NOTE: This is a work in progress — the reason why the date is Jan 1, 0001.
Following what John Sonmez is doing, I started listing the books I read the entire year.
Here is my list in 2018:
This is the third time, I think, I read this book.
The first and second time is through an old pocket book (printed in January 1948!), which my father bought from a book sale. He gave it to me last 2006 I think. The first few pages hooked me. I must have thought, “This will be one of those great guides in life!”
Also, during the first missions conference at BFBS last 2007, I heard one of the preachers recommending it for Christians to read! That means that it’s okay for Christians to read books like this!
And during my programmer years, I read John Sonmez recommending this book for programmers! I even found a programming job posting before where this book is a required reading if one is hired!
This is one of those books that are called “Self-Help” books. And I understand that these kinds of books are being criticised by some (link here to Albert Mohler’s article on self-help books). Books like this might have some negative effects on people’s way of thinking… but if you read this book, just try to get the good parts and apply it in your life. The bad parts, if any… just ignore them.
“The ManCode” by Dr. Dennis Swanberg and Ron Smith
This is one of the first books I bought at BookSale. The title is very interesting… I was thinking that it might help me become a man.
Here’s a quote from the book:
You can’t stand to be alone with yourself because you weren’t created to be alone.
… [But] you’re not only wired to need a relationship with God, you’re also hardwired to want things your own way.
… To crack the ManCode, you’ve got to decide who’s in charge: you or God.
“True Riches” by Todd A. Sinelli
This is a short book — about 70 pages long — but it contains timeless treasures.
Here is one of those treasures:
Whatever you apply money to can grow and flourish.
Sherman Smith, a pastor and business scholar, writes, “From my experiences in dealing with people and their finances, I have learned one important lesson: The way money is used determines whether it becomes a curse of a blessing.”
When we take our money, time, talent, or treasures and share them with a person in need, with the church, or when we perform any act of selfless giving, we are pouring energy into these things and saying “grow and flourish”.
The opposite holds true. If we take our money and use it to buy drugs, filth, or unholy things, we are in essence giving energy to these items and saying “grow and flourish”.