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My world is shaped by books. My experiences with books, my experiences with the ideas I find in books, and my trust in the information presented in these books are what ultimately help to shape my opinions on issues of religion, science, politics, and social development. I will be regularly updating my booklist, which is actually several lists compiled to encompass books that have influenced me on various subjects, including pairings of books that I find useful, entertaining, or enlightening. I don’t necessarily agree with everything written in these books, but each of them offer a kind of insight I find valuable enough to pass on.

Good Books about Life:

Looking for Alaska John Green (Dutton, 2005)

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (Dutton, 2012)

Good Books about spirituality, philosophy, and argumentation:

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi (2013)

Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller (Nelson, 2003)

The Reason for God Timothy Keller (Dutton, 2007)

The World’s Last Night and Other Essays – C.S. Lewis (Harcourt, 2002)

Velvet Elvis – Rob Bell (Zondervan, 2009)

Good Books about Religion:

Misquoting Jesus – Bart Ehrman (HarperCollins, 2005)

Good Books about Science:

Why Evolution is True Jerry A. Coyne (Penguin, 2010)

The Seashell on the Mountaintop Alan Cutler (Penguin, 2003)

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Good Pairings:

C.S. Lewis’ “On Obstinacy in Belief” (1962) AND  Thomas Huxley’s “Christianity and Agnosticism” (1889)

There is a fascinating harmony between these books as they delve into the nature of faith, belief, and knowledge.

The Promise – Chaim Potok (Knopf, 1969) AND The Sacred Canopy – Peter L. Berger (Anchor, 1990)

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (1890) AND Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card (Starscape, 1985

Together, these books evoke fascinating conversations on innocence, the nature of empathy, and effects of destructive behavior on the individual engaging in it.

The Giver – Lois Lowry (Harcourt, 1993) AND 1984George Orwell (1949)

Intriguing distopian novels from different perspectives.

1984George Orwell (1949) AND Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (Simon and Schuster, 1951)

Together these books provide fascinating commentary on the nature of censorship.


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