50+1 Book Recommendations for Young Adults

Books, after pancakes, should be taken seriously! It is never too early to cultivate a culture of reading. I was raised up in an environment of thousands of books. I’m a book addict. Reading, then, did not come up naturally (although it kinda did if I think about it, kinda!), but it was instilled in us tactfully and intentionally, not puissantly. Books are man’s best friends. I’m sorry to all dog and cat owners.

In our last post we catalogued 50 Book Recommendations for Young Readers. Today, it is fit to go further and recommend another 50 for Young Adults. I hope this list will stir us to consider reading as part of our daily routine. Be intentional in your reading. Plan for it. There’s never an opportune time to read. It will never come.

Note also that this list will comprise of antique and modern books, but my focus is to draw our attention to some of the most important works that have greatly shaped our [modern] world and our way of thinking in certain respects. May the day come when this (boastful sophisticated so-called) generation will be drawn more to literary discipline and interest.

Lastly, and this should be said louder: NEVER read to APPEAR smart-ER than the next man, but read because you love the process of reading. Books will not make us clever, but they can certainly make us wise. I’m not (and never will be) interested in men who read many books for show or pomp; but if a man after reading many books can in each be humbled and remain humble, then it is prolly good to be attracted in such-like fellows.

Humility and reading go together; prideful reading begets prideful results. Remind yourselves this: Reading is a skill, a science. Cultivate it. Avid reading is not reading without thinking, but thinking while reading. Books are full of corridors that must be toured; go further and you’ll see the unseen; if you can’t reach or go there, read.

50 Book Recommendations for Young Adults, 20 to 39 year-olds. Number 51 will Suprise You!

(1) St. Augustine: Confessions & The City of God

If you want thorough works on display, keep these two. Confessions is basically Augustine’s biography and a soul walk, if you like. It tells of Augustine’s intellectual and spiritual journey through major philosophies of his day, and of his awakening to the fact than only God could bring him freedom from the struggle with his flesh.

The City of God is a much longer, more philosophical and historical book, and of much less interest to the casual reader, but it is an unquestionably important work in the development of a Christian view of history and culture. It will stretch your brain, but for good.

(2) Peter Abelard: Letters of Abelard and Heloise

Abelard was one of the most famous and respected theological teachers of the Middle Ages. This collection of letters recounts his illicit romance with a young girl he was tutoring which resulted in his castration (by order of the girl’s angry father) and her forced exile to a convent.

Their tragic tale of temptation and guilt is honest and self-searching. While it reads with all the excitement of a modern novel, there is much profound reflection in these pages on human sin, the lure of illicit sexuality, and a demonstration of forgiveness and the need for change.

(3) William Shakespeare: King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV, parts 1 and 2, Hamlet, Macbeth, & Othello.

Whatever the circumstances of his personal life, it is unquestionably true that Shakespeare wrote from a Christian perspective. His insights on human will, guilt, forgiveness, and the search for truth should be required reading for every believer. His grasp of the human condition is perhaps unmatched in the world of literature.

If read seriously, his work becomes a mirror through which we can see ourselves. Shakespeare had a very keen eye.

(4) John Donne: Poems

Don’t miss the work of this craftsman of the English language and master poet. His poems manage to crystallize spiritual experiences and communicate the drama of an encounter with God — salvation!

(5) Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The Underground Man, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is quite possibly the GREATEST novelist you’ll ever read. His novels, especially The Brothers Karamazov, deal with the entire gamut of human emotions and religious experience. He struggles with an array of intellectual and spiritual issues, but never lets the story itself bog down. Dostoyevsky’s writing demonstrates a haunting awareness of the depths to which human beings can sink and the heights of self-sacrifice of which we are capable. And he tells it all with a passion that puts most novelists to shame.

(6) Alexander Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; The First Circle; Cancer Ward; The Gulag Archipelago; Nobel Lecture

Solzhenitsyn’s own life is a paradigm of moral courage. He follows in the great Russian tradition of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky in using his writing to explore humanity in the most extreme of situations. The twin capacity of human beings for both unspeakable cruelty and unbelievable courage is explored in his brilliant novels. Usually, it is faith in God which gives his characters the ability to carry on in the worst of circumstances. As a writer and as a man, Solzhenitsyn stands in an exalted position among modern writers.

