I had a “Simple Pleasures in September” post all planned in my brain until the gust from two friends blew those plans to the Marshall Islands. Now I’ve got a terminal case of Maddy Prior and book lists. We all love book lists, don’t we, precious? If you are a glutton for tilting and tottering stacks of books, stick around. If you “don’t have time to read” walk on by. I’ll pray for you. [Please! I’m joking. I crazy silly happy.]
This is a list of best books by one of the best best-books guys around, George Grant. He is certainly in the top five of most influential people in my life. If he is unfamiliar to you, go here, and start exploring. These lists are in a book he wrote with his wife, Shelf Life.
Let’s make this a book meme: Copy the list and color code it however you’d like. Books I’ve read are, of course, red. Books I’ve just ordered from PaperBackSwap and am planning on reading within the next year are purple. Books on my shelf are brown.
There are six sets of lists on George Grant’s site. Let’s take one at a time, shall we? Oh, people, September is my favorite month, and this is just whipped cream on top of my mocha.
1. Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton
2. The Stone Lectures, Abraham Kuyper
3. Knowing God, J.I. Packer
4. Mont St. Michel and Chartres, Henry Adams (Yikes! I’ve never heard of this one!)
5. The Servile State, Hilaire Belloc
6. Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington
7. The Birth of the Modern, Paul Johnson
8. Hero Tales of American History, Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge
9. The Gathering Storm, Winston Churchill
10. A World Torn Apart, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11. Home, Witold Rybczynski (another yikes!)
12. A Texan Looks at Lyndon, J. Evetts Haley (huh???)
13. How the Other Half Lives, Jacob Riis
14. My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers
15. I’ll Take My Stand, Donald Davidson, et al.
16. George Whitefield. Arnold Dallimore
17. 84 Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff
18. The Calvinistic Concept of Culture, Henry Van Til
19. A Wake for the Living, Andrew Lytle
20. A Christian Manifesto, Francis Schaeffer
21. Where Nights Are Longest, Colin Thubron
22. Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman
23. Civil Rights, Thomas Sowell
24. Essays and Criticisms, Dorothy Sayers
25. Ideas Have Consequences, Richard M. Weaver
Well, I’m off to to add books to my wish list (up to 159 books!)