Interesting Books of 2008

December 27, 2008 at 10:27 am | Posted in Books and Movies, Swimming | Leave a comment

Some interesting books I read in 2008.

Furious Pursuit, Tim King and Frank Martin.  Though I don’t completely agree with their theology, the reminder that we don’t pursue God so much as he pursues us made a good read.  The subtitle is God Will Never Let You Go. “You’re not defined by what you’ve done.  You’re defined by Who pursues you.”

Tom Horn, Blood on the Moon, Chip Carlson.  This is a well-researched biography of an infamous hero/villain from my home town, Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Horn was a scout for Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba, a detective for the big cattle companies who made huge drives through Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming, a rodeo cowboy and a ranch hand.  Though finally convicted for murder and hung, it was probably the one crime he didn’t commit.

Total Immersion, Terry Laughlin.  No, it’s not about baptism.  This is a book about swimming, and it reveals the most recent theories about moving through the water.  The things that have been learned in recent years about how to propel through water, and the way swimming is taught, have totally changed since I was a kid taking lessons.  As a lap swimmer with a swim-team daughter, I found it absolutely fascinating.

Men Are Like Waffles; Women Are Like Spaghetti, Bill and Pam Farrel.  Cathy and I have read many marriage books together in our 26 years.  This is one of the best on communication differences between men and women.  The subtitle is “Undersdstanding and Delighting in Your Differences.”

Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, John Piper.   I have already commented a few times about this book in the blog.  Probably the best I read this year.  I thought it would be a “quick read” from a favorite author of mine; instead it turned out to be one of those very slow “have-to-ponder-every-paragraph” kind of books, but what it made me pondered is great stuff.

That is quite a variety of topics and styles.  Happy reading in 2009!  And thanks for reading some of these ramblings in 2008.

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