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12.22.2004

Book suggestions

Thanks to generous friends & family, I have received (and will probably receive a few more on Christmas morn) gift cards for Barnes & Noble. Please leave a comment and let me know if there has been any book or books that have had significant impact on your faith. Or, you can just leave a suggestion for a book that was a fun and/or interesting read. Fiction is fine - I normally read sci-fi, but I'm trying to branch out - so suggest away!!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nathan,

One book that has truly impacted me as a protestant considering orthodoxy is "Thirsting For God in a Land of Shallow Wells" by Matthew Gallatin. It may only be available through Conciliar Press, but it's worth reading.

Pleasant Perusing,
Sally

- said...

I have gotten a lot of spiritual mileage out of Jaroslav Pelikan's books, especially his HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE and his newest, CREDO, which is an explanation of creeds. Whether your local B&N will have his books or not, I'm not sure, as they usually don't have the greatest theology sections. But they're on the web store.

Doug said...

Non-Fiction:

I've bought a lot of Paulist Press titles over the past couple years and here are a couple I'd especially recommend (and you can sometimes find them at B and N):

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=lL56u1IAuB&isbn=0809133121
'Pseudo-Macarius' - Whether you attribute their authorship to St Macarius of Egypt or to some unknown 'Pseudo-Macarius' the 5th century Macarian Homilies are beautiful, lyrical, challenging and inspiring.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=lL56u1IAuB&isbn=0809124475
'Gregory Palamas' - I only recently bought this. I've read the Palamas works included in the Philokalia v.4 but I haven't read the Triads. I've only just started it, but I'm totally excited about it.

Fiction:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=0Y3pZ9fA6x&isbn=0156226006
'Cosmicomics' by Italo Calvino. These are sci-fi of a sort, terrific short stories. I love Calvino.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=0Y3pZ9fA6x&isbn=0156027593
'The Cyberiad' by Stanislaw Lem (Polish). Lem is, I think, one of the greatest sci-fi authors ever. He's written tons of things. You're probably familiar with him, but if not, check out the Cyberiad. It's light-hearted sci-fi short stories about a couple robots that go around the universe getting into all kinds of trouble. It's totally witty, inventive and hilarious. For some of Lem's more serious stuff, buy 'Solaris.' The George Clooney movie was AWFUL, I thought, but the novel is incredibly good.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=0Y3pZ9fA6x&isbn=0879516283
'The Gormenghast Novels,' by Mervy Peake. Peake was a contemporary of Tolkien. His imaginative powers are incredible. The story isn't sci-fi and isn't quite fantasy either. It's a little like Edgar Allen Poe meets Lord of the Rings meets Charles Dickens. It's one of the strangest and most enjoyable series of books I've ever read. This volume contains the whole trilogy. The first two, Titus Groan and Gormenghast, are the best, though the third has its charms too.