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January 01, 2008



The 5 Dysfunctions of a team by Patrick Lencioni. Brilliant. A must read for anyone in a leadership position. Lencioni writes his books in the form of fables, followed up by a short section unpacking the principle. Fun read. Life changing leadership lessons. Enjoy.


Yes, I did the same thing as I was blessed with some good books as gifts this year. Scot McKnight's "Embracing Grace" was one on my list. Great book.
Have you read Rodger Oakland's "Faith Undone"? I have just started it and he basically crucifies the "emerging church" with people like Dan Kimbal and Rick Warren being thrown under his proverbial bus. I would like your thoughts on it sometime, as it appears to me that some of the references and connections are very stretched and ambnigiously connected.
Thanks for the recomendations.


Tim Keel's "Intuitive Leadership"

Ben Witherington's "Making a Meal of It" and "The Living Word of God"

Abraham Joshua Heschel's "The Sabbath"


When I read JP's book, I had heard some of it from him in class already, but it's still a good book.

Pagan Christianity is a good read.

Someone mentioned Heschel, and I've been reading his God in Pursuit of Man book, which is just brilliant.


Amanda Godshall

Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski. A well-researched and fast-paced secular novel about an anthropologist, a remote tribe in Thailand, and a family of missionaries. http://www.amazon.com/Fieldwork-Novel-Mischa-Berlinski/dp/0374299161


You must be a fast reader! :)


I noticed your reading Miroslav Volf's "Free of Charge." I need to put that book on my nightstand. My first encounter with it was so transformative that my story became part of a larger story on how ordinary Christians practice forgiveness and reconciliation, which was eventually published online by Calvin's Institute of Christian Worship as part of their Vital Worship series. All that to say, I'm glad "Free of Charge" is already in your queue. I need to put it back in mine. Peace to you, J.R.


By the way, here's a link to that Vital Worship piece that I mentioned in my previous comment: http://www.calvin.edu/worship/stories/volf.php.


Once again: http://www.calvin.edu/worship/stories/volf.php

mike magnussen (taylor '02)

Hi JR,
Thanks for posting your 'best of' books, these book titles are intriguing. I forgot how I first came across your website, but I like checking it out from time to time.
peace in Him.


I really enjoyed "Glory Revealed" by David Nasser.

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