#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 meaningless … Continue reading #21 – Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (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 to … Continue reading #23 – The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard (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 total … Continue 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 that … Continue 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 would … Continue reading #27 – The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman (My 100 Favorite Books)

#35 – Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (My 100 Favorite Books)

If you're a fan of history, this is an absolutely brilliant history of the Civil War.  That said, McPherson begins the story in 1844 (where What Hath God Wrought, #65 on my list, left off).  The first chapter tells of the lead up to the war.  I wish the first chapter were published as a … Continue reading #35 – Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (My 100 Favorite Books)

#38 – Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf (My 100 Favorite Books)

After a week of writing about some novels, maybe I should christen this as "theology Fridays"?  This book makes my list, though its been ten years since I read it.  I had to go back on Goodreads to see what I said about it, and was actually surprised to see a review on there since … Continue reading #38 – Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf (My 100 Favorite Books)

#40 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (My 100 Favorite Books)

Both George Orwell and Aldous Huxley wrote dystopian books in the first half of the 20th century.  Orwell's 1984 envisioned a totalitarian government, suppressing free speech and enforcing control from the top down.  Huxley's Brave New World showed us a world where people choose unending pleasure that keeps them in check.  You can find lots … Continue reading #40 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (My 100 Favorite Books)

#41 – Animal Farm by George Orwell (My 100 Favorite Books)

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." Coming at the end of his story of animals overthrowing their human masters to set up a utopian community where all are equal, this sentence is chilling.  Orwell's other classic book, 1984, also ends on a chilling note (He loved Big Brother!).  For … Continue reading #41 – Animal Farm by George Orwell (My 100 Favorite Books)