Final Installments

We're posting the final installments to OneWord Journal's month-long query: "What 10 books would you take with you if you were marooned on an island?" In addition to being fun to read, we hope these lists inspired you to re-read an old favorite or discover a new one.

Notes Eric Channing, college pastor, "It is nearly impossible to reduce all the books I’ve read into a top 10 list. