1. Power of the Powerless by Christopher de Vinck. Read more here.
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  3. The Chosen, Chaim Potok
  4. Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
  5. The Jacobite Trilogy, D.K. Broster – “The novels that immortalized the 1745 Jacobite uprising” in Scotland.  Laced with high character values.
  6. The Pendragon Cycle, Stephen Lawhead (Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur, etc.) – a profoundly Christian rendering of these legends.  If you liked Lord of the Rings, you’ll love these.  (I’ll definitely read these again.)
  7. Before I goLetters to Our Children about What Really Matters, Peter Kreeft.  You can read and excerpt here.
  8. Everywhere in Chains, James Casper.  I have found that it’s hard these days to find a good Christian novel that is well written with good characterization and not “preachy”.  James Casper has achieved this with this, his first novel.  I really did not want it to end.  And I look forward to his future books.
  9. Silence,  Shasuko Endo.  A classic.  Powerful.  Disturbing ending.  I’m not sure if “disturbing” is the right word–very thought provoking.
  10. Beauty and Silence, Makoto Fujimura.  Mako’s elucidation of Endo’s Silence.
  11. Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson.  “What is the one commonality of people on death row? If the victim is white, the perpetrator is 11 times more likely to be condemned to die than if the victim is black. When Stevenson was a 23-year-old Harvard law student, he started an internship in Georgia where his first assignment was to deliver a message to a man living on death row. This assignment became his calling: representing the innocent, the inadequately defended, the children, the domestic abuse survivors, the mentally ill—the imprisoned. This fast-paced book reads like a John Grisham novel. One of those profiled, Walter, was at a barbecue with over 100 people at the time of the murder he was accused of, and spent more than six years on death row. The stories include those of children, teens, and adults who have been in the system since they were teens. This is a title for the many young adults who have a parent or loved one in the prison system and the many others who are interested in social justice, the law, and the death penalty. A standout choice.”—Amy Cheney, Alameda County Library, Juvenile Hall, C

A link to some of Anthony Esolen’s writings: http://www.catholicity.com/commentary/esolen/ Professor Esolen, in my opinion, is always worth reading.  Not only does he have worthwhile things to say, he also writes well.

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