Mr. Standfast

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March 17, 2005

The 1st "R" [2]

A couple of days back I asked people to answer this question:

If the next book you read had to be one that you've already read before, what would it be?
Well, here are the votes so far:

1. The Silver Chair, by C. S. Lewis (nominated by Milton)
2. Winnie to Pooh, by A. A. Milne (nominated by Rebecca)
3. That Elusive Thing Called Joy, by Calvin Miller (nominated by Violet)
4. Beloved, by Toni Morrison (nominated by Michelle)
5. Men who Met God, by A. W. Tozer (nominated by John)
6. Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis (nominated by Kim)
7. Christy, by Catherine Marshall (nominated by my lovely wife)
All of them great choices. Which leads me to realize that I haven't answered the question myself. Here are a few books that I really do intend to re-read someday.

1. The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis (of course)
2. The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton (just a fun read)
3. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (no kidding, it's really great!)
4. Till We Have Faces, by C. S. Lewis (because I didn't get it the first time)
5. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (because nothing else has made me laugh as much)
6. Our Town, by Thornton Wilder (I try to read this one every now and then--it just moves me!)
There you have it. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comment box. But now I have another question:

What's the one book that you know you should have read by now, the one book you've always wanted to read, but you just haven't yet? Perhaps you've even started it once or twice, but just haven't been able to make it through to the end? Think about it, then let me know. I'll be waiting for you!

7 Comments:

Anonymous Mark Heath said...

My book to read again would be "the Cross of Christ" by John Stott

I've got lots of books on my "to read" list, but I would like to find the time to read something by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, perhaps "The cost of discipleship"

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Michele said...

Bob, I'm ashamed to say I've never read Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis. And I call myself a Christian!!

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Kim in ON said...

I'm ashamed to say I've never read C.S. Lewis's "Mere Christianity." I feel like I should because so many people who have encouraged my faith over the years have read it.

I would also like to read "Don Quixote" because I bought a new big honkin' translation that cost about $50 and I feel like I should at least read it.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous John said...

I am still waiting to read The Cross of Christ by John Stott, I ordered over two weeks ago... should be here soon!
GBYAY

2:39 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

John and Mark, you guys won't be disappointed by the Stott book. Interesting that "Mere Christianity" should come up twice. It was a book that helped me quite a bit when I first became a Christian, and actually before that. BTW, the one book I think I shoul have read by now but haven't is probably Moby Dick. I've started it several times, but just can't get into it, as they say. Maybe someday!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Milton said...

I now see another reason I like your blog so much. We have similar reading tastes. The ones you've mentioned that I have read (W&P, Till We Have Faces, and Hitchhiker's Guide) would all be in my top 20. Peace.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Hi Bob.

My I-can't-believe-I-haven't-read-it book is Hard to Believe, by John MacArthur. Don't know why I haven't yet....

2:41 PM  

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