If you were to ever visit my house it would difficult not to notice the abundance of books. The hallway leading into the house is lined on one side with shelves of them. Just off the kitchen is another shelf. The guest room has them. The bathroom has them. My bedroom has them. Then of course there are the ones stored on my kindle. Knowing the stacks of books I have yet to read, it may be a mistake on my part to write today’s post, but then again I do like to read, so here it goes.
One of the earliest posts I wrote for this blog was a list of some of my favorite books, with an invitation to my readers (all five of them!) to share a few of their favorites. Since then I have discovered some new favorites as well as subtracting some books from the list. Now that a few years have gone by, I thought it would be fun to extend the same invitation again. I hope that some of you might find something interesting on my list and share a few of your own favorites. Here is my updated list. I look forward to hearing your recommendations.
For The Life of the World by Alexander Schmemann The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis A Grammar of Assent by John Henry Newman The Cube and the Cathedral by George Weigel The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene Homilies on Genesis by St. John Chrysostom Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig Four Witnesses by Rod Bennett A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard On the Beaten Path by Robert Rubin Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic by Reinhold Niebuhr Evangelical Is Not Enough by Thomas Howard God’s Human Face by Christoph Schonborn Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton The Wellspring of Worship by Jean Corbon God In Search of Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel Being As Communion by John Zizioulas A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole The Arena by Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov A Memory for Wonders by Mother Veronica Namoyo Of Water & the Spirit by Alexander Schmemann Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios by Dionysios Farasiotis Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Called Out of Darkness by Anne Rice The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell Lit by Mary Carr The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis Memorize the Faith by Kevin Vost The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt Homilies on the Song of Songs by St. Bernard of Clairvaux Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Waddell The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders Everywhere Present by Fr. Stephen Freeman New Seeds of Contempation by Thomas Merton The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Dakota by Kathleen Norris The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Paul Elie The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor In the Parish of the Poor by Jean-Bertrand Aristide The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis Mama Makes Up Her Mind by Bailey White The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather Strength to Love by Martin Luther King Jr. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer A Harsh and Dreadful Love by William Miller The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde The Habit of Being by Flannery O’Connor The Meaning of Icons by Leonid Ouspensky Vladimir Lossky The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje