December 2010

Ron’s Top Picks of 2010

December 30, 2010 // 8 Comments

A few people asked which is my favorite book of the year. The easy answer to that is, “I don’t know.” I like different books for different reasons. Here are a few of the winners in my mind: Top Five 1. The Shallows by Nicholas Carr This was the book that affected me the most this year, mainly by pointing out how much time I spend/waste on the computer. After reading this book, I made some drastic changes, ones that I continue to put into practice today to limit my Internet use. It DOES affect us in how we think and focus. There are some critics (including one on this very site) who quickly scoff at Carr’s premise, and foolishly blame it on Carr’s aging process. Silly. In the words of Shakespeare, thou “protesth too much.”            [read my review] 2. Adopted for Life by Russell Moore I cannot understand the impact this book had on my view of adoption, and on us beginning the pursuit. It is not only about protecting to orphans and widows, but also how we are those orphans and widows that need protecting. Whether or not you are a Christian, this is a good look at […]

A Graphical Look at My 52 Reviews

December 30, 2010 // 1 Comment

Using, I pasted all my reviews into a document to see them graphicly. This site makes frequently used words larger than others. Before you think me vain, my name “Ron” is in here because it was in each of the 52 titles.

Mark’s 2010 52 Books Year End Review

December 30, 2010 // 1 Comment

Here’s a quick recap of insights and highlights of my 2010 52 book journey: This is the first time in my life where I’ve tried to read 52 books in one year. I am not a fast reader… perhaps average, perhaps slower than average. I realized I needed to cut two things out of my life to get this done – video games (Madden) and excessive internet surfing (along with most television and movies) I would not have finished if it were not for Ron Coia persevering with me. The new Kindle is an amazing piece of technology that I’m grateful for. I discovered I really enjoy reading some of the classics – especially the free ones on Kindle. Books that grabbed and held my attention I could finish in two or three days… others took months. As a pastor and leader, I believe there are few activities as beneficial to my professional development as reading. Next year I want to read a couple of the Christian Classics (i.e., Augustine, Luther, Puritans, etc.) – Here are my favorite books of 2010: Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and […]

Mark’s #52 – Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges (240 pages)

December 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

God in His love always wills what is best for us.  In His wisdom he always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about. As my last book of 2010, I decided to read Jerry Bridges classic book about trusting God in the midst of pain and suffering. Trusting God is a solid book for people to read – and not just when they’re in the midst of suffering.  In fact, the best time to read this book and meditate upon its truths is when you aren’t necessarily in the grip of suffering. Jerry spends the first half of the book establishing the absolute sovereignty of God over all of Creation.  Here he shows that God has, “designed His external purpose so that his glory and our good are inextricably bound together.”   Without this understanding of God’s sovereignty, one is left to grasp and wonder if God is really in control of their lives.  Or they come to ill-fated conclusions such as Rabbi Kushner’s book When Bad Things Happen to Good People, where he argues that God is good, he’s just not powerful enough to stop all the bad in the […]

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