Reading

It’s that time again. As I’ve done the last couple of years, I’ve drafted a reading plan for 2014, in an attempt to approach my reading thoughtfully. While I may not finish all of these, the process has been fruitful as always.

In an attempt to follow C.S. Lewis’s advice, I’ve chosen books from the last 2000 years, and I’ve divided them into centuries or eras. It’s an ambitious list, but hey, Teddy Roosevelt said “Dare mighty things.” And while the Bull Moose might have had more athletic pursuits in mind, he was no slouch when it came to mental exertion either.

21st Century

  1. In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick (History)
  2. Beauty in the Infinite, David Bentley Hart (Theology)
  3. Beauty in the Word, Stratford Caldecott (Education)
  4. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri (Fiction)

20th Century

  1. Complete Stories, Flannery O’Connor (Fiction)
  2. The Four Loves, C. S. Lewis (Theology)
  3. Norms and Nobility, David Hicks (Education)
  4. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Nonfiction/Nature)

19th Century

  1. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (Fiction)
  2. Walden, Henry David Thoreau (Nonfiction/Nature)
  3. Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood, George Macdonald (Fiction/Pastoral Theology)

18th Century

  1. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe (Fiction)
  2. Reflections on the Revolution in France, Edmund Burke (History/Political Philosophy)
  3. The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Political Philosophy)

17th Century

  1. Complete Works, William Shakespeare (Fiction)
  2. On Education, John Milton (Education)

15th/16th Centuries (Renaissance)

  1. The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser (Poetry)
  2. The Bondage and Liberation of the Will, John Calvin (Theology)

Middle Ages

  1. Confessions, Augustine (Theology)
  2. Divine Comedy, Dante (Poetry)
  3. Beowulf, Anonymous (Poetry)
  4. On Christian Doctrine, Augustine (Education)
  5. Didascalicon, Hugo of St. Victor (Education)

Classical Period

  1. Aeneid, Virgil (Poetry)
  2. Rhetoric, Aristotle (Education/Philosophy)

Extras read along the way:

  1. Ballistics, Billy Collins
  2. Bitter Seeds, Ian Tregillis
  3. Show Me the Way, Henri Nouwen
  4. For the Life of the World, Alexander Schmemann
  5. 11/22/63, Stephen King
  6. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
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3 thoughts on “Reading”

  1. I have to make a suggestion here…!

    Organic Church by Neil Cole.

    I think it’ll “edify” your sox off. Fabulous reading for someone thinking deeply about how to do/be church better.

    – Alister

  2. Hey,

    Just wanted to get in contact with you and see how you were doing. I don’t have an e-mail address so this was the only way to get in contact with you. How’s the family doing? Hannah gets e-mails from Cristie and Cullen. I know your busy but just wanted to say hey.

    Take Care,
    Seth

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