I’m in a summer reading zone, thanks to long road trips.
I veered off my 2014 reading list after an unplanned stop at the library and their “new books” shelf. (Who can resist?) Of the three books I’m reading now, only one is from my list, Les Misérables (I hope to finish it in 2014). I’ll add at least one more book in August. See other nightstands at 5 Minutes for Books.
1. Les Misérables
by Victor Hugo
Love the movie(s); love its theme of grace and redemption. I’m feeling brave enough now to dive into the (very long) book since I finished The Brothers Karamazov. So far it’s all about the bishop, who is very easy to read about.
2. The Everything Store
Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
by Brad Stone
A fascinating look at Amazon from its beginning and of its founder Jeff Bezos. His philosophy is: start with the customer’s needs and work backwards. As a frequent customer, I appreciate that (but as his employee, I’d find him incredibly harsh). I’m in the chapter where they start the Kindle (one of the greatest inventions ever).
3. Why We Eat Our Own
by Michael Cheshire
“The vast majority of these Christians are leaving for two main reasons: First, and foremost, they are tired of being treated harshly by other Christians. Second, they feel the church has lost relevance to its community and to what they are going through in their everyday lives.” – Michael Cheshire
4. One Way Love
Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World
I look forward to starting this book in August. Can we ever have too much grace?
FINISHED FROM JULY’S LIST
1. Being Wrong
Adventures in the Margin of Error
by Kathryn Schulz
This is a fabulous book about why we hate being wrong. But we all are wrong—a lot. This book helps us at least understand it better.
2. Talk like TED
The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds
by Carmine Gallo
Of course I have no plans to ever give a TED talk, but that didn’t dampen my enthusiasm to read this book. It’s a fascinating look at what goes into TED talks (which I love watching!) and has added quite a few videos to my to-watch list.
3. The Good Luck of Right Now
by Matthew Quick
I rarely read a novel without a recommendation, but I pulled this one off the shelf because it had “Right Now” in the title. I enjoyed it, but can’t really recommend it because of one character’s constant use of the f*** word. Other than that, it’s actually a meaningful story with a good moral.
4. Invitation to Love
The Way of Christian Contemplation
by Thomas Keating
“They expected to be patted on the back. On the contrary, Jesus said, ‘Do not get excited about that kind of success. Anybody can work miracles with a little psychic energy and the divine assistance. What you should rejoice over is that your names are written in heaven.’ That is to say, ‘You have the destiny to enter the kingdom of God and to transmit the values of the kingdom to the people you love and to whom I am sending you.’” – Thomas Keating
The Third Metric to Redefining Sucess and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
by Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington, the creator, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, had a wake-up call, and decided she needed to redefine success by a metric other than money and power. This book explains her third metric. She does a fine job with it, but it’s not much we don’t already know: sleep more, eat better, give often, love others, etc. I started skimming about halfway through.
6. Chasing Francis
A Pilgrim’s Tale
by Ian Morgan Cron
This novel (yet part non-fiction) is about the character Chase Falcon and his spiritual pilgrimage from the pulpit of an evangelical church to rediscovering an authentic faith through the writings of Francis of Assisi (whom you learn a lot about). I love Ian Morgan Cron’s writings and this one doesn’t disappoint.
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
by Greg McKeown
A perspective-shifting book. We don’t routinely narrow down what really, really matters to us, but when we do, we become an essentialist and can better live out the purpose of our lives. An easy read but a good one.
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- Being wrong
- We need the poor