Books that should have been TED Talks

Some books should be blog posts, some blog posts should be tweets, some tweets should remain thoughts.

—Devin Maddox (via Twitter)

What happens when you’re reading a book and you think, there’s just not a whole lot here? There’s a whole series of books out there that fit in this category, the ones that have a good idea, but not enough to warrant being an entire book:

  • There’s a big idea that you get entirely in the introduction, and the rest of the book is just restating that big idea.
  • There’s the book that was a sermon (just one), which isn’t enough to flesh out to 200+ pages.
  • There’s the book that started as a TED Talk, and probably should have stayed that way.

Listen in as we share a few of the best/worst of these books, and Barnabas reveals the depths of his love/obsession for Leif Enger, on today’s episode.

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About the hosts

Aaron Armstrong is the author of several books and screenplays, most recently Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer, Brand Manager of The Gospel Project, and co-host of its podcast, The Hero of the Story.

Dave Schroeder is the VP of Marketing for B&H Publishing Group, contributor to LifeWay Books, and a lover of many books. 

Barnabas Piper is the author of several books, most recently The Curious Christian (B&H 2017), Marketing Manager for B&H Academic, and the co-host of The Happy Rant

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Aaron is the author of several books including the Big Truths Bible Storybook, Epic Devotions, Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation, and the End of Poverty, and Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World. His next book, published by Lexham Press, will release in Spring 2023.

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