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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Mature themes. This book changed how I viewed gender and sexuality forever with one of the most unforgettable (and loved) protagonists of any book I've ever read. It's seeded in me an empathy and connection with someone different from me that opened ...more
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The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
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John Updike says this is Greene's masterpiece. It is usually on the best 100 of all time. The story centers on a Roman Catholic priest in 1930s Mexico on the run from oppressive authorities. The insightful volume follows his transition from reluctanc ...more
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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
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Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction with this book. It is a gorgeous story structured as an autobiography composed by an aging Iowa preacher who wants to leave behind something for his young son. The novel recounts the narrator's life and lov ...more
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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This book is enriching as a whole, but especially the passages that deal with Levin's struggles to define and live a life of faith. This one stands out, and I return to it often: "Deliberation led to doubts and prevented him from seeing what he ought ...more
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
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Wilder is most famous for inflicting the play Our Town on generations of high school students, and in this short novel explores some of the same themes in greater complexity. The book centers on the question of whether human lives are guided by God's ...more
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Facing Human Suffering by Ronald B. Miller
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Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
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Lew Wallace was a lawyer, Union general in the Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, and author from Indiana. His second novel, Ben-Hur has been called "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century." ...more
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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
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All the men should read this book, as well as the women. It asks the question: What about Dinah? In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father ...more
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Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
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The trilogy follows the life of Kristin Lavransdatter, a fictitious Norwegian woman living in the 14th century. Kristin grows up in Sel in the Gudbrand Valley, the daughter of a well-respected and affluent farmer. She experiences a number of conflict ...more
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Glittering Images by Susan Howatch
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You can't buy a boxed set of the Starbridge and St. Benet's novels, but that might be convenient. If you become a fan, you will want to read them through in order. Sex, scandal and Christian theology–these are the substance of a sprawling soap opera ...more
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