Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What to read in 2010?

My apologies! I've been away from the blog for a while. Hopefully I will be on here more in the new year.

I've been thinking about what books I want to try to read in 2010. This list will no doubt change as new books are released, but here are twelve that I am eyeing right now:

- Collapse (by Jared Diamond)
- Made to Stick (by Chip Heath & Dan Heath)
- The Art of the Start (by Guy Kawasaki)
- Love Is An Orientation (by Andrew Marin)
- A Community Called Atonement (by Scot McKnight)
- Dreams from My Father (by Barack Obama)
- On the Brink (by Henry M. Paulson)
- Drive (by Daniel Pink)
- Mechanistic & Non-mechanistic Science (by Richard L. Thompson)
- The Lost World of Genesis One (by John Walton)
- The Resurrection of the Son of God (by N. T. Wright)
- Surprised by Hope (by N. T. Wright)

What about you? Are there any books you are looking forward to reading in 2010?


paul said...

Indeed the blog here has been rather neglected by all of us the last several months!

Some books that I hope to get to read soon:
A Cross-Shattered Church: Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching by Stanley Hauerwas
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller

And of course, I hope to catch up on and finish my two-year Bible read-through.

Is anyone else on Goodreads or other sites to follow along with what folks are reading? (Here's a link to my Goodreads profile)

paul said...

BTW, how did Mechanistic and Non-mechanistic Science make the list?

Bart Banks said...

The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

A book on how to control toddlers.

Andrew Murray said...

Bart, let me know how the toddler book works out ;-)

Paul, Mechanistic and Non-mechanistic Science was a recommendation from my philosophy professor during the spring 2009 semester.

Here is the product description from "This book discuss how the mechanistic theories of modern science have difficulty explaining such phenomena as consciousness, complex biological form, and inspiration, and how the non-mechanistic science of bhakti-yoga from India can help provide useful explanations."

As you might guess, I am more interested in the first part than the second part :-) In fact, looking at the table of contents, the first 200 pages are devoted to discussing the limitations of science, while only the last 25 pages actually dive into the bhakti-yoga stuff.

I deeply believe that science is valuable, but limited. However, I think that some scientists today perhaps no longer recognize its limitations, so I am interested to read this book and see how someone on the scientific side of things (rather than the populist side of things) makes the case for science's own limitations.