My Thoughts and Opinions on the Books I Read in the 3rd Quarter of 2018

If you are looking for the types of books I choose, and a little bit of why, check out my first article here: Books Read in First Quarter of 2018

Generation iY: Secrets to Connecting with Today’s Teens & Young Adults in the Digital Age

By Tim Elmore

Not a hug fan of the way this was written.

The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

By: Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is an avid reader, and he also has an incredible email list that reviews all of the books he reads. Yet this gem of a book is an entirely stand-alone piece of literature. If you are in a trial, I recommend three things: Faith in Christ, Daily Scripture Reading with Prayer, and READ THIS BOOK! His storytelling and research into the secular look at trials, and the reason it is important to have them, is amazing! Thank you Ryan Holiday!!

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

By Alex Hutchinson

Well researched. Well stated. Well told. The storytelling in here is only bested by the research that went into all the aspects of how humans endure, and do incredible things with their minds and bodies.

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

This is another book I read, so I can have great conversations with my wife about what is happening in the book. It also creates a launch pad into discussions about how to raise our kids better, what we think about women in society, what we think about living out in the wilderness, and how to tell good stories. Kristin Hannah earned this one, and told it so well!

The Tiger

By John Vailant

This was a book recommended by Ryan Holiday’s reading list, and it did not dissappoint. I was hooked from the very beginning and learned so much about the Tiger, and specifically in Siberia. It is a non-fiction with all the style and prose of an incredible fiction. Loved this book!

Into The Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War

By Dakota Meyer, and Bing West

I was on Dakota Meyer’s podcast “Owning It” found here: and I figured I should know the deeper details of Dakota Meyer’s Medal of Honor. His book is real and incredible. As a Marine, I look up to the feats performed by Dakota Meyer and his team that fateful day in Afghanistan.

Map of Meaning

By Jordan B. Peterson

I was struck by the detail and the complexity of this book, yet underwhelmed by Dr. Peterson’s lack of modern scholar’s approach to many of the written issues in the book, mainly proper exegesis and historicity of the Bible and many other texts he refers to in his research. He mainly uses eisegesis to come to his conclusions about what the Bible and these other documents are saying. For a better book that explains how to read the Bible in the context of that day, and then extrapolate a meaning for our modern use: check out Clyne Snodgrass’s Stories with Intent.

Human Physiology

By AudioLearn Medical Content Team

Not recommended, but something I suffer through, as a way to learn what I forget about human physiology.

The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry

By John Warrillow

I liked the perspective in this book, and it made me add some new dynamics to the Battle Ropes Education subscriptions, that are now on Living.Fit.

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

This was a really fun read. I loved the incredible knowledge of 80’s and gaming found all throughout this classic. The crazy part, is this is “required” reading for Marines. Maybe they are trying to get us to think a bit more techy?

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

By Travis Bradbury and Jean Greaves

Best book for personal and professional development in 2018. I loved it so much that I took my profile test, had my wife take it, and then have been referring to it for the rest of the year and into 2019.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

By Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Ronnlund, and Ola Rosling

On his deathbed, Hans Rosling makes his final statement to the World with his kids help, and an incredible book. He has been traveling the World, telling this narrative for longer than I have been alive, and it is even more compelling now. Things aren’t as bad as most of us believe, and there are false narratives that are so deeply ingrained to our way of life, it takes a book like this to help pull us out. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

I Can’t Make This Up

By Neil Strauss – contributor, Kevin Hart, and audio book narrated by Kevin Hart

This book is way too funny to pass up. I wasn’t sure I would like this autobiographical non-fiction, with a stand-up comic…but it did not disappoint. Lots of laughs and even some good life lessons.