April Reading

April 2002
The Rector of Justin by Louis Auchincloss
Another book recommended by an alum (who’s also a headmaster). Very interesting and well written.

Saint Augustine by Gary Wills
I’m really enjoying this Penguin Lives series. Wills gives a very good overview of Augustine.

Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey
Highly recommended by an alum. Much of the info is a rehash of folks like Larry Burkett but are the steps my family took to get out of debt.

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
A fun collection of poems and pictures. My favorite is the on about the anteater.

The Headmaster’s Wife by Richard A. Hawley
An alum recommended I read this. A spell-binding look at a woman’s inner thoughts as she comes to the end of her life.

Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King
An amazing story about a dome I’d not heard of! An interesting look at Renaissance Florence.

Fish! Tales: Real-Life Stories to Help You Transform Your Workplace and Your Life by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen, Philip Strand
Although a slim volume, this is an interesting collection of real life examples of the FISH! ideas. Worth reading even if you haven’t read the first book.

Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness by Robert K. Greenleaf
Greenleaf’s work is a classic. Written decades ago, it still raises great questions. This book is a mix of essays, biographies, speeches, and hypothetical case studies. Greenleaf’s variety is an extremely effective way of communicating his message.

Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott
Lamott has an incredible way of being incredibly frank. I love her writing–even if I don’t always agree with her politics!

The Day Lincoln Was Shot: An Illustrated Chronicle by Richard Bak
I was surprised by how much information was packed into this slim volume. The pictures are well chosen to complement the text. And the essays from other scholars help add light to this turning point in US history.

March Reading

March 2002
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman MacLean
Parents of an SBS alum made me promise to read this. MacLean has a writing style that flows like the rivers he fished. Very worthwhile.

You’ll Never Get No for an Answer by Jack Carew
Carew offers great insights into the “science” of selling so that the process is beneficial for both parties. He helps salesmen take the guess work out of their job.

The Cat Who Smelled a Rat by Lilian Jackson Braun
I love this series. RecordedBooks has a great narrator read them. In this own, Quilloren is out of Chicago in rural Moose County.

7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness by Jim Rohn
An inspiring quick read. Very helpful insights.

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
I listened to this on CD. Shackleton and his team showed amazing courage. Very inspiring.

The Seven Faces of Philanthropy: A New Approach to Cultivating Major Donors by Russ Alan Prince, Karen Maru File
This book offers a very helpful framework for fundraisers. I did wish this edition had updated the statistical information but the categories are still very relevant.

Leading Change: The Argument for Values-Based Leadership by James O’Toole
I’ve read this book four times in the last 12 months. It’s an amazing look at leadership. Well worth reading again and again and again.

Secular Work Full Time Service by Larry Peabody
Larry Beckett praises this book in his own
Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul by John Beckett. I want to get copies for everyone I know!

And the Skylark Sings with Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education by David H. Albert
I asked my wife what book she’d recommend if I only read one homeschooling book this year. This is the book. It’s incredible! I’m so much more excited about learning with my kids now! I HIGHLY recommend this book, even if you’re not thinking of homeschooling.

Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection by Rev. W. A. Audrey
My son LOVES Thomas so we worked through this entire volume!

Managing With the Wisdom of Love : Uncovering Virtue in People and Organizations by Dorothy Marcic
Marcic does a great job at looking at the spirituality inherent in leadership and management.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
After taking my wife to see this on Broadway, I was inspired to read the original. A terrific story.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
My wife and I love this book. Anne’s story of coming to faith is heart rending and hilarious. I wish I had the gots to pray some of the things she did!

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: When Leaders Are at Their Best by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
This “book” was a disappointment. Only 10 pages long, it just barely summarizes the work they did in The Leadership Challenge. I’d get their full-sized book instead of this.

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism: A Quest for Purpose in the Modern World by Charles Handy
Handy is an incredible author. Reading this book was like sitting at the feet of one of the elders at the gate. He’s incredible insightful and thought provoking. I highly recommend this book.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Although I don’t agree with Csikszentmihalyi’s presuppositions, this is a very worthwhile read.

Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul by John Beckett
This book is SO much better than Fairholm’s (see below). Beckett masterfully mixes philosophical and practical. He’s in the trenches living out what he believes. Read this book!

February Reading

February 2002
Trends in Organizational Behavior, Volume 6, The Virtual Organization edited by Cary L. Cooper & Denise M. Rousseau
Great information on the various issues in researching virtual organizations.

Virtual Teams by Jessica Lipnack, Jeffrey Stamps
This is my second time through this book. I liked it even better than the first.

Work & Rewards in the Virtual Workplace: A ‘New Deal’ for Organizations & Employees by N. Fredric Crandall, Marc J. Wallace
This is probably the first HR book I’ve read. I think Crandall & Wallace do a terrific job at explaining how to transition pay and benefits to the “new deal.” A worthwhile read.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I picked up the
RecordedBooks CD version of this book for a road trip. Steinbeck’s portrayal of the characters is incredible.

The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
I love this “dream” of Lewis. He offers profound insight to life and our daily, mundane decisions in this slim volume.

