Books That Have Influenced Me

The books here are those that have shaped my worldview. Atop this list must be understood to be the Bible as my sole source of guidance and admiration. However, I try to read works that I both agree with and disagree with, simply because, as Pius XII wrote, “…even in these false theories some truth is found at times.” (Encyclical Letter Humani Generis [12 August 1950]: AAS 42 [1950], 562-3).

Biblical Studies

Everett FergusonBackgrounds of Early Christianity

Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentaries

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture


Peter Kreeft, Summa of the Summa

Millard Erickson, Christian Theology

Augustine, On Christian Doctrine


Aristotle, Metaphysics

Plato, The Last Days of Socrates

Plato, Republic

James V. Schall, The Life of the Mind

Greek Classics

Homer, Iliad Odyssey (Robert Fagles’ translations)

Vergil, Aeneid (Sarah Ruden’s translation)

Sophocles, The Theban Plays (David Slavitt’s translation)


Augustine, Confessions

Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

Roger Steer, Basic Christian: The Inside Story of John Stott

G. K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas

C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 


Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 

Dante, Inferno Paradiso (Anthony Esolen’s translations; I have yet to read Purgatory)

Leo Tolstoy, “After the Ball,” & “The Death of Ivan Ilyich”

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

U.S. History/Politics

Gordon S. Wood, Empire of Liberty 

Thomas Paine, Thomas Paine Collection

Glenn Beck, Being George Washington

Ron Paul, Liberty Defined & The Revolution: A Manifesto

Personal Improvement

Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Amy Chua, The Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother

Thomas Cleary, The Code of the Samurai 

Stephen Covey, The 8th Habit

James Davison Hunter, To Change the World

Andreas Kostenberger, Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue

4 thoughts on “Books That Have Influenced Me

  1. I see you have read some Brian Zahnd. His perspective of scripture is something new to me. Your site here, is new to me also. I just read “Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God”. I like a lot of what he says, but I’m still questioning much of it also. I would love to know your thoughts on Brian Zahnd, and his books. I plan to purchase “Water to Wine” soon.


    • I saw that you liked my Zahnd review of “Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God.” I would certainly recommend Water to Wine. It was most helpful in reviving my prayer life. Blessings.


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