Saturday, June 6, 2009

Summer Reading

I have a stack of books I couldn't wait to read and so have purchased, but can't justify taking the time off from my writing projects to read right now. The stack thus gets higher and higher; but the good news is that summer is coming! We plan to spend two weeks in July in Algonquin Park camping and canoeing with friends and then a week in a cottage in PEI with most of our family later in July. Isn't summer great? What will you be reading this summer? Here is my top dozen or so list of "want to reads."

I've been reading books on the doctrine of God for my book and books on marriage and sexuality for the course I'm teaching this Fall on the theology of marriage. So this list is weighted toward history and politics.

1. Earthly Powers: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe from the French Revolution to the Great War - Michael Burleigh (Harper Collins, 2005).

2. Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics from the Great War to the War on Terror - Michael Burleigh (Harpen Collins, 2007).

3. Stalin - Edvard Radzinsky (Anchor Books, 1996).

4. Saint Augustine - Garry Wills (Penguin, 2006).

5. The Story of Christianity - David Bentley Hart (Quercus, nd.)

6. Original Sin: A Cultural History - Alan Jacobs (Harper One, 2008)

7. Credo for Today: What Christians Believe - Pope Benedict XVI (Ignatius, 2009)

8. The Servile State - Hilaire Belloc (Liberty Fund, 1977).

9. The Tyranny of Liberalism: Understanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom, Inquisitorial Tolerance and Equality by Command - James Kalb (ISI Books, 2008).

10. Ideas Have Consquences - Richard M. Weaver (Chicago, 1948).

11. Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination - Vigen Guroian (Oxford, 2002).

12. The Drama of Atheist Humanism - Henri de Lubac (Ignatius, 1995).

13. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals - Michael Pollan (Penguin, 2006).

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