The 10 book challenge

The 10 book challenge

Thanks to Michael Boyce, several of us connected to saint benedict’s table ended up taking what is called the “10 Book Challenge” on Facebook. Here’s how Mike put the challenge: “In your status, list 10 books that stayed with you in some way. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be the ‘right’ books or great books of literature, just ones that affected you in some way. And it’s okay if your list would be different tomorrow.

Michael Boyce

  1. Elizabeth Bowen – Death of the Heart
  2. JD Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye
  3. JRR Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings
  4. James Agee – A Death in the Family
  5. Charles Dickens – Great Expectations
  6. AS Byatt – Possession
  7. Gabriel García Márquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
  8. Malcolm Guite – Sonnets for the Seasons
  9. Anthony Powell – A Dance to the Music of Time
  10. Henry Fielding – Tom Jones

Jamie Howison

  1. Robert Farrar Capon – A Second Day: Reflections on Remarriage
  2. Robert Farrar Capon – Hunting the Divine Fox
  3. Frederick Buechner – Telling Secrets
  4. Walter Brueggemann – Ichabod Toward Home: the journey of God’s glory
  5. Victor Hugo – Les Misérables
  6. Graham Greene – The Power and the Glory
  7. Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon – Resident Aliens
  8. C.S. Lewis – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (because it lit my 10 year old imagination on fire!)
  9. Kenneth Leech – Subversive Orthodoxy
  10. James Cone – The Spirituals and the Blues

Rachel Twigg

  1. The Bible (not to be cheesy but it fits the requirements)
  2. Sara Miles – Eat This Bread
  3. Anything and everything by Jeanette Winterson
  4. Anything and everything by Barbara Kingsolver
  5. Julian of Norwich – Revelations of Divine Love
  6. The Rule of St Benedict
  7. Peter Hedges – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  8. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
  9. Susanna Kaysen – Girl Interrupted
  10. Christina Rossetti – Goblin Market and other poems

Nolan Balzar

  1. Tolkien – Lord of the Rings
  2. Viktor Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning
  3. Paul – Galatians
  4. Douglas Adams – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  5. Richard Rohr – Falling Upward
  6. Peter Rollins – The Idolatry of God
  7. Kahlil Gibran – The Prophet
  8. Paul Johnson – A History of Christianity
  9. Chris Hedges – Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
  10. Mary Midgley – Science and Poetry

Murray Krushel

  1. Belden Lane – The Solace of Fierce Landscapes
  2. Desmond Tutu – God is not a Christian
  3. Richard Rohr – Falling Upward
  4. Kathleen Norris – Acedia and Me
  5. Kathleen Norris – The Cloister Walk
  6. Kyriacos Markides – The Mountain of Silence
  7. Robert Farrar Capon – Kingdom, Grace and Judgment
  8. Robert Farrar Capon – The Fingerprints of God
  9. Nahlah Ayed – A Thousand Farewells
  10. Daniel Berringan – The Kings and their gods: the pathology of power

Alana Levandoski

Alana says she’ll take Murray’s top 4, plus the following:

  1. Matthew Fox – Creativity: where the divine and the human meet
  2. Don Gillmor – Yuck, a Love Story
  3. Walter Brueggemann – The Prophetic Imagination
  4. Madeleine L’Engle – A Wrinkle in Time
  5. George MacDonald – The Princess and the Goblin
  6. Richard Rohr – Breathing Under Water

Lyndon James

  1. Victor Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning
  2. Benjamin Hoff – The Tao of Pooh
  3. Gelsey Kirkland with Greg Lawrence – Dancing on My Grave & The Shape of Love
  4.  Henri Nouwen – Thomas Merton: Contemplative Critic
  5. Robertson Davies – The Manticore
  6. Alice Parker – Creative Hymn Singing
  7. Galina Vishnevskaya – Galina
  8. Ira Progoff – At a Journal Workshop & The Practice of Process Meditation
  9. Thomas Day – Why Catholics Can’t Sing : The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste (He gives Anglicans/Episcopalians far too much credit…)
  10. Howard Pollack – Marc Blitzstein: His Life, His Work, His World

George Friesen – (10 + 2)

