Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Old Books to Read

As a follow-up from a previous post concerning "runaway faddism," I've spent some time compiling a list of "Old Books" for those of you who want to take Lewis' admonition seriously. This list is undoubtedly incomplete, and I anticipate many suggested additions from my readers. Most of the texts are available online here, but I highly recommend that you buy your own copy, preferably hardcover, for several reasons. (1) You can write in it and make notes (ciritical in the proper study of books), (2) real, physical books possess a certain aesthetic superiority to their digital counterparts, (3) hardcovers last longer, and (4) you can pass it on to your children, which is significant when it comes to classics. I hope you find this list helpful! Tolle lege!

St. Anselm -- Cur Deus Homo?
Aquinas, St. Thomas -- Summa Theologica; Nature and Grace: Selections from the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas
Athanasius -- Incarnatione Verbi Dei
St. Augustine -- City of God; Confessions
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich -- The Cost of Discipleship
Bunyan, John -- Pilgrim’s Progress
Calvin, John -- Institutes of the Christian Religion
Chesterton, G. K. -- Heretics; Orthodoxy
Lewis, C. S. -- God in the Dock; Mere Christianity; The Weight of Glory; The Screwtape Letters
Edwards, Jonathan -- Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
St. John of the Cross -- Dark Night of the Soul
Á Kempis, Thomas -- The Imitation of Christ
Law, William -- A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
Brother Lawrence -- The Practice of the Presence of God
Luther, Martin -- Table Talk On Christian Liberty; Table Talk on God’s Word; Table Talk on Justification; Table Talk on the Church Fathers
MacDonald, George -- Creation in Christ
Murray, Andew -- Humility; With Christ in the School of Prayer
Pascal, Blaise -- Penses
Tozer, A. W. -- Knowledge of the Holy; The Pursuit of God
Brother Ugolino -- The Little Flowers of St. Francis
Wesley, John -- On Christian Perfection


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