While so many of us do complain about these little blog tag games, I almost ALWAYS do it when tagged.  I find that I learn something new and/or am reaffirmed in some area.

Brian LePort over at SF Lighthouse – and REALLY smart guy – here in SF tagged me with What books do you find yourself continually recommending? so here are mine.

Here are three random reads . . .

FICTION – The Alienist by Caleb Carr – If you like historical fiction and the kind of suspenseful reading that will keep you up at night, this as well as his follow-up Angel of Darkness are for you.  Both are fastpaced, well written and darn right gripping.

SOCIAL COMMENTARY – Bobos in Paradise by David Brooks – If you are wondering why you are drawn to choose one purchase over an other because you think it will somehow change the world – Red Campaign anyone? – Brooks offers some good insights.  A conservative columnist, his assessment of the BOurgeois BOhemians culture is pretty good, though I disagree with some of his conclusions.  A "modern" trying to explain away some "postmodern" tendencies wrapped in class and economic shifts requires some analysis beyond where he lands. 

CHURCH STUFF – Okay, so if I HAVE to recommend a church book, I find myself often recommending Brian McClaren’s A Generous Orthodoxy.  While you deep thinking theologians may not find this intellectually stimulating, Brian gives a some words to the yearning of postmodern Christians. For folks frustrated with the traditional/institutional church, but still yearn for Christian community, both local and global, this is well worth the read.

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln – by Doris Goodwin
  • Jesus, the Bible and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church – by Jack Rogers
  • Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Ways Businesses Talk with Customers – by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson

If you want to see what is on my shelf, be sure to check out my growing Shelfari bookshelf. Okay I will only tag folks that I would be intrigued to know what they think: LadyBurg, Trina and Katherine.

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