I enjoy reading Bible commentary materials for my personal Bible study time and as I do research for writing assignments. I also enjoy reading Christian books on a variety of topics (apologetics, devotional, missiology, theology, etc.). These represent the largest part of my personal library.

The books listed below are some that I have read the past months/years and that represent personal areas of interest. I have not included any personal comments or reviews. You can find good reviews at Amazon and decide for yourself whether a particular book might be of interest to you.


The Classic Polar Adventure
Richard E. Byrd

Alone on the Great Wall
William Lindesay

Death in Big Bend
True Stories of Death and Rescue in Big Bend National Park
Laurence Parent

Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
Alfred Lansing

Flight of Passage: A Memoir
Rinker Buck

High Exposure
An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places
David Breashears and Jon Krakauer

Across the Pacific in a Raft
Thor Heyerdahl

Last Climb
The Legendary Everest Expeditions of George Mallory
David Breashears and Audrey Salkeld

Leading at the Edge
Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition
Dennis N. T. Perkins, Margaret P. Holtman, Paul R. Kessler, Catherine McCarthy

The Man Who Walked Through Time
The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon
Colin Fletcher

My Old Man and the Sea
David Hays

Over the Edge of the World
Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Laurence Bergreen

(Paddling the 2010 Texas Water Safari)
Christine Warren

Running the Amazon
Joe Kane

Sailing Alone around the World
Joshua Slocum

Shackleton’s Boat Journey
Frank Arthur Worsley

Shackleton’s Forgotten Men
The Untold Tragedy of the Endurance Epic
Lennard Bickel

Shackleton’s Way
Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer
Margot Morrell, Stephanie Capparell

The Last Antarctic Expedition of Shackleton and the Endurance
Sir Ernest Shackleton (Author), Tim Cahill (Foreword)

The Adventurer’s Handbook
Life Lessons from History’s Great Explorers
Mick Conefrey

The Greatest Survival Stories of All Time
Cara Tabachnick

The Ice Master
The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk
Jennifer Niven

The Lost Explorer
Finding Mallory on Mt. Everest
Conrad Anker and David Roberts

The Man Who Walked Through Time
The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon
Colin Fletcher

The River of Doubt
Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
Candice Millard

The Travels
Marco Polo

View from the Summit
The Remarkable Memoir by the First Person to Conquer Everest
Sir Edmund Hillary

When Your Life Depends On It
Extreme Decision Making Lessons from the Antarctic
Brad Borkan and David Hirzel


52 Things Sons Need From Their Dads
What Fathers Can Do to Build a Lasting Relationship
Jay Payleitner

Becoming A King
The Path to Restoring the Heart of a Man
Morgan Snyder

Be A Better Dad Today
10 Tools Every Father Needs
Gregory W. Slayton and Charles Colson

Better Dads, Stronger Sons
How Fathers Can Guide Boys to Become Men of Character
Rick Johnson

How God Makes Men
Ten Epic Stories. Ten Proven Principles. One huge promise for your life.
Patrick Morley

The Book of Man
Readings on the Path to Manhood
William J. Bennett with Christopher Beach

The Boy Crisis
Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It
Warren Farrell and John Gray

To My Sons
Lessons for the Wild Adventure Called Life
Bear Grylls

You Have What It Takes
What Every Father Needs to Know
John Eldridge


7 Critical Issues
The State of Our Nation
Dr. Jim Denison

The Coming Tsunami
Why Christians Are Labeled Intolerant, Irrelevant, Oppressive and Dangerous—and How We Can Turn the Tide
Dr. Jim Denison

Cultural Literacy
What Every American Needs to Know
E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

The Founders’ Speech To A Nation in Crisis
What the Founding Fathers Would Say to America Today
Steven Rabb

Letter to the American Church
Eric Metaxas

We Must Not Be Enemies
Restoring America’s Civic Tradition
Michael Austin


A Long Way Gone
The True Story of a Child Soldier
Ishmael Beah

Flags of Our Fathers
James Bradley

A True Story of Courage
James Bradley

I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945
A Diary of the Nazi Years
Victor Klemperer

Lone Survivor
The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

Anatomy of an Atrocity
Masahiro Yamamoto

Elie Wiesel

Not on Our Watch
The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond
Don Cheadle and John Prendergast

The Lost Daughters of China
Adopted Girls, Their Journey to America, and the Search for a Missing Past
Karin Evans

The Translator
A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur
Daoud Hari


40 Chances
Finding Hope in a Hungry World
Howard G. Buffet

90 Minutes in Heaven
A True Story of Death & Life
Don Piper and Cecil Murphey

20,000 Days and Counting
The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now
Robert D. Smith

Crazy Love
Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
Francis Chan

Dangerous Surrender
What Happens When You Say Yes to God
Kay Warren

David and Goliath
Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
Malcolm Gladwell

Dirty God
Jesus in the Trenches
Johnnie Moore

Do Hard Things
A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations
Alex and Brett Harris

Don’t Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees
The Adventures of an American Surgeon in Nepal
Thomas Hale

Facing Terror
The True Story of How an American Couple Paid the Ultimate Price
for Their Love of the Muslim People

Carrie McDonnall and Kristin Billerbeck

Give Me Your Heart
Cliff Lea

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars
Mark Batterson

Interrupted: An Adventure in Relearning the Essentials of Faith
Jen Hatmaker

Missional Renaissance
Changing the Scorecard for the Church
Reggie McNeal

Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell

The Power of Prayer and Fasting
God’s Gateway to Spiritual Breakthroughs
Ronnie W. Floyd

