Read Any Good Books Lately?

I try to keep a log of books I have read each year. Throughout the year I make periodic updates to this blog as I finish a book.

Please visit the above tab titled “Reading Lists” that covers books I have read since 2005. Not every book was a good book and not every book I would recommend. Still, I find it helpful when people share with me what they are reading and why. I hope you will too.

If you have read something of late that you would recommend, I would appreciate hearing from you. Just post a comment here and share the book with me and other visitors.

Happy reading,



  1. Greg, hey! Thanks for the invite. “Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace” by Gordon MacKenzie and “Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor” by Robert D. Lupton are two of my favorites lately. Though one implicitly and the other explicitly, respectively, both have wildly radical implications for the Church.

  2. Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life
    – This Steve Martin’s memoir of his stand up career. It is an interesting read, and pretty funny too. Some interesting cultural opinions also.

  3. Greg,
    Seems I have very little time to read lately; however, I greatly enjoyed The Shack by William P Young. Eugene Peterson compares the potential impact of this novel to Pilgrim’s Progress, by Bunyan. It is a MUCH easier read than Bunyan.
    If you recommend one book to a church lay leader, what would it be?

  4. If you haven’t read, “Growing an Engaged Church”, by Albert Winseman…take a look…excellent insights based on Gallup Data.

    Also, Everything must Change, Brian McLaren

    Being the Presence of Christ, Daniel Vestal…

    happy reading…

  5. Greg, I just finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and The Preaching Life by Barbara Brown Taylor. Neither are new, but both are thought-provoking. Brown is a silver-tongued preacher with original insights into many traditional passages of Scripture. You may have already read these two.

    Thanks for asking.

  6. Hi Uncle Greg! I enjoyed browsing through your reading lists.

    While in Chicago this summer I picked up local author Ayun Halliday’s “No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late.” Other people who have read it didn’t find it astonishing, but I laughed all the way through. Since then, I’ve gotten into travel memoirs like “The Sex Lives of Cannibals” and “Eat. Pray. Love.,” but would especially recommend the one I’m reading now: “Holy Cow” by Sarah Macdonald. I’m interested to see how it will end- she’s an Australian atheist who relocated to Delhi to be with her boyfriend, but has now gone on this journey sampling from the menu of Indian religions… very interesting and incredibly funny.

    Other than that, all I have been reading are textbooks on Business Statistics, Microbiology, and Dance History, and three books on the life of Isadora Duncan. Probably wouldn’t interest you!

    See you at Thanksgiving!

    Take care- much love,

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