  1. Paul Marechal – Dancing Madly Backward
  2. William Hordern – Living by Grace
  3. Henri Nouwen – The Genesse Diary
  4. Thomas Howard – On Being Catholic
  5. Kenneth Graham – The Wind in the Willows
  6. Frederic, Harold – The Damnation Of Theron Ware
  7. Thomas Hardy –  Jude the Obscure
  8. Thomas Hardy – The Mayor of Casterbridge
  9. Rohinton Mistry – A Find Balance
  10. Willa Cather – Death Comes for the Archbishop
  11. Anthony Trollope – The Barchester Chronicles
  12. Harold Horwood – Tomorrow Will Be Sunday, Horwood

Larry Campbell

  1. Graham Greene – The Power and the Glory
  2. C.S. Lewis – The Last Battle
  3. Malcolm Guite – Faith, Hope, and Poetry
  4. Sheldon Vanauken – A Severe Mercy
  5. Owen Barfield – Saving the Appearances
  6. Owen Barfield – Poetic Diction
  7. Kosuke Koyama – No Handle on the Cross: An Asian Mediation on the Crucified Mind
  8. G. K. Chesterton –Orthodoxy
  9. Walter Brueggemann – The Prophetic Imagination
  10. Benjamin Hoff – The Tao of Pooh

Robert Johannson

  1. The New Testament
  2. Reinhold Niebuhr – The Nature and Destiny of Man
  3. Dag Hammarskjold – Markings
  4. G. K. Chesterton – Heretics
  5. Marshall McLuhan – The Gutenberg Galaxy
  6. Lao Tsu – Tao Te Ching
  7. Gregory Bateson – Mind and Nature
  8. Richard Bandler – Using Your Brain for a Change
  9. Jane Jacobs – Systems of Survival
  10. Isaac Asimov – Foundation

Rudy Regehr

  1. C. S. Lewis – Mere Christianity
  2. J. R. R. Tolkien – The Hobbit
  3. Chuck Palahniuk – Fight Club
  4. John Ball – In the Heat of the Night
  5. Mario Puzo – The Godfather
  6. C. S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters
  7. C. S. Lewis – The Space Trilogy
  8. Brian McLaren – A New Kind of Christianity
  9. Johnny Cash – Cash
  10. Robert K. Johnston – Reel Spirituality

 

Feel free to weigh in with your own list of books in the comment section!

5 Responses to The 10 book challenge

  1. (in no particular order)
    1. Under the Ribs of Death – John Marlyn
    2. Roaring Lambs – Bob Briner
    3. Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning
    4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
    5. The Fionavar Tapestry – Guy Gavriel Kay
    6. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
    7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    8. The Alchemist – Paulo Cuelho
    9. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
    10. Einstein’s Dreams – Alan Lightman

  2. Charles Garinger says:

    Love many of those already posted, wanted to come up with (only) 10 new ones, mostly read as a young man, thus proving they “stuck”.

    Watership Down-Adams
    A Grief Observed-Lewis
    On the Road-Kerouac
    The Great Gatsby-Fitzgerald
    The Shining-King
    A Farewell to Arms-Hemingway
    A Picture of Doian Gray-Wilde
    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues-Robbins
    A Complicated Kindness-Toews
    Oh, the Places you’ll Go!-Suess

  3. Trish says:

    Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
    Crossing to Safety – Wallace Stegner
    Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
    Third Culture Kids – Ruth E Van Reken
    Scattered Minds – Gabor Mate
    The Practice of the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence
    Happier at Home -Gretchen Rubin
    In the Land of Blue Burqas – Kate McCord
    The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams

    The Bible

  4. Bryan says:

    1. Confessions – Augustine
    2. After Virtue – Alasdair MacIntyre
    3. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
    4. For the Life of the World – Alexander Schmemann
    5. Desiring the Kingdom – James K. Smith
    6. Deep Exegesis – Peter Leithart
    7. The Outline of Sanity – G.K. Chesterton
    8. Book of Sorrows – Walter Wangerin Jr.
    9. Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
    10. Selected Works of Mesiter Eckhart – Meister Eckhart

  5. Bill Derksen says:

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Mill on the Floss, Middle March and Daniel Deronda, all by George Eliot
    Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
    Anna Karenina by Leon Tolstoy
    The First Circle by Alexander Zolzhenitsyn
    Dance Through the Music of Time (12 Vls) by Anthony Powell
    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle

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