Books I’ve Read – 2010

34. How Starbucks Saved  My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live like Everyone Else – Michael Gates Gill.  I didn’t think I was liking this book, but I found myself getting teary at the end.  So important to treat people with respect.

33. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins. The last of the Hunger Games trilogy.  Most people I talked to didn’t like this one as much as they liked the other two, but I did.

32. The System: Igniting the Soul of Commerce – Rick Stephens and Elane V. Scott.  Stephens and Scott were the keynote speakers at this year’s education summit.  Not sure the book added much more to what I had already learned from their speeches. 

31. Don’t just Do Something; Stand There – Marvin Weisbord, Sandra Janoff, and Jack MacNeish.  Went to the Workshop in Philadelphia, PA.  Then read the book mostly on the way home.  Great way to reinforce and clarify some of the ideas from the workshop.

30. Smart Communities – Suzanne MorseIdeas about how people can work together to improve their communities. Based the work of the Pew Charitable Trust.  Lots of good examples.

29. Mindless Eating – Brian Wansink.  It’s about how we mindlessly eat, but it makes you think about how we mindlessly make a lot of “decisions.  Another book recommended in Switch.

28. One Small Step Can Change your Life – Robert Maurer.  Using the Kaizen philosophy as a self-help tool.  Not a bad idea.  Another one of the books recommended in Switch.

27.  The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life – Steve Zaffron  and Dave Logan. Weird, but interesting.  I bought it.  

26. The Girl who Played with fire – Stieg Larsson. Starts slow, but had me going by the end.

25. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. – Jonathan Haidt.  Interesting merger of ancient wisdom and modern psychological research regarding some of the big life questions. Another one of the books recommended by the Switch guys.

24. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris.  Regular life in southern Lousiana, and, oh yeah, vampires live here too.

23. The Good Thief – Hannah Tinti. Good writing, good story. I don’t know why I didn’t love it.

22. All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten – Robert Fulghum.  An oldie, but a goodie.  It’s been my “potty book” for the last few months.

21. The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic! – Bill Milliken. Inspiring book by the guy who founded Communities In Schools

20. Zeitoun – Dave Eggers.  Interesting in a lot of ways.

19. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins. Second of the Hunger Games books.  It worries me that that I enjoy a book this violent this much.

18. Productive Workplaces: Organizing and Managing for Dignity, Meaning and Community – Marvin Weisbord.  Made me realize how much I don’t know about doing my job.

17. Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins.  Couldn’t put it down; read it in one day.

16. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee. Book Club. Even better than I remembered. I cried at the end.  50th anniversary.

15. Cider House Rules – John Irving.  Long, not funny.

14. Taking Jesus Seriously: Buddhist Meditation for Christians  – John Cowan. Started meditating while reading this.

13. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ – Philip Pullman.  Not as interesting as I thought it would be.

12. The Help – Kathryn Stockett. Book club.  Really good, but not as good as the hype.

11. Mindset – Carol S. Dweck. Psychology book about fixed mindset vs. growth mindset recommended by the Switch guys.

10. The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back – Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen.  Interesting story of a family who decided to sell their huge house and give half the money to charity.

9. Nudge:Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness – Richard Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein.  Recommended by the “Switch” guys.  Good, but not as good as theirs.  Sounds self-helpy, but it’s written by a couple of economists.

8. The Law of Dreams – Peter Behrens.  Irish boy makes it to America after the potato blight.  Book club.

7.Switch: How to Change things When Change is Hard – Chip Heath and Dan Heath.  I read their first book Made to Stick.  It was great and this one is great too.

6.Hit the Bullseye: How Denominations Can Aim the congregation at the Mission Field – Paul D. Borden. Homework for the Waco Regional Baptist Association strategic planning committee.

5.Take the Cannoli – Sarah Vowell.  A loaner from Becca Sharpless that ended up being a gift.

4.Leadership from Inside out – Wesley Granberg-Michaelson.  One of the books they use in the Community Practice class in the school of social work.

3.Your Money Ratios: 8 Simple Tools for Financial Security – Charles Farrell.  Pretty easy to understand even for someone who’s not good at that kind of thing.  Inspired me to start socking away more for retirement.

2.Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See. Church book club.  Chinese traditions including footbinding.

1.Glittering Images – Susan Howatch.  Recommended by Mike Sciretti.  Episcopalian romance novel.



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