Saturday, January 6, 2018

List of Books Nobody Should Be Allowed to Die Without Reading Recommended by Dr. Peter Kreeft

Since I want a copy of this online and I searched for it everywhere, couldn't find it. I decided to make this list for easy reference. I know I won't be able to finish all those books in a year so I may go back to this blogpost from time to time. I want to share this here so others looking for it will have at least this.

This is the video I watched yesterday where I got the list. (I love how Dr. Kreeft speaks about his topics, I watched a couple more of his videos and I might blog about it in my catholic blog someday.)

I actually wasn't able to list all of the books he mentioned. I really wish they had a list on the video description for easy reference, but this will do for now. I didn't get all the books. *update* I checked again, there is a complete list on the comments section written 6 days ago... So, you can skip my incomplete list and go check out the video and that comment.

I'm grateful for that youtube comment, I'm gonna double check and compare my list to his/her, maybe later in the week, I don't feel like doing it today lolz. I want to follow what I've written on my notes coz I added some descriptions by Dr. Kreeft about some of the books.

Here goes:

  • Confessions                 by St. Augustine
  • Severe Mercy               by Sheldon Vanauken
  • Brothers Karamazov    by Dostoevsky
  • Till We Have Faces      by C.S. Lewis
  • A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - I think Dr. Kreeft mentioned here that Peter Jackson's version of LOTR in the movies are ok, but Jackson doesn't understand tolkien. So, even though I've seen the movies and they are part of my all-time favorite movies list, I'm going to read the books because of his recommendation.
  • Chonicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - Aslan is Jesus
  • The Great Divorce   by C.S. Lewis
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • Canticle for Leibowitz
  • Brave New World  -  Destruction of marriage and family, so the character there had a choice to join or be a citizen of the stable but soulless world or be a savage.
  • Practice in the Presence of God   by Br. Lawrence
  • The Story of a Soul                       by St. Therese of Lisieux
  • Pensees                                        by Blaise Pascal
  • Problem with Pain                        by C.S. Lewis
  • Apology of Socrates                     by Plato
  • Boethius
  • Introduction to Thomas Aquinas by G.K. Chesterton
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Conquest of Darkness by Warren Caroll
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas  *also read the edited version of Dr. Kreeft
  • Lepanto by G.K. Chesterton  -  repelling of Muslim invasion
  • Wasteland by T.S. Eliot
These are the additional books he mentioned:
  • Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Martin
  • Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Barlett's Familiar Quotations
  • Sirmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Descent into Hell by Charles Williams
  • Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Abandonement to Divine Providence by Jean Pierre de Caussade
  • Miracles by C.S. Lewis
  • Republic by Plato
  • City of God by St. Augustine
  • Book by Christopher Dawson *will find out exactly what the title of the book is*
  • Christopher West on St. John Paul 2's Theology of the Body
Actually, my plan is to finish reading the whole Bible and the Cathechism of the Catholic Church and pray the 15 prayers of St. Bridget for 365 days. I got the guide for that from I haven't started yet since I'm still doing a mind dump and organizing a couple of things, but I'm gonna definitely start it and maybe publish a couple of blogposts on my thoughts about what I've read coz I'm pretty sure some thoughts are going to form in my mind when I read the Bible lolz.

So, in addition to the Bible and CCC, I'm going to read the Screwtape Letters again to start my checking off of Dr. Kreeft's reading list. :)

In line with the Catholic things I'm gonna do this year, I'm going to practice devotion to Mama Mary by doing the First Five Saturdays devotion which she asked during her apparition in Fatima. I love the image of Our Lady of Fatima and I'm going to do this for her.

The thing that opened my eye on the reality of the offenses made against Mama Mary was when our "born again" bible study pastor implied in one of our studies that Mama Mary is not a perpetual virgin. Of course, I wasn't able to defend her that day because I forgot what I've read about this topic, I didn't know how to articulate the fact that we have a different understanding on that verse in Matthew.

Some people might say, why am I going to a Bible Study conducted by a born again pastor? That is for another blogpost but just suffice it to say, it's not convenient for me to go to the Catholic Bible study on a Wednesday night at a place a little far from my house compared to the bible study sponsored by my aunt at the back of our house. But, I have a feeling that there is something that I can learn from the born again people and they can learn something from me. I know as a Catholic, I'm also born again, but it's maybe a culture thing... if it's not a major denomination and they believe that Jesus is God and they have not been around for decades, I call them born again.

Anyways, I might go on forever, so I'm going to finish it now. Thank you for reading. :)

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