Pascal’s Bookshelf

Reading, ruminating, running, writing.  Reading is first on purpose – – I would choose it first if I had to choose.  Like writing, I think reading is an expression of who you are as much as it is an activity.  If you are a reader, you get it.  If you’re not, that’s fine.  Listening and watching are different and completely valid ways of processing too.  But I’m a reader.  On this page I’ll share what I have read beginning with the most current.  There will be a link and a brief reflection.  You are welcome to interact with the books, me, and each other in the comments.  I’m very open to reading suggestions.  It is one of the chief ways that I show respect to those with different views.

I’ve revised this to include the title and the link – – reflection hopefully to follow.  I find that waiting to do something right often keeps me from doing anything.  Since perfectionism is not possible, I’m trying to change.  I want to get the books out there and I’m happy to interact in the comments.  It is a key to how I think.

Pascal – – 1:16

2015 (most recent first)

Notes on a CenturyNotes On A Century:  Reflections of A Middle East Historian by Bernard Lewis with Buntzie Ellis Churchill
enders gameEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card
lucky lifeA Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw
economics in one lessonEconomics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics by Henry Hazlitt
all joyAll Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior
magnificent bastard tongueOur Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English (audio) by John McWhorter
bell curveThe Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray
what i knowWhat I Know For Sure (audio) by Oprah Winfrey
greatest mindsThe Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time (audio) by Will Durant
heroes of historyHeroes of History (audio) by Will Durant
the callThe Call by Os Guinness
wife for a hatThe Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (audio) by Oliver Sacks
hard thingThe Hard Thing About Hard Things (audio) by Ben Horowitz
Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Eating the Dinosaur (audio) by Chuck Klosterman
Better – – A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande
The Story of Civilization volume 3:  Caesar & Christ (audio) by Will Durant
The Reason for God by Tim Keller
Complications by Atul Gawande
Incognito by David Eagleman
Surprised by Scripture by N.T. Wright
Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong
american sniperAmerican Sniper (audio) by Chris Kyle
renaissanceRenaissance by Os Guinness
Fallen LeavesFallen Leaves:  Last Words on Life, Love, War and God (audio) by Will Durant
From Eternity to Here (audio) by Sean Carroll
My Brief History by Stephen Hawking
The Lessons of History (audio) by Will & Ariel Durant
The Story of Civilization volume 2: The Life of Greece (audio) by Will Durant
Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright
Three Cups of Tea (audio) by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
The Language of God by Francis S. Collins



  1. Hi Pascal,

    It’s me Pascal. Just writing a brief comment to exemplify how one might comment on a bookshelf. What did you think of All Joy No Fun? What’s that all about? Why do you read such weird things? I hope all is well with you. If this ridiculous comments stand all by itself for too long, remember that your friend Russell can teach you how to obliterate it. Moo Ha Ha (oh, the power), cheers, and all that.

    Best regards,

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