2016 Book List

I have been blogging for near ten years now and this is probably the most sporadic I have ever been. I have a lot going on but still enjoy getting a chance to write a little something. I mostly write in my journal now which I have been keeping for 28 years. That’s a lot of journals, I know.

A few years ago, I was challenged to up my reading game. I did by reading twenty books that year. The next I read over thirty and the next year I read near fifty books. That is a lot of reading. I have dialed it back a little so I am in the thirty books range again. After finishing my Associates in Divinity, I am now working towards my Bachelors in Christian Leadership. Reading has slow to a grinding halt through the semester because the workload is heavy.

Anyway, here are the books I read in 2016.

2016 Book List

  1. A Tale of Three Kings – Gene Edwards
  2. Bear Bloopers – Carolyn Jourdan
  3. Sinners Creed – Scott Stapp
  4. Gandhi: A Life Inspired – Lynn M. Hamilton
  5. Searching For Sunday – Rachel Held Evans

  6. Lucky Man – Michael J. Fox
  7. Moneyball – Michael Lewis
  8. Courting Cate – Leslie Gould
  9. Halfway Home: The Story of a Father and Son Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail – D.L. and Q.T Reavis
  10. Bringing Up Boys – James Dobson

  11. Seeker’s Guide to the Spiritual Wilderness – Craig and Suzy Miles
  12. My Life With Deth – David Ellefson
  13. Man of Constant Sorrow – Dr. Ralph Stanley
  14. The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis
  15. The Life You’ve Always Wanted – John Ortberg

  16. Satisfy Your Soul – Mark Demarest
  17. The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World’s Most Beloved Neighbor -Amy Hollingsworth
  18. Legging It: Life Lessons Learned Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail – Craig Clapper AKA Hoosier
  19. The Causes of the Civil War – Kenneth Stampp
  20. Lost On a Mountain In Maine – Donn Fendler

  21. Devotional Classics: Selected Readings For Individual & Groups – Richard Foster & James Bryan Smith
  22. Diary of a Player – Brad Paisley
  23. Organic Leadership – Neil Cole
  24. The Garth Factor – Patsi Bale Cox
  25. Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name – Mo’ne Davis

  26. Likeable Social Media – Dave Kerpen
  27. Foundations of Marketing – Author unknown
  28. Tiger Den Leader Handbook – Cubscouts
  29. Cubscouts Leaders Handbook – Cubscouts
  30. Baloo Training Handbook – Cubscouts

  31. Spiritual Leadership – J. Oswald Sanders
  32. Transforming Leadership – Leighton Ford
  33. Gods for the Summer – E. J. Larson
  34. Cubmastering: Getting Started as Cubmaster- Liz Long
  35. More Than A Hobby – David Green

  36. For The Love of Cub Scouts – David Levesque
  37. Twas The Night Before Christmas





What Is Your Relationship With Books

I love to read. Probably more than reading, I love looking at books on my bookshelf. Some books I wish I could just infuse the information through osmosis without ever reading the book. Over the years I have collected hundreds if not thousands of books. However, I have a wife. My wife doesn’t really care for the plethora of books I have.



More so, she hates moving them every time we move to a new house. I get that. I do too. The last move, I believe I counted about five large plastic tubs of books. It could have been more but the move before that, she made me go through my books and so I gave about two tubs away to my church family and Goodwill.

It was very hard to get rid of books. I love my books. Deciding which books to get rid of was the hardest. That is until I ran across an analogy somewhere (probably in a book I got rid of). I do not know who was the first to use this analogy but I have used it so much that I have pretty much given up on trying to find out. So let me introduce to you an analogy that might help you clean off your bookshelf and allow more room for books that are most important.

There are three types of relationships you have with a book:

  1. There are books you are married to
  2. There are books you go on a date with
  3. There are books you have a one night stand with

Let me explain.


To be married to a book means you read it. Then you read it again. Then you read it again. You read it so much you fall in love with the characters. You quote them. You emulate the characters. You know the plot lines and begin to dream up other plot lines that would go along with it. You begin to dream of other books with the same characters. If it is a no-fiction book, it resonates with your soul. It changes your life. It becomes a part of who you are so much that you must tell everyone else about its life-altering message. You mark in it. You highlight in it. You make notes in it. It simply is a book that you need in your life the rest of your life.