(7) Francis Thompson: Poems

Francis Thomspon will warm your heart. Read his remarkable poem “The Hound of Heaven,” which provides an unforgettable picture of God’s passionate pursuit of the human soul. God’s love causes Him never to despair of us or give up on us. You can easily find this on the internet.

(8) Amy Carmicheal: If

Amy dedicated her life to improving the lot and saving the souls of young girls made temple prostitutes in India. Much of the simple love and trust which marked her life is demonstrated also in her writing, like this book of simple but profound meditations. The biography by Elisabeth Elliot (A Chance to Die) is valuable for understanding her accomplishments.

(9) Elisabeth Elliot: Let Me Be A Woman

Many Christians women rarely, if ever, ask themselves that question. But knowing who you are as a woman — and as a Christian — can make a real difference in how you see yourself and others. Elisabeth Elliot helps you find the answers. She suggests that the place to start is by asking not “Who am I?” but “Whose am I?”

Ladies, this is a great book to discuss with your fellow girlfriends over a cup of coffee and a bite of pancakes, especially in this day and age of toxic and misplaced feminism. Men can also profit from this little work a great deal.

(10) Puritan Authors: EVERYTHING BY THEM

I cannot narrow down on one specific book. Read them carefully and slowly. They are not perfect, but they will certainly “rock your world” down to its knees and bring you face to face with God. Puritans are often misunderstood, but alas. If only the world knew…but if you want a good place to start, then read J.I. Packer’s short book titled ‘Puritan Portraits.’

(11) Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

For the sheer magnitude of the subjects that Aristotle (Plato’s student and teacher of Alexander the Great) covered in his many writings, there is no comparison. His knowledge was encyclopedic, and his logic was careful and usually persuasive. Aristotle set the terms for most of the ongoing theological and philosophical disputes that raged from the Middle Ages on, making him, along with Plato, the twin pillars upon which Western thought is founded.

(12) Francis Bacon: Essays; The New Atlantis

Thought-provoking essays and futuristic thinking by the early English philosopher who coined the phrase “knowledge is power.”

(13) John Locke: Human Understanding

Locke will keep you locked (pun intended). Not an easy read, but full of influential ideas.

(14) Homer: The Iliad; The Odyssey

How can you overpraise Homer, the fountainhead of Western literature? These are works of intense beauty and riveting action, full of memorable incidents and characters and truly heroic (if flawed) examples of virtue and character.

(15) Aeschylus: The Orestia; Prometheus Bound

The Orestia is a difficult but powerful trilogy of plays about revenge, guilt, and atonement from the first of the great Greek dramatists. Prometheus Bound is a mythic drama on human limitation in the face of the power of the gods.

(16) Sophocles: Oedipus the King; Antigone; Philoctetes

Oedipus is, of course, the archtypical Greek play, and dramatists, novelists, philosophers, and psychologists have all explored its rich and evocative themes. It is a truly great work, but the other plays by Sophocoles are also worth attention.

(17) Euripides: Trojan Women; The Baccae

The last of the great Athenian dramatists, Euripides’s work is marked by its cynicism. In this and other ways he is much closer to the modern temper than the older Greek dramatists.

(18) Plato: The Symposium; The Republik; Last Dialogues of Socrates

One modern philosopher has written that all history of philosophy is merely a footnote to Plato. The measure of Plato’s greatness is that this is hardly an overstatment. The profundity of his work has left an idelible mark on the way we live and think. Christian philosphers through the ages have found much in Plato to illuminate the human experience and our relationship to the divine. Most recently, the work of Eric Voegelin has used Plato’s thought as a guide to the complexities of history. For both depth of wisdom and pure entertainment (the dialogues are both utterly convincing and sometimes wryly humorous), the work of Plato deserves close reading by Christians.

(19) Michelle DeRusha: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk: Katharina & Martin Luther

Amazingly humorous and sobering. A life of two unlikely’s happen; or, as we say, providence did its thing. The book is solely focused on the marriage of Katharina and Martin and events that led to it and the outcome after the marriage. Also a great biographical book to gift to friends about to marry, or want to marry, or hope to be married.

(20) Colin Duriez: Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life

This is a monumental work that draws on specially collected oral history to portray fully the person, work and teaching of one of the most important figures in modern Christianity. An excellent biography.

