December Book Reviews.

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them AllGreat by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although not as legendary or long-lasting as ‘Good to Great’ or ‘How the Mighty Fall,’ this book contained lots of insights on how great organizations function in difficult circumstance. The message is the same as in all of Collin’s work: greatness is a matter of conscious choice and discipline.

The LitigatorsThe Litigators by John Grisham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is as good a book as Grisham has ever written. Vivid character, engaging plot, tons of tension, I plowed through this book in 2 days. A perfect book to take on a plane or a beach.

The Visible ManThe Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was incredibly troubling. A novel from one of my favorite writers, all of the characters are a sliver of the personality of the writer. I found it riveting and a little annoying at the same time. It is a little bit like LOST in the sense that although it is quite irritating, there is something satisfying at the end even though you don’t understand everything. So, should you read it? If you are up for a challenge, yes.

For the City: Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel (Exponential Series)For the City: Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel by Matt Carter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved the autobiographical components of this book. The writers especially Patrick so graciously and honestly detail the up and downs of their church plants. Those sections were extremely compelling. A really strong book for a niche audience of church planters interested in city ministry.

Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered AmericaSuper Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America by Jeff Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t learn anything that I can use in life from this book, but the history of video games is told with passion and the perfect amount of detail. An enjoyable read if you have spent a chunk of your life in front of a screen.

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One Response to December Book Reviews.

  1. RevPlace says:

    While I have not read Great By Choice, I enjoyed Good To Great. It would be hard to beat that book, but I look forward to Collins’ newest book. He is one of the better business authors out there.

    Super Mario looks like a fun read too. I grew up with Mario in all of his different games, from the original to Super Smash Brothers, and my own personal favorite, MarioKart. Ahh, good times…

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