What I’m Reading (July 9, 2012)

I try to read at least 50 books per year.

That may seem like a lot, but I’ve read that Teddy Roosevelt read 250 books per year, which makes me feel pretty lame since I’m sure he was pretty busy being President and all.

I read because I want to be better at my job, have a greater influence for the kingdom of God and be a better leader.

Over the years I’ve learned some tricks on how to read a lot of books, which I’ve shared here.

Currently, I’m preparing for a trip to Europe (which I’ll announce here soon) during which I intend to blog daily in the form of a travel journal, as I’ve done here before on trips to Israel, the Black Sea, and the National Prayer Breakfast.

Also, I’m always trying to improve my skills as a trial attorney, and I’m currently thinking through with my pastor and our leadership team how our young church can better incorporate into our church culture Jesus’ mandate that we make disciples.

All that may help explain what I’m currently reading, which might otherwise seem excessively eclectic.

1. Daily Life In The World Of Charlemagne, Pierre Riche. This book provides an excellent context for understanding life in the eighth and ninth centuries, which is the time period that will be our focus on our upcoming trip to Europe.

2. Emperor Charlemagne, Thomas Hodgkin. This book from 1902 is better than some of the more recent biographies of Charlemagne, but it is harder to find.

3. Rules of the Road, Friedman & Malone. This is a book for trial lawyers.

4. Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff’s Revolution, Keenan & Ball. Ditto: For trial lawyers only.

5. Wikichurch, Steve Murrell. This is a fascinating book, a real game-changer on church growth. I plan to do a review on it soon. So, I will keep you in suspense until then.

6.  How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster. This is a helpful book if you want to enhance your experience watching movies and reading novels.

If you are a Christian, you have been called to be a leader, and leaders are readers. What are you reading? GS