Some Good Books

Cliff Williams

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
Trinity College of International University
Deerfield, Illinois


Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow

                                   Hannah Coulter

Frederick Buechner, Godric

Calvin and Hobbes, Scientific Progress Goes ‘Boink’

                                             Something Under the Bed Is Drooling

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Annie Dillard, The Living

Fyodor Dostoyevski, Brothers Karamazov

                                               Crime and Punishment

                                               The Idiot

George Elliot, Middlemarch

Kaye Gibbons, On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon

Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

Nathanial Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet


                        That Hideous Strength

                        Till We Have Faces

Francois Mauriac, Viper’s Tangle

                                         Woman of the Pharisees

Herman Melville, Billy Budd


A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

                           The House at Pooh Corner

L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Donna Jo Napoli, Song of the Magdalene

Chaim Potok, The Chosen

                               The Promise

                               My Name Is Asher Lev

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

                                    Grapes of Wrath

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

                                  The Fellowship of the Ring

                                  The Two Towers

                                  The Return of the King

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

                           The Death of Ivan Ilyich


Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Walter Wangerin, The Book of Sorrows


Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of

Carol Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Augustine, Confessions


Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death

                                  Escape from Evil

Frederic Buechner, Telling Secrets

Clayborne Carson, ed., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

                               An American Childhood

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass


C. Stephen Evans, Why Believe?

Henry Louis Gates, The Classic Slave Narratives

John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me

Soren Kierkegaard, Purity of Heart Is To Will One Thing

                                            Works of Love

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

                               Traveling Mercies

C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart

Pascal, Pensées

Martin Rees, Before the Beginning


Sermon on the Mount

Ronald J. Sider, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger

Paul Tournier, Guilt and Grace

                                The Meaning of Persons

Elie Wiesel, Night

Philip Yancy, Soul Survivor


Wendell Berry, Collected Poems

David Impastato, ed., Unfolding Mystery: An Anthology of Contemporary Christian Poetry

Denise Levertov, Selected Poems

                                      The Stream and the Sapphire

Mary Oliver, Evidence


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