This are the books I've read so far in 2010. I will continue to update through-out the year.
Christless Christianity - Horton - Horton writes every thing I've been thinking about the church for the last ten years. Making Christ into something of our own image definitely isn't new.
My Men are My Heroes - Kasal -This is the story behind the famous photo. It reveals with gritty reality the Battle of Fallujah.
Bruised Reed - Sibbes - This was my second time through this book. It is a great reminder that God delights in our weakness and often uses the "bruised reed" to bring himself glory.
The Cellist of Sarajevo - Galloway - See my wife's review here. I like books where NORMAL people are heroes.
Driving Over Lemons - Stewart - I always enjoy these types of books. People who have a dream and just go for it, no matter the cost.
Buller's Victory - Hough - Historical fiction about WWI naval battles against German U-boats. I always enjoy naval history.
Mr. Bligh and Mr. Christian - Hough - Nonfiction book on the Mutiny of the Bounty. I got a real sense of what Bligh was like in this book, and I can see how a dedicated devoted British naval officer, like Mr. Christian, would have mutinied against him.
The Last Voyage of Captain James Cook - Hough - This book is a tragedy. We get a glimpse into Bligh's future as we see the man he will eventually become.
Long Way Round - McGregor & Boorman - This chronicles in diary format the motorcycle trip of McGregor and Boorman from London all the way around the world. Man, I am sooo going on their next trip! Come on, guys. You need me, right?! Right!
Long Way Down - McGregor & Boorman - Oops! I missed the trip. A good adventure read. Boys Stuff, although McGregor's wife went along for part of the trip. It is amazing the different people they meet and the experiences they have.
- Jupiter's Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph - Ted Simon - The inspiration for the Long Way 'Round trips. It takes place in the 1970's and my how things are still the same.
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan - This is a fantasy book for teenagers. Think Greek Mythology meets Harry Potter, but not so dark and scary.
The Sea Monsters - Rick Riordan - book two in the series.
The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan - book three in the series.
The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan - book four in the series.
The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan - book five in the series
Star Trek: Best Destiny - Diane Care - Yes, more fluff. A young James T. Kirk as a whining, smart alec, snot nosed kid who learns that he is the problem and his dad is actually alright.
Marco Polo - Charles P. Graves - A little kid's book about Marco Polo from a six year old on. Good brief synopsis of Marco.
Arguing With Idiots - Glenn Beck - A conservative plea for brainpower over small minds, lies and pig government. Oops! Did I think that out loud?)
Danger in the Desert - Roger Cohen - Exploration bio of Roy Chapman Andrews, The Dragon Hunter, another good book about the man, who some claim is the Original Indiana Jones. He was an interesting character from the twenties and thirties who lead expeditions for the American Museum of Natural History to the Gobi desert in search of Dinosaur bones.
Revenge of the Whale: The true story of the Whaleship Essex - Nathaniel Philbrick - The true story that Herman Melville used as a basis for Moby Dick. Definitely a tragedy, but also a tale of endurance in the face of overwhelming odds. Whaleship sunk by a mad whale and then three months in a long boat, slowly starving to death. Not cool.
Filling up the Afflictions of Christ - John Piper - A bio of three men who gave their all for Christ, William Tyndale: Martyr who Translated of the Bible into English; John Paton: early missionary to the New Hebrides Islands; and Adoniram Judson: Early missionary to Burma.
the Hidden Smile of God - John Piper - A bio of John Bunyan, William Cowper and David Brainerd and the way God uses afflictions, trials and turmoil to spread His Kingdom in our lives and in the world.
the Legacy of Sovereign Joy - John Piper - A bio of Augustine, Luther and John Calvin.
Midshipman Bolitho - Alexander Kent - First Book in the Richard Bolitho series about a British Captain in the late 1700's.
In Gallant Company - Alexander Kent - Book three in the Richard Bolitho series about a British Captain in the late 1700's.
Sloop of War - Alexander Kent - Book four in the Richard Bolitho series about a British Captain in the late 1700's.
Sharpe's Tiger - Bernard Cornwell - Napoleonic wars. British in India.
Sharpe's Triumph - Bernard Cornwell - Battle of Assaye, India
Sharpe's Fortress - Bernard Cornwell - Siege of Gawilghur, India
Out Of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper - An eleven year old cerebral paralysis girl cannot speak, but is brilliant. Very realistic fiction and a must read for every intermediate and middle-schooler.
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - Oops, its too late. It has already come true, except for the nuclear war bit.
Out Of The Silent Planet - C.S. Lewis - First in the series. Normal dude is abducted and taken to a local planet. There he learns that the Bible is true.
Perelandra - C.S. Lewis - Ransom the hero travels to an "unfallen" planet where its' first two people have a choice to make.
That Hideous Strength - C.S. Lewis - The third in His space trilogy. Definitly the most mature of the three. The beginning is hideously slow, but it picks up nicely half way through. Merlinus Ambrosium makes an appearance at England's darkest hour.
Patriots - David Drake - A sci-fi retelling of the battle of Fort Ticonderoga during the Revolutionary War. Ethan Allen and all that. Nice, clean and full of good family values.
Dune - Frank Herbert - Everyone has heard of this one. Just think... all religions combined into one... anyway well written sci-fi religious messiah stuff.
By Any Means - Charley Boorman - Another travel around the world book. Easy reading with trains, planes, motor vehicles and motorcycles. Oooh, look there is another one.