As a Christian, I really am obligated to put the Bible first on any list of this sort.  It isn’t just an obligation, though, it is a heartfelt testimony.  Why do I include the Bible?  Well, first, and most importantly, I happen to believe that it is true.  Not just mostly true.  Not just more or less true.  True.  From start to finish.  Can you say the same thing about any other book?  Sure you can say the same thing, but I’ll be forced to disagree with you, and this is my list.  Second, I happen to believe the Bible is relevant.  It “has the answers,” for life’s most important questions.  The answers aren’t always in simple form (and if they all were, they wouldn’t be helpful), and they usually aren’t what we want to hear, but they are there.

But now for the list of works that might/do contain errors, whether historical, theological, philosophical, moral, or otherwise:

Nonfiction Works:

The Universe Next Door  (James W. Sire)

The Abolition of Man (C. S. Lewis)

Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)

The God Who Is There (Francis A. Schaeffer)

Radical (David Platt)

The Prodigal God (Timothy Keller)

Poetics (Aristotle)

The Reason for God (Timothy Keller)

Church Membership (Jonathan Leeman)

Fables, Allegories, Works of (Nearly) Purely Instructive Fiction:

The Great Divorce (C.S. Lewis)

The Pilgrim’s Regress (C.S. Lewis)

The Space Trilogy (C.S. Lewis)

Animal Farm (George Orwell)

The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis)

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

The Kreutzer Sonata (Leo Tolstoy) – Not recommended for all readers

Works of Creative Fiction:

The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien)

The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)

Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)

And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)

Mammon and the Archer (William Sydney Porter)

Tobin’s Palm (William Sydney Porter)

Les Miserables (Victor Hugo) – Not recommended for all readers

The War of the Worlds (H. G. Wells)

A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)

War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)

Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky) – Not recommended for all readers

Terror (Anton Checkov)  – Not recommended for all readers

Plays, Dramas, Musicals and Movies:

Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand)

Hotel Rwanda (Terry George & Keir Pearson) – Not recommended for all viewers

Wicked (Stephen Schwartz)

Beethoven’s Last Night (The Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

Musical Albums:

Back Home (Caedmon’s Call)

The Far Country (Andrew Peterson)

Love & War & The Sea In Between (Josh Garrels)

Gypsy Flat Road (Sandra McCracken)

Faint Not (Jenny and Tyler)

Rebel (Lecrae)

Rehab (Lecrae)

When I Am God (Oh Sleeper) – Not recommended for all listeners

The Finisher (Oh Sleeper) – Not recommended for all listeners

Children of Fire (Oh Sleeper) – Not recommended for all listeners

Memento Mori (Flyleaf) – Not recommended for all listeners

Remember to Live (Flyleaf)

Chaotic Resolve (Plumb)

Battle Born (The Killers) – Not recommended for all listeners

The Stamping Ground (Runrig)

All Thing Bright and Beautiful (Owl City)

Published on April 3, 2010 at 8:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

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