#27 – The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman (My 100 Favorite Books)

History writing doesn't get much better than this. If I had to make a list of the places throughout human history I would least want to find myself, a few come to mind.  Standing in the surrounded Roman legions at the Battle of Cannae, waiting for Hannibal's soldiers to inevitably chop me to pieces would … Continue reading #27 – The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman (My 100 Favorite Books)

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#32 – Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright (My 100 Favorite Books)

This is the second day in a row an NT Wright book makes the list.  Yesterday I listed one of his more recent works, his magnum opus on Paul.  Today is probably the work that truly impacted my reading of the Gospels more than any other.  I read this book right after finishing seminary in … Continue reading #32 – Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright (My 100 Favorite Books)

#33 – Paul and the Faithfulness of God by NT Wright (My Top 100 Books)

NT Wright is one of my favorite writers and his work has influenced me more than nearly any other theologian/bible scholar.  He has written extensively on both Jesus and Paul.  This is perhaps his magnum opus on Paul - two volumes clocking in at about 1500 pages.  The good thing is that Wright is not … Continue reading #33 – Paul and the Faithfulness of God by NT Wright (My Top 100 Books)

#34 – The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll (My 100 Favorite Books)

Following yesterday's history of the Civil War, I include this shorter book focusing on the religious situation surrounding the war.  There is still debate and discussion about why the Civil War occurred.  Everyone living at the time knew why (slavery!) but afterwards there was a vested interest in the south to change the narrative.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading #34 – The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll (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)

#36 – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (My 100 Favorite Books)

This one is a tear-jerker.  Its also amazing.  And, I should note, it is my wife's favorite book. It is the story of a scientific experiment which makes a mentally challenged man named Charlie Gordon into a genius.  This is good, right?  Well yes, until he realizes that all the people he thought were his … Continue reading #36 – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (My 100 Favorite Books)

#38 – Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf (My 100 Favorite Books)

After a week of writing about some novels, maybe I should christen this as "theology Fridays"?  This book makes my list, though its been ten years since I read it.  I had to go back on Goodreads to see what I said about it, and was actually surprised to see a review on there since … Continue reading #38 – Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf (My 100 Favorite Books)

#39 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (My 100 Favorite Books)

Everyone knows the story and has their favorite version of it.  Personally, I prefer the Muppets, though Mickey's Christmas Carol always has a place in my heart.  The reason there are so many film adaptations is that this is a beautiful story.  How much better can you get than a grumpy, greedy old miser who … Continue reading #39 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (My 100 Favorite Books)

#40 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (My 100 Favorite Books)

Both George Orwell and Aldous Huxley wrote dystopian books in the first half of the 20th century.  Orwell's 1984 envisioned a totalitarian government, suppressing free speech and enforcing control from the top down.  Huxley's Brave New World showed us a world where people choose unending pleasure that keeps them in check.  You can find lots … Continue reading #40 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (My 100 Favorite Books)