Saturday, June 25, 2005

tagged with the book meme thing

brad hightower just tagged me. i'm a bibliomaniac so I love this. here goes:

1. total number of books I own or have owned:

- we own around 1100 books.

2. last book I bought:

- i'll cheat and say last book I acquired. one of the 'mappers, Matt Oskvarek, gave me The Ragamuffin Gospel as a gift while we breakfasted last Sat. (Thanks Matt!)

3. last book I read:

I think it was David McCullough's wonderful John Adams. (I'm looking forward to diving into 1776 and am now reading Willard Sterne Randall's George Washington: A Life).

4. five books that mean a lot to me:

  • The Bible

  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
    This simple self-help book literally changed my life and I find it to be consistent with many biblical themes.

  • Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis
    I have read and reread this book, unique in Lewis' corpus. Maybe the best thing I've ever read on narcissism.

  • Inside Out by Larry Crabb
    Cheating again a little bit. I actually had the chance to study under Larry when I was getting my Masters and this book summarizes his CORE class. This book, along with some other factors, precipitated what I consider to be a miraculous life change in my life in the mid-80's the extent of which it's difficult for me to overemphasize (I know this sounds over the top but it was over the top).

  • The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner
    Perhaps the best book I've ever read on Leadership. I'll cheat again and add Collins and Porras Built to Last as one of the best books I've ever read on healthy orgs.
5. two major books when I was a kid:

Nothing stands out.

6. five people I plan to tag.
Thanks Brad!

1 comment:

brad said...

Steve,
You mention "7 habits" which is such a commercial book it is hard to admit being radically moved by it BUT..I have one of these too. I was radicalized in many ways by Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Church"..I think this is similar. A simple but profound book.