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2010 Reading List

1.  Forgotten God (Francis Chan)
2.  Primal (Mark Batterson)
3.  Church in the Making (Ben Arment)
4.  American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and.... (Jon Meacham)
5.  From Peanuts to the Pressbox (Eli Gold)
6.  What the Dog Saw (Malcolm Gladwell)
7.  On Writing (Steven King)
8.  The Pursuit of God (A.W. Tozer)
9.  K2: Life and Death on the World's .... (Ed Viesturs)
10.  Crazy for the Storm (Norman Ollestad)
11.  Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Aron Ralston)
12.  The 4 Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive (Patrick Lencioni)
13.  The Perfect Mile (Neil Bascomb)
14.  Never Eat Alone (Keith Ferrazzi)
15.  10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe (Larry Osborne)
16.  The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
17.  Begger at the Banquet (Donald Sheley)
18.  Pursuit of Honor (Vince Flynn)
19.  Well-being (Tom Rath)
20.  Take One (Karen Kingsbury)
21.  The Giver (Lois Lowry)
22.  To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

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