One Sentence Book Reviews – August 2015
During the course of 2015, I have read a number of books thus far. Along the way, I severely slowed my pace of reading while I was completing two different writing projects. However, in order to keep my sanity, I began to read a more varied group of books. Here are some one-sentence summaries for a few of the books I’ve read this year.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Perfect story of escapism for children of the 1980s (like me) who are looking for a quality story about how video game geeks really do rule the world.
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe – A history of Marvel Comics that reveals both the cutthroat nature of the publishing industry and how young men can make a big splash in culture.
The Truth About Lies by Tim Chaddick – Written by a pastor in Los Angeles, an engaging treatment on how the temptations we face are always an opportunity to reveal our true love for Christ.
Awakening: How God’s Next Great Move Inspires and Influences Our Lives Today by Matt Brown – Stories and principles that remind us that God is working powerfully in the church throughout the world.
The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – Though I’ve not finished them all, it is an unexpectedly enjoyable trek into the mind of the drug-addled genius who always solves the crime riddle before him.
The Martian by Andy Weir – A story of survival that is in love with profanity but an enjoyable romp about how the right guy with the right knowledge and the will to succeed can make anything possible.
The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure by James Dashner – Simple but quality set of young adult novels that continue to deliver unexpected plot twists. (There is a prequel in print and a fifth volume due out in 2016.)
Preacher and Prayer by E.M. Bounds – One of the books on prayer that every preacher should read every year because of its driving force as to why we preach and how we should pray about it.
Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger – Combining professional experience and psychological findings, Berger presents the factors as to why ideas and products catch on virally.
Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius – The story of how powerful the mind can be and how one man’s hope can strengthen all of ours.
Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World of Middle-Earth by Jill Richardson – Combining character studies from Tolkien’s world and biblical figures, Richardson leads us to evaluate how we live out our faith (especially good for teenagers).
Starting Small: The Ultimate Small Group Blueprint by Ben Reed – Brief and helpful training book on small group ministry from a young and energetic leader.