Sixth Annual CC Book Giveaway 2018

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Sixth Annual CC Book Giveaway 2018

Post by Ongurth » December 13th, 2018, 10:12 pm

It's that time of year again! Every year, I scour the libraries of the world to bring you the best books. This year, I (will have) read a record 50 books. The full list is below and I'm happy to answer questions on any of them, but we try to limit this to three that qualify for the giveaway. Some really hard decisions this year- I tried to pick a variety of different types of books. Without further ado, those three are:

1. Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) - Carol Travis, Elliot Anderson
https://smile.amazon.com/Mistakes-Were ... 1544754064

How did a psychology book make it on this list? What is happening to this giveaway? Good questions, to be sure. This was, however, one of the most impactful books that I read this year. Ever wonder how people make such bad decisions and don't see how they're wrong? This book looks at it from a psychological point of view. It's thought-provoking stuff and lines up with the Bible's teachings on pride quite well. A little dense at times, but very applicable to life.

2. Lost To the West - Lars Anderson
https://smile.amazon.com/Lost-West-Forg ... 544754750
Some great history books on the list (Drone Warrior almost edged this out, and Herodotus was literally the first historian), but Lost to the West takes the top spot in class for the giveaway, because it is a. accessible b. written well c. very quotable, and d. written about an era of history that most people know very little about. This book didn't just educate, it makes you care about a lost civilization.

3. God’s Wisom for Navigating Life – Tim Keller
https://smile.amazon.com/Gods-Wisdom-Na ... im+keller
No surprise to see this guy on the list. A good devotional book with short, deep, simple, yet challenging readings for each day from the book of Proverbs. Keller does a good job setting the context and applying the principles to the current day. Highly recommended.



What do we need from you?!

All we need is you to respond here with what book you want, and pm me your email address (for ebooks) or physical address (for regular books). The first 10 people to ask will receive. :)




Bonus: The 50 books I read
(books that I thought were thought-provoking or impactful get a * before them, even if I didn't approve of everything in them)


Sentinel – Pat Macnamara

A War Like None Other – Victor Davis Hanson

*Virtues of War – Steven Pressfield

*The Odyssey – Homer

The Great Divorce – C. S. Lewis

Field of Fire – Markos Klaus

Herodotus – The Persian Wars – (translated and compiled by William Shepherd)

*Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) – Carol Travis, Elliot Anderson

The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis

The Last Battle – C.S. Lewis

Make Your Bed – Adm. William H. McRaven

Operation Mincemeat – Ben Macintyre

Prayer: A Beginners Guide – Peter Kreeft

Eisenhower: In War and Peace – Jean Edward Smith

Prefence – Steven Tarani

Killer Angels - Michael Shaara

Terminal List – Jack Carr

Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster

How to be a Perfect Christian – Babylon Bee

The Storm before the Storm – Mike Duncan

Old Man’s War – John Scalizi

The Warrior Ethos – Steven Pressfield

Sixth Column – Robert Heilein

Verbal Judo – George Thompson

Double Star – Robert Heinlein

Pegasus Bridge Steven Ambrose

Bad Blood – Travis Tobias

*12 Rules for Life – Jordan B. Peterson

*Gates of Fire – Steven Pressfield (one of my top 5 favorite books of all time, fyi)

*Lost to the West – Lars Anderson

*Agamemnon – Aeschylus (absolutely beautiful poetry)

The Black Widow – Daniel Silva

Oedipus Rex – Sophocles

Discipline Equals Freedom – Jacko Willick

*Thrawn Alliances – Timothy Zahn

*Drone Warrior – Brett Velicovich & Christopher Steward

Notes of a Russian Sniper – Vassili Zaitsev

Straight Talk on Armed Defense – Compiled by Massad Ayoob

Getting Things Done – David Allen

RARE Leadership - Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder

The Sum of All Fears – Tom Clancy

The Rise of Athens – Anthony Everitt

*The Dichotomy of Leadership – Jacko Willick, Leif Babin

*The Prodigal Prophet – Tim Keller

The Profession – Stephen Pressfield

The Snakebite Letters – Peter Kreeft

Forever War – Joe Halloran

*God’s Wisom for Navigating Life – Tim Keller

When Violence is the Answer – Tim Larkin (pending)

On Grand Strategy – John Lewis Gladden (pending)
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Re: Sixth Annual CC Book Giveaway 2018

Post by NeoJabez » December 13th, 2018, 10:32 pm

Fascinating list of books this year, Ongurth. I would be very interested to know what you thougt of 12 Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson, How To Be A Perfect Christian by the Babylon Bee, and Verbal Judo by George Thompson.

There are others, but those jumped out at me.

Mistakes Were Made sounds great, too. As I have been a recurring recipient in the book giveaway more than once, I'll hold back and see if you get 10 other people. If not, I might be interested in Mistakes Were Made, but again, consider me a last resort, heh.
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Re: Sixth Annual CC Book Giveaway 2018

Post by Ongurth » December 14th, 2018, 7:47 am

How to be a perfect Christian was pretty good. It's hard to sustain satire for longer periods of time, so the humor gets strained at points, but it was still enjoyable. Verbal Judo was also okay, but not great. It's pretty common sense, and not written particularly well. There are better books on the topic- Confict Com by Rory Miller is excellent and has been more useful to me.

12 Rules of Life is controversial within the church. A lot of people in my circle were ripping into him without reading his book. I found about 70% of it really helpful. You need to go in with the mindset that Jordan Peterson isn't a Christian, but as long as you do, there's solid advice in the book. I found the parts about how to make habit changes, parenting, and communication within marriage absolutely excellent.
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Re: Sixth Annual CC Book Giveaway 2018

Post by NeoJabez » December 14th, 2018, 3:43 pm

Exactly why I asked.

I figured that the satire might get strained in a volume as big as a book.

What I've seen of Jordan Peterson is that he's a very intelligent and precise person, but that he's definitely not a believer. I can't help but wonder what he'd be like as a believer, though...Probably just as controversial as he is now, but he would be an interesting asset for God, I think...
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Re: Sixth Annual CC Book Giveaway 2018

Post by Kesarahk » December 14th, 2018, 3:47 pm

I'll put myself in slot #11 for "Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)." I have four library books checked out and several unread books of my own, so in the event of other interested readers I'll give place. ^^

I did read through Resilience last year and found it validating and helpful.
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