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What I Read in 2018

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A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.
-George R.R. Martin Every year I like to track the books I read. It's always interesting to look back and remember all the authors and stories that have journeyed with me on yet another trip around the sun. Here is my list of books and authors from my 2018 list along with some highlights and recommendations.

[books in RED are stories I read to my 8yr old son, books in BLUE are ones I'm still working on, books with an * were audiobooks]
David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell*A Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns GoodwinMagnus Chase: Ship of the Dead, by Rick RiordanThe Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by CS LewisFalling Upward, by Richard RohrThe Silver Chair, by CS LewisA Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'EngleUnashamed, by LecraeEnneagram: A Christian Perspective, by Richard Rohr and Adreas Ebert*Freakonomics, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner*Superfreakonomics, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubn…

11 Great Enneagram Resources

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You may have no idea what I mean when I talk about the Enneagram. Or you may have been getting to know the Enneagram for a while now. Whether you're a complete beginner or more advanced, I want to share some resources that I have found really helpful over the last couple of years. Whether you would rather read books, listen to podcasts, or watch online videos, I've got you covered.

FOR ENNEAGRAM NOVICES

1) The Road Back to You, by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
This book is by far the best introductory primer on the Enneagram. It gives a great overview of what the Enneagram is, how to use it, and a basic description of each type. You will be tempted to skip straight to the number you think you are, but you can't fully understand your number without knowing the other eight numbers, too. I recommend getting a physical copy of the book so you can share it with your spouse, family, and friends. You're going to want to share it when you're done, I promise!

2) The Road…

Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hank Green's appropriately named debut novel "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing" is a marvel of our time. The book is at once a fun, thrilling sci-fi story about aliens making first contact. At the same time it gives a stark look at the realities of the modern world. It seems like an attempt to answer many questions, chief of which are 1) What could legitimately happen in the world if a sentient alien race made first contact with us on planet earth? and 2) What does it actually do to a person to be suddenly thrust into the spotlight of fame and fortune in the age of the internet? I can think of no person better equipped to answer these questions than Hank Green.

The story is well-paced, being told in an after-the-fact first-person account by the main character, April. HG's character development is every bit on par with his brother's (John Green). April and her friends Andy, Maya, Miranda, and Robin…

Summer Reads

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This is the list of books I have read this summer so far in order from the bottom up. Jesus Manifesto was definitely my favorite. Fearless and The Christian Atheist were somewhat similar in scope and content, but both worth the read. Jesus Wants to Save Christians does a good job of capturing the Exodus themes throughout the Bible. And The Happiest Baby on the Block was an interesting read in preparation for our child on the way.

The only question is what to read next? I'm kinda thinking I need to read more Bible before reading more books about the Bible.

Under the Overpass

I just finished an amazing book titled Under the Overpass. It is the story of two Christian college students who decide to drop out for a semester and live on the streets of 5 different US cities for 1 month each. The book is actually written by one of the two guys, and it simply chronicles their journey. Life on the streets is rough, but most people, including myself, have no idea just how messed up life can get. As Christians, we are supposed to be the ones feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. We are supposed to be the ones meeting the needs of our fellow humans who are suffering from poverty, addictions, mental illnesses, whatever. It was an eye-opening book in the fact that they visited numerous churches and encountered many Christians, but the place where the homeless, poor, and hungry should be able to seek refuge was the very place that turned its back on them (for the most part). I would suggest every Christian (especially ministers and leaders of any sort) to read thi…