Read Old Books First

8 thoughts on “Read Old Books First”

  1. I kept your last list! Thank you! I am getting old enough that I take this quote to heart: “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” Henry David Thoreau

  2. Lewis commented something to the effect of … Yes every age has their blind spots. But the authors of an earlier age had different blind spots than we do and often have clarity on issues which WE do not see.

  3. A very filled-out list of works, though heavily slanted on the Protestant side of things, which isn’t the complete picture. (I still have a book you gave me by Kuyper, years ago.) How about a little rousing reading by the ante and post Nicene Church Fathers, such as this volume:

    http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Ante-Nicene-Post-Nicene-Fathers-Collection-ebook/dp/B00KYBSUUM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449653005&sr=1-1&keywords=the+fathers+of+the+church+series

  4. Wonderful. I’ve read – and still read – many on your list. I love that you mention Stott in your modern, established Masters section. His various commentaries I’ve found incredibly poignant.

  5. I agree with what you are saying in this blog about reading the classic. They are my preferred read, but we or somebody needs to read books like “Blue like Jazz.” We need to know what is published and circulated. I did not care for the book, but I am glad I read it. I read “The Shack,” “The God Delusion” and “God is Not Great,” and found them dreary, but the books gave insight into bad theology and the new atheists. However, I recommend being well steeped in good classics first.

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