#57 – The Cloud of Unknowing (My 100 Favorite Books)

This is a classic work of Christian mysticism and contemplative prayer from the 1300s.  The author is unknown.  I read it once on a kindle but it was incredibly difficult, then I picked up a translation which made it easier.  Though technically written in English, it is that old and confusing Middle English which still … Continue reading #57 – The Cloud of Unknowing (My 100 Favorite Books)

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#58 – Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King (My 100 Favorite Books)

I missed out on reading Stephen King for much of my life.  I think it was because I knew of him as a horror writer, and I am not a fan of horror.  But I finally picked up his Dark Tower series, then began reading some of the books that tie in, and my mind … Continue reading #58 – Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King (My 100 Favorite Books)

#59 – The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle (100 Favorite Books)

I will admit I am a pretty cruddy prayer.  I have long desired to take time each day to pray and have often struggled.  Reading books? No problem.  Sitting in some sort of silence and reflection?  My mind wanders. This is why I am grateful I discovered the ancient practice of Fixed-Hour Prayer, and along … Continue reading #59 – The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle (100 Favorite Books)

#60 – The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn (My 100 Favorite Books)

The fact this book exists is a staggering accomplishment.  Aleksander Solzhenitsyn survived the horror of the Soviet Gulag and put together his own memories along with reports from others.  The result was a three volume working totaling nearly 2,000 pages.  Much of it is a historical narrative, from the beginnings of Soviet Communism to the … Continue reading #60 – The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn (My 100 Favorite Books)

#62 – I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by Rene Girard (My Favorite 100 Books)

The beauty of the crucifixion of Jesus is that it can be analyzed, meditated on and thought about from many angles and levels.  Rene Girard is someone who has promoted one way of seeing the crucifixion that has is a bit different then what those of us who grew up in conservative Christianity in America … Continue reading #62 – I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by Rene Girard (My Favorite 100 Books)

#63 – Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon (My 100 Favorite Books)

This has been, by far, my favorite book to read to my daughter.  Dory is a hilarious kid who struggles to tell the difference between imagination and reality.  This means she has to fight her nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker with help from her fairy godmother, Mr. Nuggy, who is only a phone call (from any … Continue reading #63 – Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon (My 100 Favorite Books)

#64 – Shakespeare’s Histories (My 100 Favorite Books)

Okay, I am cheating here.  Technically, Shakespeare's works are not books, they are plays.  They were not meant to be read but performed, and are only fully experienced when performed.  Beyond that, I am not picking one.  Honestly, I just wanted to include Shakespeare in this list because he's...well, if I need to explain it, … Continue reading #64 – Shakespeare’s Histories (My 100 Favorite Books)

#65 – What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe (My 100 Favorite Books)

If you like history, the Oxford History of the United States series is a must read.  I read The Glorious Cause, covering the Revolutionary War and Empire of Liberty which covered the time from 1789-1814.  My favorite book in the series is Battle Cry of Freedom, about the Civil War.  I was surprised when I … Continue reading #65 – What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe (My 100 Favorite Books)

#66 – Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (My 100 Favorite Books)

Imagine a world where magicians exist but only to discuss the theory of magic, for magic has disappeared from the world.  That is, until two magicians appear who begin actually performing magic!  This is the premise for Susanna Clarke's delightful book set in England during the time of Napoleon.  When magic reappears the government quickly … Continue reading #66 – Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (My 100 Favorite Books)