Thursday, December 2, 2010

2011 Book List

Here is where we will share books for our 2011 reading list.

My startup pile includes:

The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler

Faith Begins at Home by Mark Holmen

Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson (I have started this book twice and can't get past the first chapter. I'm going to give it one more shot.)

On Earth as It Is in heaven: How the Lord's Prayer Teaches Us to Pray by Warren Wiersbe

Raising the Dead: A Doctor Encounters the Miraculous by Chauncey W. Crandall

The Lineage of Grace series by Francine Roberts  (It has 5 volumes)

Valley Forge: George Washington and the Crucible of Victory by William Forstchen

Operation Daybreak by David Norris

Thou Shalt Keep Them: A Biblical Theology of the Perfect Preservation of Scripture by Kent Brandenburg, Editor

Every Prayer in the Bible: Discover God's Patters for Effective Prayer by Larry Richards

How To Read a Book by J. Adler Mortimer and Charles Van Doren

Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp

Instructing a Child's Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp

The Contemplative Pastor by Eugene Peterson

As you can see, if I am going to read 52 books next year, I have 38 more to go.  So please post your comments with any suggestions.  (Or, if I'm going to be like Rick Warren, I have 349 more to go for 2011!)


  1. Andy Stanley-The Grace of God. Awesome!

  2. I can speak to the utility of How to Read a Book. Found it very helpful. Ok, so here's a staggered list all of which I suggest:

    Recent (re)Reads:
    Orthodoxy - GK Chesterton
    The Road - Cormac McCarthy
    Out of the Silent Planet; Perelandra; That Hideous Strength - Space Triology by CS Lewis

    Must Reads (if you haven't already):
    Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis
    How to Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Mere Christianity - CS Lewis
    Practicing the Presence of God - Brother Lawrence

    On my list for 2011:
    Phantastes - George MacDonald
    The Man Who Was Thursday - Chesterton
    A Severe Mercy - Sheldon Vanauken
    Between Heaven and Hell - Peter Kreeft
    Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
    Team of Rivals - Goodwin

  3. Big Ideas - Rev. Dr. David Norris
    The Broken American Male (and how to fix him) - Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
    Azusa Street - Frank Bartleman
    How to think like a CEO - Debbie Benton
    Thou Shall Prosper - Rabbi Daniel Lapin
    Gay Conversations - Linda Doty
    Rubicon - Tom Holland (one of the best books on Roman thought and society)
    In a pit with a lion on a snowy day - M. Batterson
    How to work a room - Susan Roane

  4. We are a not-for-profit educational organization, founded by Mortimer Adler and we have recently made an exciting discovery--three years after writing the wonderfully expanded third edition of How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren made a series of thirteen 14-minute videos--lively discussing the art of reading. The videos were produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, sometime after their original publication, these videos were lost.

    Three hours with Mortimer Adler on one DVD. A must for libraries and classroom teaching the art of reading.

    I cannot exaggerate how instructive these programs are--we are so sure that you will agree, if you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your donation.

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    Thank you,

    Max Weismann

  5. I just bought The Sacred Echo by Margaret Feinberg and the classic Pride and Prejudice. I also just finished "The Best Question Ever" by Andy Stanley, it was really practical, to the point, and convicting. I'd suggest "Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story" by Dr. John Sowers and also 'Father Fiction" (Previously titled 'To Own a Dragon') by Don Miller. Both are great and really stress the importance of mentoring. Really read "Father Fiction"- it's classic Miller style, personal and funny, and it sadly resonates with an entire generation of young people here in America.

    I'm also a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. Not sure how you'd feel about it, but it's so good and it made me fall in love with reading at an early age. And for that I'll forever be thankful.

  6. TJ--LOVE your book list! Am planning on diving into it....many of your 2011 list I have not read. I DID read A Severe Mercy...well worth the read!

    Are you familiar with "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" by Annie Dillard? Don't know WHY I am just now discovering her. Wonderful, wonderful writing. Don't agree with her total outlook (don't agree with ANYBODY'S total outlook!) but much of what she says resonates with me.

    I do so love the way your brain works. :-)

  7. Jonathan--interesting suggestions. I will be investigating all of them. Pray it's going well for you. Am interested in a progress report!

    Max--thanks for your info. The blog trolling worked! I will be purchasing the DVD's. :-)

    Hannah--Great suggestions from you, also. LOVE Don Miller's what he has done with his mentor program for fatherless sons. Quite an incredible individual. On another note, we will have to discuss the Harry Potter thing in person sometimes. :-) But I DO love the fact that it immersed you in reading. I've not read "The Sacred Echo"--I'll check that one out.

    Thanks to all! Please pass along any recommendations all year long.

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Thanks! I think I discovered Annie Dillard ala Donald Miller (say that 5 times fast).

    Correction: To Kill a Mockingbird (not 'How')...geeez. Sorry. And I agree in that I do not agree with ANYBODY'S total outlook :)

  9. normally books that are not fantasy or off the wall are just boring to me because they are written like a text book no matter how interesting the subject its hard to get to the meat of it..however my friend and Mentor hooked me up to prison to praise by merlin carothers and it is a totally awesome book it gives you a very clear insight on thanking and praising God in all situations