Aaron Guyett’s Thoughts and Opinions on Books Read in First Quarter of 2018

First off, I am not claiming to know more than anyone, or be a authoritative resource on what books you need to read. I choose books based on 7 main topics: Christian discipleship, Christian apologetics, World and Historical Religions, Philosophy, Science (emphasis on kinesiology, physiology, anatomy, neuroscience, and biology…but physics, astronomy, cosmology, and other sciences creep in from time to time), Historical Non-Fiction (emphasis on warrior life, war, battles, and combat because of my Marine career), and Personal/Professional Development (emphasis on small business, internet leveraging, sales, marketing, and leadership).

Now, that is not to say, I don’t enjoy a good fiction, and as a matter of fact, I have been reading many of the books my wife buys and reads, so that we can enjoy conversations about the character, story, setting, etc. I know she is not interested in most of my topics, and because I love her and enjoy deep conversation, I don’t mind doing some fictional reading for her. Of which, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy most of it.

Here are the books I read, most of them I read completely, yet a few were found wanting for my taste, and I put them down, never to be picked up again…which is hard to do for a consummate doer and task-oriented person.

I will start my list in January, and may or may not mention something about the book.

Here is to hoping you might find some interesting topics and reading material to improve your understanding or build a new perspective:

“Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning” By Dan John

Coach Dan John uses a comedic wit to drive home the basics of getting strong, eating moderately, staying healthy, and building a strong mind. I thoroughly enjoyed his perspective on lifting, living, and learning.

“Knowing God” By J.I. Packer

I was moved to read this book after hearing several of my, wise, counsel, men in my life that I look up to for philosophical, faith, leadership, business, and family advice, recommended it to me. J.I. Packer brings the modern (and dare I say, the supposed professing post-modern) person to what is the highest priority in life, God. If God truly created everything, and he came into humanity as Jesus Christ, than we have no more significant priority than to seek Him, know Him, and profess Him through all of our thoughts, words and actions. For any Christian reading this blog or watching my video posts, I recommend this book. If you are not a Christian, you may find some value here, but I would recommend other books first before this one.

“The China Study, Revised and Expanded Edition” By T. Colin Campbell PhD, Thomas M. Campbell II MD

Any person that claims to have figure out THE way of eating, is almost certainly going to undergo criticism and scrutiny. I believe that the authors have done their due diligence, and they make very compelling arguments. I wish I could say that I am now vegan because of their writing, but alas, I am still a farming, country boy at heart. I have not let go of the poisons of animal products…I do enjoy a vegan meal from time to time though.

“Nutrition Made Clear” By Roberta H. Anding

Now this nutrition book is what I would recommend to all people. It is a very moderate approach to nutrition, with a correct apprehension about specificity, supplementation, genealogy, and personal history. This author does an incredible job of warning the lay-person about the confusion, persuasiveness, and paid-for-marketing that infects our societies nutrition subject. Read this book!

“The Great Ideas of Philosophy” By Daniel N. Robinson

Read this book! If you are looking for a perfect starting point in philosophy, this is the book for you. The author talks about each significant historical philosopher and what they offer us in the 21st century modernity.

“Where the Conflict Really Lies” By Alvin Plantiga

Although a bit heady at times, Dr. Alvin Plantiga, an award-winning philosopher at Notre Dame, brings forth stunning evidence and solid reason for the problems of naturalism, and the stunning coherence of science and faith. Atheists should pack a lunch, as the author’s arguments are lock-tight, bringing the defeaters to the table of the unbeliever. His arguments are so good, that he has been a large reason for the tide-turning in academia around the World from God-opposing unbelievers, to God-fearing believers.

“Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online, Build a Business You Love, and Live the Life of Your Dreams” By Jeff Walker

I love Jeff Walkers style. He is your basic dude, but he carries with him a powerful system to build value and earn an incredible living.

“Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive” By Peter M. Vishton

If you like science and you are a parent, you must read this book. Even if you don’t like science, but you respect science and you are a parent, you must read this book.

“Deep Nutrition” By Catherine Shanahan MD, Luke Shanahan

The authors did a great job of providing historical, anthropological, and regional evidence to found their diet choices on.

“Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety” By Charles Hoehn

Loved the simplicity and joy of this very telling short read. Every person should pick this book up, and start applying the basic principle: play.

“Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, 4th Edition” By G. Gregory Haff and N. Travis Triplett

I took and passed by CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) this year, so I had to read this book and the study guide that went with it. This is one of, if not the most up to date books for trainers, coaches, instructors, and teachers in the fitness and physical training realm. Kind of dry, but crucial if you are to become a better leader in the fitness, sports, health, and wellness industry.

This is the first quarter of 2018, and I will continue my list of 2018 reads next week…