Michael's Favorite Books
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Here are some of my favorite books, some with links to additional information, a review,
or a sample of the information in the book.
Biblical Books: Fiction, Christian Growth, Sermons, Commentaries
The Bulletproof George Washington
by David Barton
- This brief history of Washington details a number of miraculous events in his life.
- The Most High God: A Commentary on the book of Daniel by Dr Renald E. Showers
- The best commentary on the book of Daniel (my favorite book of the bible) that I've ever read.
Very detailed, yet simple to understand. Very hard to find, but worth the search.
- The New Park Street Pulpit by Charles Spurgeon
- A six volume set of the sermons preached by Spurgeon during his five years on the New Park Street
Baptist church, before he built the Metropolitan Tabernacle. From the depth, vocabulary, and emotion
of these sermons, it's hard to believe that Spurgeon was only 19 when he took the pulpit.
Prophet: A Novel by Frank E. Peretti
- A work of fiction depicting the battle between good and evil, with special insights into the news
and abortion industries.
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
- A work of fiction from the point of view of demons. Written as a series of "advice letters"
from one demon to his nephew. A classic. Gives a lot of insight into the motives and workings of
Major Bible Prophecies: 37 Crucial Prophecies That Affect You Today by John F. Walvoord
- A fantastic book for group bible studies in prophecy, both fulfilled and future. Extremely
detail-packed book for intense study.
Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers by Lewis Drummond
- An excellent biography of Charles Spurgeon. Very comprehensive, with a considerable amount of
insight into Spurgeon's conversion, ministry, challenges, and theology.
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The Measure of a Man by Gene Getz
- This is a bible study of the qualities required for the office of a deacon or bishop in Timothy 3 and Titus.
Very good, challenging reading.
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
- The basics, from the master of apologetics.
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Christianity in Crisis by Hank Hanegraaff
- A thorough examination of the Word Faith movement. The first chapter is a humorous fable
composed from quotes and beliefs of various Faith teachers. The remainder of the book is an
analysis of various doctrines of the Faith movement. Very well indexed.
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Computer Books: Programming
Code Complete : A Practical Handbook of Software Construction by Steve McConnell
- This is one of the most complete, practical books about the programming life cycle.
The chapters on design, testing, and standards are very good. Huge book (857 pages!) but very easy reading.
Rapid Development : Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell
- Whatever role you play in software development, this book will provide some incredible insight. It addresses
virtually every method used to rapidly develop software, rates them on various criteria, and gives numerous
illustrations, tables, and stories to reinforce the research. Although it is oriented towards projects with 5 to
20 developers (from my observation anyway--I don't recall this being explicitly stated), it is applicable for projects
involving just one person all the way up to hundreds of people.
Programming Pearls by Jon Bentley
- This book demonstrates over a dozen examples of special insights into solving particular computer
programming problems. A must-read for anyone who appreciates simplicity, logic, and elegance in computer programming.
Programming Internet Controls by Markus Pope
- My best friend wrote this one! If you're interested in building OLE controls for internet use, this is a great
resource. It's packed full of examples, and is fairly easy to follow even if you're not very familiar with the
subject. Markus has great insight into the history of telecommunications and the Internet, and his expertise really
adds to the book.
Motley Fool Investment Guide by the David and Tom Gardner
- This is the most informative and useful book on the stock market that I've ever read. The straight-forward explanations
and accountability is unsurpassed. (They invest real money in their strategies and document their returns versus market
indices daily on their web site.) It's also available in hardback and audio.
What Works on Wall Street by James P. O'Shaughnessy
- Another great book, although I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. It's jammed full of statistics and analysis of various
trading methods, based on back-testing over a 30-year period. Absolutely invaluable research, if you can read through
and understand it.
Beardstown Ladies' Common-Sense Investment Guide
- This is a book written by one of the most successful NAIC clubs. It's pretty good, and it explains quite a bit
about their club. After reading it, though, I have a hard time putting my finger on much concrete advice from the
book. One of the main points they emphasize is buying what you know about. It's also available in hardback, audio, large print paperback, and large print hardback.
Options as a Strategic Investment by Lawrence G. McMillan
- If you're even going to think about investing in options, read this book first. It's fairly technical, and
assumes quite a bit of familiarity with investing, but it's the essential reference for option traders. I learned
quite a bit from it, and it has more than paid for itself.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- British comedy at its best.
The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams
- This is my favorite of Scott Adams' books (although I like them all). Throughout, it pokes fun at
corporate America, bosses, and marketing people. Scott has a refreshing, funny perspective on the inner
workings of our companies. It's also available in hardback and audio.
Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook by Scott Adams
- For those who don't understand their bosses, this book might help. You can think of it as a training manual
for brainless management.
The Dilbert Future : Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century by Scott Adams
- Do you wonder what it will be like in the future? Scott Adam's latest book addresses that topic, essentially
explaining that not much will change except the technology. In the introduction he says "By the time you realize
I was wrong about everything I predicted, I will be dead." It's also available in audio.
Misc. Books: Business, Self Help
Personality Plus: How to Understand Others by Understanding Yourself by Florence Littauer
- A great book about the four basic personality types, including a test to determine your type,
details on the strengths and weaknesses of each type, and relationships between types. Very insightful.
You'll see yourself and your loved ones in this book.
The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino
- This book was given to me by a very dear friend at a particularly low time in my life. Og Mandino brings together
success and encouragement principles that are timeless and wraps a story around them, as only he can do.
The Great Game of Business: The only sensible way to run a company by Jack Stack
- This is the story of Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation, with some guidelines for other companies to follow in
order to implement some of the programs that they used to propel them to success. In general, it talks about bonus
programs, employee ownership, and sharing the numbers. Excellent reading. I used to work at SRC, and what Jack shares
in his book is exactly how he works.
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