2011 Reading List

Back at the beginning of 2011, I made an unofficial and unspoken New Year’s resolution to read more. My primary plan for doing this was to simply read for a few minutes before going to sleep at night rather than opening up hulu to watch my favorite show or just close my eyes to sleep. So, was the resolution a success? What did I read? Can I share an in depth and insightful analysis of each book?

Yes, I think that it was a success, and if you know my history of book-reading, you’ll be surprised that the list is longer than 1 :)

Here’s what I was able to make it through this year, in order of completion:

  1. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  2. HTML 5 for Web Designers by Jeremy Keith
  3. The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
  4. CSS3 for Web Designers by Dan Cederholm
  5. Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias
  6. Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper
  7. The Elements of Content Strategy by Erin Kissane
  8. Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marchotte
  9. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  10. Designing for Emotion by Aarron Walter
  11. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Finally, I intentionally titled this post with “list” rather than “review,” but if you have specific question about a book, feel free to comment. And FYI, I’d recommend any of the books above to a friend.

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  1. Those are some great books (besides the web design ones). How did you like Reason for God as compared to Jesus Among other gods? How was Mere Christianity?

    1. Hi D,
      I liked both The Reason for God and Jesus Among Other Gods. They both had an apologetic angle but mixed in a good amount of Tim and Ravi’s personal experiences–Keller as pastor of a church in skeptical NYC and Zacharias growing up as a Hindu in India. Jesus Among Other Gods was less compare/contrast than I expected.

      Then, Mere Christianity was a good read as well. I’d started it about 5 previous times but finally stuck with it this time. It has nice short, contained chapters and discusses Christianity from more of a philosophical perspective.

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