Five great books every Christian should read

Karen Swallow Prior, author of "Booked," gives her picks in this insightful interview. (I've only read three. Got some catching up to do!) Keep an eye out for a review of one of those books, "Fahrenheit 451," coming soon on Youth Reads.

Now it's your turn: Name five great literary works every Christian should read.


Anne of Gierstein: an obscure Scott Novel that reminds us that Medieval European civilization wasn't just about nobles oppressing people right and left and that America wasn't the first to attempt a society based on liberty and law. Perhaps a little hyperbolic about Swiss republican virtue but hyperbole was Scot's stock in trade.

Tales of the Alhambra: Tales Irving picked up paling around with Spanish smugglers in the ruins of an old Moorish palace(Irving loved paling around with people).

Kidnapped: About friendship superceding mere political quarrels.

Anything written by Peter Hopkirk who loved writing about real life adventure and intrigue in the mountains of Central Asia.

Coronation Everest James/Jan's Morris' classic memoir of the first climb of Mt Everest.

None of these are "books every Christian should read" per se. They are however books worth reading.
Calling Kevin Peet – Again
Just wanted you to know, bro, that now that I've finished The Brothers Karamazov, I'm reading My Ántonia, per your recommendation. I'm several chapters in, and you're so right: it's GOOD. That exact quote by H. L. Mencken that you once alluded to was this: “No romantic novel ever written in
America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Ántonia.”
Never did contribute books to be read for this post.


Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer

All of Shakespeare. Hey, why not?

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro

After reading the above, explicate the universe and cite two examples. ;)
My Antonia
No less a cynic than H.L. Mencken said it is one of the most beautiful books ever written. Characters are great, descriptions are rich, and to me-- never having yet gone there-- it gives a wonderful feel for life on the Plains.

To my foreign-born scientists who are interested in reading American literature, I recommend this book and also "To Kill a Mockingbird"-- to me, they are both very good books, and display a LOT about the character and history of America.
My Antonia has been sitting on my shelf forever, waiting to be read. Thanks for the encouragement to pick it up, Kevin!
To my great surprise...
...I have read four of the five books she lists.
Of Rolley's list, I have read just two. [hangs head in dismay]
But I hold Rolley in such high regard that I may read another. ;-)

To me, it's an odd thing to suggest books that Christians should read, as though there's a distinction between that and books that non-Xns should read. (Although of course the Bible should be on both lists!)

To my dismay, I come up at this moment with only three:
War and Peace
My Antonia
The Magician's Nephew

(Am I permitted to amend this later?)
(And to make amends with Rolley, sooner?)
Wonderful choices, Rolley!
And why pay $0.00 for a Kindle edition when you can pay $5,678.00 for a hardback?

Incomprehensible as it may seem, I downloaded the free Kindle version.
You Can Still Ace the Course, Ellen
Even if you read *only* Uncle Tom's Cabin (hint, wink, nudge, YOD).

I regret that there is so much negative connotation attached to that masterpiece. While I'm sensitive to the reasons given (I really am), I think before one “goes with the flow” of those handed-down opinions of it (based mostly, I believe, on film production parodies of it, rather than on the book itself), one ought to read it. Everyone ought to read it. For those who have, I'd sure be interested in your thoughts.
Oh, Rolley, am I a Christian Literature Major failure? I haven't read any of the books on your list, in spite of owning four out of the five. So many books... so little time.
Drumroll, Regis
Number Five - Cyrano de Bergerac

Number Four - Brideshead Revisited

Number Three - Les Miserables

Number Two - The Count of Monte Cristo

And Number One - (“sound a flourish, with drums”, Regis! (from “Antony and Cleopatra Act 2 Scene 7”, in case you're wondering)):

Uncle Tom's Cabin – Yes, Uncle Tom's Cabin. In fact, I would go so far as to effusively contend that this book is, par excellence, *the* Great American Novel. Lay aside for a bit, if you can, preconceptions you may have formed as a result of what others have said about the book, and read it for yourself. If it does not overwhelm you with its soul-shaking power, its intense and timeless truth (and its applicability to today's great moral issues), and its heartwrenchingly poignant beauty, then I'm NOT a thread-jumping, Milk Dud-proffering, exploding-cigar-foisting, pun-stuffed piñata. Literally.

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