Thursday, August 06, 2009

Read and Learn -- Read and Reread

I was talking to someone at church today who has been rereading Dallas Willard's Divine Conspiracy. Yea, I know, great book. Anyway, he made the observation that he is seeing the book in a whole different way than the last time he read it.

That got me thinking. What are the books that need to be read more than once? (Ok, besides the Bible.) There are some books like the Chronicles of Narnia that are frequently read as children that really do need to be read again later in life. There are books like Richard Foster's Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home that cover so many different kinds of prayer that you can't begin to internalize them all in one trip through the book. Then there are the books, like for Divine Conspiracy for my friend, that are so rich that what you bring to them makes them almost completely different.

So, what book, or books, have been a whole new experience for you?



Quotidian Grace said...

I first read C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters as a teenager. When I re-read it last year I found it so much more meaningful and thought-provoking than I did the first time!

Stushie said...

"Mere Christianity," also by Lewis is always worth re-reading because he spotted the errors of post-modernist Christianity before it became a trend.

Emergent bloggers should read it, along with Lewis' "The Great Divorce" to see the wrong heretical paths that Brian McLaren & Co are leading them down.

Viola Larson said...

All of C.S. Lewis's books are good for re-reading. But the Narnia ones and his Si-Fi trilogy I re-read all of the time.

Viola Larson said...

Stushie I would never have put the two together, The Great Divorce and Emergent Christianity- interesting. You should blog on that sometime.

Sarah said...

Frederick Buechner "Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale." Breathtaking!

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