Saturday, December 6, 2014

Top ten (or so) books of 2014

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell - The Good Samaritan story retold in the context of modern warfare.

The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel Brown - There is no "I" in team.

Wars of Reconstruction: the Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era by Douglas Egerton - "Shall our children see a negro in the President's chair?" opined an editor of a Macon, Georgia paper after President Johnson vetoed a first attempt at Civil Rights legislation after the Civil War.

The Wind is Not the River by Brian Payton - novel of the "forgotten war": World War Two in the Aleutian Islands

Love Does by Bob Goff - good Lenten reading

Revolutionary Summer and American Creation by Joseph Ellis - birth of America

Lila by Marilynne Robinson - the pastors's wife (from Gilead)

The Making of an Ordinary Saint by Nathan Foster - Celebration of Discipline for a new generation

Boy on Ice by John Branch - violence in professional sports through the lens of this tragic story

Abundant Simplicity by Jan Johnson - Simply, the Christian Life Explained

Deep Dark Down by Hector Tobar  - the most interesting part of this rescue story is what happened after the rescue

Congo: the Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck - First came the slave traders, then came the Belgians who set the people free, then came the rubber traders, then came the medical experts, then came the missionaries, then came the ethnographers, then came the capitalists and what became of the People?