On the Bookshelf X

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
I’ve read mixed reviews on this one – people loved it and people who found it disappointing. I’m not sure which side of the fence I’ll fall on, but I can say that it’s an interesting read so far. I’m no dyed-in-the-wool Apple fanboy, but Jobs was a fascinating individual. His impact on the tech world was tremendous… and that’s still probably an understatement.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Described by one reviewer as “an utterly serious and sad, but damn funny book.” I’m looking forward to this one with mixed feelings: on the one hand, it’s an anti-war satire (and a pacifist I am not); on the other, it’s a classic novel which seems to demand a reading, regardless of one’s political views. So I’m giving it a go. I hope I don’t regret it.
Biblical Logic: In Theory and Practice by Joel McDurmon
“God created logic and reasoning as He created man, and He created it for man, and therefore we should find it reasonable that God’s Word has something to say – if not a lot to say – about logic, rationality, and good judgment.” I enjoy reading McDurmon’s articles on American Vision, so I’m excited to finally pick this one up.
The Evan Gabriel Trilogy by Steve Umstead
“Umstead has created what I can only describe as a Tom Clancy-esque world a few hundred years into the future.” After reading that, I knew there was no way this series was not getting added to my shelf. I’m relatively new to military sci-fi, but it strikes me as a rather terrific combination, don’t you think? Here’s hoping this series is as smashing as it looks.
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
I first heard about this one from Tim Challies, who gave it a glowing recommendation; then my Mom bought a copy, read it, and loved it. Now I’m reading it. This Pulitzer Prize winner is narrated by 76-year-old John Ames, “a preacher who has lived almost all of his life in Gilead, Iowa. He is writing a letter to his almost seven-year-old son, the blessing of his second marriage. It is a summing-up, an apologia, a consideration of his life. Robinson takes the story away from being simply the reminiscences of one man and moves it into the realm of a meditation on fathers and children, particularly sons, on faith, and on the imperfectability of man.”
Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
Otherwise entitled How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, Etc. God appeared to me in a dream and told me this book was going to be awesome. Oh, wait…
1984 by George Orwell
Orwell’s classic needs no intro from me. I’ve been told that it’s incredibly dark and depressing – which strikes me as appropriate, considering the subject matter. Dark stories don’t usually bother me anyway, as evidenced by the fact that two of my favorite novels are The Road and Crime and Punishment.

What’s on your bookshelf right now?

16 thoughts on “On the Bookshelf X”

  1. Just Do Something should be required reading. IMO, the bulls-eye view of the will of God needs to be shelved.

    New on my shelf with the one’s still waiting to be finished:

    Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver. Good writing but obvious agenda.

    Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery. Classic, biting satire of refined and not-so-refined 19th century England. I like it.

  2. *agrees with Persis on Just Do Something *

    Transforming Grace – Jerry Bridges

    Odd Hours – Dean Koontz

    Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

    The Law of Christ – Charles Leiter

    How the Gospel Brings Us All The Way Home – Derek Thomas

      1. I’ve read Grapes of Wrath which was pretty awesome. So I’m interesting in reading this one. My brother beat me to it and he said it was good.

  3. I’ll betcha’ this is getting annoying.
    What’s on your bookshelf right now? A large fake plant that apparently matches the room’s decor. ;)

  4. This DeYoung sounds like an interesting author.

    I’ve got lots of stuff on my Kindle waiting for me. First order of business is Amanda Davis’s “Precisely Terminated” for the Holy Worlds September book club… DYSTOPIAN!

    1. So we’re both currently reading a dystopian novel. – you, Precisely Terminated, and I, 1984. :) And DeYoung is a terrific writer/speaker: I finished Just Do Something today, and I agree with Persis and Mike: it’s a must-read.

  5. Catch-22 is brilliant. I read it years ago, though, so i don’t remember a whole lot about it. Never saw the movie, either.

    I don’t have room to type everything that’s on my bookshelf. However, I’m currently reading Life Together/Prayerbook of the Bible by Bonhoeffer. Also reading an anthology called The Spirit of Poe, which was put together as a fund raiser to try to save his home in Baltimore. In the wings, I have a single volume of the combined books on prayer by E.M. Bounds. And tons of other stuff. So many books…so little time. When my wife asks me why I keep buying more books, I say, “Because they keep writing new ones!” It’s not my fault, you know…

    By the way, I second the nomination of Grapes of Wrath. It was a stunning work.

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