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How (Not) to Be Secular by James K.A. Smith
How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor
by James K.A. Smith (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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A 140-page summary of Charles Taylor's 900-page modern classic A Secular Age, which provides a unique analysis of how Western culture moved from Christendom to its present state. Incredibly insightful, well-written, and, again, short, this is a book ...more
InterWorld by Neil Gaiman
InterWorld (Interworld, #1)
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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This is YA, but a great, multiverse, teenage-coming-of-age, adventure. Classic elements of Gaiman show up in full force, though some of the more delightful word-smithery is absent.
Comrades by Stephen E. Ambrose
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A look at male friendship through the lens of biography. It started slow for me, but at some point I was drawn in deeply and satisfied fully. I may remember the picture of Nixon for the rest of my life.
Batman by Frank Miller
Batman: Year One
by Frank Miller
read in July, 2014
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A great and fresh re-telling of Batman's origin story. This novel influenced Batman Begins (sans the Ras al-Ghoul element) and is definitely worth a read. To read this and The Dark Knight Returns in close conjunction gives a great continuity to Jim G ...more
Batman by Frank Miller
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An outstanding story. Anyone interested in Batman tales should read it. Parts of this story look to appear in the Batman vs. Superman movie coming in 2015.
An All-Consuming Passion for Jesus by John Piper
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This is classic John Piper. In fact, it's a best-of from his annual conference appearances at the Passion conference every winter. This book is a great jolt of being alive to Jesus in a way that we might describe as passionate or obsessed (again, cla ...more
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Miracles by C.S. Lewis
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Make College Count by Derek Melleby
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Platform by Michael Hyatt
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
by Michael Hyatt (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2014
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The book to read if (a) you want to start a blog that (b) people will read. He knows what's he's talking about by building a follower-base to over 400k. Easy to read and imminently practical.
Make College Count by Derek Melleby
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This is a fine book to hand to a graduating high school senior to prep for college. It's short (perhaps too short for him/her to think it has much to say), but gets at some good, core content for the upcoming tour of undergraduate academia. Practitio ...more
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Anne Lamott
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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