What I’m Reading

The following books, articles, represent what I have read recently.  Perhaps something here will interest you:

Blackstone’s Byron Wien Discusses Lessons Learned In His First 80 Years”  This is a good and thoughtful article.  (I read a summary somewhere but can’t remember where this was cited.)

I have been listening to Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.  A great book!  I loved reading this book by way of audio books.  This is the first book by Goodwin that I have listened to as an audio book.  It probably won’t be the last.

Every morning I read a few pages from Mark Lanier’s new book Psalms for Daily Living: Daily Prayers, Wisdom, and Guidance.  I really like what he does in this book.  Each reading is short (one page).  Often, however, there are some real gems on these pages.

Recently I read Brian Harris’ The Big Picture. Building Blocks of a Christian World View.  This is a very fine book which made me think.  He is a good writer and is capable of communicating complicate difficult material in a manner that is user-friendly.

I recently began reading Dr. Harold Shanks new book GodWorks.  This is an excellent and encouraging book!

This is a very good piece by Mel Robbins, “Take Control of Your Day.”  Mel advises against starting the day by checking e-mail or looking at texts.  Rather, she encourages the reader to start with one’s own priorities.

This may interest you if your are a sports fan.  David Axelrod interviews Chicago Cubs Director of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein.  A very good interview!

Resources You May Find Helpful


Don’t miss Eric Barker’s post “This Is How To Boost Emotional Resilience: 10 Research Backed Secrets.”  This was helpful to me.


Be sure to read Margaret Marcuson’s fine post “The minimalist guide to clergy burnout.”  I find Margaret’s posts very helpful.  (Some years ago, she and I both studied under Dr. Edwin Friedman in Bethesda, Maryland about the same time.  Her website is full of good resources.)


I just listened to Dana Perino’s book And the Good News Is.  This was a good book with some very interesting behind the scenes stories of her time as the White House Press Secretary.  I am also listening to Krista Tippet’s newest book Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living.

What I am reading:

  1.  What God You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith.  A fine book about work habits that may be defeating and others that may cause one to be more effective.
  2. You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith.  The importance and power of spiritual habits.  Smith discusses what we should love and how we can learn to love the things that are important.

Besides books, I also do a lot of skimming.  I skim the print editions of Books and Culture, The New York Review of BooksChristianity Today, Comment, and Fast Company.  I also skim the online editions each day of selected American and International news sites.  More than anything, I have found that cultivating the habit of skimming these sites has helped me stay current.