Books I’m Reading

As promised I am posting my not-yet-finished book list for 2015. I’m hoping to read 100 books this year – a feat that may be more challenging than running an ultra-marathon. If I counted correctly, I have 71 books on my list, including the 3 books I’ve already read. I need to read about 1 book every 3 days if I’m going to do this. I’m not reading quite at that rate, but I’m planning on knocking out a few shorter books throughout the year that can be finished in less than 1 day. You will notice the books skew heavily toward the business/entrepreneurship category. This is an attempt to combine work reading with my personal goals. I don’t typically read a lot of fiction, but I plan to throw in a few more fiction books this year for ease of mind and speed of reading. As I said, I *only* have 71 books so far so if you have some favorites that I’m missing then let me know! I plan to update the Books I’ve read list throughout the year and if I find any must-reads I’ll post about those too. Now I’m off to the library! Book List 2015 Books I’ve Read: (as of 5.4.15)

  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. Fierce Convictions
  3. Einstein – Walter Isaacson
  4. The Plantagenets – Dan Jones
  5. Brilliant Blunders – Mario Livio
  6. American Sniper – Chris Kyle
  7. Great by Choice – Jim Collins
  8. Poverty of Nationa – Wayne Gruden, Barry Asmus
  9. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  10. The Man Watching: A Biography of Anson Dorrance – Tim Cruthers
  11. Getting Naked – Patrick Lencioni
  12. The Forgotten 500 – Gregory A. Freeman
  13. The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd
  14. Love Does – Bob Goff
  15. Just Start – Schlesinger, Kiefer, Brown
  16. The Gold Standard: Building a World Class Team – Mike Krzyzewski
  17. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  18. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  19. The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Launched a Revolution – Jonathan Eig
  20. The Effective Executive – Peter Drucker
  21. Failing Forward – John C. Maxwell
  22. The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership – Steven Sample and Warren Bennis
  23. Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell

Books I’m currently Reading:

  1. The Last Lion (Part III) – William Manchester and Paul Reid
  2. The Fabric of the Cosmos – Brian Greene
  3. In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations that Changed the World – Ian Stewart

Books I want to Read:

Business/Entrepreneurship –

  1. Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development – Anthony Bradley
  2. Other Books (secondary) – see back of PON
  3. Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working… – Dambisa Moyo
  4. The Birth of Plenty: How the Prosperity of the Modern World was Created – William J. Bernstein
  5. The Founding of the American Republic: 6. The Mercantile Impass (The Freeman22, no.1 (Janruary 1972)) – Clarence Carson
  6. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing… – Paul Collier
  7. The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West… – Hernando De Soto
  8. Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond
  9. The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics
  10. Competition and Entreprneurship – Irael Kirzner
  11. Love is the Killer App – Tim Sanders
  12. Getting Things Done – David Allen
  13. The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
  14. Entrepreneurial Mind – Kevin J???
  15. The Lean Start Up – Eric Ries
  16. The Innovator’s Dilemma – Clayton Christensen
  17. The Entrepreneurial Mindset – Rita Gunther McGrath
  18. Getting Naked – Patrick Lencioni
  19. The Effective Executive – Peter Drucker
  20. Just Start – Charles Kiefer
  21. Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson
  22. The Secret – Mark Miller

Faith and Business

  1. Business for the Glory of God: The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business – Grudem
  2. Poverty of Nations – Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus
  3. The Beijing Factor: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power – David AIkman
  4. Fire in the Minds of Men: Origins of Revolutionary Faith – James Bilington
  5. Neither Poverty Nor Riches – Craig Blomberg
  6. The Christian in Industrial Society – HFR Catherwood
  7. Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Cultures – Darrow Miller and Stan Guthrie
  8. How Christianity Changed the World – Alvin Schmidt
  9. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger – Ron Sider
  10. Thou Shalt Prosper – Daniel Lapin
  11. Business Secrets from the Bible – Rabbi Daniel Lapin
  12. Insanely Simple – Ken Segall
  13. Creation Regained – Albert Wolters
  14. Culture Making – Andy Crouch
  15. Work Matters – Tom Nelson
  16. Playing Heaven: Rediscovering Our Purpose as Participants in the Mission of God – R. Paul Stevens and Robert Banks
  17. He Shines in All That’s Fair – Richard J. Mouw
  18. When The Kings Come Marching In – Richard J. Mouw


  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  2. Permission Marketing – Seth Godin
  3. Launch – Jeff Walker
  4. Secrets of Dynamic Communication – Ken Davis
  5. Talk like TED – Carmine Gallo
  6. You are the Message – Roger Ailes
  7. The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
  8. On Writing Well – William Zinnser


  1. Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd
  2. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  3. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  4. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  6. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  7. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden


  1. The Fabric of the Cosmos – Brian Greene
  2. Ada’s Algorithm – James Essinger
  3. The Accidental Universe – Alan Lightman
  4. The Meaning of Human Existence – Edward Wilson
  5. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  6. The Grand Design – Stephen Hawking
  7. Blink – Malcolm Gladwell


  1. Failing Forward – John Maxwell
  2. The Killer Angels – Michael Shaara
  3. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell
  4. Courage: The Backbone of Leadership – Gus Lee
  5. The Gold Standard: Building World Class Teams – Mike Krzyzewski
  6. Drive – Daniel Pink
  7. Failing Forward – John Maxwell
  8. The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership – Steven Sample and Warren Bennis


  1. The Plantagenets – Dan Jones
  2. The Last Lion Series – William Manchester and Paul Reid
  3. The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
  4. The Forgotten 500 – Gregory Freeman
  5. Genghas Khan and the Making of the Modern World – Jack Weatherford
  6. Earl Black and Merle Black, The Rise of Southern Republicans (Harvard University Press, 2003).
  7. Charles Reagan Wilson, Judgment and Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis (University of Georgia Press, 1995).
  8. Frank L. Owsley, Plain Folk of the Old South (Louisiana State University Press, 1949).
  9. James C. Cobb, Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity (Oxford University Press, 2005).
  10. Christine Leigh Heyrman, Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt (University of North Carolina Press, 1997).
  11. David L. Chappell, A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow (University of North Carolina Press, 2004).
  12. Charles Marsh, The Last Days: A Son’s Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South (Basic Books, 2001).

Non Profit

  1. The Revolution will not be Funded – INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence


  1. The Man Watching – Biography of Anson Dorrance
  2. Creativity, Inc. – Ed Catmull
  3. Paper Towns – John Green
  4. Quiet – Susan Cain
  5. Great by Choice – Jim Collins
  6. Where Good Ideas Come From – Steven Johnson
  7. Bossypants – Tina Fey
  8. Telling Secrets – Frederick Buechner
  9. The Great Good Place – Ray Oldenburg
  10. The Hidden Dimension – Edward T. Hall
  11. Everything Is Miscellaneous – David Weinberger
  12. Emergence – Steven Johnson
  13. Orality and Literacy – Walter Ong
  14. I am Malala – Malala Youssef
  15. Still Alice – Lisa Genova
  16. God’s Smuggler – Brother Andrew
  17. David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
  18. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

7 thoughts on “Books I’m Reading

  1. Great list! Here are a of my recent favorites: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull; Paper Towns by John Green; Quiet by Susan Cain; Great by Choice by Jim Collins; Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson; Bossypants by Tina Fey; Telling Secrets by Frederick Buechner; The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg; The Hidden Dimension by Edward T. Hall; Everything Is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger; Emergence by Steven Johnson; Orality and Literacy by Walter Ong

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