#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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#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)

#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)

#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)

#46 – The Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren (My 100 Favorite Books)

This was my favorite book, of all the books I read, in 2017.  It is beautifully written and incredibly practical.  Spiritual practices are vitally important to grow as a person of faith.  In the past, I would recommend Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline to people interested in beginning the journey of spiritual discipline.  While I … Continue reading #46 – The Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren (My 100 Favorite Books)

#49 – Eat this Book by Eugene Peterson (My 100 Favorite Books)

Eugene Peterson is one of my favorite writers, from his translation of the New Testament, The Message, to his book on Revelation, Reversed Thunder.  But my favorite books of his are his series on spiritual theology that began with Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places.  Each book in that series is beautiful, but it was … Continue reading #49 – Eat this Book by Eugene Peterson (My 100 Favorite Books)

#51 – The Source by James Michener (My 100 Favorite Books)

This book was assigned reading for a scripture in context course I took back in seminary, where we studied the ancient near eastern culture.  The first 500 pages of this story cover the time from early human history up to the time of Jesus.  Michener is a master storyteller, as each chapter tells a different … Continue reading #51 – The Source by James Michener (My 100 Favorite Books)