10 Most Influential Book List Thingy

About a month ago, I was tagged by some friends to list my ten favorite books (or something along those lines). I can’t remember too much from middle school, but I am pretty sure that if I don’t respond to tags like this then my love life will be cursed forever (or something along those lines). Well, I’m happy to report that after a month of procrastination: a) my wife and I are doing fine and b) I’ve come up with a list of ten books that’s been most influential in my life.

That said: the first disclaimer to note is that I’ve not included the Bible on my list. That’s because the Bible is actually 66 books and so it’d blow the purpose of this exercise right outta the water. And ranking ANY one of those books above the rest could be interpreted as inferring that the entirety of the text isn’t inerrant and holy.. and that’s just a no-no for Evangelical seminarians.

So let it be known that yes, I love the Bible too.

The second disclaimer I ought to make is that because books are awesome and I studied English and ergo am bad enough at math to be excused for it, I miscounted and gave you my eleven most influential titles. Sorry not sorry; they’re all worthy of being on this list.

Lastly, these books are in no particular order. I’ve got better things to do (such as, for example, write out a list of disclaimers for a list of books that no one other than me cares about) than actually rank them from 1-10.

Without further adieu, for those of you who care, here’s a list of the books that have made me who I am today. You should buy all of them and read them. Because they’re incredible.

  1. The Brothers K; David James Duncan
  2. A Walk In The Woods; Bill Bryson
  3. Gilead; Marilynne Robinson
  4. Small Wonder; Barbara Kingsolver
  5. A Prayer Journal; Flannery O’Connor
  6. Surprised by Hope; NT Wright
  7. Dogmatics in Outline; Karl Barth
  8. The Complete Calvin & Hobbes; Bill Watterson
  9. The Winter of Our Discontent; Jonathan Steinbeck
  10. Into the Wild; Jon Krakauer
  11. Telling the Truth; Frederick Buechner

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Sunday Quotes: The River

“The surface of the quieted river, as I think now, is like a window looking into another world that is like this one except that it is quiet. Its quietness makes it seem perfect. The ripples are like the slates of a blind of a shutter through which we see imperfectly what is perfect. Though that other world can be seen only momentarily, it looks everlasting. As the ripples become more agitated, the window darkens and the other world is hidden….the surface of the river is like a living soul, which is easy to disturb, is often disturbed, but, growing calm, shows what it was, is, and will be.”

– Wendell Berry; Jayber Crow