Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year's Resolution (1) :: Read More

books to read

Blogger is driving me mad... one minute I can upload a photo... the next I can't. Hmm... Wordpress is looking mighty appealing.

Anyway... my first resolution is to read more. I don't make enough time to read... especially now that the shower has been replaced.

These are some, but not all, of the books I intend to read (clockwise from top left)

* Angels & Demons by Dan Brown - some light entertainment. Fun and interesting.
* Sally Ann - Poverty to Hope by Bo Brekke - I borrowed this a while ago ((link)) and need to finish it.
* Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes - Olly got this from the girls for her Christmas. Its one of her fav books from her schooldays. Really powerful story about IQ and genetic engineering. I am a big sci-fi fan and can't wait to read it.
* The Message Remix :: Pause by Eugene Peterson - My favourite translation of the Bible in a daily reading format. In each week, the 7th day is "free" for contemplation... which I like. I intend to start it today... and keep it going.
* Change the world for a fiver by wearewhatwedo - Chris picked this book up when we had food with them recently and I picked it up on his recommendation. Its a great wee read... nothing heavy except the challenge to change. Nice. 50 actions include... (35) write to someone who inspired you, (06) take public transport when you can, (32) do something you think you can't do, and (30) bake something for a friend;
* Breaking the mould by Peter A Hunter - I was given this book a while back and never picked it up. Its about personal stories of ordinary people becoming powerful... and change that works.

A mixed bag... but some stuff I intend to get through. Make time to read.

I would like you... the nanolog community to recommend the books you have read or intend to read... the what and why... for me, and the community to read... leave a comment with your top five and I'll check them out.

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Anonymous said...

My planned reading list for 2007 is going to be massive as (God willing) I'll be studying for some professional and musical qualifications, but for now I'll list some books I want to plough through in the first quarter of '07

Take Back Your Life Using Outlook (S. McGhee) - From the "need to pick this up again file". 2006 was an organisational nightmare for me, and this book should help me organise what's shaping up to be a very challenging year

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (G. Fee and D. Stuart) - The Bible is a goldmine. I need to learn how to dig!

The Man who was Thursday (G. K. Chesterton) - This was introduced to me through the video game "Deus Ex" and caught my attention again as a radio play. I'm familiar with Chesterton from his pithy quotes.

Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels (C. A. Evans) - Apparently a very good apologetic text for the Davinci Code and Jesus Seminar age.

From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (R. Weikart) This will be heavy going, but a necessary antidote to the tripe Richard Dawkins and his cronies are peddling.

If you're really bored, you can find the rest of my planned reading list here


Anonymous said...

I'm definitely with you on The Message. Going to get it for my Treo this year...

I'd recommend "B@ll@cks to Alton Towers" by Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris & Joel Morris. Available at It's a tour of uncommonly British places to visit rather than the American Theme Park type of venue. Very amusing and somewhat thought provoking too! It's not spelt the way I've spelt it though - it uses the proper spelling for the first word!


Anonymous said...

Messy Spirituality- Christianity for the rest of us By Mike Yacconnelli (Duno how to spell the guy's name but its sumtn like that)
Excellent book to remind us we are all equal in God's eyes and that we all struggle and need to make more room for Jesus

Anonymous said...

SWITCH to TYPEPAD!!!!!! It is sooo much better and more user friendly even though you have to pay it's worth it!!!

My Top 5:
1. "How (Not) To Speak of God" by Peter Rollins of Ikon in Belfast. - THE BEST book on postmodernism, theology and emerging church. Pete is a great friend of mine. Tone Jones had this to say about the book:

2. Southern Vampire Series with Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris - A very fun modern vampire series. i am in the second book Loved the 1st one, "Dead Until Dark".

3. "The Signature of Jesus" by Brennan Manning - THE BEST spirtual book. Met Manning and he is great!

4. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel - Postmodern Fiction

5. "Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami - Postmodern Fiction

Unknown said...

I have to say, get some c.s. lewis in, mere christianity is awesome, originally written for a ww2 radio brodcast but converted to a book. He's more down to earth than you could ever imagine. Its the gospel for people too smart for religion. Read screwtape letters too, its a bit tounge in cheek but its a cool way to look at the spiritual battle we dont see.

Started purpose driven life with steph yesterday, think its gonna be good. Let me know how the message daily reading stuff is, i like the message but try and read it alongside another bible. Am looking for a daily reading book for the year, let me know if you would recommend it.

Johnny said...

Here's what's on the horizon for me, reading-wise:

Getting Things Done: Dave Allen..."How to acheive stress-free productivity"...each of us were given a copy at the office party...yup, we really know how to party!! ;-))

Exiles: Michael Frost..."Living Missionally in a Post Christian Culture"...picked this up over Christmas when we were visiting Salibury Cathedral

SARUM: Edward Rutherford

"...It tells the story of England through the eyes of several families in the English town of Salisbury, stretching from prehistoric times to the 1980s"

A Generous Orthodoxy: Brian McLaren: "Why I Am a Missional, Evangelical, Post/Protestant, Liberal/Conservative, Mystical/Poetic, Biblical, Charismatic/Contemplative, Fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, Green, Incarnational, Depressed-yet-Hopeful, Emergent, Unfinished CHRISTIAN"...I've been working through this periodically over the last few months, so I hope to get to the end.

Finishing Well: Bob Buford "What People Who Really Live Do Differently!"...ironically, I started this a couple of years back, and never got round to finishing it. It's a series of interviews with eminiant (mostly US) Church & Business leaders, on how they have gotten to where they are, and how they are panning out in the 2nd 1/2 of their lives.

Chris H said...
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Chris H said...

Go on, make the switch to Wordpress... join us :)


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