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Emotional Intelligence 2.0
liked it

If you want it to be, this book can be a quick 250 pages of helpful tips. It will probably be more useful, though, read over a few days or even a few
Aug 06, 2013
Aug 06, 2013
The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
it was amazing
So much of the time it feels like Nouwen is writing about my life as much as his own. So far, this is yet another example.

Beautiful book that for me n
Jul 2008
Mar 16, 2008
Invisible Man
it was amazing

I think this book is amazing, maybe like a really terrifying roller coaster is amazing. Every new scene and chapter seems to whip me around a sharp co
Mar 02, 2015
Feb 11, 2015
A River Runs Through It, and Other Stories
it was amazing
"A River Runs Through It" is one of the best written stories I've ever read. Nearly a third of its 105 pages are spent describing fly fishing outings ...more
Oct 09, 2010
Oct 03, 2010
Holy the Firm
liked it
Just yesterday someone told me that Annie Dillard has said this is one of her least favorite books. Regardless, her self-standards are exceptionally h ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
Black Boy
really liked it
I chose to read Black Boy specifically as a follow up to Gone With the Wind. In GWtW, I noticed in spots the narrator revealed a certain attitude, a p ...more
Nov 02, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
really liked it

I'm fairly certain that I haven't re-read this since it was one of a trio of books that marked a major transition in my life in May of 1998. Of the ot
Mar 24, 2015
Mar 24, 2015
Lincoln in the Bardo
it was amazing
I rarely read new fiction, but I’m delighted to have happened upon this one thanks to a book club selection. While Saunders’ narrative format was init ...more
May 02, 2017
Apr 24, 2017
liked it
After finishing the first four pieces of Barry Lopez’s Resistance, I would say the greatest, most comprehensive form of resistance is simply to love. ...more
Mar 05, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
Go Set a Watchman
really liked it

Go Set a Watchman gave me a chance I never expected: to experience Scout Finch--or Jean Louise as she is called in Watchman--and Atticus Finch a secon
Jul 29, 2015
Jul 28, 2015
Watch With Me
really liked it
The New York Times writes that Berry’s stories “are filled with gentle humor,” and I’d like to expand on this. When Berry exposes the failures or faul ...more
May 11, 2011
May 09, 2011
The Bean Trees
liked it
Kingsolver is a predictably pretty good read, though having read The Bean Trees and Prodigal Summer I’ve yet to be blown away. Her writing style is li ...more
Oct 14, 2016
Aug 20, 2016
The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life
it was amazing
Picked this one up at exactly the right time in my life. Read over half of it before getting over my silly aversion to marking up a nice hardback copy ...more
Feb 2008
Mar 05, 2008
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
it was amazing

Somehow I covered the first 60 pages of this without ever sitting down for an extended session, reading just parts of chapter at a time. But it was go
Feb 28, 2017
Feb 19, 2017
C.S. Lewis: A Biography
really liked it
Apparently, a long time ago I read the first forty pages of this book. Recently, I picked it up on a whim, and I’ve been reading it in most spare mome ...more
Nov 04, 2016
Oct 28, 2016
Between the World and Me
it was amazing
I wrote over 1,200 words in my first attempt to review this book, many of them thoughts I stopped to work through while reading. But I think I’ll leav ...more
Feb 12, 2017
Feb 08, 2017
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
really liked it

This Lewis book wasn’t as much of a page-turner as the other three I’ve read (Moneyball, The Blind Side, Flash Boys) but it has the same qualities: th
Jan 25, 2017
Jan 06, 2017
People of the Book
really liked it
I listened to almost half of this on audio in the car and finished the rest using my hard copy. Unfortunately, though the audio reader was good, my co ...more
Jan 30, 2017
Dec 29, 2016
March: Book One (March, #1)
really liked it

Part One of the story of John Lewis’ s draw toward the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement covers Lewis's childhood on a farm in the rural South, his int
May 20, 2017
May 17, 2017
All the Light We Cannot See
really liked it

Life is beautiful yet tragic. Given that the setting of All the Light We Cannot See is World War II, I can’t write the previous sentence without think
Apr 04, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
Second Nature
really liked it
After being thoroughly impressed with Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, for some reason I waited nearly three years to read another of his books. Secon ...more
Oct 13, 2016
Jun 03, 2016
Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life
liked it

While this book hasn’t influenced my day-to-day thinking as much as some other Nouwen books, I think this says more about my current level of distract
Oct 25, 2015
Aug 08, 2015
Bo Knows Bo
liked it

I had been a fan of the Royals for almost a decade when they selected Bo Jackson in the 1986 draft. I remember one of my best friends bringing a sport
May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014
Unforgettable Fire: Past, Present and Future--The Definitive Biography of U2
it was amazing

Dunphy wrote this biography at the request of U2’s manager, Paul McGuiness, and McGuiness couldn’t have made a better choice. Dunphy writes with intel
May 06, 2015
May 02, 2015
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
really liked it
After putting Catching Fire down, I find myself walking around thinking about it, not about the plot itself but about the spirit of the story, the ide ...more
Oct 28, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
Pavlov's Trout: The Incompleat Psychology of Everyday Fishing
it was ok

I am not a fly fisherman or any kind of fisherman; nonetheless I was excited to come across this book, Quinnett being both a fisherman and a psycholog
Dec 12, 2014
Dec 01, 2014
Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile
really liked it

Jesus Wants to Save Christians is a well-chosen, provoking title which accurately hints at its central focus, which is that in many ways the church—an
Mar 09, 2014
Dec 13, 2013
Go Tell It on the Mountain
liked it

A somewhat slow read, but the writing is good, and my interest was captured for lengthy stretches. Reading this on the heels of having finished Elliso
Apr 20, 2015
Apr 17, 2015
A Visit from the Goon Squad
really liked it

I really got into this one. Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Egan’s novel nonetheless avoids the somewhat overly affected intellectual tone toward w
Aug 06, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
liked it
Temple Drake, college girl from a well-to-do family, gets herself in trouble by going on a date with an older townie. The townie’s alcoholic tendencie ...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 10, 2011
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