#11 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (My 100 Favorite Books)

The Harry Potter series is a modern classic.  There have been other books since that were incredibly popular (Twilight, The Hunger Games), but I'd argue that none of them will have the staying power that I predict Harry Potter will. The series is entertaining and imaginative.  One of the best things is the way it … Continue reading #11 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (My 100 Favorite Books)

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#12 – After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre (My 100 Favorite Books)

“I can only answer the question “What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?” That quote is from Alasdair Macintyre's brilliant book on moral philosophy, After Virtue.  Macintyre traces the attempts to create a universal moral ethic after the fall … Continue reading #12 – After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre (My 100 Favorite Books)

#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)

#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)

#18 – Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster (My 100 Favorite Books)

Growing up, I got the impression that living life as a Christian was essentially to pray and read the Bible each day for about 20 minutes.  Preferably in the morning.  Even if you forgot, it was okay because you were saved and going to heaven when you died.  Mostly life was just waiting around for … Continue reading #18 – Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster (My 100 Favorite Books)

#19 – The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen (My 100 Favorite Books)

When I made this list, I put Henri Nouwen's small book on Christian leadership and service at #19.  It was the only Nouwen book on my list.  Now that I am here and writing about it, I am reconsidering.  I've read 5-6 books by Nouwen and they are all great. Maybe I should just title … Continue reading #19 – The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen (My 100 Favorite Books)

#20 – The New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton (My 100 Favorite Books)

Richard Rohr talks about the two halves of life in his book Falling Upward (which is not on my list, but deserves an honorary mention).  The first half is when we build up who we are, akin to building a container.  Then in the second half of life, we fill the container and even find … Continue reading #20 – The New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton (My 100 Favorite Books)

#21 – Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (My 100 Favorite Books)

Fyodor Dostoevsky was a fantastic and brilliant author.  His books explored the depth of human morality and the human psyche.  Admittedly, he's not easy to read.  But if you can slog through, its worth it. Crime and Punishment is the story of a man, Raskolnikov, who commits a brutal murder.   Why?  Well, in a meaningless … Continue reading #21 – Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (My 100 Favorite Books)