Which book surprised you the most?

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Which book surprised you the most?

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1markmobley
Dec 13, 2006, 3:13pm

For me, it was Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. I had bought it and put it on the shelf just to finish out the Lewis library, but kind of dreaded reading the re-telling of a Greek myth. Shame on me for underestimating Lewis. I picked it up out of desperation last year and will probably read it every year for the rest of my life.

2tgee
Dec 19, 2006, 9:46pm

Without a doubt, for me it would be John Owen's "Temptation and Sin". Doesn't sound like a really grabber, does it? Particularly given that it is written in somewhat difficult, centuries-old English.

But, the book is fantastic! Owen knows me and my struggle with sin. He is relentless and compassionate, gracious and fierce, thoroughly biblical and utterly practical. Every Christian would benefit greatly from this book! Highly, highly recommended!!

Especially now since there is an easier-to-read version. Check out Overcoming temptation and sin.

3misskate
Dec 21, 2006, 4:23pm

markmobley, thanks for the nudge toward Till we have faces. Friends in a bookclub have just started it. I didn't even know that Lewis had written a book by that title. Was my face red. The church librarian slipping on that banana peel. Got it on my christmas vacation read list.

4EmmetofArolis
Dec 22, 2006, 1:09am

I tried to read Till We Have Faces several times when I was in high school. I knew a girl who absolutely loved it and urged me to read it on the assumption that I would love it too. I hated it. Couldn't get more than halfway through it. Perhaps I should try it again.

5toadlip First Message
Jan 24, 2007, 7:08pm

The most inspiring for me was J. C. Ryle's "Knots Untied." But, anything from Ryle is always good. I've undertaken the reading of the Complete Works of John Knox this year. The history of the Scottish Reformation is inspiring.

6R.I.F.
Apr 29, 2009, 11:33am

Augustine's Confessions! Picked it up at a resale shop for 75cents and it sat on my shelf for years. When I finally read it a few months ago I felt like a complete idiot for ignoring it for all that time! It's absolutely wonderful, down to earth, philosophical, Calvinistic(before Calvin!), transparent, just as relevant! Wonderful read. Highly recommend it!

toadlip---Couldn't agree more. Ryle is absolutely wonderful. do you have his Expository Thoughts on the Gospels? So very stimulating and wonderfully written! Don't let the title throw you. It's not highly academic. But it's not fluff either. He writes so Pastorally and then backs up his thoughts and applications with fantastic academic work in the footnotes.

tgee---I have the newer revised T&S by Owen (the one with the forward from J.I. Packer. Started reading it a year or two ago and gave up. Shame on me as Owen definitely does hit the nail on the head on this topic. I need to pick it back up! thank you for the encouraging words!