My own highly subjective, idiosyncratic list of favorite books. Click on the titles to read  jottings (i.e., mini reviews) on them in past blog posts. I’m filling this out this slowly.  Happy reading.


Lilith by George MacDonald

A Place on Earth by Wendell Berry

Remembering by Wendell Berry

The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

The Bee Keeper by Gene Stratton Porter

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper

Favorites List



The Open Door by Frederica Matthewes Green

Dangerous Wonder by Mike Yaconelli

Celtic Daily Prayer compiled by the Northumbria Community

The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila

Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places by Eugene Peterson

The Genesis Trilogy by Madeleine L’Engle

Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill

The Evidential Power of Beauty by Thomas Dubay

Sacred Legacy by Myrna Grant



Culture Making by Andy Crouch

Reading the Classics with C.S. Lewis edited by Thomas L. Martin

Technopoly by Neil Postman

Life is a Miracle by Wendell Berry

For the Glory of God by Rodney Stark

Letters from Eden by Julie Zickefoose

The Brontes: Charlotte Bronte and her Family by Rebecca Fraser


Art & Music

The Celtic Quest edited by Jane Lahr and Greg Wakabayashi

Noah’s Ark by Rein Poortvliet

The Impressionists Barnes and Noble

Great European Art Barnes and Noble


3 responses to “Books

  1. Kimberly More


    I attended my first conference last year and appreciated your calling to encourage reading, especially as a way to develop good character and life skills in ourselves and our children. I suspect that you may be much more familiar with the book series mentioned below than I am…

    We received a gift from my sister for Christmas, intended for my 8 1/2 yr. old son. It was the latest book in the Lemony Snicket series. I have felt caution about this particular series due to what I’ve read via the internet and what I recall of the movie trailer; quite dark. My son enjoys reading and definitely gets involved in and excited about whatever he’s reading. I wonder if you might have any advice from your experience or awareness of this particular series of children’s books? I guess I’m primarily wondering if these books are too dark for his age and especially concerned about what kind of behavior or ways of thinking they might encourage.

    Thank you for your input 🙂


  2. Joanna Baker

    My eldest son is 6 1/2 years old. He loves to be read to, and is able to sit attentively through chapter books. His own reading skills are in the genesis of development, and having a 4 and 2 year old at home, I find it very difficult to spend much time sitting and reading with him. He’s been listening to audio books on CD (currently he is listening to The Hobbit). You mentioned in your mother’s conference last February the importance of reading versus tv/video games. Do audio books hold the same benefits as being read too?

    Also, he has the Focus on the Family’s audio theater Chronicles of Narnia which is recorded more like a movie, rather than simply the words being read. Does this allow his brain (and imagination) to experience healthy activity, or is it a close running to watching tv?


  3. Guess what? I just read Phantastes for a school project. Your blog was the first place I had ever heard of it, then I read about it in Surprised By Joy where C. S. Lewis talks about how it “baptized his imagination”… so I chose it for my senior thesis paper because it looked significant. I absolutely loved it (and have yet to write the paper on it, but that will be enjoyable). I think I will enjoy George MacDonald’s other books. (that was the first book of his that I read.) What would you recommend I read next, of George MacDonald’s books? 🙂

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