2020 Reading List – 1/4
March felt like a year unto itself. But we are actually just a quarter into 2020. I’m just grateful we made it to April!
Here are the books Iâ€™ve read since January with my rating for them (5 being the best) along with a brief review. Any book without a number rating has been given to me by the author or publisher.
In addition to this list, you might also check out:
- my reading lists from previous years
- recommendations on how to become a better reader
- my top 15 theology books
- the 2 books Iâ€™ve personally written
- my goodreads account
Click on any of the titles below to get to a link to buy it.
- Range by David Epstein (4.5). A really insightful look at the notion of learning from a variety of sources and allowing yourself the freedom to experiment, risk, and even fail on your way to growth.
- The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger (3.5). The story of Disney as told from the last CEO. I love hearing about the behind the scenes aspects of leadership decisions that are made.
- The Jewish Gospel of John by Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg (4). I read three commentaries on the Gospel of John in my sermon prep and this one was my favorite.
- The Second Mountain by David Brooks (4.5). A terrific read to provide perspective on what matters most in life. Donâ€™t spend all your time on the first mountain.
- 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson (2). Peterson is a fascinating psychologist but a bad theologian. His insights into life are worth exploring but he misses the point of many of the Bible passages he unpacks.
- Handle With Care by Lore Ferguson Wilbert (2.5). I loved the premise of this book about the spiritual value of human touch more than it ultimately delivered. Itâ€™s definitely a topic worth exploring.
- Beneath a Scarlett Sky by Mark Sullivan (4.5). This was a fascinating story of a teenager in Italy who navigated World War 2. Itâ€™s hard to believe this whole thing is true but it is a captivating story.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerorâ€™s Stone by JK Rowling (5). Rereading this series was my personal reward for finishing my Masterâ€™s degree. Now with the whole story as perspective and the last few years to see how it holds up, Iâ€™m officially rating all of them a five.
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