Most Recent Reading

Here is my most recent reading. I hope you find the list helpful.  Philip W. Eaton, Sing Us a Song of Joy: Saying What We Believe in an Age of Unbelief. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf...


Recent Reading On Contemplative Prayer

Here is a list of books I’ve recently read on contemplative prayer. This is a journey into which I am deeply immersed.  Michael Casey, Toward God: The Ancient Wisdom of Western Prayer. Liguori, Missouri: Liguori Publications, 1996. Casey...


Recent Reading On The Reformation

Here is a list of books I have recently read on the Reformation. Some of this was rereading, some of it very new, but all of it helped me prepare to teach a class at our church on the Reformation. There is some remarkable writing here.  Roland H....


Peter Brown, Augustine Of Hippo: A Biography

Last night I finished Peter Brown’s monumental Augustine Of Hippo: A Biography. This is my second reading of this extraordinary work. St. Augustine, of course, is that towering figure from the fourth and fifth century who straddled the age of the...


J. D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

This book is getting a lot of attention these days. Though it was not written with the presidential election in mind, J. D. Vance reminds us of that forgotten population out there that rose up to elect a...


Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are

This is one of the most remarkable books I’ve read in a long time. Truly remarkable. Perhaps life-changing. We learn from biblical writers, poets throughout the ages, mystics, and so many others that the...


C. S. Lewis, Readings for Meditation and Reflection

Somehow I am in the mode of rereading. I pulled this lovely book from my shelf and read it again, meditatively and reflectively as the title suggests. Walter Hooper has made delightful selections from...


Henri Nouwen, The Prodigal Son

This book touched me deeply. I read it many years ago, close to its date of publication in 1992. Because we were traveling to Amsterdam this summer, to study and reflect on the works of Rembrandt, I pulled...


Pierre Manent, Beyond Radical Secularism: How France and the Christian West Should Respond to the Islamic Challenge

I am looking for solutions these days, fresh angles on the daunting challenges of our day. So often fresh angles are the most controversial. This book offers such a new take, controversy and all. Manent is...


Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, In Quiet Light: Poems on Vermeer’s Women

Sharon and I just returned from a marvelous trip to several Northern European cities, Amsterdam chief among them. There of course we spent time in the incomparable Rijksmuseum, home to a glorious collection...


C. S. Lewis, Surprised By Joy

I read this marvelous book many years ago. For some reason I picked it up again for my early-morning reading. What an incredible book. This is the story of Lewis’s childhood and early adult years. It...


Nikolai Berdyaev, The End Of Our Time

I am shocked that I had not discovered Nikolai Berdyaev until recently. This book is fabulous. This writer speaks my language. Berdyaev is Russian, of course, writing about his beloved homeland and the...


Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer

This is a fabulous book. It is about believing in our age of unbelief. It is about saying what we believe in an age when the language of faith has grown thin, stale, inadequate. It is decidedly not,...


David Brooks, The Road to Character 

This is an important book. We’ve caught glimpses of this book shaping up over the last few years through Brooks’ New York Times columns and his various speeches, twice on my campus, many of them at...


Robert D. Putnam, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

This book is one of three essential reads, says David Brooks, if we hope to understand the daunting challenges facing our contemporary society. Putnam is ever the exceptional social scientist, marshaling...


Yuval Levin, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism

I find myself looking for solutions these days. I’ve grown weary of the endless analysis of our problems. Enough already. Usually such analysis splits on the ideological axis—it’s either from the left...


Marcus Tullius Cicero, How To Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life

No one I know is old. We are all just growing a bit older, as we like to say. Here is a wise book that can inspire us through this sometimes arduous process. Cicero is one of the great writers of classical...


Oh My, Such Great Reading Out There

What follows are a number of books I reviewed at earlier stages of my blog. I copy them here because they are wonderful books. Take a look. Oh my, so much great reading out there.  Rod Dreher, How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom...


Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

This is an important book. We’ve caught glimpses of this book shaping up over the last few years through Brooks’ New York Times columns and his various speeches, twice on my campus, many of them at...


Charles Murray, Coming Apart: The State Of White America, 1960-2010

Murray traces the tragic formation of a new and permanent poverty, in part caused by the growing absence of religion in our midst. He believes our nation is coming apart at the seams, perhaps never to the...


The Big Books In My Life

I was asked recently to participate in a project listing my most influential books. This is always a daunting task. When asked what books he would want when stranded on an island, C. S. Lewis replied: “I would like to have along some books on...


Ross Douthat, Bad Religion: How We Became A Nation Of Heretics

I was skeptical about this book because of it’s title. Who needs another indictment about Christians and the way they practice their faith? And how might a New York Times columnist be qualified to...