2006 Reading List

General Religion/Spirituality

  • “A Grief Observed”, C. S. Lewis (Any member of First Baptist must be familiar with Lewis)
  • “The Abolition of Man,” C.S. Lewis
  • “Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace,” Miroslav Volf
  • “A Year With Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” forward by Jim Wallis
  • “Centering our Souls,” Kirby Godsey
  • “The Preaching Event,” John Claypool
  • “Don’t Shoot the Horse (‘Til You Know How to Drive the Tractor): Moving from Annual Fund Raising to a Life of Giving,” Herb Mather
  • “Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code,” Bart Ehrman
  • “Mending the Heart,” John Claypool
  • “Creating a Life With God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices,” Daniel Wolpert
  • “Homely Joys,” Henlee Barnette and James Barnette
  • “Giving to God: The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life,” Mark Allan Powell
  • “The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Post Holocaust Perspectives,” Stephen R. Haynes


“The Gospel of Judas,” ed. By Rodolphe Kasser”The Secrets of Judas: The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and His Lost Gospel,” by James M. Robinson


“Moby Dick,” Herman Melville (One of our members said this was his favorite novel so I decided it was high time I got reacquainted with Ishmael and his friends)”Soul Mountain,” Gao Xingjian”The Stranger,” Albert Camus”The Sun Also Rises,” Ernest Hemingway”For Whom the Bell Tolls,” Ernest Hemingway”Tobacco Road,” Erskine Caldwell (an important book for this part of Georgia)”Crossing to Safety,” Wallace Stegner (everyone should read at least one Stegner novel)”Remembering Laughter,” Wallace Stegner”The House of the Dead,” Fyodor Dostoevsky (not the happiest book in the world but it set a good tone for winter)”Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince: Book 6″, J.K. Rowling (I have enjoyed all six volumes)”Thirteen Moons” by Charles Frazier”Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier


“The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey,” Candace Millard”Kayak Across the Atlantic,” Pete Bray”A Short History About Everything,” Bill Bryson”Walden,” Henry David Thoreau. About every other year I pull down a copy of Thoreau to get my romantic idealism worked up again.”Seven Story Mountain,” by Thomas Merton


“Picnics, Lightning,” Billy Collins”The Painted Bed,” Douglas Hall”Without,” Douglas Hall