Suggested Books: A Personal Listing

Books we have read and enjoyed as opposed to books one is supposed to have read and enjoyed. Some of these books would be better introduced with warning labels than endorsements (not all are Christian texts).
  1. The Bible: there is no substitute if we want to understand our own cultural history.
  2. Augustine, The Confessions and The City of God.
  3. Bailey, Kenneth, Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes (IVP 2008).
  4. Berry, Wendell, novels, poetry and the essay, Life is a Miracle  (Centerpoint 2000).
  5. Bloom, Allan, The Closing of the American Mind: how higher education has failed democracy and impoverished the souls of today's students. (New York, Simon & Schuster, 1988, c1987) The first chapter .
  6. Bloom, Metropolitan Anthony (Archbishop Anthony Bloom), Meditations on a theme: a spiritual journey (London, Oxford, Mowbrays, 1972, c1971) and School for Prayer (also published as Living Prayer).
  7. Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, The Cost of Discipleship (London: SCM Press, 1964, c1959), Letters and Papers from Prison (NY, Macmillan, 1967), and Life Together (NY, Harper, 1954). Also the biography by Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer (Nelson 2011).
  8. Bruce, FF, The Spreading Flame: the rise and progress of Christianity from its first beginnings to the conversion of the English (Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1982) and his bible commentaries (most published by Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans).
  9. Budziszewski, Jay, The Revenge of Conscience and What We Can’t Not Know (Spence Publishing).
  10. Chesterton, GK, especially Orthodoxy (1908) and The Everlasting Man (New York, Dodd, Mead and company, 1943, c1925).
  11. Colson's books - marvelous stories, terrible style.
  12. Cronin, AJ, The Keys of the Kingdom (Loyola Classics 1941) A family favourite.
  13. Dallimore's biography of Whitfield (Banner of Truth).
  14. Donovan, Vincent J., 1982. Christianity Rediscovered: An Epistle from the Masai (Orbis 2003).
  15. Dostoyevsky, especially The Brothers Karamazov.
  16. Eliot, George, especially Adam Bede and Middlemarch.
  17. Elliott, Elizabeth, for the challenge.
  18. Ellul, Jacques, The Subversion of Christianity and The Humiliation of the Word.
  19. First Things, my favourite monthly, to be read backwards! www.firstthings.com
  20. Greene, Graham, his novels especially as they deal with faith.
  21. Grubb, Rees Howells Intercessor. Almost beyond belief.
  22. Hannam, James, The Genesis of Science:how the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution. (Regnery 2011)
  23. Hardy, Thomas. His novels especially Jude the Obscure.
  24. Hoggart, Richard, The Uses of Literacy: aspects of working class life, with special reference to publications and entertainments (London: Chatto and Windus, 1971, 1957.
  25. Hopkin's biography of Charles Simeon.
  26. Hugo, Victor, Les Miserables.
  27. Johnson, Paul, A History of Christianity (New York: Atheneum, 1976, t.p.1977) and Intellectuals (New York: Harper and row, c1988 or New York: Perennial Library, 1990, c1988).
  28. Kass, Leon, The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis (Free Press 2003) A Jewish intellectual’s fascinating perspective.
  29. Koestler, Arthur, The Ghost in the Machine (New York: Macmillan, 1968, c1967) and Darkness at Noon (translated by Daphne Hardy) (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1965, c1940).
  30. Kreeft, Peter, all his books for the unique approach to apologetics, especially The Best Things in Life, Making Sense out of Suffering, A Refutation of Moral Relativism and Three Philosophies of Life.
  31. Lennox, J., Gunning for God (Lion 2011) and God’s Undertaker (Lion 2007).
  32. Lewis, CS. All his work is worth reading: the Narnia stories, the science fiction, Till We Have Faces and the apologetics especially The Abolition of Man.