(21) Andrew Atherstone: Bishop J.C. Ryle’s Autobiography: The Early Years

This critical edition of Ryle’s manuscript autobiography, dictated in 1873, is a rich and unparalled account of the early decades of his life and ministry. He recalls his youthful pursuit of academic plaudits and sporting prowess at Eton College and Oxford University, before his evangelical conversion at the age of 21.

He tells of the devastating collapse of the family bank and the enforced sale of the Cheshire estates, which ended his ambitions to enter parliament.

Ryle describes his exploits as a young clergyman, his love and losses, his evangelical networks, and the deaths of his first two wives. He offers a frank assessment of his joys and struggles, and the reasons behind his crucial life choices. Written for his children and never intended for publication, Ryle’s autobiography is essential reading for proper appreciation of the man behind the headlines in the years before he reached national and international fame.

(22) Lynette G. Clark: Far Above Rubies: The Life of Bethan Lloyd-Jones

An excellent story of a remarkable woman who “kinda” made what, Dr. Martyn Llyod-Jones, was! This book, mark you, can also be a great gift to Christian wives who may be in an unseen stress of sharing their husband with God’s people. Bethan was a godly woman, wife, grandmother, friend; & full of wit. Great book for intimate study, especially for women.

(23) Iain Murray: The Life of Martyn Llyod-Jones (1899-1981)

Of course if you read about the wife you must get to know the man himself! 🙂 As you all know, Martyn Lloyd-Jones is “special” to me in many ways, though, we differ in a number of things. This book is a re-cast, condensed and, in parts, re-written version of the author’s two volumes “D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years” (1982) and “The Fight of Faith” (1990).

Since those dates, the life of Dr Lloyd-Jones has been the subject of comment and assessment in many publications and these have been taken into account. The main purpose of this biography, however, is to put Dr. Llyod-Jones’ life before another generation in more accesible form. The BIG story is all here.

(24) Christopher Catherwood: Martyn Llyod-Jones: A Family Portrait

Other biographies have been written, but here is a chance to read about the human side of “the Doctor”. In his family he was deeply loved; the smallest grandchild knew that you could always ask “Dacu” anything and he would listen carefully and respond lovingly.

(25) J.B. Philips: The Price of Success: An Autobiography

Perhaps a forgotten man who has enrinched many lives through his thorough interpretation works of the New Testament letters. J.B. Phillips was a close ally of C.S. Lewis. The book shows the man behind the man. An excerpt from the book:

“I was in a state of some excitement throughout the whole of 1955. My work hardly seemed ardous for it was intrinsically exciting. I was tasting the sweets of success to an almost unimaginable degree, my health was excellent; my future prospects were rosier than my wildest dreams could ever suggest; applause, honour, appreciation met me wherever I went…I was not aware of the dangers of success. The subtle corrosion of character, the unconcious changing of values and the secret monstrous growth of a vastly inflated idea of myself seeped slowly into me. Vaguely I was aware of this and, like some frightful parody of St. Augustine, I prayed, “Lord, make me humble – but not yet.”

(26) John Gresham Machen: Christianity and Liberalism

A fearless defender of orthodox Christianity in a time when it appeared that theological liberalism would take the day, Machen’s fiery passion is tempered by an exceedingly astute mind and a generosity of spirit. Those of us who call ourselves theological conservatives owe him a great debt of gratitude for his clarion call to the church in the early part of this century.

(27) Jacques Maritain: True Humanism

One of the key works of this French philosopher, this book attempts to demonstrate that Christianity is the truest form of humanism. Maritain is never to easy to read, but there is much insight to be drawn from his dense philosophical prose.

(28) Karl Barth: Church Dogmatics; The Word of God and the Word of Man

One of the major names in contemporary theology, Barth produced a shelf of books on theological matters, including his multivolume Church Dogmatics. Barth founded his theology on the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. His writing is very learned and based upon careful exegesis of Scripture, yet has a freshness that makes his basic orthodoxy seem somehow unique and original.

(29) T.S. Eliot: The Wasteland; Ash Wednesday; The Four Quarets; The Family Reunion; The Cocktail Party; Murder in the Cathedral

The finest modern poet and also a committed believer, T.S. Eliot captured so well the hopelessness of life without faith and the mysterious power of faith to transform lives and give meaning to human experience. Eliot is not alwasy easy to read, but he is unquestionably worth the effort.

