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What’s your hands-down favorite book you’ve ever read and why?
Ten people responded with their favorite books. See below:
“Petey” by Ben Mikaelsen. Fiction: Boy/man with Cerebral Palsy spent entire life in institutions. Halfway through the book an unrelated teenager became his friend and took this elderly man, who could not walk, talk, or feed himself, for rides in his reclining wheelchair. I had to read the book to find out why.
“To Kill A Mockingbird”. The challenge to any writer is to make the reader care about the story and the characters. Mission accomplished 100 times over. A must-read Classic!
“Watchers” by Dean Koontz. Why? The primary characters appealed to me greatly: both were flawed (aren’t we all?) but brought out the best in each other. The animals – a dog and the “other” – almost perfectly represented the opposing ideals of humani.
“Pillars of the Earth”– Follett. I felt that I knew each character so well, that I was part of the book. After all this time, when I think about this book, I strongly feel those characters.
“The Thornbirds” – long, romantic, complicated characters.
As an adolescent, “Little Women”, in later teens, “A Tale of Two Cities”, as an adult, sooo many but among the very best “Gabaldon’s Outlander” (the whole trilogy actually).
“Needful Things” by stephen king.
“The secret garden” 🙂 it’s magical
But if I had to pick one to be stranded on a desert island with, I’d go with “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman
“The Followship of the Ring” by Tolkien. I read it when I was 9 and not only did it take me away to another world, but help started me on my quest to become a writer and create my own new and exciting realms.
“Flowers in the Attic” by VC Andrews—it is the book that made me want to be a writer.
“Lord of the Rings”. I read it every year, and am always brought to tears, always find something new, and am constantly amazed at the world Tolkein built. I just heard a recording of him yesterday, reciting one of the elven poems.
Eleven Books Every Christian Should Read
Five Christian Classics
1. Augustine, “Confessions”. The original Christian testimony, written without self-pity and with deep spiritual insight. Interesting to contrast with Rousseau’s self-indulgent book of the same title.
2. Dante, “The Divine Comedy”. I’d recommend reading Dante in conjunction with the Great Courses lectures. Dante has Virgil as his guide; you’ll have Professors Thomas Wood and Ronald Herzman.
3. Milton, “Paradise Lost”. I’d read this in concert with Stanley Fish’s How Milton Works, a masterful theological interpretation by a secular Milton scholar.
4. Anselm, “Proslogion and Other Writings”. Anselm is more contemporary than Aquinas. His argument for God is brilliantly bizarre, but don’t ignore his other works including “On the Fall of the Devil” which convincingly explains, for the first time, why Satan chose to rebel against God.
5. Pascal, “Pensees”. The original apologetics masterpiece, written not as a systematic treatise but rather as a series of short meditations and diatribes. Worth the reading for Pascal’s wager alone, but it bristles with insights throughout.
Six Contemporary Christian Books
1. C. S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity”. A lucid, intelligent argument against relativism and in defense of the moral law, accompanied by a logical demonstration of why a moral law presumes a moral lawgiver.
2. Paul Davies, “The Mind of God”. A leading physicist and agnostic spells out the stunning implications of the Anthropic Principle—the idea that the universe is “fine-tuned” for life. This book is an atheist nightmare.
3. Francis Collins, “The Language of God”. A world-class biologist and geneticist shows why evolution is not incompatible with religious belief, and makes the “design” argument for God.
4. Bertrand Russell, “Why I Am Not a Christian”. No apologetics is complete without a full understanding of the “other side,” and here Russell makes the comprehensive atheist case in a manner that no recent atheist tract can match.
5. Stephen Barr, “Modern Physics and Ancient Faith”. This book, a little-known masterpiece, shows how science points to God rather than away from God, using evidence from modern physics and astronomy.
6. Dinesh D’Souza, “What’s So Great about Christianity”. The first apologetics book I wrote (Life after Death and Godforsaken followed), answers a range of questions related to science, atheism, and the good Christianity has brought to the world.