This Year’s Reading

A pile of my books
A pile of my books

It struck me at Christmas, that I miss reading the latest books to learn and for the thrill of learning, which I had while a student.  So, in an effort to do something about this, I am going to try and average reading at least one book per week this year.  This isn’t a resolution, just a goal.  We’ll see how I do, and I intend to blog alongside this adventure.

So far this year, I have read Appreciative Inquiry:  A Positive Revolution in Change by David L. Cooperrider & Diana Whitney, and The Power of Appreciative Inquiry:  A Practical Guide to Positive Change by Diana Whitney & Amanda Trosten-Bloom.  Expect a blog post or two about my initial thoughts about Appreciative Inquiry soon.  Needless to say, I am very intrigued and credit goes to my Dad for telling me I need to read these.

Next up on my reading list, I will be going back and re-reading Leading from the Emerging Future:  From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies by Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer.  My assumption is that there will be a good deal of correlation and collaboration potential between their theories and ideas and those of Appreciative Inquiry.

Once through that book, I am going to try and balance out my leadership interests with my theological ones.  To this end I am going to read Resisting Structural Evil:  Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation by Cynthia Moe-Lobeda; Christianity after Religion:  The end of church and the birth of a new spiritual awakening by Diana Butler Bass; and Pastrix:  The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber.  Additionally, I will be reading The Practical Drucker:  Applying the Wisdom of the World’s Greatest Management Thinker by William A. Cohen. I think the reasons for reading that book are pretty straightforward as I am admittedly a huge Drucker fan.

After I get through these books I am not sure what will be next on my list, but this should probably get me through February anyway.  As I read, I will share insights I have right here on my blog.  Hopefully this is a good addition to this blog and it will serve well to engage in conversation, collaboration, and discovery.

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