Thursday, January 13, 2011

2011 reading list (rough draft)

i need your help! i need to trim this rough draft book list of 61 books down to only 12 books. Please give me your recommendations and comments - good or bad. i can't afford to waste any time reading books that are just "so so". and if you have read one of these and can vouch that it is awesome... maybe you can convince me to keep it on the final list.

i have a very different and new reading philosophy which is causing me to go from reading 50 books in 2010 to only 12 or so in 2011. i'll write a whole post on that soon.

(Actually, 11 of these books below are ones that i'll read no matter what. they're either audio books i'll end up reading on trips or some other built in method. so the 12 i will choose will actually be on top of the 11 i will be automatically reading accidentally. you don't know which 11 though.)

i broke them all into 8 categories this time (with the number of potential books in that category in parentheses). i will definitely read at least some from each category.

           Personal Development (9)
The Pocket Guide to Adulthood: 29 Things to Know Before You Turn 30 – Jason Boyett
Getting Things Done – David Allen
Making It All Work – David Allen
Lynchpin – Seth Godin
The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal – Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
The Likeability Factor – Tim Sanders
Mavericks at Work – William Taylor
Rework – Jason Fried
Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long – David Rock

            Vision/ Dream/ entrepreneurial/ future (7)
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard - Chip & Dan Heath
Holy Discontent – Bill Hybels
Purple Cow – Seth Godin
Wide Awake – Erwin McManus
The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How Three Harvard Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship – Bill Murphy, Jr.
Making ideas happen - Scott Belsky
Rescuing Ambition – Dave Harvey

            Spirituality (11)
The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning
Radical - David Platt
Wild Goose Chase – Mark Batterson
Humility –Andrew Murray
Fields of Gold – Andy Stanley
Cold Tangerines – Shauna Niequist
When I Don’t Desire God – John Piper
The Jesus of Suburbia – Mike Erre
Trusting God – Jerry Bridges
Brothers We are Not Professionals – John Piper
Primal – Mark Batterson
Taste And See – John Piper
            Culture (9)
Justice – Michael Sendel
Bioethics – Gilbert Meilaender
A Primer on Postmodernism – Stanley Grenz
Freakanomics – Levitt & Dubner
What the Dog Saw – Malcolm Gladwell
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
Microtrends – Mark Penn
A Briefer History of Time – Stephen Hawking
The Grand Design – Stephen Hawking
            Theology/Mission (8)
The Mission of God – Christopher J.H. Wright
Everything Must Change – Brian McLaren
The Revolution: A Field Manual for Changing Your World – Heather Zydek
Evil and the Justice of God – N.T. Wright
                        Dead guys
The End for Which God Created the World – Jonathan Edwards
Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love – Saint Augustine
The Gospel of the Kingdom – George Ladd
Humility –Andrew Murray
The Biography of George Muller – A.T. Pierson           

            Leadership (9)
Tribes – Seth Godin
Why We Can’t Wait – MLK
Strengths Based Leadership – Tom Rath & Barry Osborne
The 17 Indispensable Laws of Teamwork – John Maxwell
The Orange Leader Handbook – Reggie Joiner
The One Thing You Need to Know – Marcus Buckingham
Simply Strategic Volunteers – Tony Morgan & Tim Stevens
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni
Corageous Leadership – Bill Hybels
Leadership – Rudolph Giuliani  
            Marriage/Sex (4)
The Love Dare – Stephen Kendrick
Crazy Good Sex – Les Parrott
The Modern Kama Sutra – Kamini and Kirk Thomas
The Act of Marriage – Tim & Beverly Lahaye

            FUN (3)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Harry Potter
Under the Dome – Stephen King
Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2 – Steve Stockman

            MONEY (2)
More Than Enough – Dave Ramsey
Think and Grow Rich – Napolean Hill 


Jacob said...

You can only get "The Ragamuffin Gospel's" full intensity when you are ready for it. Hands down one of THE BEST Xian books ever. That & Jesus for President.

patrick mitchell said...

u trying to say i'm not ready for the full intensity of it? (jk)

thanks for that shout out. it's definitely on the final list now. i'll try to be ready.