1. Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, And the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall. 4 out of 5 Stars. Great read about a lost tribe of ultramarathoners that the author discovered after asking the question, Why does my foot hurt when I run. Riveting with unforgettable characters; humorous (in the sad sort of way) chapter on evolution, & great incentive to run!
2. The Lotus & the Cross: Jesus Talks With Buddha, Ravi Zacharius. 3.5 out of 5 Stars. Fun little read of an imaginative conversation that highlights well what Jesus has to offer & why Buddhism is ultimately bankrupt. Left me wanting more, but the design of the book is for a short conversation.
3. The One Thing You Can't Do In Heaven, Mark Cahill. 3 out of 5 Stars. A book mostly about the author's experiences in sharing the Gospel with others--some amazing like with his former teammate Charles Barkley & Michael Jordan, along with an attempt to teach along the way. Not very well written, IMHO, but a rah-rah book nevertheless.
4. Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell. 4.5 stars out of 5. Fascinating read written by the lone survivor of a group of Navy Seals in Afghanistan. Fun to read about Navy Seal training, sad to read about the doom sealed by their fear of crucifixion by the liberal media in the USA, & riveting to hear about their gunfight with Taliban being outnumbered by at least 35-1.
5. Questioning Evangelism, by Randy Newman. 4.5 stars out of 5. Great read about the art of asking questions when engaging people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Newman insists that Christians need three skills: declaring, defending & dialoguing the Gospel.
6. The Gospel of Matthew, by Matthew. 5 stars out of 5. Eyewitness account of the life of the Lord Jesus Christ and the inauguration of the Kingdom of Heaven that He proclaimed and ushered in with His life, death, & resurrection.
7. Romans, by Paul the Apostle. 5 stars out of 5. This is Paul's great work detailing for us the revelation of the righteousness of God in how through the work of Christ, God is able to demonstrate His Justice while at the same time being able to justify those who place their trust in Christ.
8. 1 Timothy, by Paul the Apostle. 5 stars out of 5. Paul's pastoral letter to his son in the faith, Timothy, in which he calls Timothy to fight the good fight of the faith entrusting to him the teachings that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
9. The Externally-Focused Church, by Rick Rusaw & Eric Swanson. 4 stars out of 5. The title sums up the book in which they stress that we are not social workers but kingdom builders. They insist that Christians cannot really grow if they are not involved in service & mission to the communities in which God has placed them.
10. Heaven is a Place on Earth: Why Everything You Do Matters To God, by Michael Wittmer. 4 stars out of 5. Good worldview book about Creation, Fall, Redemption & Restoration of all things in Christ. The part on Redemption emphasized the cosmic scope of Christ's work almost to the neglect of the personal aspects of redemption (~ 2 pgs.). Other than that, it is a great read with many memorable quotes.