Recommended Reading

The Following are Books and Lectures that I Consumed in 2018

Religious Lectures

Jesus and the Gospels by Luke Timothy Johnson

After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers by Bart D. Ehrman

Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine by Luke Timothy Johnson

 The Catholic Church: A History by William R. Cook 

Great World Religions: Islam by John L. Esposito

Introduction to Judaism by Shai Cherry

The Historical Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman

The New Testament by Bart D. Ehrman


Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Secular Non-Fiction

The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Modern Man in Search of a Soul by Carl Jung

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

Books About Christianity

The Story of Christianity, Vol. 2, Revised and Updated: The Reformation to the Present Day by Justo L. Gonzalez

Paul: A Biography by N. T. Wright

Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll

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