Sunday, June 17, 2007

Photos and Books

Books currently sitting next to my bed to be read (many of them concurrently--crazy I know). Would love to hear your comments/ thoughts on any of these as I go through them this summer:

1)Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from the Underground (Bill, I am just not getting into it--even after all of your enthusiasm.)
2)Donald Miller: To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing Up Without a Father (Christine, thanks for pretty much forcing me into this read. Miller’s writing style frequently infuriates me, but as with Blue Like Jazz, I appreciate the connections he makes, the things he chooses to talk about.)
3) C. S. Lewis: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (my first time to read straight through the Chronicles of Narnia--all the ship stuff is making this the most difficult to get through.)
4) N. T. Wright: Evil and the Justice of God(I appreciate so much Wright’s move away from fundamentalist language, even though his stance is clearly evangelical. This book confronts many of the issues I wrestle with--the first chapter was so beautiful that it left me in tears.)
5) Soren Kierkegaard: Philosophical Fragments (absolutely amazing, reading for a L’abri study group.)
6) Blaise Pascal: Pensees (my first time to attempt and read all the way through--in sections throughout the course of the summer. One of the most life changing books--and I don’t say this lightly--that I have ever digested.)
7) Henri Nouwen: Reaching Out (also being read for another L’abri study group. Wonderful, practical, mystical, challenging.)
8) Martin Buber: I and Thou (have wanted to read this one for a while, especially since my last visit to L’abri and hearing Andrew Fellow’s wonderful lecture on it.)
9) C.S. Lewis: The Great Divorce (can’t wait to reread this as my static, modern idea of heaven has been so challenged lately. In a good way.)
10) M. Scott Peck: The Road Less Travelled ( a strange addition to this list, I know. But my tutor here really admires the insights in his chapter on love and wants me to read it. I am a bit scared.)


William said...

Man, how can one not fall in love with _Notes from Underground_, especially if one appreciates O'Connor?

--The Underground Man

Abigail said...

I'll be checking out some of your rec books. Very interesting. I'm looking for some new reading material. Jealous that you get to be at L'abri right now. Hope to see you if you travel north!