Rev. Byron's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Rev. Byron's Bookshelf
Rev. Byron's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Rev. Byron

Pastor

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It
How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It
by Arthur Herman
WHY I LIKE IT
By emphasizing the importance of education, Scotland, not known for wealth or natural resources, produced thinkers who made a tremendous impact on the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
by Dava Sobel
WHY I LIKE IT
This is the story of Galileo, his amazing discoveries, and his struggle with the Roman Catholic Church, told through correspondence with a daughter who was in a religious order. I was touched by the love that sustained each of them in their search for truth over ignorance.
John Adams
John Adams
by David McCullough
WHY I LIKE IT
I enjoyed this biography of our second president and his accomplishments, and many interesting insights about is amazing wife, Abigail, and also Jefferson and Franklin.
Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams
Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams
by Michael D'Antonio
WHY I LIKE IT
Orphaned at age 12, my father went to the Hershey Industrial School (now the Milton Hershey School), a home and school for orphans founded by Milton Hershey. This biography traces the fascinating life of a man, who after countless failures, developed a recipe for chocolate and built not only a factory, but a beautiful town for his employees. He was not a saint, being virtually addicted to gambling, but he did much good and gave away everything he had.
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (The Hinges of History)
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (The Hinges of History)
by Thomas Cahill
WHY I LIKE IT
A great read for St. Patrick's Day, describing how early Irish monks, living in unheated huts, preserved civilization by transcribing the Scriptures and the classic works of Greek and Roman literature. I am overwhelmed by how much we owe to these faithful saints.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
The Norton Anthology of English Literature (Ninth Edition)  (Vol. Package 1: Volumes A, B, C)
The Norton Anthology of English Literature (Ninth Edition) (Vol. Package 1: Volumes A, B, C)
by M. H. Abrams
WHY I LIKE IT
Privileged to study under M. H. Abrams, I must frequently find food for the soul in the writings of Wordsworth, Shelley, Milton, and many others.
Chesapeake: A Novel
Chesapeake: A Novel
by James A. Michener
WHY I LIKE IT
I find myself returning to this historical novel of life over the centuries in this land of pleasant living, and its precious resource, the Chesapeake Bay.
The House of the Seven Gables (Dover Thrift Editions)
The House of the Seven Gables (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
WHY I LIKE IT
I love this profound treatment of guilt and atonement in a novel of old New England.

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
Pensees (Penguin Classics)
Pensees (Penguin Classics)
by Blaise Pascal
WHY I LIKE IT
In a world where so much thinking is illogical, I am constantly refreshed by the brilliant logic of this profound Christian thinker.
The Courage to Be: Third Edition (The Terry Lectures Series)
The Courage to Be: Third Edition (The Terry Lectures Series)
by Paul Tillich
WHY I LIKE IT
As a college sophomore, a fraternity brother nagged me to read this book. It changed my life to one of pursuing a career in the physical sciences to pursuing a life immersed in theology and ministry.
The Screwtape Letters
The Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis
WHY I LIKE IT
I never cease to enjoy this delightful description of the practical challenges of living a Christian life.