Going Public - one Christian family's stories and guidance on shepherding kids through the public school system. This is a good read on the role of parents regardless of your choice for schooling your children. Whether you homeschool, private school, charter school, or public school, active parental involvement is vital. Really enjoyed this.
The Black Banners - A fascinating insider's look at the war against al-Qaeda.
A couple of books on fatherhood:
What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him - not an indictment of my dad, but a reflection of my desire to be a good dad. Highly readable, punchy, content is very good - especially his chapters on sex and pornography.
Time for the Talk - a wonderful help to parents preparing their children (especially fathers preparing sons) to walk through the physical transition from childhood to adulthood.
Amazing Grace - the biography of William Wilberforce who battled for and attained the abolition of the slave trade in England. One takeaway (among many): Christians don't have to be pastors or in formal ministry to be useful servants for the cause of Christ. Serve God in whatever calling he's given you!
Two WWII Books:
One from the Pacific theatre: Unbroken - the remarkable story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II bombardier and POW. Really. It's remarkable. You should read it. I find myself thinking of this story when I start to complain or think about complaining about some mild discomfort (cold, hunger, uncomfortable sleeping conditions, etc.)
One from the European theatre: A Higher Call - how the paths of an American bomber pilot and a German fighter pilot crossed over warn torn Europe. Would be better if the author or either of the pilots acknowledged that only a sovereign God could orchestrate a story like this.
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert - Wow. Lots to learn here.
What should be on my list for 2014?