#14 – The Beauty of the Infinite by David Bentley Hart (My 100 Favorite Books)

When I read this book, I described it to someone as a symphony where there is more going on then the average listener is getting.  I recall asking my friend who recommended it if he understood what Hart was saying in the first 150 pages.  In those pages, Hart is going deep into philosophy and … Continue reading #14 – The Beauty of the Infinite by David Bentley Hart (My 100 Favorite Books)

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#15 – A Secular Age by Charles Taylor (My 100 Favorite Books)

Taylor's enormous book begins with a question: Why was belief in God taken for granted in the West in 1500 but highly questioned, if not even non-belief taken for granted, in 2000?  What changed? In answering this question, Taylor argues that the common story does not provide a sufficient explanation.  Usually, so it goes, as … Continue reading #15 – A Secular Age by Charles Taylor (My 100 Favorite Books)

#16 – The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning (My 100 Favorite Books)

I've been thinking about spiritual practice a lot lately.  Many of the recent books on my list have centered on spiritual disciplines.  On campus, we are talking about (and hopefully engaging in) spiritual disciplines each week at our weekly gatherings.  My small group is reading a book on spiritual disciplines together.  I fully believe adding … Continue reading #16 – The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning (My 100 Favorite Books)

#17 – Confessions by Augustine (My 100 Favorite Books)

"Our hearts are restless till they find rest in you." If you're a Christian, or someone who has read Christian books, or even just spiritual books perhaps, you've probably heard this phrase.  It is from Confessions, the autobiography of Augustine, the bishop of Hippo in North Africa in the 400s.  Augustine was the most influential … Continue reading #17 – Confessions by Augustine (My 100 Favorite Books)

#28 – Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (My 100 Favorite Books)

Today we look back on the acceptance of slavery in the 1800s and before and ask what those people were thinking. How could they accept such a horrific crime to continue in their midst? Or we look to our more recent past and cringe at the crimes done by those in favor of segregation. Again, … Continue reading #28 – Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (My 100 Favorite Books)

#35 – Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (My 100 Favorite Books)

If you're a fan of history, this is an absolutely brilliant history of the Civil War.  That said, McPherson begins the story in 1844 (where What Hath God Wrought, #65 on my list, left off).  The first chapter tells of the lead up to the war.  I wish the first chapter were published as a … Continue reading #35 – Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (My 100 Favorite Books)

#47 – The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (My 100 Favorite Books)

I remember picking up this book at Borders Bookstore back in the late 90s.  Most of my reading then was Star Wars novels, when I had a break from required reading for my freshman year of college.  I had also read Lord of the Rings and was interested in more fantasy reading.  I believe the … Continue reading #47 – The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (My 100 Favorite Books)