The luminous Joi Weaver gives us a top ten list:Top Ten Books:This list is in random order. I wouldn’t presume to know which of thesebooks I like best or has influenced me the most.1. Farenheit 451 (Bradbury in general, but this in particular). This bookmade me think about why people write and read books in the first place. Idon’t think I’ve felt the same way about books since.2. Dune, by Frank Herbert. This was my first introduction to seeing howreligion, politics, and economics work together over a long period of time.3. That Hideous Strength. This first brought home to me that earth is notisolated; we are part of a creation that longs for redemption.4. The Brothers Karamazov, by Dostoyevsky. I can’t explain exactly whatits influence on me has been, but I think it’s that it shows what onelight can do when all else is dark.5. Orthodoxy, by G.K Chesterton. This is a solid firm view ofChristianity, presented with such wit that I often find myself laughingout loud when I read it. The most important influence of this book,however, has been a renewed sense of the simple joy of existence.6. Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller When I read this unusualbook, it startled me. It should have seemed futile, but instead it broughthope. God always preserves His church.7. A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. “If nature has made youa giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart. And though theremay be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and youcan give things out of that.”8. The Gospel of John. I studied this book in a church Bible quizprogram, and have loved it ever since. It’s hard to imagine being anartist (a highly visual person and one who loves symbols) and not lovingJohn’s Gospel.9. Revelations. My favorite book as a child. I never found it scary ordepressing; who can be depressed when you end up on the New Earth?10. The Last Battle. I have never been afraid of the “End of the world,”probably because of this book (as well as Voyage of the Dawn Treader andPerelandra). The so-called end is only the beginning of the true story,which will go on forever, and each chapter will be better than the last.
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