Friday, October 9, 2009

7 Books I'd Recommend, plus other books I've read

7 Books I Highly Recommend (roughly in order):

1. Leadership and Self-deception: Arbinger Institute

2. Finding Darwin's God: Kenneth Miller

3. Guns, Germs, & Steel: Jared Diamond (second favorite author)

4. The Female Brain: Louann Brizendine

5. The Four Agreements: Don Ruiz

6. How to Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie
 
7. Sapiens: a brief history of humankind, by Yuval Harari





Books I've Read (in rough chronological order):


The Holy Qur'an: Mohammed

The Bible (KJV)

Journey to the Ants: E.O. Wilson and Bert Holldobler

Lord of the Rings Series, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion: J.R.R. Tolkien, my favorite author

A Brief History of Nearly Everything: Bill Bryson

The Five Love Languages: Gary Chapman

Manchild in the Promised Land: Claude Brown

Kaffir Boy - Mark Mathabane

5 People You Meet in Heaven: Mitch Albom

Famous Quotes from Great Leaders - P. Andersen

The Creation- E.O. Wilson

Why We Love: the Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love: Helen Fisher

The Trials of Life: a Natural History of Animal Behavior - David Attenborough

The Selfish Gene- Richard Dawkins

Tuesday's With Morrie: Mitch Albom

Bonds that Make us Free: Terry Warner

Carrie : Stephen King

Jonathon Livingston Seagull:  Richard Bach

Spring/summer 2007

Emerging Adulthood: Jeffery Arnett

You Are Special: Max Lucado

The Secret:  Rhonda Byrne

Effie Marquess Carmack: Karen Davidson

The World of the Harvester Ants - Stephen Taber

The Prince: Machiavelli

The Compassionate Brain- Gerald Huther

Return from Tomorrow - George Ritchie

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith: Joseph F. Smith

The Alchemist - Paul Coelho

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Douglas Adams

Deception Point - Dan Brown

Band of Brothers: Stephan Ambrose

Blink- Malcolm Gladwell

The Power of Intention: Wayne Dyer

The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell

Nibley on the Timely and the Timeless

Crucial Confrontations - Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Jun 08 Fire of Faith- John Groberg

Aug 08 The Latehomecomer: Kao Yang

Sep 08 In Defense of Food: Michael Pollan

Oct 08 Angels and Demons- Dan Brown

Nov 08 The Miracle of Forgiveness - Spencer W. Kimball

Nov 08 The Infinite Atonement - Tad Callister

Dec 08 The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis

Dec 08 A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

Dec 08 Marathon of Faith: Rex Lee

Dec 08 The Great Transformation - Karl Polanyi

Feb 09 Understanding the Word - John Tvednes

Feb 09 - History of EFY (thesis): John Bytheway

Feb 09 - Seeing Like a State- James Scott

Mar 09 - Outrage - Dick Morris

May 09 - Believing Christ - Stephen Robinson

May 09 - Zane Grey- The Call of the Canyon

Sep 09- Anatomy of Peace - Emery Reeves

Sep 09 - The Color Code - Taylor Hartman

Sep 09 - The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver

Sep 09 - Les Miserables: Victor Hugo

Oct 09 - Anatomy of Peace: Arbinger Institute

Oct 09 - The Precious Present: Spencer Johnson

Oct 09 The Guinea Pig Diaries - AJ Jacobs

Oct 09 Collapse - Jared Diamond

Nov 09 (some of) Who Really Cares - Arthur Brooks

Nov 09 Good to Great - Jim Collins

Nov 09 Superfreakonomics -Steve Leavitt and Steve Dubner

Dec 09 The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz

Dec 09 Desert Solitaire - Edward Abbey

2010:

Covenant Hearts: Bruce Hafen

Jan 10 Talent Code - Daniel Coyle

Jan 10 Third Chimpanzee - Jared Diamond

Jan 10 Only a Theory - Kenneth Miller

Democracy in America: Alexis de Tocqueville

May 10 The Superorganism: Bert Holldobler and Edward Wilson

(some of) Predictably Irrational: Dan Ariely

Jun 10 Grace Works audiobook: Robert Millet

Jun 10 Amazing Grace - Wilberforce and Olaudah Equiano audiobook: Dave Arnold, Paul McCusker