(30) J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings

The immensely popular work of Tolkien can be read on two levels: (1) as very exciting and moving adventure tales, or (2) as a personal mythology which is deeply indebted to Norse Mythology, Arthurian legend, and the Christian gospel. These are gripping tales of heroism, loyalty, courage, and sacrifice. But even more, they are a strong testimony to the providence of God and the hope of the ultimate triumph of good and evil. To better understand their religious underpinings, read Tolkien’s more difficult (but very rewarding) epic, The Silmarillion, and the fine biography by Humphrey Carpenter.

(31) Virgil: The Aeneid

Virgil’s epic poem can only be matched by the work of Homer, his great model. This powerful poem deals with events following the fall of Troy and the founding of the Roman empire. A stately and often tragic work.

(32) Marcus Aurelius: Meditations

A Roman emperor and stoic philosopher, Aurelius meditates on the vicissitudes of human existence and on how to live in peace and serenity in the midst of a chaotic world. A work of beauty and depth.

(33) Snorri Sturluson: Prose Edda

This is the classic source for much of Norse Mythology; Odin, Thor, the battles of the gods and the final apocalyptic war, Ragnarok. These tales of violence and valor have provided the themes for a great deal of European culture. Christians will find it interesting to note how Sturluson, in early chapters of this work, attempts to connect this mythology with biblical stories.

(35) Giovanni Boccaccio: The Decameron

A collection of tales about love, romance, sex, unfaithfulness, and deception. Frequently uproariously funny, often in bad taste, nearly always entertaining.

(36) Leonardo da Vinci: Notebooks

These notebooks of one of the greatest painters show a man of incredible intelligence and creativity, and inventor of astonishing fertility. It is to him that the phrase “Renaissance man” most fully refers.

(37) Machiavelli: The Prince

In this guide for those in place of leadership, Machiavelli shows the truth of the old motto: The more things change, the more they stay the same. His advice is mercenary and tyrannical, but from a historical perspective is frighteningly effective.

(38) Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel

A long, witty work which is a strange mixture of fantasy, satire, and bawdy humor. It is notable for its rich language and odd plot twists.

(39) Michel de Montaigne: Essays

One of the great prose stylists of all time, Montaigne’s wise and witty essays range over almost every conceivable subject. He boldly puts forth himself, his own personality, as the main subject of his work. Montaigne strove to ask questions that penetrate beyond appearances and challenge our perceptions: “When I play with my cat who knows if she does not amuse herself more with me that I with her?” T.S. Eliot said of him that he gives voice to the skepticism in every human heart, and many credit him as one of the founders of relativism.

(40) Rene Descartes: Discourse on Method

This French philosopher, author of the famous “I think therefore I am,” taught that certainty came from intuition and deduction, and emphasized the split between mind and matter. Blaise Pascal aimed much of his book Pensees at refuting Descarte’s self-assured conclusions.

(41) Voltaire: Candide

Voltaire epitomizes the Enlightment for many readers. His trust in reason seems unquenchable, but he also saw the foibles of human beings and their addiction to superstitions. His writing is lively, immensely enjoyable, and provides much food for thought, even if his thinking is not always satisfying. Parts of Candide will leave you laughing out loud.

(42) Adam Smith: The Wealth of Nations

The classic defense of capitalism and the “hidden hand” that makes it function.

(43) Immanuel Kant: The Critique of Pure Reason

Extremely difficult philosophical exploration of the nature of human reason.

(44) Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

One of my very favorite books! A powerful novel and a cautionary tale about the egoistic ambitions of human beings who seek to play God. This is a really and very serious and profound work.

(45) Charles Darwin: Origin of Species; The Descent of Man

These two works summarize the findings of Darwin and explain his theory of evolution. Darwin’s critics should note the caution with which many of his ideas are expressed. This is at variance with many modern evolutionists who treat the theory as a proven fact.

(46) Karl Marx: Capital; The Communist Manifesto

Capital is an extremely difficult work of economics, but the Manifesto is probably the clearest way to get in touch with his major ideas. For Marx on religion, one might want to peruse his “Theses on Feuerbach.” For a vitriolic criticism of Marx the man and thinker, see Paul Johnson’s chapter on Marx in his book Intellectuals.

