One of my very favorite quotes comes from Charles "Tremendous" Jones. He said,

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

Another one of my favorite quotes on this topic is from the book of Proverbs. Chapter 4 verse 7 says,

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."

With that in mind, I've resolved to read more books than I ever have before. Three a month is my goal. In November of 2013 I decided that every month, I'll try finish at least one fiction book and at least one non-fiction book. Some will drag on over the course of a few months, but before November 2014, there should be somewhere near 36 completed titles on this page. Hopefully I'll even get to write some reviews. Here's the list...


Crucial ConversationsKerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al SwitzlerCommunicationFinishedI've already given a couple copies of this away since I read it. Really valuable ideas and methods for communication in here.
Love & RespectEmerson EggerichsMarriageFinishedThis book was pretty incredible. I wish I read it (and actually understood it) 16 years ago. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because he does make a lot of sweeping generalizations that can throw you off course if they're not applicable. Other than that, the concepts and suggestions are GOLD.
Killing JesusBill O'Reilly, Martin DugardHistoryFinishedLoved the earliest chapters about the context of the birth and early life of Christ. Reminded me of "Unholy Night" but without all the Hollywood storyline massaging.
Man's Search for MeaningVictor FranklPsychology40%-This book keeps popping up in conversation lately, so I'm see what all the hype is about.
Unleashing the Church: Getting People Out of the Fortress and into MinistryFrank TillapaughMinistry20%- I'm only a few chapters in to this one, but it's hitting me where I live for sure! Might inspire a blog post before I'm done 😉
Love & Respect in the FamilyEmerson EggerichsFamily45%-I was so impressed with the first book, I bought this one. I've already been bowled over by the "Understanding" section. Dr. Eggerichs, Eleyna (my oldest) thanks you 🙂
Daring GreatlyBrene BrownPsychology80%-Thick with theory and terminology, but if you can muddle through that, the actual content is amazing.
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & SaintNadia Bolz-WeberAutobiography30%-I can't wait to read her story. Guessing it may resonate a bit with my own struggles with religion.
The Daniel PlanRick Warren, Daniel Amen, Mark HymanHealth/Fitness10%-I loved The Purpose Driven Life, and I enjoy Rick Warren's sermons. This is a topic long overdue in churchy circles.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop TalkingSusan CainPsychology15%-Since some of the people I love the most in life are introverts, it might be a good thing if I understand them a little better 😉


The Silver Linings PlaybookMatthew QuickGeneralFinishedI loved loved loved this movie, so I figured the book had to be great too. It was ok. Read fast. Colorful. Unique. The story in the movie was better.
Cross RoadsWm. Paul YoungChristianFinishedFun and easy to read. Reminded me a lot of the Shack (an all-time fave). Loved the character development the most. Kinda predictable.
Last of the BreedLouis L'AmourAdventureFinishedThis is the 3rd or 4th Louis L'Amour book I've read. Great style and story. Seemed to drag a little in the middle, and I was afraid the ending would be formulaic, but I was happily surprised. Lots of fun.
In Sunlight and in ShadowMark HelprinRomanceAlmost doneProbably the most enjoyable reading experience I've ever had. But I learned you can get too much of a good thing. It feels like it could be a lot tighter in some spots, and I really got bogged down for a while. Still, the prose makes it worth it. I'll read more Helprin.
11/22/63Stephen KingSuspenseOn hold-I think historical fiction may be my very favorite genre of fiction. The concept of this story was irresistible to me, and I've never read a Stephen King book. It's a monsteru2014over 800 pagesu2014but I'm resolved to get through it.