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Abby’s Reading List

  • Sashenka by Simon Montefiore. As I’ve mentioned, I love historical fiction and for some reason, really like Russian history. This book follows the life of a Russian woman during the Communist Revolution all the way through the fall of Communism and into the 1990’s. I haven’t been able to put it down.
  • Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori and Rom Brafman. This was a fascinating book. See my blog post about it here: http://www.worldwidewonderings.net/swayed-by-our-own-irrationality/
  • The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.
  • First Things First by: Stephen Covey.
    • Aaron and I are both reading this book right now. It is really speaking to both of us, but I think in different ways. It talks a lot about how to focus on your Quadrant II activities (things that are important but not urgent). Things like planning, and self-improvement are in this stage. It has been really helpful for us especially as make goals for 2011 to help us focus on what’s actually important to us.
  • The Historian.
    • I love historical fiction but this one was a little twist. It was a book about Dracula and talked about who he really was and such. It had a vampire aspect to it but it also had a lot of good history about Europe, focusing on Eastern Europe. I do not know much about this area of the world, so it was fascinating to learn about it. However, it was so well written that I could not read it when home alone or I would never sleep for fear Dracula was coming!
  • Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by: John C. Maxwell
    • This is a great book about how to connect with people. It has some great tips and good insight into this topic. This was a book that Aaron and I read together and really enjoyed the discussion.
  • Made to Stick.
    • A great book about how to make ideas stick in people’s minds. It was a really quick read but allowed for so much discussion and thought.
  • Three Cups of Teaby Greg Mortenson.
    • Everyone always talks about this book but I was really uninterested in reading it. It sounded pretty boring but Greg’s life is quite the opposite of boring. A fascinating book and with a social conscience to boot 🙂
  • Switch.
    • This book is by the same authors of Made to Stick and just as good. It’s all about how to bring about change.
  • Structure your Church for Mission.
    • Ok, ok, I know. Sounds boring right? Pastor Haupt recommended this book to me when I was working on the bylaw revisions. It was perfect for that time and I was hooked and finished it in a couple of days. This book was the first time I’d read the idea of splitting up governance and operations (Being vs. Doing.) In my subsequent readings, I’ve found this same idea reiterated time and again and am trying to discover the best way for this to work for Holy Cross.
  • Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership.
    • This book was given to me by a colleague who knew I was working on the bylaws revisions for our church. One of my favorite sections so far talks about the difference between form and function and the importance of keeping the two separate. Worship is a function, but how it is done is a form. It’s the idea that form does not have to be static–there are multiple ways of fulfilling a function. A great reminder to me at the time we are working on just this idea.

Aaron’s Reading List

Full Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a commission. I’ve read and highly recommend each of these books, but wanted to provide a full disclosure. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.


5 comments to “Wonder what we’re Reading?”

  1. Kelsey Says:

    Abby and Aaron, love your reading list!
    I loved the Historian and need to pick up Sway, sounds like a great read. Aaron, have you read Linchpin yet? I got the chance to hear Seth Godin speak at the Willow Creek Conference this year, very interesting stuff – he has got some great things to say! Love you guys!

  2. Aaron Says:

    Hey Kels –

    Yeah I have read Linchpin – it was good! It had a lot of good thoughts on how to make a difference in an organization by being pro-active and doing what’s right and what needs to be done, not just waiting to be told what to do.

    I’ve read a couple other good ones recently too – I’ll add them to the list.

    Let us know if you have any other good ones – I’m always looking for more to read!

  3. Shelley Duke Says:

    Abby – Just this week I heard a presentation based on the book Made to Stick, so it was especially interesting to see this book on your reading list. I’d ask to borrow your copy, but I’m sure it’s packed up! 🙂
    To satisfy your love of historial fiction, you MUST read A Skeleton in God’s Closet and More Than a Skeleton by Paul Maier, former Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University. He is a well-known and often-quoted authority with a great flair for writing.

  4. Abby Says:

    Thanks for the recommendation Shelley! I’ll definitely have to check those out! If you come across any more good books, I would love to hear about them.

  5. Tatiana Says:

    I love the reading list 🙂 I’m going to download ebooks for most of these now! I usually only love books that have been suggested, and this makes it so easy! You are both such beautiful, wonderful people. I wish you the happiest, safest, most loving travels.

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