Hope to Read Soon

On True Christian Living

  • Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis
  • Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis
  • George MacDonald  by C. S. Lewis
  • A Grief Observed  by C. S. Lewis
  • Chameleon Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  • How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer
  • True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer
  • A Christian Manifesto by Francis Schaeffer
  • Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer
  • Addicted to Mediocrity by Francis Schaeffer
  • What is Family? by Edith Schaeffer
  • Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
  • What Jesus Demands from the World by John Piper
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism by John Piper
  • Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper
  • Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey
  • Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias
  • The Enemy Within  by Kris Lundgaard
  • Knowing God by J. I. Packer
  • Humility: True Greatness by M. J. Mahaney
  • The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine  by Wayne A. Grudem
  • The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog by James W. Sire
  • Love Your God with All Your Mind by James Porter Moreland
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  • Abandoned to God by Oswald Chambers
  • The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  • Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Secure in the Everlasting Arms by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Gold Cord by Amy Carmichael
  • Things as They Are: Mission Work in Southern India by Amy Carmichael
  • Real Christianity by William Wilberforce
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

On the Historical Accuracy of the Bible

  • Escape From Reason by Francis Shaeffer
  • The God Who Is There by Francis Shaeffer
  • Fern-Seed and Elephants by C. S. Lewis
  • The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict Fully Updated To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians Today by Josh McDowell
  • More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell (want to read again)
  • The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel
  • The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancy (want to read again)

On the Existence of God

  • God, Reason and Theistic Proofs by Mr. Stephen T. Davis
  • Does God Exist: The Craig-Flew Debate by William Lane Craig
  • The Case For A Creator by Lee Strobel
  • Does God Exist?: The Debate Between Theists & Atheists by James Porter Moreland
  • The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith by Peter Hitchens
  • He is There and He is Not Silent by Francis Schaeffer

On Defending Christianity

  • On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig
  • A Ready Defense The Best Of Josh Mcdowell by Josh McDowell
  • God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics by C. S. Lewis

Biographies/Autobiographies

  • A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (want to read again)
  • John Calvin: Man of the Millennium by Philip Vollmer
  • Francis Scheaffer: An Authentic Life by Colin Duriez
  • The Reagan Diaries by Ronald Reagan
  • John McCain: An American Odyssey by Robert Timberg
  • If I Perish by Esther Ahn Kim
  • Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of WWII by Darlene Deibler
  • Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman by Gladys Aylward
  • The Pastor’s Wife by Sabrima Wumbrand

On Writing

  • On Writing Well
  • The Writer’s Book by Edited by Helen Hull

Fiction

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • In Feedom’s Cause by G. A. Henty
  • Facing Death by G. A. Henty
  • In the Heart of the Rockies by G. A. Henty
  • The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Green Hills of Africa by Earnest Hemingway
  • The Professor at the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendall Holmes
  • The Outsiders by S. E. Henton
  • Darkness at Noon by Koestler
  • Phantastes by George MacDonald
  • At the Back of the North Wind by George McDonald
  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  • Be Ye Thankful by Avery Hitch
  • Journey to the Cross by Avery Hitch
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (I want to re-read this one to see if I can love it this time)
  • Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts
  • Lydia Bailey by Kenneth Roberts
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • The Walking Drum by Louis L’Amour
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5 responses to “Hope to Read Soon

  1. I love A Swiftly Tilting Planet — very powerful. Be careful with An Acceptable Time; the narrative is sound, but based on your writings, it will likely stir up some righteous anger. I had a hard time finishing it because of my despise for a primary character. But L’Engle is a wonderful writer, so I’m fairly sure she was aiming for that response.

    • I’ll keep that in mind. Today I spent 2 1/2 hours in a park reading the beginning of A Wind in the Door and I’m enjoying it so far. I did read that L’Engle believed in universal salvation, so if that comes up I won’t agree with those parts. I’ll try to remember to get back to you about An Acceptable Time after I read it.

    • I just finished An Acceptable Time. I wasn’t as angered by it as I thought I would be. I don’t like how the character acted but at least he changes in the end.

      I can understand how someone would be that selfish if he/she was so scared and uncertain of the future. What he thought about death reminds me of something I wrote over a year ago. If you’re interested in reading it, it’s here: Belief in Beauty.

      He really did have to hit rock bottom before he knew where he was. It was good there were people around to tell him that he wasn’t beyond mercy.

      I could relate to Anaral very well after this turn-around—I would find it hard to love and completely accept someone who had hurt others so badly . . . or at least was willing to.

      I am glad he was left alone at the end of the book. If it would have been up to him he would’ve made other people fill the emptiness he felt and found his happiness in them and their love for him. He needed instead to find God in loneliness and learn to accept forgiveness.

      This definitely wasn’t my favorite story of the quintet but I did enjoy it.

  2. Yeah, I didn’t have any problem with the book itself or its resolution. L’Engle wanted the reader to understand the contrast between the lost man living to serve himself and those living to serve others. I think my difficulty with Zachary was as a man, and it was hard for me to draw the line between his hopelessness and his selflessness because I’ve known many men clinging to the hope of Christ that have responded just as selfishly when made to choose. I think Zachary’s behavior was a trigger for me — too often I’ve seen women in Polly’s position allow the relationship to continue because they misunderstand grace and are made to feel that they owe it to the man to fulfill his needs.

    It puts the love of Christ in perspective: I would have had a difficult time forgiving so quickly.

    • Agreed: Men and women shouldn’t be saviors for each other. It just doesn’t work out. Both trying to be the savior as well as feeling like you need an earthly savior are easy traps to fall into. Personally, I sometimes find it hard to think clearly when I feel sympathetic.

      All in all, I think the story could’ve been more powerful. L’Engle could have gone farther with her point but I do like what she was driving at. Maybe if Zachary’s character had been a little more developed, as well as Polly’s love for him and then, had he been more hurtful it would have been more impacting. I know what it’s like to be pained by selfish people who should be loving but aren’t. They’re words and actions are like knife stabs even under a guise of friendship. It’s a battle for me to love them like I should.

      Come to think of it, Zachary never really apologized for his selfishness, did he? I think a genuine apology is certainly lacking. I guess it’s assumed he’s sorry. It’s definitely apparent that he’s regretful but that’s not confession with true repentance unless he changes his actions and we don’t know if he does or not because the book ends. Simple remorse can quickly wear off.

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