These pages are dedicated to the tried and true: Books that are – to me – important, useful, formative, beautiful, stirring, and otherwise woven into the very fabric of my being. Life would not have happened in the way that it already has if not for these books, these friends that have at times been more real than the living souls around me.
Although the Bible is not included in any of the following pages, you may be certain that this most important, useful, formative, beautiful, and stirring book is also very much alive (Hebrews 4:12) and continues to astonish, sustain, captivate, and nourish me; despite my mercurial and inconstant commitment to its daily reading, thankfully its Author is neither unstable or unpredictable.
And so categorized below (childhood, coming-of-age, college, adulthood) are the most influential books* that I have (so far!) ever read. That said, I’m not anywhere near elderly, and I suspect – hope! – I have many years left in which to while away my time reading deeply, though such activity is in recent years dwindling, the unacknowledged and unavenged victim of those too busy – productive or not – to slow down long enough to actually read rather than skim…not that I’m free of this digitized habit.
Finally, even as I agree with C.S. Lewis – who tells us that any book worth reading should be read again and again – I also believe that the first time and place with a well-loved story is an intrinsic part of reading that story, and should therefore be remembered.
My hope is that the annotations included in this [evolving] list will provide a sketch as to how these independent collections of words became acquaintances, then friends, then soul mates in my reading life – and perhaps in yours. I’d love to hear from you if you have read any of these book-loves of mine, and I’d also love to hear your book suggestions…I know that I have many gaps in my reading life. So post your favorites in the comments below. Thank you for reading and sharing.
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