Thursday, June 19, 2008

thursday thirteen

Here are thirteen Christian books that I have read at least two times.  

1. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom - The true story of a family in Holland who hid Jews during the Holocaust.

2. A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliott - the biography of Amy Carmichael who was a missionary to India during the turn of the last century.

3. By Searching by Isobel Kuhn - Isobel's story from doubt to faith.  She went to China as a missionary in the 1920's.

4. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken - A beautiful autobiographical tale of deep, passionate, consuming love.

5. Run Baby Run by Nicky Cruz - the autobiographical story of Nicky Cruz, a gang member who finds God.

6. Christy by Catherine Marshall - A fictionalized account of a true story.  Christy goes into the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee to teach school at the age of 19. 
7. C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy.  Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength.  These are very imaginative.  You have to keep in mind that they were written in the 40's, so the thoughts he had about space travel are pretty cool.  There is a great spiritual thread running through the books, of course.  It IS C. S. Lewis.

8. Phantastes and Lilith by George MacDonald. Actually, several books by George MacDonald.  He is an old time writer.  His books have been edited so that we can understand them because they were originally written in  old Scottish dialect.  The style is still old, but I love his books.  These two I mentioned are fantasies and while I enjoy reading them for entertainment, I am pretty sure the deeper stuff goes over my head.

9. Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow -  A non-fiction book about contentment, worry, regret, forgiveness and more.  

10. Lord I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur - A wonderful book teaching about many of the different names of God.

11. The Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot - we've all had times of loneliness, but this book is full of wonderful encouragement and wisdom for any time.

12. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis - we all are pretty familiar with these books now.  If you haven't read them, though, DO.

13. The Bible by God - It's essential.


  1. A most excellent reading list!

  2. Excellent! I have read most..some I need to read. Love how you did #13!

  3. I am not as fond of biographies as you, but have read some of these books and enjoyed the ones I have read. :-) I adore CS Lewis!

  4. I love your list, we could be great friends!! Ive been reviewing a lot of Christian books and the last one I did rocked, Having a marys heart in a marthas world!

    Mines up over at Random Thoughts and I have a fun question for any readers!

    Have a good day!

  5. I just read and loved The Hiding Place, last year. I want to read The Space Trilogy and I own Lilith but haven't read it yet.

  6. I just knew you weren't going to have one on your list that I have read - then I got to #13! (Actually, I read part of #12, too).

    Happy TT!

  7. Fabulous list. I may have to pick up a few of those. My daugher (turning 10) is planning on reading as many of the Narnia books as she can this summer!

    Happy TT!

  8. Great list! The Hiding Place and Run Baby Run are ones I've read a few times, too. Love those books. I first read them as a teenager and they were profound and lifechanging. I did the 'Calm My Anxious Heart' study with 2 friends a couple of years ago and found it was one of the best studies ever..very practical and honest.

  9. I would love to hear your opinion of another Christian novel, if you enjoy the C.S.Lewis ones. "Outcasts Of Skagaray" is a fantasy adventure. For free preview
    try the sample chapters on My blog, if you feel like visiting, is Whatever happens, I greet you in the Lord. Blessings.

  10. Great reading list! I haven't read a lot of biographies, but now you have me intrigued.


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