back in the day, i used to post a full review in an individual blog post for every book i read. after rebooting my blog in the late fall of 2009, i changed that practice to posting 3 or 4 “mini reviews” at a time — one paragraph each.
but in 2011, i’ve gotten behind, and haven’t posted any reviews. i kept meaning to, but just didn’t get around to it. so, i’m catching up. and i’ve decided to do it in a different way, since i have 27 to post.
introducing: TWO SENTENCE BOOK REVIEWS
for each review, i only allowed myself two sentences. in each, the first sentence is a summary of the book, and the second sentence is my opinion of the book. i’m still giving 1 – 5 stars (5 means “excellent”, 4 means “worth reading”, 3 means “ah, take it or leave it”, 2 means “take a pass on this one”, and 1 means “do NOT buy or read this book – it sucked, imho).
up first was 7 young adult fiction books, and second was memoirs and graphic novels.
this time, i’m covering leadership/marketing and theology/christian living:
A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, by Edwin H. Friedman
With implications for leadership of every sort (family, church, business), Friedman argues for self-actualized leaders who don’t operate from fear. Every leader has to read this book – I’m going to make it part of my coaching program.
Poke the Box, by Seth Godin
You’ll never break into new territory in any arena if you’re not willing to push on the assumptions that create the norm. I wish it were longer, but I sure was inspired.
Theory U: Leading From the Future as it Emerges, by Otto Scharmer
A deep dive into the (very spiritual) process of organizational change. I’ll be chewing on this insanely difficult read for years, it’s so rich with implications.
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, by Rob Bell
God loves you, and it’s your choice to live in that or not. The hubbub seems overblown to me – this is a book worth thinking about.
Good News About Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World (10th Anniversary edition), by Gary Haugen
Haugen meticulously unfolds a biblical view of justice, weaving in compelling stories that leave the reader with no option other than engagement. This book should be on the Christian classics shelf alongside Bonhoeffer, Lewis, Nouwen and others.
The Children are Free: Reexamining the Biblical Evidence on Same-Sex Relationship, by Rev. Jeff Miner and John Tyler Connoley
An attempt at a biblical defense of committed, same-sex relationships. Not well written, but worth reading, even if only to understand a viewpoint different than your own.
one more set to go, with youth ministry, fiction, and “other”!
4 thoughts on “two sentence book reviews, part 3 (leadership/marketing and theology/christian living)”
Loved Poke the Box, but agree that it could’ve been longer. It felt like it ended abruptly.
Marko – I liked your first sentence about Love Wins… if that’s what the book is about (and I agree with you, it is), then it really is a book worth thinking about. However, that’s not what most people think the book is about, despite the author’s protestations to the contrary.
I love this! (I hate that SP has ruined the word Rogue for me-So what do I call you then? A fish swimming upstream?)
I love the way you challenge conventional or popular thinking and dare others to do the same. I may just have to redeem some birthday wishes on at least 3 of these books! Thanks Marko!
Perfect summary of LoveWins. The central message of the book so often gets missed while wading through all the controversy