Fridays Are For One Question

Newsweek has released a list of “Top 100 Books of All Time.” Now we can debate all day long whether War and Peace or Divine Comedy is the best book ever written, but since I haven’t read either, I’ll take Newsweek’s word for it. What I’m more interested in is YOUR list. So here’s today’s question:

“In your personal list of ‘Best Books Ever,’ what would be number 1?”

(NOTE: You have to have read the book. And let’s agree that we’re all very Christian and we won’t list the Bible as number 1. Although it was number 41 on Newsweek’s list.)

**The goal of “One Question Friday” is simple: To show that everyone has something funny, engaging, creative, and worthwhile to say. So comment away! Be real. Be creative. Think hard. And check back to see how others answered the question.

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18 Comments

  • erin says:

    I think the book I keep coming back to over and over again is Frankenstein. Funny, terribly heartbreaking, human condition-probing, blah blah blah. It’s real good readin’.

  • Keith Sayer says:

    Hands down, the Lord of the Rings. One of the most powerful epics ever written, speaking to millions of people in unique ways, and let’s not forget that it takes place in probably the most detailed fantasy world ever created. Not only would it top my list of best books ever, but I would say that a lot of my theological ideas are put into images through this great work.

  • Rob Tims says:

    Deadline by Randy Alcorn (a much better “feel good” novel than his pesty “Treasure Principle”)

    This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti (the tagline was memorable: “bringing Ephesians 6 to life”)

    and my favorite since 2007 …

    The growth of interpersonal understanding: Developmental and clinical analyses, by Robert Selman (terminal degree, anyone?)

  • brandy says:

    Oh…this is SUCH a hard question!!! I can’t narrow it down to just one…so I will just list some favorites:
    Harry Potter
    Chronicles of Narnia
    The Secret Garden

    (Can you tell I’m an elementary school teacher?)

  • kinsley says:

    Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

  • Laura says:

    It’s a tie between Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina. But the only book I’ve read more than once is Atonement. And I’m going to take this public opportunity to brag on myself for having read 21 of Newsweek’s Top 30. I know, I know. I’m a NERD.

  • Austin W. says:

    Here they are, by genre:

    Christian/Spiritual Growth:
    “The Pursuit of God” by Tozer (hands down…don’t argue with this one)

    Fiction:
    Either the “Hobbit” by Tolkien or one of Dan Brown’s “DaVinci Code” or “Angels and Demons” (I know, I’m a sinner)

    Business/Marketing:
    “Blue Ocean Strategy” (seriously one of the best/most interesting books ever….good ministry application too)

    Biography:
    “God’s Smuggler” by Brother Andrew

    Classics/Pure Goodness:
    “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (I have no clue who wrote it)

  • Heather Manning says:

    The Color Purple , and The Hiding Place

  • Leigh Ann Dans says:

    The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee. It changed me forever.

    I also love read The Chronicles of Narnia every couple of years. There are so many lessons packed into those little books and I get something new from them every time I read them.

  • Sarah Mac says:

    Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. And yes, I’ve read it. It took me a good 4 months. After that I read Twilight or something like that. That also took me 4 months. So you see I’m an indiscriminate slow reader.

  • CarrieZ says:

    Ender’s Game was good. So was Joy in the Morning.

    I also enjoyed Harry Potter and Twilight.

    I’m trying to force myself to listen to the classics on my Zune because I’m not a huge fan of reading them. And to think I’m the daughter of a British Lit teacher….

  • Jana Kelley says:

    The Hiding Place. I can’t wait to read this biography with my kids. Also, since Michael doesn’t usually comment on his own Friday question, I will say one that we both agree is masterful…Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

  • I’m a Freak.

    I love Economics.

    Levitt’s “Freakanomics” is the best.

  • Michael K. says:

    It is confirmed – I’m the stupidest person interacting on this blog. I’d never heard of 10 of the top 100, much less read over half (Laura.)

  • Heather says:

    I always enjoyed Christy, by Catherine Marshall. (As with most things, the book was better than the movie/TV show.) And her other books are good, too. She led an interesting life.

  • Renee Teate says:

    The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas (it’s one of the very few books I’ve ever read twice)

  • Jen Clapp says:

    A random answer, but Cash by Johnny Cash is one I could read over and over. Then My Losing Season by Pat Conroy…then probably East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

  • Tina B says:

    I have to say Out of Africa. It makes my head reel with the otherworldly descriptions. I am so humbled when I read it and witness Isak Dinesen’s imagination and humanity at work.

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