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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...