A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity
Mark Batterson

Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
David Platt

ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church
Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch

Seizing Your Divine Moment
Erwin Raphael McManus

Prisoners of Hope
The Story of Our Captivity and Freedom in Afghanistan
Dayna Curry, Heather Mercer, and Stacy Mattingly

Starting a Church Revolution Through Serving
Dino Rizzo

Stones into Schools
Promoting Peace with Education in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Greg Mortenson

The Barbarian Way
Unleash the Untamed Faith Within
Erwin Raphael McManus

The Bottom Billion
Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
Paul Collier

The Hole in Our Gospel
What Does God Expect of Us?
The Answer that Changed my Life and Might Just Change the World
Richard Stearns

The Insanity of Obedience
Walking with Jesus in Tough Places
Nik Ripkin

The Power of Nice
How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness
Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval

The Power of Small
Why Little Things Make All the Difference
Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval

The Tipping Point
How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Malcolm Gladwell

Three Cups of Tea
One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time
Greg Mortenson

Toxic Charity
How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)
Robert D. Lupton

Believing Is Only The Beginning
Richard Stearns


Answering Islam
The Crescent in the Light of the Cross
Norman L. Geisler & Abdul Saleeb

Any 3: Anyone, Anywhere, Any Time
Lead Muslims to Christ Now
Mike Shipman

Because They Hate
A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America
Brigitte Gabriel

Camel Training Method
Kevin Greeson

Fast Facts on Islam
What You Need to Know
John Ankerberg & John Weldon

Hatred’s Kingdom
How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism
Dore Gold

Inside Islam
Exposing and Reaching the World of Islam
Reza F. Safa

Inside the Revolution
How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus Are Battling
to Dominate the Middle East and Transform the World
Joel C. Rosenberg

Islam Revealed
A Christian Arab’s View of Islam
Dr. Anis A. Shorrosh

Jesus and Muhammad
Profound Differences and Surprising Similarities
Mark A. Gabriel

Light in the Shadow of Jihad
The Struggle for Truth
Ravi Zacharias

More Than a Prophet
An Insider’s Response to Muslim Beliefs about Jesus & Christianity
Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner

Jesus, Holy Spirit, God in Christianity and Islam
Mark Durie

Secrets of the Koran
Revealing Insights into Islam’s Holy Book
Don Richardson

The Facts on Islam
Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions
John Ankerberg & John Weldon

The Koran
Published by Penguin Books

The Many Faces of Islam (Audio)
Nabeel Jabbour

The Truth about Muhammad
Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion
Robert Spencer

Understand My Muslim People
Dr. Abraham Sarkar | A former Muslim

Understanding the Koran
A Quick Christian Guide to the Muslim Holy Book
Mateen Elass

Unveiling Islam
An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs
Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner

While Europe Slept
How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within
Bruce Bawer


Good News About Injustice
A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World
Gary A. Haugen

Just Courage
God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian
Gary A. Haugen

Modern Slavery
The Secret World of 27 Million People
Kevin Bales, Zoe Trodd, and Alex Kent Williamson


A Simple Path
Mother Teresa

Created for Greater Things
Mother Teresa’s Life and Witness
Mother Teresa and Gloria Hutchinson

Everything Starts From Prayer
Mother Teresa’s meditations on spiritual life for people of all faiths.
Selected and arranged by Anthony Stern MD

Finding Calcutta
What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service
Mary Poplin

In the Heart of the World
Thoughts, Stories and Prayers
Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light
The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta
Mother Teresa, Brian Kolodiejchuk (Editor)

Mother Teresa: In My Own Words
Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa’s Prescription: Finding Happiness And Peace in Service
Paul A. Wright

No Greater Love
Mother Teresa and Thomas Moore

Precious Gems of Wisdom: Mother Teresa
Compiled by Karishma Bajaj

Reaching Out in Love: Stories Told by Mother Teresa
Compiled by Edward Le Joly and Jaya Chaliha

Something Beautiful for God
Malcolm Muggeridge

Thoughts to Inspire and Celebrate
A Compilation of Mother Teresa’s Teachings on Love
Glenna Hammer Moulthrop


Piers Paul Read

Black Wave
A Family’s Adventure at Sea and the Disaster That Saved Them
John Silverwood and Jean Silverwood

In the Heart of the Sea
The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Nathaniel Philbrick (Author)

Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer

Left for Dead
My Journey Home from Everest
Beck Weathers

Mawson’s Will
The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written
Lennard Bickel

The Climb
Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt

The Long Walk
The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
Slavomir Rawicz

Touching the Void
Joe Simpson


The Good Women of China

Half the Sky
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

In the Name of Honor: A Memoir
Mukhtar Mai

Under the Banner of Heaven
A Story of Violent Faith
John Krakauer


Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s Story
Her Life Retold for Children
Carol Ann Lee

Autobiography of a Face
Lucy Grealy

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
An African Childhood
Alexandra Fuller

In the Line of Fire: A Memoir
Pervez Musharraf

The Last Lecture
Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

Three Weeks with My Brother
Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks


A Legacy of Love Notes
Posted October 12, 2008

Flyleaf Prayers
Posted October 14, 2008

Historical Mentors
Posted November 11, 2008

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