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13 Books I Read in 2011 (by Stephen Simpson)

One of my goals for 2011 was to finish at least one book per month.  As I reviewed my goals list for 2011, I got really excited when I realized that I read a total of 13 books.  Some were better than others.  But I thought you might be interested in what I read in 2011.  I’ve included some of my thoughts along with each book.
   
  • Decision Points (by George W. Bush) President Bush reviews the major decisions/events of his presidency.
       
  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters (by Meg Meeker) A very good book.  It helped me better understand the importance of my role as a father to two daughters.  Should be required reading for every man who has a daughter.  Read more about this book.
       
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart (by Tedd Tripp) The classic book on parenting.  Should be required reading for every parent.
        
  • Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ (by John MacArthur) Good book.  A little repetitive at times.  Read a review of this book.
        
  • Open:  An Autobiography (by Andre Agassi)  Growing up, I was a big Andre Agassi fan.  He and Pete Sampras had one of the best tennis rivalries ever.  In this book, he tells his story.  It was very interesting to read.  But, it felt very one-sided.  I would imagine this one-sided perspective is common to autobiographies.  Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book.
       
  • Dr. Gray at Moody Bible Institute (compiled/edited by William M. Runyan) A biographical look at Dr. James Gray and his time at Moody Bible Institute.  Short but interesting.
       
  • Amazing Grace:  William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery (by Eric Metaxas) Excellent book.  Highly recommended.  I’m also looking forward to reading Metaxas’s biography of Bonheoffer.  Read a post on our blog inspired by this book.
       
  • Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits (by Jay Conrad Levinson, et al.) Highly practical book.  I will revisit this book often.
       
  • An Unexpected Journey (by W. Robert Godfrey) I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would.  I was hoping it would be more biographical than it ended up being.
       
  • Servanthood as Worship: ThePrivilege of Life in a Local Church (by Nate Palmer) Short book.  Pretty good.  Read more about this book.
       
  • Rawhide Down:  The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan (by Del Quentin Wilber) A minute by minute account of the events surrounding the attempted assassination of President Reagan.  This book was hard to put down.  Highly recommended.
       
  • Linchpin:  Are You Indispensable? (by Seth Godin) A good book on being an indispensable worker.  In my opinion, the format of Godin’s books makes them difficult to read.
       
  • Steve Jobs (by Walter Isaacson) A fascinating book.  I enjoyed it immensely.  It is so sad that in spite of all of the unbelievable talents that Jobs possessed, he was an awful and ungodly person.  His life, in spite of all of his accomplishments, was truly tragic. 

What books did you read in 2011?