My Favorite Things of 2015: This Year’s Hot Toddy Culture

As I reflect on my favorite things of 2015, one question keeps haunting me: Why would anyone care? It is a tradition that I have repeated each year, and I’ve come to enjoy the opportunity to reflect on what mattered to me during the past year. I am very aware that some of my friends … Continue reading

My Favorite Things of 2014: Film, Theater, Books, Restaurants and Music

Every year, I take the opportunity to look back on the year just past, to say thanks for the gifts of culture and people that led to my growth. I wish to recognize those cultural artifacts that are most memorable to me, and some that just made me smile, or led me to sing and … Continue reading

My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2011

I traveled a lot this year, so there was ample time for reading on the plane. One of my resolutions for 2011 was to read more, and I more than met the resolution. My top 10 list below is not indicative of the “best” books of 2010 — I’m in no position to be an … Continue reading

The Ten Best Business Books I’ve Read Lately

I’ve been traveling a lot from West Coast to East Coast, so I’ve had plenty of time to reinvigorate my reading discipline this year. Here are the ten best business books I’ve read this year:

My 5 Favorite Books of the Year

I am not very proud of my reading accomplishments this year. It was a year of transitions, mobility and scrambling, so I struggled to read for long hours. It is one of my goals to do better in 2011. But I did manage to read some essentials, and here are my five favorites:

My 10 Favorite Books of 2009

Given several personal transitions this year, I largely found myself turning to spiritual books this year, with a few political exceptions. I am woefully inadequate in my fiction sampling, as usual, and I wish that I could have made it to some of the remarkable historical and biographical works published this year. But of those … Continue reading

My 10 Favorite Books of the Decade

This entry completes my “decades” listings, and next week I will turn to 2009. The list below is not a “best of” list, as I am quite aware that there are many seminal books in my fields of theology, politics and pop culture that I did not read, and of course many works of fiction, … Continue reading

15 Books That Stayed With Me

Several Facebook friends kept requesting that I share the 15 books that most shaped my life, so I decided to attempt the list. It was painful to choose, but here is my list: 1. Children’s Bible Stories2. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes3. The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe4. Strength to Love by Martin Luther … Continue reading

Todd’s Book List for 2008

Several friends requested that I share the best books I’ve read this year, so here it goes: 1. The Future of Freedom by Fareed Zakaria 2. What Happened? by Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan 3. Founding Faith by Steven Waldman 4. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle 5. Unchristian by … Continue reading

Bishop N.T. Wright: Simply Christian

There are few Christian authors I enjoy reading more than the Anglican Bishop of Durham, N.T. Wright. I am reading his book “Simply Christian” right now, and I’m hearing that his latest book “Surprised by Hope” is a tour de force. Do yourself a treat and listen to this lecture by N.T. Wright at Washington’s … Continue reading