(47) Friedrich Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil; Thus Spake Zarathustra; The Geneology of Morals

Nietzsche’s analysis of what is wrong with the modern world is extremely perceptive, but his solutions will be unacceptable to most believers. ‘I believe Nietzsche to be wrong in just about every conclusion he drew, but in such a highly literate way that he makes for important reading and provides an excellent foil for examining the weakenesses of our own ideas.’

(48) Sigmund Freud: The Interpretation of Dreams; Introductory Lectures to Psychoanalysis; Civilization and Its Discontents

Even his most strident opponents must admit to the brilliance and creativity of Freude’s work. Even if we disagree with some of his foundational ideas, we must be captured by his brave attempt to fathom human psyche. As with other very original writers, much of his work is almost completely misunderstood in the popular conception.

(49) F. Scott Fitzergerald: The Great Gatsby

A novel of love and death in the flapper era, rich in symbolism and carefully written.

(50) John Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion

Calvin is the other great Reformer and a man of penetrating intelligence. His Institutes are indisputably one of the most important of all works of theology. They evidence his attempt to formulate a logical and systematic presentation of all the areas of theology. Comparing Calvin himself with the popular conception of “Calvinism” might prove an eye-opening experience for many readers. No one can deny his influence on the development of theology.

Oh, I’m pretty sure you’re looking for number 51, yes? Well, at least you got to 50, right?! Gotcha!

Happy reading!

Personal Encouragement & Exhortation to Writers & Aspiring Writers

A writer is someone who has trained their butt to sit down. For a long time. Well, dear unknown, I’ll tell you something: Writing is not easy. Ask around. I’m not writing this because I fancy myself being a good writer, but because I know many good fellows (known to me) who have stopped because of the immense labor and sheer fright when they consider putting their work out there.

Writers will tell you many stories; stories that evoke emotions, stories that get you “hooked” as you read through their works. They are the most alone, not lonely, of people. Sometimes they get completely lost in their minds, literally; and for this reason they may shun all public entourage. I understand. I know.

The world (kinda!) depends on writers for their views; in some sense, that is. Their work is to make you think for yourself! But this does not make them special, nay. Far from it. It confirms to them their accepted and given vocation from God “the giver of all good gifts”—being a writer!

So then, dear unknown, learn to bleed through your pen. Majestically. Do not let discouragement keep you from your vocation, your God-called vocation. Whatever field it is you’re suited. To write well is to make millions of misstep; and, I reckon, no one has ever perfected in the art of writing. No one. That’s why criticism exists in this field. Without constructive criticism, there’s no growth.

A writer must be humble. Strive for humility. The humility of we do not know everything. Lack of humility in writing is just but writing a choir chorus for Satan and his demons. One day you’ll wake up and think yourself a lunatic in search of what to write. Be humble. If pride clings to you in your writing and become proud as a writer, my dear fellow, you’ll be doomed and forever forgotten.

A writer learns to see what others aren’t saying or are afraid of saying and strives to write about the silence. That’s where courage lies. Discipline, persistence, consistency, [careful] reading, defines a true writer. Remember these things, dear unknown, and all will be well in your journey as a writer. Everything can be turned into a story if we just spoke less and listened more, yea, observe intently!

Lastly, if no one understands you, write. Writing is penetrating the soul without neglecting the body. Pick your sword, which is your pen, and write!

Read MORE of my Personal Meditations on Writers & Writing. Thank you.

Personal Meditation on Books & Reading (Part 5)

Hello, fellow readers and writers! Thank you for stopping by! As many of you already know, I’m a book lover. Okay. I’m a book addict! I devour them mercilessly! Haha. I hope my Personal Meditations will spur your desire for books & reading?! God bless! – Thompson.

