Books / Reading / Reviews / July 4, 2011

5 Good Books

I have no favorite books, at least not any which are favorites for long. There are too many good ones to have a top 5 or top 10 that isn’t constantly revolving. But I have loved many books, so periodically I’ll run down some that have especially grabbed me.

Rescuing Ambitionby Dave Harvey
This is one of the most encouraging and challenging books I have read in recent years. It reins in unbridled ambition and lights a fire under dormant ambition. I was challenged and convicted and lifted up by Dave’s book.
The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s Americaby Joe Posnanski
I love everything Posnanski writes, but his journey with Buck O’Neil was truly wonderful. O’Neils accounts of playing in the  Negro leagues are fascinating for a baseball fan.  His gracious demeanor after decades of facing discrimination is inspiring. When one of my favorite writers recounts tales of a remarkable man like Buck a fantastic book is born.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nestby Stieg Larsson
I’m a sucker for thrillers, but these books took thriller to a different level. The character development and intricacy of the plot was fantastic. They are not a trilogy but rather volumes 1-3 of a gripping story (thus they count as one book, not three).
Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercyby Paul Tripp
I have been blessed by much of what Paul has written, but this little book stands out. It is comprised of 52 short reflections on Psalm 51, and it is rich.  Tripp is uniquely gifted at getting under the skin of an issue to its heart, and in this book he digs out the sin that is in the heart and helps the reader to cleansing and wholeness.
The Lords of Disciplineby Pat Conroy
It’s not Conroy’s most famous book, but it was the first one I read. Conroy writes characters better than almost anybody. He does this by writing autobiographical novels, so all his characters feel real and rich. I won’t ruin, or even recount, the story, but just know that I have never read another book like the ones Conroy writes. He is unique and amazingly gifted.


Jul 06, 2011

Posnanski, yes! But in the Scandinavian crime writer bracket, Jo Nesbø wallops Larsson every time.


Jul 06, 2011

I haven’t heard of Nesbo, but I will certainly look him (or her?) up now. If he/she can wallop Larsson then it’s certainly worth my time.

Jul 06, 2011

I’ve only read The Redbreast and The Snowman, but it’s enough to vouch that everything this review says is right on. Tremendous stories.

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