100 Books That Have Shaped Me


booksYou like book lists, I just know it. I took a few days to put together a list of the 100 specific books that have most shaped, entertained, impressed, or otherwise influenced me over the last 4 decades. (I did cheat a bit in listing certain series and collections as one entry.) This one’s for you bibliophiles, in alphabetical order by author.

The Secret of Terror Castle (The Three Investigators, Book 1) – by Robert Arthur The Confessions of St. Augustine Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Music of Chance by Paul Auster Moon Palace by Paul Auster The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

The Valley of Vision edited by Arthur Bennett The Bookends of the Christian Life by Bob Bevington and Jerry Bridges Jesus and The Gospels by Craig Blomberg Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Bloom County: The Complete Library by Berkeley Breathed

Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon

The Collected Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad White Noise by Don DeLillo

9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever The Deliberate Church by Mark Dever

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Confessions of a Reformission Rev by Mark Driscoll Roger Ebert’s Book of Film by Roger Ebert Jonathan Edwards on Revival A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

“The Waste Land” and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot Light in August by William Faulkner The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green by Melody Green and David Hazard

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem The Art of Pastoring by David Hansen The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway Collected Poems of George Herbert

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton The Bible and the Future by Anthony Hoekema

Christless Christianity by Michael Horton Putting Amazing Back into Grace by Michael Horton

Rediscovering Church by Bill and Lynne Hybels The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller The Reason for God by Tim Keller

George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father by Thomas Kidd

Bag of Bones by Stephen King It by Stephen King On Writing by Stephen King The Stand by Stephen King

The Gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis “God in the Dock” and Other Essays by C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis Perelandra by C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Galatians by Martin Luther Phantastes by George Macdonald 1776 by David McCullough The Unknown God by Alister McGrath Moby Dick by Herman Melville

A Praying Life by Paul Miller The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The Gospel by Ray Ortlund, Jr. A Passion for God by Ray Ortlund, Jr. When God Comes to Church by Ray Ortlund, Jr.

The Glory of Christ by John Owen Knowing God by J.I. Packer George Washington Gomez by Americo Paredes The Club Dumas by Francisco Perez-Reverte A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper The Dangerous Duty of Delight by John Piper

“The Tell-Tale Heart” and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle American Pastoral by Philip Roth The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders

He is There and He is Not Silent by Francis Schaeffer How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer

The Seinfeld Scripts: First and Second Season by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes

Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul Willing to Believe by R.C. Sproul

Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon Dracula by Bram Stoker The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover by Jon Stone The Incomparable Christ by John Stott The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain

The Rabbit Novels by John Updike The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

The Challenge of Jesus by N.T. Wright Jesus and The Victory of God by N.T. Wright The Resurrection and The Son of God by N.T. Wright

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