#21 – Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (My 100 Favorite Books)

Fyodor Dostoevsky was a fantastic and brilliant author.  His books explored the depth of human morality and the human psyche.  Admittedly, he’s not easy to read.  But if you can slog through, its worth it. Crime and Punishment is the story of a man, Raskolnikov, who commits a brutal murder.   Why?  Well, in a meaninglessContinue reading “#21 – Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#22 – Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm (My 100 Favorite Books)

I said yesterday that we’re at a point where all the authors on this list are my favorites.  This implied I may choose one book of theirs, but I’ve read others.  Well, there are still some of whom I have only read one book.  Its not that these authors are “one-hit wonders”.  Its just thatContinue reading “#22 – Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#23 – The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard (My 100 Favorite Books)

Dallas Willard is one of my all-time favorite authors, though I suppose any author in the top 1/4 of my list could be assume to be one of my all-time favorites! Recently I have thought long about how many Christians appear to want Jesus for essentially selfish reasons.  We like the idea of going toContinue reading “#23 – The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#24 – Propaganda by Jacques Ellul (My 100 Favorite Books)

Jacques Ellul was a brilliant thinker, writing in both sociology (The Technological Society) and theology (The Presence of the Kingdom).  His works are not fun to read, if anything, they nearly leave you hopeless.  Some writers will paint a dark picture of the world and then end on a hopeful note, listing what we canContinue reading “#24 – Propaganda by Jacques Ellul (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#25 – Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson (My 100 Favorite Books)

This may be the most controversial entry on my list, as the author has become famous (or infamous) in recent years.  I read this book in 2014 on the recommendation of a friend, found it wordy and challenging, posted a review on Goodreads and that was it.  At the time there were maybe ten totalContinue reading “#25 – Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#26 – The Stand by Stephen King (My 100 Favorite Books)

Don’t start reading this book if you have a cold.  You’ll think you’re going to die. Stephen King is a master storyteller and this book may be his best (Full Disclosure: I’ve not read IT and I probably never will.  Though I like King, I don’t much like horror!).  This book about a superflu thatContinue reading “#26 – The Stand by Stephen King (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#27 – The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman (My 100 Favorite Books)

History writing doesn’t get much better than this. If I had to make a list of the places throughout human history I would least want to find myself, a few come to mind.  Standing in the surrounded Roman legions at the Battle of Cannae, waiting for Hannibal’s soldiers to inevitably chop me to pieces wouldContinue reading “#27 – The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#28 – Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (My 100 Favorite Books)

Today we look back on the acceptance of slavery in the 1800s and before and ask what those people were thinking. How could they accept such a horrific crime to continue in their midst? Or we look to our more recent past and cringe at the crimes done by those in favor of segregation. Again,Continue reading “#28 – Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#29 – Crucifixion of the Warrior God by Greg Boyd (My 100 Favorite Books)

One of the biggest questions Christians face is how to square the message and life of Jesus with the portrayal of God in the Old Testament. Jesus taught nonviolence.  Jesus chose to lay down his life and die on a cross rather than fight back.  Christians believe Jesus was not just a great teacher, butContinue reading “#29 – Crucifixion of the Warrior God by Greg Boyd (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#30 – Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw (My 100 Favorite Books)

If you want to start a fight, talk about religion.  Or politics.  OR BOTH! For much of my adult life, I’ve wrestled with what it looks like to apply my faith to public life.  This especially becomes a question during election season, when some Christians speak as if the entire fate of the world restsContinue reading “#30 – Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw (My 100 Favorite Books)”