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Enrich the heart by private study. 
Having a companion that loves the same kind of books as you do, the same craving for reading as you do, the same serenity as you possess, is a form of unspeakable felicity found in a friend. There is not a word yet for a companionship reading. 
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Hoarding books is good, but reading them is better. Hoard no book which you do not intend to read. Books need interlinkage, not segregation — closeting. 
Books demand our attention or they will have none of it from us if we continue treating them casually. 
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It is good to be focused in one subject, but it is more prudent to prevent a burnout and lack of motivation thereof by engaging in wide reading. 
It is very hard to admire men who mishandle their books. I don't know, it is not right. It is criminal. 
I get extremely anxious and tired when I'm around people for long periods of time. Better in a company of books than a lot of people. 
Books are not meant for exams. It is more than that! Until we learn to read well, we will never study well. I mean, if we do not know why books exist in classrooms, our study will not benefit us even if we get the grades, good grades. 
As a rule, I'd say it is criminal to read books to pass an exam. A better way would be: study well to pass exams. Internalize the matter. This, of course, does not mean you should only study solely to pass exams. No. You see, we live in a society that has trained many a student to read only for exams. 
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I hold that many people have bookshelves. We know its purpose, right? To hold our books, precious books. But isn't it amazing how we always buy books and never, in most cases, end up reading them? Like most Bibles, our books end up being dust collectors. 
Some books are not meant to be finished but recognized they exist. 
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We must be intentional when it comes to books, my friends. That's the only way we can reap their benefits. Remember, books are the best of friends. Of course, after dogs! This is the thing, anyone in possession of (and loves) books can attest that these authors are our silent friends who are ever eager to have a "chat" with us. 
Books, for the most part, if left unattended, will not attend to the man. They are that faithful. Leave them for ten years, they'll wait. You may call that ultimate loyalty. I value literature very much. 
Do not kid yourself that reading text messages or emails is the same as reading real books.
Designate 30 minutes for reading daily and nothing else. I have not said 2 hours. 30 minutes. Only. 
Humility and reading go together. 
Prideful reading begets prideful results. 
Reading brings you to the mercy of the author. 
Reading saves everyone's time. 
A good book is an event in itself. Invest time in reading. 
Do not fall into the trap of this generation where status is measured by "How Many" books you've read. 
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Love books. Love reading. Love reading. Love books. 
Books cannot make us smart, but they can certainly make us wise. 
Reading and writing are married. 
It is better and often beneficial to read a book slower than in much haste. The one who patiently takes time to read a book is in a better class of patience than him who is ever in a hurry, who never learns anything — the virtue of patience. 
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Something very magical happens when a man brings to bed a book and not a phone. Like pancakes, books save lives! 'Books are children of the brain.' 

Long time (years) ago an old buddy of mine came and saw some books placed in my bed. The bed was huge then and I always carry a book with me to bed and never leave with it in the morning [repeat the cycle]! He was very quick to remind me that when I marry those "little mistresses of yours will have to find another spot or risk being donated." Damn, Alexandria, what a friend!
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In books, I find something I cannot find in a lot of people, genuine company. People love people for all weird reasons. 
There is no friend like Christ Jesus! Christ sticketh closer than a brother; books accompany you to a world you never thought existed. I know that when my life curtain closes for the next one, beside Christ; at least I'd leave knowing I made some real friends in-between pages, genuine friends who held me by the hand and showed me their world by their words. 
Books, as I often say and write, are my little mistresses. 
Just realized I'm a librarian (kinda!). I've thousands of books and I'm the one responsible for them. Arranging, collecting, reading, recommending, and stocking! Where's the library? In my house! 
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Have you ever read a book and come to the end feeling like you've lost a dear friend? That's the thing about books. Once you let them in, they never let you out! 
Social media is entertaining, in moderation that is, but books are not only entertaining, but pleasing and worthy — an odyssey through past, present, and future — an expedition through time! 

“Why do you always charge people to read, Thompson?”

