On this page, I would just like to list books that I mention in various blog posts, or are somehow related to blog posts even if not overtly mentioned.
Listed alphabetically by author:
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (1986) is a story that every child will love. Check out my blog post: A Parsec of Stress Prompts Delicious Escape Then if you want, check out the author’s website: http://hmhbooks.com/chrisvanallsburg/
unPLANNED by Abby Johnson (2010). Check out my blog post: A Little Bit Pregnant (1/9/15) to learn more about this book. A Little Bit Pregnant
Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed The Declaration of Independence by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese (2009). Check out my blog post Freedom Is Not Free
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. composed of seven books: 1) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; 2) Prince Caspian; 3) The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader”; 4) The Silver Chair; 5) The Horse and His Boy; 6) The Magician’s Nephew; 7) The Last Battle In time of trial: On Hobbits and Narnians
Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis, copyright 1952. Parts of this were given as radio talks in 1942, 43, 44. This book attempts to explain the basics of Christianity: not Catholic Christianity or Methodist Christianity or Evangelical Christianity – rather the big picture about which most Christians could agree. There are places where the language may seem to be an obstacle to our 21st-century ears – but it is good reading none-the-less.
The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis, originally appeared in England in The Guardian Newspaper during WWII. They were published in England in book form in 1942, and the following year in America. It was dedicated to his friend Tolkien. Quoted in my blog post “In time of trial: On Hobbits and Narnians. In time of trial: On Hobbits and Narnians
To cut to the chase, let me suggest a book that seems perfectly tailored for reading in trying times. A Hobbit A Wardrobe and A Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 by Joseph Loconte, (2015) The book is not for the faint of heart. It is not a children’s book. It speaks of history and friendship and the dreams of these men of epic myth making. I write about it in my blog post: In time of trial: On Hobbits and Narnians
What Luther Says: An Anthology compiled by Ewald M. Plass, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1959. This is a three-volume anthology of Luther quotes on a vast number of subjects which are arranged for user-friendly access. If you would like a little glimpse of what Luther might have said on, for example, Prayer or Grace or Economics, you can look them up here. The little set I have is the second edition. A one-volume reprint came out in November 2006.
Miss Manners’ Guide to Rearing Perfect Children, by Judith Martin, first published in the United States by Atheneum Publishers, 1984. Judith Martin in her alter ego as Miss Manners always distinguishes between manners and morals. She is not the inquisitor of morals, but rather, a professor extraordinaire of manners. Beyond teaching lessons in common civility, she is funny, witty, thoughtful and wise. If you haven’t taken a look at her books, I would encourage you to do so. She has written books on many topics including the planning of weddings, the raising of children, American manners, business manners, and compendiums for navigating difficult things like writing condolence letters, teaching children, and, showing respect. Judith Martin is also the writer of novels, a columnist, has been awarded the National Humanities Medal, and has had her prose about music related topics set to music. You may find out more about her by going to her website at this address: http://missmanners.com/home/welcome.html You can also check out my blog post: The Crucial Difference between Respecting Adults and Showing Respect
A. A. Milne, (1882 – 1956) was the author of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories, a beloved of children of all ages. Although often thought of as children’s stories, he didn’t write them for that targeted audience. He was right, while they are good stories for children, they remain good stories for adults. If you want to learn more about Winnie-the-Pooh, you might look at this address: http://www.poohcorner.com/A-Short-History-of-Pooh-and-Winnie.html
How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously. This was written by Jerrold Mundis, and I believe first came out in 1988. I wrote about this several times: in the post called: Debt and Life and later, in Pay the Piper
I first read this book about ten or eleven years ago, and have just re-read it in 2016. I was very impressed with the book, and still suggest it to friends who are burdened with debt. It is, from almost the first page, a cheerleader giving encouragement, removing fear, illustrating benefits, and charting a path to pay down debt while still having a life and not being in want. I have also encouraged high school students, and young adults to read this because it helps to have a plan, in order to live in a way that precludes debt from ever happening.
This Remigius, an excellent novel written by Christopher Osgood, which was published by Maverick Publications (2010). I was so taken with the book that I wrote about it here: Monastic Brothers and What Jesus Wrote.
This would make a great gift because it is such a terrific read!
The Spirit of the Liturgy, was written by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) and published by Ignatius Press, San Francisco (2000). See my post Pouring the Wine, part 2 (June 7 1015). For me Ratzinger’s book is a stunning book on liturgy. For those who have never read theology, let me just say it isn’t an elementary primer. On the other hand, if you wade into it, even if you don’t understand everything, it is captivating for showing the Biblical and theological connections between what we do and why we do it in the liturgy. Pouring the Wine, part two
A Table Before Me, was written by John W. Rilling, and published by Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1977. John Rilling was a Lutheran Pastor, Lutheran Church synod president in Ohio and dean and president of the former Hamma School of Theology in Springfield Ohio. See my post Pouring the Wine, part 2 (June 7 1015). His devotional book on the Gospel of St. Luke is lovely and thought-provoking. These are short, easily readable devotions that center around table fellowship in Luke. Pouring the Wine, part two
Written by J. R. R. Tolkien, these four books are: The Hobbit, and then the three Lord of the Rings books: The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; and The Return of the King. These are talked about in my blog post “In time of trial: On Hobbits and Narnians.” In time of trial: On Hobbits and Narnians