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)
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 1984 – George Orwell (1949)
Intriguing distopian novels from different perspectives.
1984 – George Orwell (1949) AND Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (Simon and Schuster, 1951)
Together these books provide fascinating commentary on the nature of censorship.