My Favorite Books:

The Evidential Power of Beauty, by Thomas Dubay, S.M.

Everyone appreciates beauty, but few are aware of the profound moral, philosophical, and metaphysical implications of beauty. Fr. Dubay leads readers on a journey through vast landscapes of thought, including music, science, and theology. In a sense, the whole book is a mediation of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s statement, “Every experience of beauty points to infinity.” [posted January 2017]

The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss

Author: David Bentley Hart (Zondervon, 2006)

This book is truly remarkable. It is both the best discussion about and defense of God that I have ever read. It is philosophical, erudite, and witty. I recommend it to anyone who is skeptical or desires to know God better. It is certainly not your average Christian book about God. [posted May 2015]


Books I'm Reading now:

Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, by Joseph Pearce

In the last century, Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a truly heroic, world-changing, multifaceted force: as a writer, dissident, and convert from atheism to Christianity. His story is not only fascinating, but the example he sets is sterling. This book taught me a great deal both historically and morally, and it inspired me to be a better person. (Pearce is a great biographer, as also can be seen in his works on Tolkien and Chesterton.) [posted January 2017]

Descartes, by A.C. Grayling

An engaging biography and analysis of the philosophy of Rene Descartes, who is sometimes called “the first modern man.” The author also advances his interesting theory that Descartes not was only a philosopher, mathematician, and inventor—but also a spy! [posted January 2017]

Prayer: Does it make any Difference

Author: Phillip Yancey (Zondervan, 2006)

Yancey asks hard questions, squeezes out nuanced answers, and provides great bibliographic and historical references. A very nice overview, which I found to be very helpful as I write my trilogy on prayer. [posted May 2015]

The Reason for God: Belief in God in an Age of Skepticism

Author: Tim Keller (DUTTON, 2008)

A very winsome defense of faith in God, written by the popular, Manhattan pastor whose ministry targets young, educated skeptics. [posted May 2015]