Paul Brown

Failure to Learn

Books I Read in 2014

I didn’t make a blog post about the books I read in 2013, probably because I only read 8 books (see my Goodreads profile.) 2013 was also a hectic year – I should have blogged about that, but in short, I finished grad school, bought a house, sold a house, went on a mission trip to Guatemala, and started a company. I picked up the reading pace again in 2014, so I thought I’d continue the tradition of posting my books.


Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
This was on Bill Gates’ list of recommended books. I personally thought it was really dull, but it was very well-researched.


The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn B. Purvis
We are adopting, and this was required reading for the educational part of the adoption process. I think every parent should read this.


The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler by Ravi Zacharias


Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
I remember Fahrenheit 451 being great, so I thought I’d get a different taste of Ray Bradbury. I didn’t care much for this book, but I do think I’ll re-read Fahrenheit next year.


One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World by Tullian Tchividjian


Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
My favorite book (in my current recollection) is A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. Irving is a fantastic writer, but Twisted River turned into a meta-story about Irving himself, which got old (I mean, c’mon, a writer writing about a man becoming a writer?)


The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief by Larry Alex Taunton
Another great adoption-related book


Wish You Happy Forever: What China’s Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains by Jenny Bowen
An amazing story of how a now very successful orphanage program in China got its start


The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller


A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Not nearly as good as I remembered it from high school


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg


Divergent by Veronica Roth
It’s like Hunger Games meets Twilight, and not in a good way. I’ll probably continue the series, though.


Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan


Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
What a story of a great man’s life.

Which books did you read in the last year?

Again, like I mentioned in my 2012 post, I noticed that books that have been published in more recent years tend to have a Title:subtitle format. I guess it makes sense, but when you list out books like this, it makes it noticeable.

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