Book Lists

I hope to build out several recommended reading lists in various categories (perhaps with links to favorite passages on the rest of this blog). For now, here is a basic list of “the fundamentals” to get started:

  • Poems and Prose by Gerard Hopkins (edited by W. Gardner)
  • The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God by Robert Louis Wilken
  • Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation by James K.A. Smith
  • For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy by Alexander Schmemann
  • The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ by Patrick Henry Reardon [Father Patrick once told me a few others that he hated this title but that his publisher forced it on him. So don’t judge this book by its title.]
  • Christ in the Psalms by Patrick Henry Reardon
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

Additional recommendations:

  • Beauty: A Theological Engagement with Gregory of Nyssa by Natalie Carnes
  • A Guide for the Perplexed by E. F. Schumacher
  • The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature by C.S. Lewis
  • How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor by James K. A. Smith
  • Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education by James S. Taylor

Here, I’m tracking books that I hope to read or reread (please comment below with recommendations):

  • The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
  • James Baldwin
  • The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by David Bentley Hart
  • The Corinthian Body by Dale B. Martin
  • The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods by A. G. Sertillanges, OP (translated by Mary Ryan)
  • Art and Scholasticism by Jacques Maritain (translated by Joseph Evans) [available online]
  • Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World by Mike Cosper
  • The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition by James Matthew Wilson
  • The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity by Robert Louis Wilken
  • Roger Scruton:
    • Beauty
    • On Human Nature
    • Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition
  • Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
  • Rousseau
  • Rerum novarum by Leo XIII
  • Utopia of Usurers by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Servile State by Hilaire Belloc
  • What Are People For? by Wendell Berry
  • Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen
  • The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place & Community in a Global Age by Mark Mitchell
  • The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History by Edward Casey
  • The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry
  • Where Mortals Dwell: A Christian View of Place for Today by Craig Bartholomew
  • Putting Art (Back) in Its Place by John Skillen
  • Tao Te Ching attributed to Laozi
  • The Art of War attributed to Sun Tzu
  • The Analects attributed to Confucius
  • The Sutras attributed to Buddha
  • Babylonian Talmud
  • Meno by Plato
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