Saturday, June 14, 2008

THE summer books 2 read

Warning: They books may influence your intellect, emotions, and/or interests if read. They are also thought provoking, and are proven to affect your normal sleeping habits. (in which case, please consult your doctor to see if these books are right for you.) Please Read Responsible.

  • The Bible (do I need to say more?)

  • Safely Home by Randy Alcorn - This is a rich story of two totally different dudes who see their lives in two very differents lights. Five exciting, eye-paralysing hours later, you may see your life in a very different, eternal light. (Theological Fiction)

  • Killer Angels by Michael Shaara - A retelling of the famous Battle of Gettysburg through the lenses of the pivotal men who dated destiny and emotionally quake the events that etch their names into history. Prepare to admire, detest, and cry. (Historical Fiction but only just, factual to a tee)

  • Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies by C.S. Forester - The last in a series of simply amazing novels about a Napoleon-era British naval officer who is, basically, the dude. He is a genius for calculation and decision, making pinpoint acurate risks to do his duty for his country. But he only sees his mistakes, his fears, and their consequences. The whole series is worth reading over and over again, but for a glimpse into this unique human's mind, this book is perfect. (Historical Fiction)

  • The Inferno by Dante Alighieri - Besides being proclaimed an epic by experts for over seven hundred years, this book (and I advise the one with the synopsis in the front of each chapter) will bring allegory alive to you in a most excellent and, excuse me but, much needed way. You may have to read it several times to fully reap its meaning, but it's worth it. (A comedy, or more acturately, a Divine Comedy)

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - THESE ARE NOT JUST CHILDREN'S BOOKS! Do I need to say it again? After you read the Inferno, this will be an easy and gentle read, but also a rich and comfortable chance to gain from the tool of symbolism and allegory again. I have not grown tired of any of them, and I'm somewhere around my, literally, fiftieth time reading them. So I recommend you at least try them once through. (Awesome Fiction, a new genre made especially for these books)

  • Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris - This book is directed to teenagers who need to or are ready to revolutionize the teen culture by, what else, doing hard stuff. Check out their website at and you will see that these twin ninteen year olds speak from experience and provide their greatest example. I firmly believe that everyone who reads this with an open mind will benefit and be inspired no matter what season of life they are in.

  • The Incarnation by St. Athanasius, translated by C.S. Lewis - Even though this book is sixteen hundred years old, the clarity that C.S. Lewis brings makes Athanasius' truth come alive. An easier read than most theological books and most sixteen hundred year old books. But much richer in revelation than most.

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