Stories and Songs

God continually speaks to me through stories and through songs. Here is a list of my (current) favorite books, films, musical artists, etc.

Books (fiction):

The “Top 10”:

  1. Island of the World, by Michael D. O’Brien
  2. Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis
  3. Lilith, by George MacDonald
  4. The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton
  5. Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson
  6. Hannah Coulter, by Wendell Berry
  7. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. The Chronicles of Narnia (series), by C.S. Lewis
  9. The Door on Half-Bald Hill, by Helena Sorensen
  10. The Wingfeather Saga, by Andrew Peterson

Lila, by Marilynne RobinsonSpace Trilogy (series) by C. S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter
(series), by J.K. Rowling
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Villette, by Charlotte Bronte
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
Fairyland (series) by Catherynne Valente
Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
The Book of the Dun Cow, by Walter Wangerin Jr.
Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
Various fairy-tales by George MacDonald and Hans Christian Andersen

Books (non-fiction):

The Story of With: A Better Way to Live, Love, & Create, by Allen Arnold
To Be Told, by Dan Allender
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
The Four Loves, by C.S. Lewis
Adorning the Dark, by Andrew Peterson
The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Gospel Comes With a House Key, by Rosaria Butterfield
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
The Lifegiving Home, by Sarah and Sally Clarkson
The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction, by Justin Whitmel Earley
Between the Lines: God is Writing Your Story,
 by Bob Sorge
The Economics of Neighborly Love, by Tom Nelson
The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield
The Courage to Teach, by Parker Palmer
A Charitable Discourse: Talking about the Things that Divide Us, by Dan Boone
Orthodoxy, by G.K. Chesterton
Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to Literature, by Gene Edward Veith Jr.
Various essays and other writings by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and G.K. Chesterton

Films:
A Hidden Life
Life is Beautiful
The Sound of Music

Hugo
Les Miserables

Dead Poet’s Society
The Lord of the Rings (trilogy)
Song of the Sea
Tolkien

The Little Prince (2015)
Schindler’s List
The Breadwinner

Musicals (Broadway):
Into the Woods
Les Miserables
The Sound of Music
Newsies
Fiddler on the Roof
Hamilton
Dear Evan Hansen

Television Programs:
Doctor Who
Avatar: The Last Airbender
(I enjoy a variety of others; but these are the ones I’d classify as “favorites”)

Musical Artists:
Andrew Peterson
Rend Collective
The Gray Havens
Jenny & Tyler
Andrew Osenga
The Arcadian Wild
Carolyn Arends
The Classic Crime
Vocal Few
All Sons and Daughters
The Lost Dogs
Bethel Music
The Corner Room
Scott Mulvahill
Waterdeep

Composers:
Bedrich Smetana
Antonin Dvorak
Ludwig von Beethoven
Hector Berlioz
J.S. Bach

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