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2Jan/094

Reading

Having been encouraged by others and having wanted to do so for a while, I'm going to attempt a little more intensive reading list than usual. We'll see how far it gets. I've been getting bogged down in technical books that relate or very tangentially relate to work. It's a lot of fun, but it's been difficult to read much else. I'm going to largely put that on hold (unless of course I can read at work when I'm on the clock) and instead focus on a rather largish stack of books that I have currently here at home. This includes:

The Baptism of Disciples Alone by Fred Malone (obviously a book that advocates the traditional Baptist view. I've read about half of this, loaned it to a friend, and never finished it. I liked the reasoning and Biblical support that I'd read so far).books_in_library

The World is Flat 3.0 by Thomas L. Friedman (just curious...)

The Art of Deception by Kevin D. Mitnick (never finished -- essentially a guide to social engineering. Computer Security is something I deal with in my professional life quite a bit but this book is focused on, as it puts it, "Controlling the human element of security". Should be a neat read)

The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature by C. S. Lewis (had this lying around for a while -- a little off-topic from my normal reading interest so it'll probably be kind of interesting)

Confessions by St. Augustine (have started and read many excerpts -- and listened to most of it on audio-book -- but have never completed it)

The  Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul (never finished it!)

Pierced by the Word by John Piper (received as a gift -- looks like a good devotional read. I don't like everything by Piper but he challenges you and that's always good)

Banvard's Folly: Thirteen Tales of People Who Didn't Change the World by Paul Collins (Received I believe for my birthday last year and never completed -- it's a blast -- history of people who were almost famous)

Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices by Thomas Brooks (I think I read this in high school but I figured I'd have another go at it)

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (never finished)

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller (recommended by a friend, not recommended by another friend. We'll see on this one...)

The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin (skimmed various sections by I really should just read the whole thing and be done with it)

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller (Just started on this after stealing--I mean borrowing--from my mother-in-law. I'll return it soon!)

Uncle John's Biggest Ever Bathroom Reader (ok fine -- I probably won't ever finish this book. But depending on the amount of fiber in my diet this year, I may be able to make a dent in this hefty tome)

Update: Added a few new entries -- I'll probably just update this post as I add to my list so this likely will change over time...

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  1. Reading Confessions cover to cover sounds like a very profitable activity; I too have read excerpts but not the whole thing.

    Right now I am reading Shepherding a Child’s heart. Joanna is too—Caleb is starting to get into things so we need to know what to do with him!

  2. What’s up with the first book out of the gate being *Baptist*? I think we need to talk about paedocommunion… Let me burn you a CD of Rob ripping the opposition up on that one…

  3. One of my friends has also recommended Blue Like Jazz.

  4. Malone also impressed me with his arguments for the baptism of disciples alone. Having been a pastor in both camps, Malone is able to reason from a well informed and unbiased position.


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