Saturday, December 31, 2011

My 2011 Reading List-What's Yours?

Books I've read in 2011 (in no particular order):

  • The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scrolls, The Twelth Imam, The Tehran Initiative-Joel Rosenberg
  • The Ambition-Lee Strobel
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy-Eric Metaxas
  • The Pursuit of God-A.W. Tozer
  • Crime & Punishment-Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Rising Tide, The Steel Wave, Nothing Less Than Victory-Jeff Shaara (started series in 2010, finished 2011)
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin-Harriet Beacher Stowe
  • God's Story, Your Story-Max Lucado
  • Election 2012: The Story Begins-Real Clear Politics
  • The Story of the Scrolls-Geza Vermes
  • Son of Hamas-Mosab Yousef
  • No Better Place To Die-Robert Murphy
I got an Amazon Kindle this summer, and I've really enjoyed having it.  A lot of the books I've read were free or nearly free.  Probably the books that had the most impact on me this year were The Pursuit of God and the Bonhoeffer book.  I plan to reread Pursuit in 2012 (something I seldom do).  It's just not a book that you can run through once and get everything.  "Bonhoeffer" is an amazing story of a pastor who made the ultimate sacrifice in his opposition to Hitler and Nazi Germany.  When other pastors caved in to Nazi control of state churches, Bonhoeffer actually worked as a spy against Hitler, and would pay for it with his life.

I also enjoyed reading "Uncle Tom's Cabin"-a book I've always meant to read but never had until this year.  It may be one of the most influential works of fiction written in the English language.  I also enjoyed the Joel Rosenberg books.  He has definitely grown as a writer since his first book, "The Last Jihad."  His two latest books, "The Twelth Imam" & "The Tehran Initiative" really give you an insight into the mind of the radical Islamist and what we could be facing from Iran.  Though they're fiction, the news about Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons this year show that these could be chillingly prophetic books.  "Crime & Punishment" was one of the last books I read this year.  This is one of the free books that I downloaded on my Kindle.  Doestevsky really makes you think.  It was interested to get a view of Russian culture during the time of the American Civil War.  Jeff Shaara is very good.  I've read most of his books and they are great historical fiction.  This was a series on World War II.  Each chapter is from the viewpoint of a different participant-on both sides of the war.

How about you?  What books have you read this year?  I'd love to hear from you!


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