Thursday, March 30, 2006

Books on the Nightstand I

Here's what I have been reading lately, but caveat emptor: while I do recommend that Christians read the following books, for one reason or another, let none suppose that this is always because I agree with everything in these volumes, or even that they are all necessarily good books. Chesterton once said something to the effect that a bad book is in a sense more profitable reading than a good book, because, while the good book tells you something about the author, a bad book tells you something about your culture, and the people who enjoy such books. That said, most of these books are wonderful, and highly recommended. These are in no particular order, and have only in common the fact that I have recently (within the last several months) finished reading them:

Taliessin Through Logres/The Region of the Summer Stars/Arthurian Torso (Charles Williams and C.S. Lewis)
The Flying Inn (G.K. Chesterton)
The Everlasting Man (G.K. Chesterton)
The Magician's Nephew (C.S. Lewis)
The Silver Chair (C.S. Lewis)
The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
War in Heaven (Charles Williams)
Black and Tan (Douglas Wilson)
The Last Disciple (Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer)
The Essential Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson)
Yukon Ho! A Calvin and Hobbes Collection (Bill Watterson)
The Courage and Character of Theodore Roosevelt: A Hero Among Leaders (George Grant)
Grant Comes East: A Novel of the Civil War (Newt Gingrich and William R. Fortschen)
'The Displaced Person' and 'A Good Man is Hard to Find' from The Complete Stories (Flannery O'Connor)

Other books I am working through:

A Generous Orthodoxy (Brian McLaren)
In Freedom's Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce (G.A. Henty)
Trinity and Reality: An Introduction to the Christian Faith (Ralph A. Smith)
How the Irish Saved Civilization (Thomas Cahill)
Four Faultless Felons (G.K. Chesterton)
[With my daughter, Grace] Wise Words: Family Stories That Bring the Proverbs to Life (Peter Leithart)

Happy Reading.

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