Oprah's Book Club

If you are wondering where the title for this blog post came from; obviously there has to be a hidden agenda…  that agenda: It will definitely increase blog traffic!  If you want to know about blog titles you can check out my friend Terry Storch’s blog; Terry actually wrote book on blogging.   Terry has several posts where he talks about blog titles; you can check them out here.

I would actually like to here from all you who read this blog; even those of you who read through rss readers.  Here is the question and yes it relates to the title:

What are some good books that you are reading or have recently read?   It doesn’t matter if they are leadership, self-help, ministry…  just share some good reads, so we don’t have to go to Barnes & Nobles or Borders wandering/looking around for a good book.  I will share a bunch of books that I have read this year, recently read or am currently reading; check the comments later.

  • Just started Francis Chan’s “Crazy Love”. Tony Dungy’s “Quiet Strength’ is an excellent read, one of the best I have picked up in the last couple of years. On the other hand why do I buy books and not finish them, I imagine I am the only one that does that. Example, Tim Stevens, “Pop Goes the Church” that I cannot quite get into yet but hope to find it intriguing as I keep at it.

  • These are the books I have read (or listened to) this year or am reading (or listening to) currently:

    “Walking with God” John Eldredge
    “Boundaries” Townsend/Cloud
    “The Barbarian Way” Erwin Raphael McManus
    “The Ragamuffin Gospel” Brennan Manning
    “The Shack” William P Young
    “The Slumber of Christianity” Ted Dekker
    “Black”, “Red” & “White” Ted Dekker
    “House” Dekker/Peretti
    “Showdown” & “Saint” Ted Dekker

  • I have been reading a series of far-future scifi fantasy novels by Dan Simmons. I believe the series is called the Hyperion Cantos. The first book, which I’ve already read, is called Hyperion and I’m reading the second, The Fall of Hyperion, right now.

    Interesting stuff.

  • The last 2:
    “The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning
    “The Judas Strain” by James Rollins
    Both were great.

    Currently reading “Consent to Kill” by Vince Flynn.

  • Ditto- Slumber of Christianity

    Have a New Kid by Friday – Leman

  • Just finished reading In The Grip of Grace by Max Lucado.

  • Success One Day at a Time by John Maxwell

  • 2 books in my backpack right now:
    – Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
    – The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church by Shane Hipps

  • Reading two books concurrently (ah, the joys of ADD): “I am not, but I know I AM” By Louie Giglio… great read.

    …and “Pop Goes the Church”, Tim Stevens… can’t put it down.

  • Scott Williams

    Thanks for all the books; keep em’ coming! Several people are reading Francis Chan’s “Crazy Love.” I like Chan, so I will need to go and get a copy.

  • Touch by Rudy Rasmus is great

  • I just finished:
    Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
    Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger.

    Currently Reading:
    Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution: Turn off the genes that are killing you-and your waistline-and drop the weight for good by Steven Gundry.

    Book of Psalms (this one is one of the hardest for me to read)

    Next in line:
    “The Go-giver” by Bob Burg and John David Mann.

    I recently stumbled upon a great site that shows the top 25 books that business execs are reading and buying: http://800ceoread.com/

  • I’m currently reading “Only Uni” by Camy Tang. It’s Asian-American Christian chick lit and I’ve been waiting my whole life to read a Christian novel where the main characters don’t all have flowing blond hair and live on praires. Not that I don’t enjoy a good praire romance once in a while. It’s just that Tang’s voice is sorely needed in Christian literture. We need to showcase more diversity. And the story is just plain good. Several parts have made me laugh out loud.

  • I’m currently making it through “Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana” by Anne Rice – yeah, THAT Anne Rice with the vampire/Lestat history (you could say she’s born again)! I read her first book, “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt” when I discovered it at an airport on a work trip. It’s fiction, but amazing in that it “could” have happened and is so full of biblical accuracies. It is written in the first person, with Jesus telling “His” story. Because of reading “Out of Egypt”, I have a better understanding of the relationships Jesus had with his disciples and other contemporaries.

  • Scott, I tagged you in a meme. I’d be really interested to read what you have to say about this so please go to my blog and go to the post titled “The more things change…”

  • I have been reading some old Puritan Prayers…(I have grown to love them, when I used to think they were boring)

    I have scheduled “UnChristian”, but I have spent so much time researching other books that some people I have been reaching out to have asked me to read so I can better understand their perspective, that I have sluffed out of my reading list… 🙁

    This was a reminder that I need to get some good stuff in there too, some fun stuff…

    I love Kevin Lehman, (I have four kids, and need all the help I can get), Louie Giglio, (have been researching using his stuff for a website), and I love John Piper… I feel like a kindred soul to him, and that stuff just reaches me…his stuff next to the scripture really draws me closer to Christ…

  • “Oprah’s Book Club” is weak. Check out mah mad blog titling skillz! (grin)
    I just finished “THE ELECTRIC CHURCH” by Jeff Somers. No, it’s not one of yer alien books, although the title does make it sound like one. It’s Sci Fi. Just keeping with the theme. (grin)
    Personally, I’m still marveling over SolShine7’s use of the phrase: “Asian-American Christian chick lit”. We’re not worthy! (grin)

  • Vicki

    SolShine7 : have you ever read any of Karen Kingsbury or Franscine Rivers books? Redeeming Love by Franscine Rivers, Divine by Karen Kingsbury, One Tuesday Morning and Beyond Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury.

    These are GREAT reads……oh and also….Dee Henderson is another great Christian author.

  • My wife loves Karen Kingsbury…

  • Scott Williams

    Here are a few books that I have read this year:

    Read Books:
    Jim & Casper Go To Church (Jim Henderson and Matt Casper)
    Communicating for Change (Andy Stanley and Lane Jones)
    Human Sigma (John Fleming)
    Quiet Strength (Tony Dungee)
    Fusion (Nelson Searcy)
    Juggling Elephants (Jones Loflin and Todd Musig)
    Raving Fans (Sheldon Bowles)

    Planned Books:
    Crazy Love (Francis Chan)
    Meatball Sundae (Seth Godin)

    Steve K.- You will have to come by and visit; you don’t have to be a stranger. 🙂

  • Check out “The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church” by Dr. Gregory Boyd. Given your political background, I think you will like it. It is a great read and really provokes some thought about our role as Christians in the political process.

    Oh yeah, don’t even bother with “The Shack”!!!

  • Vicki, Francine Rivers is my favorite author! I’ve read “Redeeming Love” countless times. And I like Karen Kingsbury’s style too. “A Time to Dance” is the best I’ve read from her so far. Did you know that Miley Cyrus is in talks to star in a film adaptation of one of her novels. I wrote a post about it at http://www.thinkvirtue.com/2008/03/miley-cyrus-in-talks-to-star-in-film.html

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