Back in April I reviewed some books that I had read in 2014. Here are 5 more for the list.
A Short History of the 20th Century by John Lukacs
I wouldn’t say it was short, and it didn’t cover the whole 20th Century, and it definitely centered on Europe and Americas. But I thought it was an interesting look at world history from World War 1 through the end of the Cold War. He infuses some of his own theories and philosophy into the history, which I think is interesting.
John Quincy Adams by Harlow Giles Unger
This was the next stop on my plan to read a biography about each American President. I enjoyed it because I really love John and Abigail Adams and their son John. The challenges that they faced and the maturity with which they faced them are inspirational to me. Read more at The Bookshelf…
Declarations by Joel Osteen
If you spend 5 minutes every morning with Joel Osteen you can’t help but smile! This 2-CD book goes through 31 positive Scriptures that you can pray over your life. It’s full of pithy phrases that you can put on your fridge: “Don’t expect the worst. That’s using your faith in reverse!” All in all, it is a good reminder that our words are powerful and we should be careful to be purposeful in what we say. It’s also a good reminder that God likes us a lot! Here is a good morning quote from Joel: “Good morning you blessed, prosperous, successful, strong, talented, confident, secure, disciplined, focused, highly favored, child of the most high God!”
Rich Like Them by Ryan d’Agostino
Interesting premise here: the author spent Fridays and Saturdays walking around the richest zip codes in the US, knocking on doors, and asking the owners if they had advice about being successful. I’m a sucker for this type of book. It mixes personal stories with common sense platitudes like “work harder than everyone else” and “find what you’re good at and go with it” to describe how these people found success.
Revolutionary Summer by Joseph Ellis
This book covers the beginning phases of the Revolutionary War in the year 1776. The author’s stated purpose is to cover both the military side and the political/legislative side, and to explore how those two worlds interacted (and interfered) with each other. Read more at The Bookshelf…
As you know, we at OPL really enjoy to read. What books have you been reading this year?
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