Well, I kept a list of the books I read this year, and impressive it is not. For what its worth, though, here it is, along with my mini-reviews:
#1 Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design, Michael Shermer
Mostly an argument in favor of darwinian evolution. The points where he touched on the scientific elements of ID were light and mostly misrepresented it. The political/ideological critiques were a little more pointed and applicable, but didnâ€™t seem to be as serious as he seemed to think.
#2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
Always good to read a HP novel. I wanted to at least read this one before 7 comes out. Iâ€™d like to have read them all, but come on. This is book #2 for the year, and I wasnâ€™t going to kid myself.
#3 The Total Money Makeover, Dave Ramsey
Boy, am I glad I finished it. It has some very useful information, but by the end I wanted to just throw it across the room every time he used one of his lame phrases (which I refuse to repeat) or talked about having a TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER (which you should hear echoing). I felt less and less like the book applied to me the more I got into his program. I have some debt (our van), and I donâ€™t enjoy it, but I donâ€™t think I feel as bad about it as Dave thinks I should. I pay more than the minimum payment, but Iâ€™m willing to bet that if Dave looked at my finances, heâ€™d call me stupid or something along those lines.
At our church weâ€™re very clear to distinguish between principles and methods. This book has great principles, but is too heavy on method. And by â€˜too heavyâ€™ I mean â€˜my way or the highwayâ€™. Itâ€™s like saying that homeschooling is the only way to provide a christian education.
I recommend the book, but Iâ€™d warn you not to feel beaten down by the threats that Dave throws out for those that dare to not follow his plan to a T.
#4 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis
This I was reading to the girls before bed. I donâ€™t remember when I finished Prince Caspian. I think it must have been this year, because Iâ€™m pretty sure it didnâ€™t take six months to read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. But maybe it did, I donâ€™t know. But I know I finished this with the girls last week.
#5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
#6 The Edge of Evolution, Michael Behe
good, worthwhile read.
#7 The Case for Covenant Communion, Gregg Strawbridge, ed.
Iâ€™ve been reading this for a long timeâ€¦ I think I got it for Christmas, maybe earlier. So anyhow, itâ€™s good to finally be finished, even though it was a fun read. I especially liked the chapters by Rayburn, Meyers, Sutton, and Lusk.
#8 The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis
Finished this with the girls. Virgil mentioned Puddleglum in a sermon, and Geneva thought it was great.
#9 Leepike Ridge, Nate Wilson
Fun little book. I borrowed it from some friends and read it in a day.