What I’ve Been Reading Lately (May 7, 2020)

I’m currently on a quest to read a total of 50 books by the end of 2020. Here’s a look at some of the books I’ve already read through, at least some of the ones I’d recommend.

All the Shah’s Men – Stephen Kinzer

If you ever wanted to know why exactly there is much political animosity between the United States and Iran, this is perhaps the most thorough account I have read. Kinzer dives into the deep history of the Iranian history, and specifically into their struggles under a near colonial British rule, and the struggle of Prime Minister Mohammad Moggadesh to lead Iran into a newer, more prosperous era. Ultimately, however, Moggadesh’s ambitious plans were in vain, as the American and British governments devised a coup d’etat that toppled the Moggadesh government, and revert authority back into the hands of an all-powerful Shah.

When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy – John Piper

John Piper, the senior teacher of DesiringGod.org (and fellow Wheaton College alum), makes a case on how important it is to fight for joy in Jesus Christ, and how even in times where our souls feel empty and our hearts fell heavy, we have hope. He adds in several strategies from his own life, experiences, and words from other theologians on how exactly we seek God when we feel empty. For anyone struggling to feel that fire, I highly recommend Piper’s work.

Lethal Agent – A Mitch Rapp Novel (Vince Flynn) – Kyle Mills

Ironically enough, I read this book in February. It was published in September of 2019 and is about terrorists weaponizing a new strand of a respiratory virus to turn it against the United States. The only issue facing them is the sheer determination and talent of CIA legend Mitch Rapp and his team, but an incredibly divisive Presidential election places several obstacles in Rapp’s path. If you enjoy CIA, espionage, James Bond-style books, I’d highly recommend checking out Flynn & Mill’s entire Mitch Rapp series, starting with the prequel, Term Limits (1999), or with Mitch’s backstory, American Assassin (2010). Please do not watch the incredibly garbage movie they made out of it.

Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership – John Dickson

Dickson provides an all encompassing appeal for humility in our daily lives, whether we find ourselves as leaders or followers. Notably, Dickson talks about the value that humility brings to our personal relationships, and in the workplace. While he covers a largely Christian basis, Dickson also ties in plenty of other stories and sources to make his quite compelling case.

Hitler’s Thirty Days to Power – Henry Ashby Turner

Between this and the overthrow of the Shah, you can probably guess that I enjoy historical accounts of coup d’etat’s, and you’d be entirely accurate. While the legacy of the overthrow of the Moggadesh regime is unknown to most Americans, the legacy of Hitler’s rise to power is widely established. An excellent account for any who are curious how this madman actually managed to take over an entire nation.

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