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.