I would love to have twenty-five different conversations with you about the specific shaping influence these books had on your life, your theology, and your practice of Christianity. We can't do that, but let's at least do one—my personal favorite on this list. How has the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins illuminated the Christian journey for you?

 

The book includes an appeal not to give up on the old classics just because they're written in a different language and cultural context. Why should we read these challenging spiritual classics?

 

Twenty-five books every Christian should read—that's quite a claim, especially considering that this list mostly features classics from the Western tradition. How representative do you think these works are of the spirituality of every Christian?

 

One last request. Would you read us your favorite Gerard Manley Hopkins poem?

 

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