Jul 10 Seventh Seal- Jessica and Richard Draper

Jul 10 The Male Brain: Louann Brizendine

Jul 10 Red Families v. Blue Families: Cahn and Carbone

Aug 10 The Holy Secret: James Ferrell

Aug 10 As a Man Thinketh: James Allen

September-December 10- about a dozen books and/or articles about homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including drafts of books being written by my friends Keith Penrod, Andy Fernuik, and Brent Kerby

Oct 10 Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation, Simon LeVay

Oct 10 Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-sex Orientation: Wayne and Ron Schow

Nov 10 The Detestable and Abominable Crime Against Nature: Gay Mormon History, 1870-1980, Connell O'Donovan

Nov 10 No More Goodbyes: Carolyn Pearson

Nov 10 Same-sex Dynamics in 19th Century America: A Mormon Example: D. Michael Quinn

Nov 10 Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power: D. Michael Quinn

Dec 10 Gay Marriage: Good for Gays, Good for Straights, Good for America: Jonathan Rauch

Dec 10 In Quiet Desperation: Ty Mansfield, Fred and Marilyn Matis

Feb 11 The Greatest Spectacle, Brandon Janis

Feb 11 Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through Literature, Joseph Badaracco

Feb 11 What's the Harm: does legalizing same-sex marriage really harm individuals, families or society?, Lynn Wardle

Feb 11   Public Vows: a history of Marriage and the Nation, Nancy Cott

May 11 Nudge, Cass Sunstein and Richard Thuler

May 11 Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Rationality, Dan Ariely

Oct 2011: Perfect, Joseph Dallin

Nov 2011: The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins

Nov 2011: Rough Stone Rolling, by Richard Bushman (and some of Fawn Brodie's No Man Knows My History)

Nov 2011: The Book of Mammon: A book about a book about the corporation that owns the Mormons, Daymon M. Smith

Nov 2011: The will to believe: and other essays in popular philosophy, William James

December 2011: I come as a thief, by Louis Auchincloss

December 2011: Flunking Sainthood, Jana Riess

June 2012: City of God, E.L. Doctorow

May 2013: Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

2013: The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor

2013: Inferno, by Dan Brown

2013: Designing Multi-Device Experiences, by Michal Levin

2014: Essentialism: the disciplined pursuit of less, by Greg McKeown

2015: Sapiens: a brief history of humankind, by Yuval Harari

2015: Struggling in Good Faith, by Mychal Copeland & D'vorah Rose

2016: The Use of Weapons, by Iain Banks

2016: Homo Deus: a brief history of tomorrow, by Yuval Harari


 

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  2. can i also recommend:
    the effective executive - peter drucker
    reverence: renewing a forgotten virtue - woodruff
    ender's game - orson scott card
    man's search for meaning - frankl
    a higher standard of leadership: lesson's from the life of ghandi - nair

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  3. Leadership and Self-Deception is good as is Guns Germs and Steel. I could probably learn just as much as you from reading The Female Brain.

    I'd also recommend The Screwtape Letters and Ellison's Invisible Man, among others.

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  5. Brad,
    1.I love lists! So easy to digest. I think more people should follow your book list example--its great for learning about people and what they like to learn.
    2. I appreciate the recommendations. I’ve already started reading your number one and pulled a couple others off my ‘not yet read’ shelf and moved them up in the queue. I'm realizing that I'm way behind--inspired to do a little more reading.
    3.I concur on How to Win Friends and Influence People and Infinite Atonement and handful of your others--Great choices.
    4. Here are some I'd recommend--
    The Book of Mormon (trump card, I win for most righteous book suggestion. HaHa! ;) )
    David Copperfield (Dickens)
    The Great Divorce (Lewis--you actually have it on there, but I love it too much to not include it again)
    The Inner Game of Tennis (Gallwey)
    The Myth of Self Esteem (Rasband--couple slow parts, but it captures a few good ideas too)

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