Dating a book is very simple. You read it. Once. It never gets read again. You put it on your bookshelf and look at it in passing. You think about what it was about, briefly while scanning your bookshelf. You may even have forgotten about 99% of the book but that one quote made a difference. A little one but it still made… well, an influential thought somewhere in the recesses of your mind. Who knows if it ever got to your heart. But it was good enough book to have finished. You probably gave it away after reading it knowing you’d never read it again. But hey… at least the author got a percentage royalty from you.

One Night Stand

This book can hardly be called a relationship. There’s no time to build one. When you go on a one night stand with a book, you quickly learn you two are not, I say NOT compatible. The only thing interesting about this book is the title. And that is even questionable. It is possible the title is why you even picked it up in the first place. You made it through the forward and dedication. After you entered the first chapter you start to think what was I thinking. The second chapter leaves you empty. If you make it to the third chapter you end up slinging it across the room and bouncing it off the wall because you quickly learn you have wasted brain cells trying to make sense of the garbage. You wouldn’t recommend this to your ex-girlfriend’s dog. You might even want to call up the publishing house and question their competence. At this point, you’re wishing you could sell it on Amazon to at least make back a penny even if the shipping and handling is $3.99. A penny save is a penny earned.

There you have it. This is how I decide if a book is worth reading or keeping. I have to say it has been a life saving (or at least a back saving) analogy. But it makes sense. Why load my bookshelf down with senseless books that take up room where more meaningful books can sit? It just feels good to know my bookshelf represents what matters most to me. It is less cluttered and more purposeful. It will make more time for reading books that matter most.

Is it time to start throwing out those useless books and becoming intentional about what you read?

Book Relations

January 2014 Reading List



Having some time off between semesters in college, I took some time to rest my brain so I only read a couple of books.

  1. One Last Strike – Tony Larussa
  2. The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping – Derek Hansen

Book List – August to December 2013

I haven’t been able to do a monthly book report because of college. I started college and didn’t have much time for recreational reading. Most of what I read was for school and semesters went longer than a month. So these are the books I read since August; mostly from school but a few others from being able to squeeze in a book here or there.






Book List – July 2013


These are the books I read in July.



  1. Walking With Spring – Earl Shaffer
  2. Traveling Light – Max Lucado
  3. Blind Courage – Bill Irwin (Blind Hiker)

Worship and Prayer

  1. The Great Commission to Worship – David Wheeler
  2. The Prayer of Jabez – Bruce Wilkinson
  3. The Lotus and The Cross – Ravi Zacharias


  1. Amish Peace – Suzanne Woods Fisher


  1. Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough by Justin and Trisha  Davis 

June 2013 – Book List


Here are the books I read in June. Because I’ve been working on an eBook, I haven’t read that much.

  1. The Senior Pastor’s Dilemma – Regi Campbell
  2.  The Masculine Mandate – Richard Phillips
  3. Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God – John Piper

Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God

From Desiring God:

Disabilities break into life in various forms: as the product of genetic misalignments in the womb, as the result of tragic and regrettable accidents, as the byproducts of infectious disease, and from the degenerative effects of old age. They affect joints, bones, nervous systems, lungs, hearts, and brains. And even in the United States — a country that leads the world in medical innovation and technology — roughly 20% of its citizens live with a disability.

No church is immune. This means every church leader must be prepared to answer very hard questions about the goodness and sovereignty of God.

Does God have a good design in my disability?

To this hard question God is not silent. But if we’re to hear his answer, we must submit our hearts to his word. Looking at what the Bible says is the aim of this collection of resources from pastor John Piper.

This e-book — including four sermons and an interview with a man of a disabled son — focuses on John 5:1–18 andJohn 9:1–38 and is designed to serve pastors who will be called on to minister God’s Word to God’s people at decisive points in their lives. The question is not if disabilities will surface in your church, the question is how you will respond when they do? At that decisive moment, what will you say?


One of my favorite quotes from this book is:

“Of course none of this will make sense, or be helpful, if God himself, and the glory of his incomparable works, is not your greatest treasure. When Jesus says, the purpose of this blindness is ‘that the works of God might be displayed in him,’ he assumes the manifestation of the works of God, has value that outweighs years and years of blindness. Both for the man and his parents.”

If you know people who have a disability or you have one, please pick this FREE book up at Desiring God. Even if you don’t have an eReader, you can get the PDF or download kindle for your computer. This was a great book in opinion.