Books I’m reading: January 2006

Mark passed me a baton: What 6 books do you have on your desk right now?

  1. Maverick. I actually bought this based on the recommendation up at 37signals and I bought it with Amazon credits so it cost only $3. It’s pretty good.
  2. Bible. I got a new one for Christmas that only has one column (KJV) and I really like that much better than the two column approach for some reason.
  3. On Writing Well: 25th Anniversary Edition. This book is surprisingly very good. I’ve never read a book about writing. I’m finding myself constantly in a tug of war with my head though because I presume the book is written well just because it’s about writing well. Can you imagine being the author? Talk about pressure. No, realistically this book is lining up to be one of my new favorites. Excellent reading and I am learning how to write better. Of course, I’m breaking all of the rules right now.
  4. The Holiness of God. (by R. C. Sproul)
  5. Chosen by God. (by R. C. Sproul)
  6. What Is Reformed Theology? (by R. C. Sproul)

Those of you dissapointed I’m not reading anything web related and only one business book should know I read all of those books in the dot com days and nothing has really changed except CSS is more important and smaller is better (I know I heard that somewhere! haha). Business books are still business books and design books are still design books. I do look through them though at the bookstore. In an upcoming article for 2006 I’m hoping to analyze at a deep level the serious flaws in E-Myth Revisited and how Good to Great is better. That’s sure to spark some serious debate! Those two books are seriously at odds against each other.

The books by R. C. Sproul are actually audio books and I’m listening to them in my car. Good stuff.

I’m passing this little meme along to: Andrew.

6 responses to “Books I’m reading: January 2006”

  1. didn’t know you were a believer (an assumption based on the books you’re reading/listening to). You’re even more my hero now.

  2. “First Thing’s First – Every Day”
    “Swanson’s 25 unWritten Rules of Business”
    “The Art of War”
    “How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends”
    “The ABCs of Building a Business Team That Wins”
    “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”
    The Bible

    I’m young… Most of these are the basics, I know, but if I can make it through this list in 2006, I’ll be happy (and enlightened).

  3. Levi – Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll check it out.

    Ben – Yup! I’m a Christian! Reformed as of a few years ago. I’m not sure I’m qualified to be a hero – but hey, that’s cool! Nice to meet you.

    Chris – I think it’s really funny how you’re reading The Art of War AND the Bible. That’s a great combination. I’ve never read The Art of War… is it any good?

  4. Chris –

    Not to get in to a big theological debate, but why do you think it odd (or funny) to read The Art of War and the Bible?

    The Art of War is a great strategy book. Its principles can apply just as much to business today as it did to war back then.

    I haven’t read it, but I have the audio tape and listen to it frequently.

  5. Mark – I’ve never read The Art of War. Not even more than a few paragraphs. Therefore I think my point was not valid. I’ll look for it in the bookstore sometime and read a chapter.

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