It seems we’re staying on the “favorites” trend for another week, this time books being the subject. I like books for the facts that they require a much larger commitment than television or movies. Right now, as I type this, I am “watching” some movie in the background. I can maintain the gist of the movie while multi tasking, no problem. Books on the other hand demand my attention in a much more prominent way.
Because of the devoted time they demand, the only books I ever re-read are the ones that really captivated me in one way or another. Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, a biography or a fantasy novel, a good test of how much I truly enjoyed a book is if I am ever willing to re-read it. So, with out further ado here are some Books Worth Re-reading…
The Hobbit is an amazing piece of fantasy work by J.R.R. Tolkien that has influenced countless novels of it’s genre, as well as movies and role playing games a like. His first entry into Middle-Earth is a notable one. The characters are endearing, the story is one of exciting adventure, and the setting is painted with fine strokes thanks to Tolkien’s exceptional descriptions and story telling. Bilbo Baggins is easy to relate to, and maybe because I see myself in him from time to time it is the reason I enjoy this book so much. I will very likely be re-reading it before Peter Jackson’s film adaptation comes out this December, and I recommend you do the same.
Heaven by Randy Alcorn makes the list here today, because it is a book I often go back to. Because it is a book that changed a significant portion of my theological mindset. Before reading this book, I have to admit my view on what heaven will be like was deeply inaccurate. And I am happy to report that the reality of heaven is much more exciting! Randy Alcorn does an amazing job of using the text of The Bible to piece together a great picture of what heaven will be like, and it blows away most erroneous depictions of heaven thanks largely in part to our media heavy culture as well as inaccurate translations or out of context verses. The heavy biblical support and a purposeful approach of not presenting speculation as fact, makes this book a great read that I can’t recommend enough.
I’m throwing in Max Brooks World War Z because of my love for the horror genre. Living in the middle of a cultural “Zombie Fad” that started booming again just a few years back, it is easy to lose faith in any zombie book being good, since the market was saturated in mediocre writing trying to cash in quick on the Z word. Within that mess however are some shining gems, one of them shining even more than the rest. That book is, of course, World War Z. This book technically takes place after the “World War Z” event, in which Zombies overran the world, and gives us a rare look at “what happen’s after this zombie plague thing?” something almost never explored in books or cinema. But while taking place after the event, we get to re-live the war through dozens of individuals stories that are haunting, engrossing, and surprising. Max Brooks pays so much attention to making this feel like something that already happened, it feels real, it feels like you’re reading history. I couldn’t put it down when I first read it, it dominated my dreams and my imagination. Do yourself a favor, and read this soon! Just don’t read it in the dark…