansy and I didn’t want to say the harsh things.  Driscoll has since been hitting me between the eyes with truth.  This book was good.  Not great.  Good only because I have heard the things he talked about before, and mostly in a better written format.”

6) Angels & Demons – Dan Brown
     “I must say that I loved the Davinci Code book.  Yep, I am Christian too.  Paradox?  Maybe, I leave that up to you.  Just remember that Dan Brown writes fiction.  Reading this one was good.  I love controversial things so I thought this one would be great.  It wasn’t that controversial at least to me.  But Dan Brown is an entertaining writer and I needed an entertaining read so this was a perfect choice.”

7) Wide Awake – Erwin McManus
    
“Few writers spark me to pursue God more on a consistent basis.  McManus does it every time.  He usually hits on the same themes though – we are to be dreamers for God.  But he always knocks it out of the park.  I really enjoyed being reminded of my dreams for God.  Don’t read this with the expectation of fresh ideas, at least if you have read McManus’ other books.  Read it with an expectation of remembrance of what we should be doing.”  

8 ) On Writing – Stephen King 
     “I was haunted by this book before I read a word.  For some reason, every time I saw this book, I knew that it would hit me in the teeth.  The first time I saw it was on Steven Furtick’s blog.  I knew I had to read it.  I didn’t know why but I knew.  This book made me remember the power of stories.  It made me realize the virtues of hard work.  It put me a desire to live out my dreams and not settle for less.  I recommend this book more than any other book over the past year or so.  Honestly, ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to write a book.  I don’t know if that will ever happen but this book put that dream back in my heart.  It also made me want to read fiction again.  I hadn’t read a fiction book in like 3 years before this one.  Go now and get this and read it.”  

9) The Attributes of God – A.W. Tozer
     “I honestly need to read books by Christians from previous generations.  They had the faith that I want to have.  They believed bigger than most Christians these days and they were convicting in all of their writings.  They held nothing back.  This was also a book I knew I had to read.   I loved how high a view of God Tozer had.  It completely destroys my low-view of God (mainly one that prays for God to do things that we could do ourselves).  This makes me want to dream for 3,000 to come to Christ in one day.  3,000 to come to Him not just through a one-time prayer but through faith that brings about a revival throughout the world.  A revival of love and justice that spreads to every town that those 3,000 come into contact with.”  

10) the Discipline of Grace – Jerry Bridges
    
“Honestly, I didn’t really like this one.  It was ok.  I loved the slogan on the back cover – ‘your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace.  And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.’  I also liked how he talked about our part in our journey in God.  But I don’t think it was very well written.  However, I do remember how influential Bridges was in my early walk with God by his book, The Pursuit of Holiness.” 

Ok, that is the last 10.  Next 10 someday.  I have been devouring books lately – so I expect it soon.  

Oh, just so you know, one way I read books quite fast is because I read about 5 or 6 at a time.  Definitely not recommended for everyone but I get bored and uninterested easily and I find this is the best way to keep sparking my interest.  The really good books I read quickly (in one or two sittings).  At least, if I can comprehend them quickly.

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