  33. Lifton, J., The Nazi Doctor.
  34. Lindberg David C., The Beginning of Western Science (University of Chicago Press, 1992).
  35. Lloyd-Jones, Martin, especially Faith on Trial, Joy Unspeakable, Spiritual Depression and The Sermon on the Mount. His Biography is also an excellent read.
  36. Macdonald, George. His novels for the stories and their purpose.
  37. Mackay, The Clockwork Image and Mind and Matter.
  38. Manzoni, Alessandro, The Betrothed: a tale of XVII century Milan (translated by Archibald Colquhoun) (London: Dent, 1983).
  39. MacIntyre, Alasdair, After Virtue: a study in moral theory (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1984).
  40. Medaware especially The Art of the Possible.
  41. Meyer, S., Signature in the Cell.
  42. Muggeridge, Malcolm. Anything after his conversion is worth reading for its marvelous analysis of our times.
  43. Newbiggin, Leslie, Foolishness to the Greeks, Pluralism and the Gospel, and Proper Confidence.
  44. Novak, Michael, On Two Wings, a correction to the revisionist American history taught in High Schools.
  45. O'Brien, Michael, Father Elijah's Apocalpse (Ignatius), Island of the World, A Father’s Tale, novels that reduces one to prayerful tears.
  46. Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662), The Pensees (translated and introduced by JM Cohen) (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, c1961).
  47. Percy, Walker, his novels and Lost in the Cosmos.
  48. Polyani, Karl (1886-1964), The Great Transformation (Boston: Beacon Press, 1957, c1944).
  49. Ramsey, Paul, The Patient as Person; explorations in medical ethics (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970).
  50. Robinson, Marilynne, The Death of Adam (Houghton Mifflin Books 2000) and Gilead (HarperCollins 2004).
  51. Roseveare, Helen, for the challenge, especially Living Sacrifice (Bethany House 1979).
  52. Russell, Crosscurrents: A Christian Analysis of Science.
  53. Satinover, J., Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth.
  54. Simmons,Geoffrey, Millions of Missing Links (Harvest House 2006).
  55. Sire, James, The Universe Next Door, easy to read introduction to world views.
  56. Solzenhitsyn especially The Gulag, Cancer ward.
  57. Spitzer, Robert, Healing the Culture, (Ignatius Press, 2000).
  58. St John of the Cross, The Dark Night of the Soul (translated, abridged, and edited by Kurt Reinhardt) (New York: F. Ungar Publishing Company, 1957).
  59. St Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ (translated and introduced by Leo Sherley-Price) (New York: Dorset, 1986).
  60. Stott, JRW, Basic Christianity and The Sermon on the Mount. "The Bible Speaks for Today" is an excellent series of commentaries edited by Stott.
  61. Stove, David, Darwinian Fairy Tales. A devastating critique of Darwin by an atheist philosopher who writes with tremendous wit. (Eerdmans)
  62. Strathern, Paul, Mendeleyev’s Dream (Hamish Hamilton 2000).
  63. Taylor, AJP, on British history (Oxford University Press).
  64. Tolkien, JRR, The Lord of the Rings.
  65. Vitz, Paul, Psychology as Religion: the cult of self-worshipping (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, c1977).
  66. Weils, Simone, her books on problems with faith.
  67. Wesley, John (1703-1791), The journal of John Wesley: a selection (edited and introduced by Elisabeth Jay) (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1987). Heitzenrater, Richard, John Wesley, his own biographer (Nashville: Abingdon Press, c1966). Schmidt, Martin, John Wesley; a theological biography (translated by Norman Goldhawk) (London: Epworth Press, 1971, c1966).
  68.  Willard, Dallas, The Divine Conspiracy (Harper Collins 1998).
  69. Williams, Charles, his novels, especially Descent into Hell (Eerdmans 1975 c1949)

Poetry: Herbert, Donne, Keats, Owen, Francis Thompson, Shakespeare, Eliot, Hopkins, Yeats and Wordsworth. Other Men's Flowers by Wavell is my favourite anthology.