booksYou like book lists, I just know it. I took a few days to put together a list of the 100 specific books that have most shaped, entertained, impressed, or otherwise influenced me over the last 4 decades. (I did cheat a bit in listing certain series and collections as one entry.) This one’s for you bibliophiles, in alphabetical order by author.

The Secret of Terror Castle (The Three Investigators, Book 1) – by Robert Arthur
The Confessions of St. Augustine
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Music of Chance by Paul Auster
Moon Palace by Paul Auster
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

The Valley of Vision edited by Arthur Bennett
The Bookends of the Christian Life by Bob Bevington and Jerry Bridges
Jesus and The Gospels by Craig Blomberg
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Bloom County: The Complete Library by Berkeley Breathed

Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon

The Collected Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
White Noise by Don DeLillo

9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
The Deliberate Church by Mark Dever

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Confessions of a Reformission Rev by Mark Driscoll
Roger Ebert’s Book of Film by Roger Ebert
Jonathan Edwards on Revival
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

“The Waste Land” and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot
Light in August by William Faulkner
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green by Melody Green and David Hazard

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
The Art of Pastoring by David Hansen
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Collected Poems of George Herbert

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Bible and the Future by Anthony Hoekema

Christless Christianity by Michael Horton
Putting Amazing Back into Grace by Michael Horton

Rediscovering Church by Bill and Lynne Hybels
The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
The Reason for God by Tim Keller

George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father by Thomas Kidd

Bag of Bones by Stephen King
It by Stephen King
On Writing by Stephen King
The Stand by Stephen King

The Gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
“God in the Dock” and Other Essays by C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Galatians by Martin Luther
Phantastes by George Macdonald
1776 by David McCullough
The Unknown God by Alister McGrath
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

A Praying Life by Paul Miller
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The Gospel by Ray Ortlund, Jr.
A Passion for God by Ray Ortlund, Jr.
When God Comes to Church by Ray Ortlund, Jr.

The Glory of Christ by John Owen
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
George Washington Gomez by Americo Paredes
The Club Dumas by Francisco Perez-Reverte
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper
The Dangerous Duty of Delight by John Piper

“The Tell-Tale Heart” and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders

He is There and He is Not Silent by Francis Schaeffer
How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer

The Seinfeld Scripts: First and Second Season by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David
The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes

Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul
Willing to Believe by R.C. Sproul

Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover by Jon Stone
The Incomparable Christ by John Stott
The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain

The Rabbit Novels by John Updike
The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

The Challenge of Jesus by N.T. Wright
Jesus and The Victory of God by N.T. Wright
The Resurrection and The Son of God by N.T. Wright

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2 thoughts on “100 Books That Have Shaped Me”

  1. Dave Brandt says:

    I love that you have The Monster at the End of This Book in this list. I completely forgot about that one, but now that you mention it… It would be on my list too.

  2. Howie Fong says:

    Almost everyone on this list is a white male. So sad.

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