The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan (1628-1688)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications (February 10, 2003)
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 1 inches
Audio book: http://librivox.org/the-pilgrims-progress-by-john-bunyan/
Life has many trials and snares; those things which would keep you from a saving knowledge of God and a relationship with the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.In this allegory by John Bunyan, the main character is Christian who is driven by his desire and knowledge of God to reach heaven.He goes through many dangerous paths, meets many people, and in the end reaches his goal in the Celestial City (Heaven).If you listen to the Librivox version, you will also have Part 2; the story of Christiana the wife of Christian the pilgrim.After completing this book on audio from Librivox, I was encouraged to know the scriptures better.I highly recommend you read or listen to this Holy Spirit inspired book.
Translated by Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Lulu.com (December 5, 2005)
The battle scenes were brutal. The “gods” who manipulated people and battle outcomes were humorous. I am defiantly glad I used Librivox for this one.
Synopsis by Wikipedia:
As the poem begins, the Greeks have captured Chryséis, the daughter of Apollo’s priest Chryses, and given her as a prize to Agamemnon. In response, Apollo has sent a plague against the Greeks, who compel Agamemnon to restore Chryséis to her father to stop the sickness. In her place, Agamemnon takes Briséis, whom the Achaeans had given to Achilles as a spoil of war. Achilles, the greatest warrior of the age, follows the advice of his goddess mother, Thetis, and withdraws from battle in revenge.
In counterpoint to Achilles’ pride and arrogance stands the Trojan prince Hector, son of King Priam, a husband and father who fights to defend his city and his family. With Achilles on the sidelines, Hector leads successful counterattacks against the Greeks, who have built a fortified camp around their ships pulled up on the Trojan beach. The best remaining Greek fighters, including Odysseus and Diomedes, are wounded, and the gods favor the Trojans. Patroclus, impersonating Achilles by wearing his armor, finally leads the Myrmidons back into battle to save the ships from being burned. The death of Patroclus at the hands of Hector brings Achilles back to the war for revenge, and he slays Hector in single combat. Hector’s father, King Priam, later comes to Achilles alone (but aided by Hermes) to ransom his son’s body, and Achilles is moved to pity; the funeral of Hector ends the poem.: <from Wikipedia>
Translated by Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
Publisher: W.J. Black (1944)
The Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems (the other being the Iliad), attributed to the poet Homer. The poem is commonly dated to between 800 and 600 BC. The poem is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, and concerns the events that befall the Greek hero Odysseus in his long journey back to his native land Ithaca after the fall of Troy.
It takes Odysseus ten years to return to his native land of Ithaca after ten years of war; during his 20-year absence, his son Telemachus and his wife Penelope must deal with a group of unruly suitors who have moved into Odysseus home to compete for Penelope s hand in marriage, since most have assumed that Odysseus has died.
The poem is a fundamental text in the Western canon and continues to be read in both Homeric Greek and translations around the world.
(Summary from Wikipedia)
The Art of War
Author: Sun Tzu
Hardcover: 268 pages
Publisher: El Paso Norte Press; Special edition (June 22, 2007)
Comments: As I read this I thought… there is nothing new under the sun.
The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Trade (April 27, 2004)
Comments: This novel was given to me by one of my daughters for my birthday. Once begun, it was hard to put it down. As I read this, I almost forgot is was fiction. Hosseini tells a story about the lives of children, Amir and Hassan, growing up in Afghanistan before and then during the Taliban reign. In the beginning you see Afghanistan as a beautiful country, in the end you see the devastations of war and horrors of the Taliban. I don’t read much fiction, but this one I recommend. My heart goes out to the Afghan people.
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, by Barack Obama
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (November 6, 2007)
Comments: I enjoyed this book. Barack Obama wants very much to make a difference in the United States. He seems to be idealistic, and I think he believes in what he is doing with all his heart. I like the man, but his liberal leanings trouble me. He considers himself a Christian, in that he knelt before the cross and ask God to direct his life. I don’t know how much he truly embraces Christianity. If he does become President of the United States I would think the huge responsibility would draw him closes to God.
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Crown (January 9, 2007)
Comments: To my surprise, I enjoyed this book. Barack gives great detail of his life in Hawaii, Indonesia, Chicago and his trip “home” to Kenya. It’s sad that his father moved so far away when he was a boy; his mother remarried to an Indonesian man who treated him like his own son. He had many struggles in his young life, which I think, has made him a strong leader. It seems to me, his religious beliefs are more in humanism with a lean toward Islam (both his father and his step father were Islamic, although in his next book he says that he choose Christianity as his religion). His political goals seem idealistic to me. I think I would like him as a neighbor if he lived next door, but I don’t think I could vote for him as president.
The Problem of Pain
Author: C. S. Lewis
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: HarperOne; New Ed edition (February 6, 2001)
Comments: An intellectual work by Lewis where he looks at pain and suffering and tries to reason how and why God allows it in the world. It can be difficult to follow at times. The book even deals with pain in animals. My guess is he had a love for domesticated animals in his life; as many of us do. One point that bothered me in the book was that Lewis seems to believe in an Old-Earth; that is death before the fall. However, in his apology he does state that he may be in error in some areas of understanding. C.S. Lewis was certainly one of the great philosophers and thinkers of our time.
Publisher: Fellowship for the Performing Arts (June 2004)
Powerfully convicting sermon preached by Jonathan Edwards on July 8, 1741.It is completely relevant today.It will change your perspective of God’s power, sin, and your walk with Christ.
Author: John Piper
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Multnomah (September 11, 2003)
Comments: Short meditations. Thought provoking insights of the heart of God.