What’s In The Reading Pile?

The holidays are over and although I enjoyed them, I’m not so secretly looking forward to the long days of winter with afghans, coffee, Narkie (our couch.  Lie on him for a few moments and you’ll experience the best nap EVER!), and the book pile.

Here’s a sampling of what I hope to experience in the final days of 2010 and the early weeks of 2011:

Soul Pancake: Chew on Life’s Questions by Rainn Wilson (Yeah, “that” Rainn Wilson from The Office)

Named from Rainn’s website, Soul Pancake, it’s mission is “speak your mind, unload your questions, and figure out what it means to be human.

I’ve been sitting on this book for a few weeks now, just chomping at the bit to crack it open and dive in.  Each page is filled with thought provoking questions and exercises (Cease your chatter. Don’t speak for an entire day and just listen). I have a suspicion that this book will encourage me to be a better thinker, a better listener, and a better brainstormer.

Once A Spy by Keith Thomson

I’m not familiar with this author at all but I was captured by the synopsis.

“a darkly satirical thriller, features an unlikely, if endearing, father-son spy duo: retired appliance salesman Drummond Clark, who at age 64 suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and Charlie Clark, a down-on-his-luck gambler who owes $23,000 to Russian loan sharks. Soon after Charlie rescues Drummond from the Brooklyn streets, where he’d been wandering, the older man’s house blows up and the two barely escape with their lives. Clark and son begin an adrenaline-fueled cross-country flight in which they must evade ruthless CIA assassins long enough to understand why they’re being targeted. During rare moments of lucidity, Drummond hotwires a car and effortlessly kills multiple assailants, suggesting to Charlie he was once much more than just a washing machine salesman. Poignant themes of love and redemption underpin an action-packed story line that includes exotic locales, high-tech gadgetry, and international intrigue.”

Yeah, I couldn’t resist.

Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury

I received this book from Zondervan Publishing as part of their blogger book review program.  I’m pretty sure this will be a give away pretty soon so if you’re a Karen Kingsbury fan, stay tuned.

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson

I picked up this book from Paperback Swap for two reasons:  1) I think I may have found a kindred spirit in the author, and 2) my 10 year old son thinks this book was written about me.

Next up is Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity by Mark Batterson

This is another book that’s been in the pile for MONTHS. I’m reading it just simply to see what all the fuss is about.

And finally, The Land In Between: Finding God in Difficult Transitions by Jeff Manion.

Last August, I had the opportunity to hear Pastor Manion speak at the Willow Creek Association’s Leadership Summit.  He delivered this message by the same title and I just wept. This book as been in my pile for a long time and I think I’m finally in the right frame of mind to read it.  Based on his sermon alone, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book.

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