I love to read, but I don’t necessarily love books. Books take up a lot of room! So, I keep a small collection of books in hard copy, and the rest I store on my Kindle. The books I keep in physical form are either those that do not translate well to Kindle format (e.g., graphic novels) or those that are in my personal “hall of fame”.
These hall-of-fame books are the ones that I return to over and over throughout the years. They are the ones that have had a significant influence in my life and continue to inform my thinking. Of course, there is so much more that I’d love to read and digest, and I know my hall of fame will continue to morph over time. But there is only so much I can hold in my head at any one time, so sometimes, as a new book or two is added, an old one will drop off. My goal is to keep the hall of fame right around 30 volumes.
The books that are currently in my hall of fame, in no particular order:
- Bible (the one with 66 books)
- More Than a Sunday Faith, Chris Suitt
- Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee
- The Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard
- Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis
- The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis
- The Untold Story of the New Testament Church, Frank Viola
- The Heart of the Problem, Henry Brandt/Kenny Skinner
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy, J. R. R. Tolkien
- The “Space” trilogy, C. S. Lewis
- The Foundation series, Isaac Asimov
- The Worthing Saga, Orson Scott Card
As time and attention allow, I’ll write up a review for each of these books to explain their influence on me and lobby for why you should read them for yourself. As the list changes over time, I’ll try to keep this post updated accordingly.