brennanI’ve been meaning to compile this list for awhile now and I’m sure that it will change over the years. But to this date, these are the most important books I’ve read. Not in like their recognized importance, though some may be recognized as important. More so in their importance for the mark they placed on my life due to a philosophical or spiritual meaning, or the authors vision or use of language or even the emotion that they were able to trigger in me. All are highly recommended. Maybe in another 33 years I’ll look back and edit this with some additions and subtractions.

Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
Jesus Among Other Gods – Ravi Zacharias
The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning
Retro Christianity – Michael J. Svigel
Messianic Judaism – David H. Stern
Desiring God – John Piper
Systematic Theology – Wayne Grudem
The Pursuit of God – A.W. Tozer

At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
A Scanner Darkly – P.K. Dick
Blade Runner – P.K. Dick
State of Fear – Michael Crichton
Endurance – Alfred Lansing
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Dune – Frank Herbert
The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand

Confessions of an Economic Hitman – John Perkins
In the Garden of Beasts – Erik Larson
It Can’t Happen Here – Sinclair Lewis
The Strenuous Life – Theodore Roosevelt
The Road to Serfdom – Friedrich von Hayek
The Rights of Man – Thomas Pain
Common Sense – Thomas Pain
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Law – Frederick Bastiat

Apology – Plato
Euthyphro – Plato
The Politics
– Aristotle
Nicomachean Ethics – Aristotle
History of the Peloponnesian War – Thucydides
De Re Publica – Cicero
The City of God – Augustine
The Political Regime – Al-Farabi
The Guide for the Perplexed
– Maimonides
On Law, Morality, and Politics – Thomas Aquinas
The Prince – Machiavelli
Discourses on Livy – Machiavelli
New Atlantis – Francis Bacon
– Thomas Hobbes
The Reasonableness of Christianity – John Locke
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding – John Locke
Two Treatises of Government – John Locke
A Letter concerning Toleration – John Locke
The Discourse & Other Early Political Writings: On the Social Contract Jean – Jacques Rousseau
Perpetual Peace and Other Essays – Immanuel Kant
Reflections on the Revolution in France – Edmund Burke
An Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs – Edmund Burke
Philosophy of Right: Philosophy of History  – G. W. F. Hegel
Democracy in America – Alexis de Tocqueville
On Liberty – John Stuart Mill
Considerations on Representative Government – John Stuart Mill
The Marx-Engels Reader – Karl Marx
The Use and Abuse of History – Friedrich Nietzsche
Beyond Good and Evil – Friedrich Nietzsche
An Introduction to Metaphysics – Martin Heidegger
Being and Time – Martin Heidegger

One Response to The Most Important Books I’ve Ever Read

  1. Robin Lees says:

    Thank you for this blog! Thank you for the little nuggets you leave on facebook…I am often amused. I know you have been studying hard. I have read some of the writings of these authors: Tozer, Lewis, Augustine, Bonhoffer, and know Ravi Zacharius to name a very few. May God continue to bless you and use you in His Great Kingdom!



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