Lest I make you think that the only books I will read are books written by Christians (for Christians or for a larger audience), let me take a minute to introduce you to some of my all-time favorite books. Good literature is good literature as far as I'm concerned, and though this doesn't really factor into the current discussion I'm trying to orchestrate, I think I'd be remiss not to mention these amazing books. I won't go into specifics on each book, but be forewarned that they are not all for the faint of heart or easily offended. But I can say that I found something heartbreaking, redemptive, hopeful, or just plain beautiful in each and every one.
In no particular order, a few books that make me reach out and touch their spines when I wander into my library/office:
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
Wicked - Gregory Maguire (You can read my thoughts on it here.)
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
Have you read any of these books? Do you have any to add to the list? And, is there anything in a book that will make you stop reading? Most of the above books include some or all of the following: sex, violence, vulgar language, things that offend my sensibilities or break my heart. And yet I love them. Hmmm. What do you think?
PS - Don't forget to leave a comment on my last post if you would like to be entered in a drawing for Luci Shaw's Breath for the Bones! It's an amazing book...