Well, my friends, it's simple. I do not read to be smarter than the next man, no. That's nonsense; folly! Genius is not the same as the number of books you read. I read because I love the process of reading. There's a "magic" which sparks when men begin to deliberately read. 
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My works are before me, as a writer, that is. These words and books are the children of the brain. And, is it not well that the author should behold the fruits of his labor? Quod scripsi, scripsi "What I have written; I have written." 
Entering into a library or a bookstore always feels like I'm about to cheat on my loveliest person. Good grief, thank God she adores libraries! 
It is a hard thing to be a writer without being a frequent visitor to a personal library. Plainly put, if someone says they are a writer, the next "logical" sentence would be, "I'd very much love to pay homage to your private library, sir/madame." You're wise and know how to apply. 
I hereby proclaim war to anyone who dare speak ill of books. Try me. I'll bookmark you immediately! 
Only a writer has the capacity to take you all over the world without a visa. Sit back, relax and enjoy. I'm a writer and, therefore, "automatically" your free tour guide. 
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A book a day is man's best friend. Reading is one of the greatest pleasures given to humankind. A voyage of books. As Confucius noted,'You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.' 
Remember the objective of reading is not to appear well-read. Read everyday. No matter what has happened the day or night before, sit down and read. 
Reading is hard, but that is not a just cause to avoid it altogether. 
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All readers are not writers, but all writers ought to be readers. 
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A writer must be humble. Strive for humility. The humility that admits we do not know everything. Lack of humility in writing is just but writing a choir chorus for Satan and his demons. One day you'll wake up and think yourself a lunatic in search of what to write. Be humble.
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When I'm not reading I always think of what I'll read next. 
Turn off unnecessary folly and read. 
Reading is a skill, a science. Cultivate it.
Men die; books live. Or to put it plainly and precisely, the same book(s) which men neglected to open and study belowhere, will be the same book(s) opened to examine [judge] them hereafter. "And the books were opened!" 
I once walked across this street and got to see something impressive. I smiled convincingly and this blonde lady was at the other side of the room, inside. The poor lady thought my smile was for her, but I intended it for the carefully organised books at their store. Of course, I had to produce another smile; why not? 
I have unspeakable joy when I sit or enter in my study room and thereon see my vast library; all these books smiling at me, and I, at they — as friends who will in a few minutes fall in love with each other! 
One book at a time. 
A book a day keeps a...you know what, even I don't know. Just get a book and read! 
The end of all reading is peace. 
Secret prayer and reading go together. You cannot benefit from the latter if you neglect the former. 
There is such a thing as bookingship.  
Reading and solitude are married unless toilet breaks proclaim the divorce.
Coffee without a book to read? Are you kidding me? 
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I have a positive weakness and a strong sense of admiration for men and women who read. 
Reading, writing, and listening to good music keeps me sane. 
If I can make even one little child discover the joy of literature, I shall count that moment ever felicious for the rest of my mortal life. 
Every person has a story that can be turned into a book. 
The world is a beautiful place if you meet up with a beautiful author. 
Knowing how to read is knowing what to read and who to read with. 
Book life is no bored life. On the contrary. 
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Whoever gifts you a book loves a part of you which you know nothing about. 
Dust and books is a thing. 
The way to read is to read. 
Reading and meditation go together. We must digest every word that proceeds from a written source, not merely believing everything that is written. 
Perhaps mosquitoes cheer us when we sleep and read at night! 
If you can't reach or go there, read. 
"These are my 'world'. What social dissipation is to another man, study is to me - worldliness." 
I recommend men to the library; there are many stories there; surely there must be a story for every man. Go, therefore. 
The massage of the brain is reading of books. 
Avid reading is not reading without thinking, but thinking while reading. 
Books are full of corridors that must be toured; go further and you'll see the unseen. 
A reading friendship is the beginning of a wonderful story. 
As a writer, I cannot make my readers feel everything I'm feeling; but I can try [to] show them what I'm feeling. 
A disciplined reading life is full of wonderful stories, not fool of words. 
Dead authors are full of life. 

C.S. Lewis on Pain as God’s Megaphone

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world…When our ancestors referred to pains and sorrows as God’s ‘vengeance’ upon sin they were not necessarily attributing evil passions to God; they may have been recognizing the good element in the idea of retribution.

Until the evil man finds evil unmistakably present in his existence, in the form of pain, he is enclosed in illusion. Once pain has roused him, he knows that he is in some way or other ‘up against’ the real universe: he either rebels…or else makes some attempt at an adjustment, which, if pursued, will lead him to religion…

Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us…What then can God do in our interests but to make ‘our own life’ less agreeable to us?…We are perplexed to see misfortune fallling upon decent, inoffensive, worthy people…How can I say with sufficient tenderness what here needs to be said?… God, who made these deserving people, may really be right when He thinks that their modest prosperity and the happiness of their children are not enough to make them blessed.

And therefore He troubles them, warning them in advance of an insufficiency that one day they will have to discover… This illusion of self-sufficiency may be at its strongest in some very honest, kindly, and temperate people, and on such people, therefore, misfortune must fall.