Ron’s Best Books of 2011

My Picks for the Best Books of the Year

1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
This is the best book I’ve read in two years. It showcases the glory and power of Apple, while showing what a jerk Steve Jobs could be at times. Well written, and has a story that flows like a novel. I can’t stop thinking about this book or talking about it to anyone who will listen.

2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
With all this Occupy nonsense from the never-do-wells, reading about courage and strength from a real hero is most welcome. If only we could carpet-bomb copies of this over the Occupy ghettos, perhaps some would pack up their bongos and go home to emulate Louis Zamperini.

3. Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers and The Next Story by Tim Challies
These two books continue my goals to disconnect from the Internet drug. Both are welcomed additions to the discussion.

4. Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcy
An excellent work on worldviews, and it is a powerful follow-up to her Total Truth.

5. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
I would never have guessed that a non-fiction book on running would make my top 5, but this is far more than a how-to book. McDougal weaves together a fascinating narrative of the people and situations of ultimate running. It will make you think twice before complaining about your upcoming 5K Fun Run.

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I teach English and government in Okinawa, Japan. I love reading theology and fiction, and helps keep me accountable. Reading with three kids under 5 is a bit of a challenge, but I keep trying to find ways to read more. My favorites writers are C. S. Lewis, Flannery O’ Connor, and Raymond Carver.

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