Three Books Meme

OK, I’m tired of proofreading so I’m going to tag myself for a meme that I ran across on Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s blog. Yeah, I know that’s a bit egotistical, but here goes anyway:

Three non-fiction books everyone should read:

1. Confessions, St. Augustine – see how a saint got saintly.
2. Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton – see what an adventure Christianity really is.
3. The Lord, Romano Guardini – see the Gospels in a whole different light.

Three books of fiction everyone should read:

1. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky – all of human nature, good and bad, in one novel.
2. Silence, Shusaku Endo – what does it mean to hold onto faith?
3. The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene – the sacramental life, defined.

Three authors everyone should read:

1. G.K. Chesterton – he understood everything, predicted everything, and was funny to boot.
2. Flannery O’Connor – no one understood grace better in modern times (and she was Catholic and a native Southerner–what more could you ask for?).
3. Michael Crichton – this sounds strange, and his books can be profane and irreligious, but if you want to get a grasp of the problems and ethical issues with science today, look no further than his novels.

Three books no one should read:

1. The da Vinci Code, Dan Brown – if you don’t know why, where have you been?
2. The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins – again, self-explanatory.
3. Left Behind (and others), Tim LaHaye – bad theology, worse writing.

And, I’m tagging: Argent, Chad, and Bekah.

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7 Responses to “Three Books Meme”


  1. 1 Argent May 16, 2007 at 7:00 am

    What a fun meme. Okay, I’ll drag myself away from Jesus of Nazareth.

  2. 2 Bekah May 16, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Wow, I’m going to have to think for some of those…

  3. 3 Argent May 17, 2007 at 11:34 am

    This is harder than I thought (*pout* your list has two that were on mine, so have to do something different…on the bright side, this could become a summer reading list, no?). I have shuffled and re-shuffled my list….but the list of books NOT to read remains the same….lol!

  4. 4 Joee Blogs May 18, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    LOL, love the photo at the top of the page – interesting blog! If you’re up for another tag, may I formally invite you to consider yourself tagged for the Top Five English Catholic Places Tag please?

    http://catholiclondoner.blogspot.com/2007/05/meme.html

  5. 5 Edmund C. May 18, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Joee, I’ll attempt the tagging…stay tuned. Although, I must admit that I was a Presbyterian when I lived in England.

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