As part of Byron Borger’s lecture on Thursday, November 9, he mentioned, quoted, or read from a variety of literature, all of which he recommended to the audience as “good books.” Here are his book recommendations in no particular order: 

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  3. The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
  4. The Liberating Arts: Why We Need Liberal Arts Education
  5. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  7. Being Home by Padraig O’Touma [forthcoming]
  8. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  9. Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish by C. Christopher Smith
  10. Experiments in Criticism by C. S. Lewis
  11. Dopesick by Joanna Macey
  12. Evicted by Matthew Desmond
  13. A Day in the Life of Abed Salmara by Nathan Thrall
  14. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  15. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
  16. Nourishing Narratives by Jennifer Holberg
  17. Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
  18. Gutenberg Elegies by Sven Berkerts
  19. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf
  20. Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World by Maryanne Wolf
  21. Alone Together by Nicholas Carr
  22. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  23. How Dante Can Save Your Life by Rod Dreher
  24. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  25. Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
  26. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  27. The Word by Marita Golden
  28. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  29. The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
  30. Reconciliation in a Michigan Watershed by Gail Gunst Heffner & David Warner [forthcoming]
  31. Altars in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor
  32. Steeped in Stories by Mitali Perkins
  33. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer
  34. Secrets in the Dark by Frederick Buechner (foreword by Brian McLaren.)
  35. Tales of Faith by Holly Ordway
  36. Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Neyeri
  37. Subversive Spirituality by Eugene Peterson
  38. Where the Waves Turn Back: A Forty-Day Pilgrimage Along the California Coast  by Tyson Motsenbocker

Enjoy your reading!

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