These are the top four books on my reading shelf for the second week of June:
- Imagining the Kingdom—The sequel to Jamie Smith’s brilliant Discovering the Kingdom, this book continues Smith’s exploration into how desire, habit, and imagination shape us into the people we are. Imagining the Kingdom requires some heavy lifting at the beginning but is definitely worth the effort. (Amazon: Paper; Kindle).
- Kim—Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel about a young orphan living in the center of the throbbing cultural matrix of 19th-century India. This book is simultaneously a coming-of-age novel, a religious pilgrimage, a school story, and a spy thriller. No wonder it’s a classic. (The Barnes & Noble edition has very helpful footnotes to explain language and cultural content.) (Amazon: Paper; Kindle).
- Echoes of Eden—The first five chapters of this newly published book are a concise argument for why the arts are a vital parts of human fulfillment—and therefore a necessary aspect of the Christian life. The last five chapters discuss the literature of five influential authors. Jerram Barrs writes about a complex issue with great lucidity and love. He also delivers an admirably effective defense of the Harry Potter stories as books that Christians should be celebrating. (Amazon: Paper; Kindle).
- The Princess and Curdie—The under-read sequel to George Macdonald’s Princess and the Goblin, this book deals with a Curdie who is losing his wonder and goodness as he grows up–until the mysterious light appears… I’ve just begun this fairy tale, but the first two chapters have a lot of great stuff in them! (Amazon: Paper; Kindle–free).
Question: What are you reading this week?