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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
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Lila by Marilynne Robinson
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The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
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Wonderful, aching read about the life of Lucy Gault, who is forever marked by a fateful moment in her childhood. My first encounter with Trevor, known as a master of short stories. He has a powerful grasp on human interiors, here, a guilt that comes ...more
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Children of the Living God by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Children of the Living God
by Sinclair B. Ferguson
recommended to Joel by: RUF Intern Study Program
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A basic theology for Adoption and Sonship. Not a bad read, just more a foundation if you hadn't read anything of it before. Ferguson writes in plain English, very understandable, mostly short chapters, good for people new to the theology.
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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Gilead
by Marilynne Robinson
recommended to Joel by: Philip Bassett
recommended for: Thinking Readers
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This is one of those rare books I feel that I should read every year. It is profoundly wise, detailing the joys of living, looking at the world with wonder, to truly love. An aging father writes to his young son, knowing that his son doesn't have lon ...more
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Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Housekeeping
by Marilynne Robinson
recommended to Joel by: Philip Bassett
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Excellent book about transience - an upside-down picture of what it means to truly live. Robinson is one of my favorite living writers of fiction.
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Tell the Truth by Will Metzger
Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People
by Will Metzger
recommended to Joel by: RUF Intern Study Program
recommended for: Christians interested in Evangelism
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A good book to get a Christian a basic understanding of Evangelism. Good foundation of Theology and good advice. A bit too formulaic for me, but definitely helpful parts all the way through.
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
by Annie Dillard
recommended to Joel by: Eugene Peterson
recommended for: English Majors who love nature.
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Excellently written book about seeing what is around you, the moment, the things most people hardly notice. Just from that you can probably tell that this book isn't for most people. Reading is slow, as there isn't a plot line, just visions of this P ...more
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Wendell Berry
“A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.”
Wendell Berry

Garrison Keillor
“Life is unjust and this is what makes it so beautiful. Every day is a gift. Be brave and take hold of it.”
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world's finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, for all the blood that they've shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Marilynne Robinson
“Memory can make a thing seem to have been much more than it was.”
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Annie Dillard
“We live in all we seek.”
Annie Dillard, For the Time Being

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