For a booklover, it doesn’t take much to make a magical evening. Just get together 25 or so friends, bake up some brownies, bring some milk, and spend the evening talking about books that have had an impact on your life and led to greater spiritual understanding. Last night, my friends in the Christian Graduate Student Alliance gathered for just such an evening. Since the stories surrounding the books belong to them, I won’t share them here. But I will observe that when friends share about books, you not only discover books you’d like to read, but you also get to know your friends better. That is part of the magic!
So here is the list, unedited, and in the order they were shared:
1. Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage.
2. David Peterson, Engaging with God.
3. Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest.
4. Wendell Berry, Hannah Coulter.
5. Christena Cleveland, Disunity in Christ.
6. National Scrabble Association, Official Tournament and Club Word List. (I think this was shared for fun, although as someone who likes Scrabble, I thought it interesting. Turns out it costs a small fortune!)
7. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead.
8. C. S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia.
9. Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love.
10. Peter Kreeft, Between Heaven and Hell.
11. Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life.
12. Walter Wangerin, The Book of the Dun Cow. (Available currently at .99 on Kindle)
13. Walter Wangerin, The Book of Sorrows. (I discovered this has been retitled as The Second Book of the Dun Cow: Lamentations).
14. Andrew Murray, Absolute Surrender. (Available in various editions and for .99 on Kindle)
15. C. S. Lewis, Pilgrim’s Regress.
16. Wm. Paul Young, The Shack.
17. Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart.
18. Kevin DeYoung, Crazy Busy.
19. Stephen Prothero, God is Not One.
20. Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do.
21. Paul Babiak, and Robert D. Hare, Sharks in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work.
22. Jean Vanier, Becoming Human.
23. Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun.
24. The Bible.
25. Stormie Omartian, The Power of a Praying ®Wife.
26. Stormie Omartian, The Power of a Praying® Woman.
I’ve included Amazon links to all except the Bible (which is in so many translations, and hopefully already on your shelves).
I learned of some books that I’d forgotten or was unaware of that I’d like to read–Wangerin’s books, Paul Miller’s book on prayer, which is already sitting on my Kindle, the book by Bain on college teachers and the book by Cleveland, whose material I’ve appreciated in blog form.
I’d love to hear about similar nights others have done. As I said, it was a wonderful and enriching way to spend a cold winter’s night with some friends.