Tuesday, July 13, 2010

my bookshelves for the rest of 2010

i am very ADD. i think i've written about that before. and i'm especially ADD when it comes to reading.
i have to work very hard to stay focused on the task at hand or else i... it's really hot outside today... what was i talking about?

yesterday i did a little check up to see how i was doing on my 2010 goals HERE.

1 of those goals was to read 50 books (really 53 including "re-reads"). i've read about 23 of them, so i'm not too far off the pace. But i still have a lot to read.

my problem is that i love books. if i didn't have that reading list with the specific 50 books i want to read this year, i would read portions of about 300 books, but finish NONE.
i'll literally be reading a book, see another one on the shelf and go pick it up and start reading it. (it's a curse really. curiosity and ADD make a dangerous pair.)

i recently moved my office to another room in our house with empty bookcases and STRATEGICALLY did not move all my books over to these bookcases. i only moved the books that still remain on my 2010 reading list which you can read HERE. then i shut up the room with all the other thousands of books so my ADD won't be tempted.

Now in my office are only the books i want to read the last half of this year. i put 1 book on each shelf and will take it away when i read it. here's a pic:

so the books that i still have to read this year are:
A New Kind of Christianity: 10 Qs That Are Transforming the Faith – Brian McLaren
God Is the Gospel – John Piper
Made to Stick – Chap Heath
Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches – Driscoll, Kimball, Pagitt, etc...
He Is There and He Is Not Silent – Francis Schaeffer
The End for Which God Created the World – Jonathan Edwards
The Autobiography of George Muller – George Muller
The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative – Christopher J. H. Wright
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
Developing the Leaders Around You – John Maxwell
Leadership – Rudolph Guiliani
Emerging Churches – Gibbs & Bolger
How Soccer Explains the World – Franklin Foer
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2 – Steve Stockman
Das Kapital - Karl Marx
Grasping God’s Word - Duvall & Hays
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Kama Sutra – Ron Louis
The Love Dare - Stephen and Alex Kendrick
Adventures in Missing the Point – Tony Campolo & Brian McLaren
10 Stupid Things that keep Churches from Growing – Geoff Surratt
Microtrends – Mark Penn
The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity - Philip Jenkins
The Emerging Church – Dan Kimball
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ – John Piper
ReUnderstanding Prayer: A Fresh Approach to Conversation with God – Kyle Lake
Taste and See – Piper
7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey

And the books i have already read so far in 2010 are:
The Poor Will Be Glad – Greer & Smith
The Pursuit of God – A.W. Tozer
The Humanity of God – Karl Barth
Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier – Ishmael Beah
Religion Saves: And 9 Other Misconceptions - Mark Driscoll
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society – Lesslie Newbigin
Believing in the Future – David J. Bosch 
Killing Cockroaches – Tony Morgan
The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky 
Kite Runner - Khaled Housseni
Satisfaction: The Art of… – Kim Cattrall
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
The Money Answer Book – Dave Ramsey
The Imitation of Christ – Thomas A’Kempis
Forgotten God - Francis Chan
The Gospel According to Lost - Chris Seay
The E-Myth Revisited - Michael Gerber
The Dip - Seth Godin

* these are the books i "re-read" so far this year because when i read them before i took notes on them in my infamous "red notebook" that was lost so i read them again and took more notes.
Good to Great - Jim Collins
Developing the Leader Within You - John Maxwell
Don't Waste Your Life - John Piper
Crazy Love - Francis Chan

What's on YOUR reading list for the rest of 2010?


John8com said...

That's a very arrangement and methodology of your book reading. God bless your endeavors.


John8com said...

Oops..should be: "That's a very clever arrangement and methodology..."

And apologies for the unnecessary clutter.


this.ride.called.life said...

just reading this. can't believe you've read 23 books!!! thats AMAZING