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Books 2021

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.

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The year 2021 was a productive year. I started to read over 50 books. Finished reading 39 of them. According to my goodreads page my eyes and ears went through 9 603 pages. The majority of my reads were physical books with a raise  number of ebooks this year and a few audiobooks. From some of them I remember very littlesome made a great impression on me, some spurred me to do something differently. 

The main themes of this year I  focused were on :

  • Expressive individualism
  • Strengthening your inner self

I discovered two new authors for me in 2021, Gordon Macdonald and read more from  Henri Nouwen . Both of them through engaging narratives explore the depths of the soul and how to keep it healthy .

 

My book of the year

 

I feel ….and whatever follows we consider the truth nowadays. To say otherwise we would be labeled as not being sensitive , not culturally appropriate , as harmful and even in some countries to object that saying, you might end up in court. Worth read.

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution

On the same topic: 

You are not your own Alan Noble

Live No Lies: Recognize and Resist the Three Enemies That Sabotage Your Peace 

 

 

Thought provoking books

My favorite bias is the “I’m not biased” bias, in which people believe they’re more objective than others. It turns out that smart people are more likely to fall into this trap. The brighter you are, the harder it can be to see your own limitations. Being good at thinking can make you worse at rethinking.  Adam Grant  

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know 

 

Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes–But Some Do: Syed, Matthew

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life 

 

 

 

Spiritual formation

“The Christian life is a pilgrimage of hope. We live between the first and the final freedom; we are still on the way. Grateful for the second grace, we await the final.

And we are emboldened in our waiting on the way by the example of the martyrs. They give us hope that we might find the power to choose well”

On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts: Smith, James 

 

 

Great reads.

 

 

Discipleship/apologetics

“Whenever someone tries to deny the truth, ultimately, reality betrays him.” “People don’t know what they mean much of the time. Often they’re merely repeating slogans.”  Gregory Koukl.

Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions – Koukl, Gregory, Strobel, Lee. 

 

 

 

 

Leadership

The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development: Clinton, Robert: Books

Quotes from the book.

Because character development has many facets, there are a variety of integrity checks. This is a sampling of the many that I have identified: values (which determine convictions), temptation (which tests conviction), conflict against ministry vision (which tests faith), an alternative in guidance situations (which tests calling), persecution (which tests steadfastness), loyalty (which tests allegiance), and restitution (which tests honesty).

When God is trying to teach me a lesson, He will do so through many means. Important lessons are usually repeated.

God’s first priority in developing a leader is to refine his or her character.

 

At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor: Nieuwhof, Carey: 

Everyone who calls, texts, knocks on your door, and asks you for things is just doing what every human being does: trying to move his or her priorities onto someone else’s agenda. Nobody will ever ask you to accomplish your top priorities. They will only ask you to accomplish theirs. Frankly, you do the same thing. Most people spend their day reacting to everything that comes their way. The wrong things will always want your attention. Spend 80 percent of your time on the things that produce 80 percent of your results.

Nieuwhof, Carey. At Your Best (pp. 129-130).

 

Bonus read Free: A Child and a Country at the End of History 

Lea is a  fellow Albanian who   teaches, political theory at the London school of Economics & Political Science.
In this  book she talks earnestly about her childhood and teen years under communism that follows with some unstable transition democracy years  in the  early 90′s .

 Lea is a masterful storyteller very enjoyable read. But is not just that, she analyzes through those personal stories the key concept of freedom under the regime. Although I do not agree with Lea in her philosophy  (offers socialism as a hope for true  freedom) I sincerely congratulate her for giving voice to those of us who call childhood years the 80`.

Nicely written.

  A Promised Land-Obama

 

 

 

 

 

 

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