I know it is not going to be a shock to anyone, but I LIKE SHINY THINGS 😉  Yes Bruce, brook trout and newborns, we are all suckers for the lure of the dancing gadget.  I AM working on it though, I just got a new phone (Sanyo Katana, gasp a "mid-tier" phone) which was basically free and very little gadgetry.  I have also managed to NOT get a bunch of stuff my new Mac nor more chrome for Trixie.  Hmmm . . . maybe I should work on not buying so many boy toys 😉

Still . . . I am a total SUCKER for a new book.  Give it a great catchy title and I am butter and easily manipulated book hound with a serious need for the public bookshelf to give me my worth.  Yes, like many a pastor, I have a book problem.

So, to ease my guilt, here are some that I am going to read this year and if anyone wants to borrow them, please let me know.

Images_1Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard A. Swenson.  This was a rec from DJ Chuang after his post on Extreme Punctuality.  It is also kind of cheating because MBCC is reading it as part of a book group at the end of the month.  But hey, multitasking is this year’s pink.

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
by Bart D. Ehrman. 
I started this one a few months back and got distracted by something else shiny, but this is solid stuff.  I saw an interview of Ehrman on the Daily Show (source of all knowledge right after NPR) and was impressed with this person of faith who could take a thoughtful look at scripture and have his faith challenged AND strengthened.

Bookparadise On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense by David Brooks. This is the follow-up to his book Bobos in Paradise (Also Book Group Book)  This one seems to be a good read again critiquing some of the expectation of lifestyle and approach to life.  Brooks, while skewering ME AND MY PEOPLE is right on in many ways.  I think this one will be first.

tarfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman, Rod A. Beckstrom.
  Okay, must admit this was a TOTAL Shiny thing purchase.  But, come on, that is a GOOD title.  There was a church planting group here in the city that read this last year and thought I was not able to attend the group, of course, I bought the book.

Bookblindside Blindside: The Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.
  This is my next "Brain Candy" book.  A xMas gif from my cousins, Kenneth and Cheri, this is the next book by Lewis after MoneyBall: the Art of Winning and Unfair Game, the brilliant book about Billy Beane, the GM of the Oakland A’s, he now turns his attention to football.  I am not a big pigskin guy, but Moneyball was so good, I can hardly wait.  Blue 23 . . . Blue 23 . . . hut hut hike!

Okay . . . so now we wait and see if I can focus long enough to keep blogging, yelping, pastoring and oh yeah, being a good hubby and dad.

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