Books this year

I had a smaller goal for reading this year, but then just kept on reading. I also listened to books on Audible since I was driving quite a bit at particular times of the year.

I was able to read more widely this year than probably ever before. More female authors. More authors of color.

Here are a few that stood out:

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If there was one book…

Given the opportunity to get away to refresh yourself in prayer and you can take your Bible, a notebook, and one more book that would help refresh you in this spiritual exercise for a few days, what book would be going with you?

two hard-bound books
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Book launch day — get this one!

I had the privilege of interviewing Marlena Graves along with Dennis Edwards on another subject a few weeks ago. Today Marlena is launching her latest book: The Way Up is Down. Get this book! She is a fresh, powerful voice needed in this generation.

I WILL BE GIVING AWAY ONE COPY OF HER BOOK. HERE ARE THE RULES:

  1. Share this post on your social media accounts.
  2. Leave a comment on this post (NOT my social media accounts… THIS POST!) Answer this question: What is the last book you read from a person of color and when?
  3. I will draw randomly from the posts if I get at least 5 people involved.
The Way Up Is Down: Becoming Yourself by Forgetting Yourself ...

White folks, let’s keep learning

There is a lot to keep on being aware of in our lives and culture. This kairos moment is an opportunity for more folks to see what has been going on around us… and for a very long time.

I am a baseball guy so I love baseball movies. A classic for me is “Field of Dreams.” It’s the story of a guy in Iowa who plows up part of his cornfield to build a baseball field so Shoeless Joe Jackson can come and find some rest or reprieve in his soul after being banned from baseball decades before. It has the famous phrase: “If you build it, he will come.”

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Top reads for 2019

I tracked my reading on Goodreads to see how I would do. I also counted audible books because I drive a lot and it’s my favorite way to consume fiction. Looking back, here are some books I really enjoyed (that word also means “challenged by” for me), and not in any particular order:

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A haunting read — Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is a moving book about the injustices done to the Osage tribe in Oklahoma in the 1920s. It is a fascinating story about the rise of the FBI and how they used the investigation of one part of this atrocity to further the image of J Edgar Hoover, but it is beyond that particular story. It is about a reporter doing research to realize hundreds of Osage people were murdered in one way or another in this time period because of oil and greed.

It’s a heartbreaking story that needs a wide read.



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