Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Spiritually Significant Books

I recently ran across a list of 100 books from the Twentieth Century that each grapple with spiritual themes. It appears to be a very thorough and scholarly list and I almost cheered when I saw the entries. Well, at least the five or six that I'd read (and the two or three I'm reading now).

Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes,

Frederic Buechner's Godric (I did not cheer when I found this book on the list as I had not read it yet!),

G. K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday,

Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (I've not read this all the way through yet, but I'm almost done!),

Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time,

C. S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces,

Flannery O'Connor's Short Stories (Of which I have read some but not all), and

J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings,

Please comment! Have you read any of the 100 listed? Are there any books that you feel should be on the list but aren't? (I can think of at least one, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton)


eucharisto said...

Well, I've read four, I want to read two (not that the others aren't interesting, but I really want to read these two), and I'm sure there are many I'd like to see on this list, but I can't think of them right now. One book I'd really like to see there is 'Peace Like A River', for it's incredible insight into joy and pain, suffering and forgiveness. I was curious, in your most recent post, you mentioned that you read several very good books, while you were on your movie fast. I'd love to know what they are, as I am starving for good reading material.

Foolish Knight said...

I agree Joel, Peace Like A River would be a great addition but for the fact that it's stuff of the Twenty-First century.

Foolish Knight said...

Oh yes, the books: I was trying to catch up on my Frederic Buechner, so they were all his. Here they are:

On the Road With the Archangel,

The Wizard's Tide,

The Storm (again) and


As you know, these novels require that you proceed with varying degrees of cation knowing that Mr. Buechner always deals with serious themes even while charming and delighting us.

(As a precaution for other readers I've listed the books in order of least to greatest amount of potentially objectionable content, On the Road With the Archangel having the least.)