My friend, Sarah Sumner, just e-mailed me asking: “What are your 10 favorite books? I’m developing a ‘Read before you die’ list for myself.”
Sooo, here’s my best attempt (in random order) . . .
*Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
*Everything by C. S. Lewis
*The Bridge To Terabithia by Katharine Patterson
*To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
*Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
*The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach
*The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
*The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
*Watership Down by Richard Adams
*The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
*Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
*The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
*The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
*Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
Okay, a few more than 10 and done very quickly.
Now, what are the best books you’ve ever read?
Velvet Elvis, The Shack, The Kiterunner
Dead Heat by Joel Rosenberg is a book that you will not be able to put down. Before you read this though I would suggest reading the previous four books in the series that he has. What in the world is going on? by Dr. David Jeremiah is also a good book.
Yeah, I loved the Kiterunner as well.
I like all of James Patterson's books.
Gone With The Wind, The Thorn Birds, Little Women
No Compromise by Melody Green
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Loved "What Is The What" by Dave Eggers..but I actually listened to it on CD.
In no particular order…
The Power of One by Bryce Courtney
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson
The White Dragon by Anne McCaffery (The whole "Dragon Riders of Pern" series really)
The Hobbit and LOTR by JRR Tolkein
The God who Risks by John Sanders
Desiring God by John Piper
The Barbarian Way by Erwin Mcmanus
Christ Plays in a Thousand Places by Eugene Peterson
"I Know This Much Is True" and "The Hour I First Believed" both by Wally Lamb
The Shack was an amazing book.
I'm a big Patterson fan as well!
I read "No Compromise" years ago–great read. Also appreciated "Wounded Knee"–sad story.
I highly recommend "What Is The What" as well.
Great list! "Power Of One" is one of my favorites as well–also a great movie and soundtrack. Loved the McCaffrey series.
Going to go out and pick up "Christ Plays . . ."
i really enjoyed The Shack!
"the Shack" is just bad theology. plain and simple. IMHO
Here's what I took from The Shack, which I totally enjoyed: God wants to have a relationship with us, in which we trust in Him and talk to Him, etc. God never leaves us, and is present even when we don't know He is there. God "lets" bad things happen because we have free will, and for Him to dictate our lives without our desire or take away our choices would not be showing us love. Even when we choose independence (as Adam and Eve did) instead of being dependent on Him, he loves us unconditionally. When humans do terrible things, God is still able to use those things for good. When we forgive, we lift a burden from ourselves and can help lead others to Him. And so on. Could someone please explain to me how that is "bad theology"?? I don't think it is.