Of the reading of books

28 Aug

Due to my ongoing battle with dizziness, reading is about the only thing I’ve been able to do lately. Fortunately, it is a pastime I enjoy and my wife picked up a stack of interesting books for me to wade through. Over the past 10 days, I’ve worked my way through:

  • Intervention, by Robin Cook. I did not enjoy it as much as his previous best-selling books. I think he veered away from the medical-who-done-it genre and crossed the line into a Dan-Brown-Da-Vinci-Code-attack-on-the-Catholic-Church.
  • Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within, by Robert E. Quinn. I liked his description of the need for deep change or you face slow death. I appreciated his explanation of why some corporations or organizations don’t get it and/or make the change. But I had a harder time getting into the rest of the book. I should probably reread it when I fully recover from the effects of vertigo.
  • Just Do Something: How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc., by Kevin DeYoung. Short, practical, and very helpful. I would definitely recommend this to anyone asking the question, “What does God want me to do with my life?”
  • The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever, by Mark Frost. Fascinating story about a golf match that occurred simply to settle a bet between two businessmen. The match featured two amateur golfers–Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward, and two professional golfers–Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan. The author goes back and forth between the match itself and profiles of the golfers and businessmen who arranged it. Great read.
  • Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie.  This is the first time I read this classic “Who done it?” and enjoyed it thoroughly.
  • The eleventh man, by Ivan Doig. The story follows the 11-starting players of a close-knit championship Montana college football team through WWII. Interesting book.
  • Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World, by David Maraniss. The author paints the story of the 1960 Summer Olympics against the backdrop of Cold War politics between the USA and the USSR, and racism in the USA and other countries of the world. Very good book that combines athletic achievements, sociology, political science, and human drama.
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