Capturing the Heart of Leadership: Spirituality and Community in the New American Workplace by Gilbert W. Fairholm
I found this book to be incredibly tedious and only finished it because it was required for an MA class. I wouldn’t recommend it. James O’Toole’s
Leading Change: The Argument for Values-Based Leadership is much better.

Woodrow Wilson by Louis Auchincloss
I listened to this as a “book-on-cd.” I enjoyed Auchincloss’ easy flowing style. Very informative life of an interesting president.

Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques
This is the fourth book in Jacques Redwall Series. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C. S. Lewis
This is unlike anything I’ve read by Lewis! I’m impressed that he’s so familiar with the classics that he can faithfully retell this myth in such an authentic manner. I highly recommend this work.

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
An amazingly detailed book about birth intended for both husbands and wives.

Wealth in Families by Charles Collier
David Dunlop calls this one of the three best books in development. I highly recommend it for all families. Wealth is far more than money alone.

Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize
This is an eat-the-chicken-spit-out-the-bones kind of book but there’s a lot more chicken than bones!

Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead
Great fantasy book but a little tough to go through at first. It definitely gets enthralling. I was in tears at the end (more than when I watch Anne of Green Gables!)

January Reading

January 2002
Patents and How to Get One: A Practical Handbook by U. S. Department of Commerce
A very helpful guide about patents.

Directed Verdict by Randy Singer
This is an INCREDIBLE novel. It’s due to be published by Doubleday in Octover. Do whatever you can to get your hands on a copy!

Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth by Robert A. Bradley
Bradley’s book was like a breath of fresh air. Filled with common-sense, I definitely recommend it to couples preparing for childbirth.

December Reading

December 2001
Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast
Wonderful book about coffee. I highly recommend it!

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Incredibly accurate. I try to read this annually.

The Nutcracker and the King of Mice by E.T.A. Hoffman
After seeing the ballet again, I decided to finally read the story. Pretty grotesque!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Rereading this book was a treat! I’m glad I refreshed myself on the details before I saw the movie.

Mattimeo by Bryan Jacques
Another great book in the Redwall series.

Women of Influence, Women of Vision: A Cross-Generational Study of Leaders of Social Change by Helen S. Astin & Carole Leland
Not what I’d expected. I thought this was going to be a book on leadership. Instead, it was a book more on the history of the women’s movement in 20th century America. Did touch on leadership but not in a satisfying way.

November Reading

November 2001
The Reflective Executive: A Spirituality of Business and Enterprise by Emilie Griffin
This is a wonderful book! Griffin is pysched about the role the marketplace can have in transforming the world. A must read. If you can’t get it through Amazon.com, look for it on

Mossflower by Brian Jacques
This second book in
The Redwall Series is prequel to Redwall. It’s mercifully not as intense as Redwall but even more wonderful.

A Prayer Cover Over Your Life by Oral Roberts
A quick work about the importance of prayer and the reality of God’s Kingdom in day-to-day life. I could nit-pick about the details but it’s a good reminder.

Sex Begins in the Kitchen: Because Love Is an All-Day Affair by Kevin Leman
Who wouldn’t want to have a title like this on their bookshelf! Leyman’s book is virtually a reader’s digest form of his own work and half a dozen other classic marriage books. This book would be good both for the person who’s never read a marriage book and for the person that’s read a ton but just needs a maintenance check.

The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia by Peter Hopkirk
Hopkirk’s history of Central Asia in the nineteenth century is amazingly readable! His work reads like a cloak-and-dagger mystery. It’s particularly relevant in light of 9/11.

October Reading

October 2001
Organizational Behavior and Management by John M. Ivancevich & Michael T. Matteson
This was the only text assigned for
LEAD 615 “Motivational Leadership and Organizational Modification Techniques.” This is probably the most readable textbook I’ve ever been assigned. I highly recommend it as a great overview of organizational design, management, and leadership.

Virtual Teams: People Working Across Boundaries With Technology by Jessica Lipnack, Jeffrey Stamps
Another required text for
LEAD 613. Many good insights into the process of virtual teaming.

Redwall by Brian Jacques
When my wife started reading this book to me, I didn’t want her to stop! Jacques’ world is a delightful
and scary place to visit!

The Arab Mind by Ralph Patai
Patai’s love of the Arab people and their culture birthed this very in-depth, and convincing, analysis. I was particularly surprised by how much of the “arab mind” is shaped by pre-Islamic forces. I highly recommend this book as a resource to acclimating to our post-9/11 world.

Life is Tremendous by Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
This is one of my top 10 favorite books!

The Rule of the Society of St. John the Evangelist
As a member of the
Fellowship of St. John, I try to read and mediate on this annually. SSJE did an amazing job writing about ancient principles for the 21st century.

Team Building: An Exercise in Leadership (The Fifty-Minute Series) by Robert B. Maddux
This book probably delivers what it offers: teambuilding in less than an hour. I had the distinct feeling I was flipping through a seminar workbook. If you’re looking for in-depth reading on teams and team-building, there are better books than this.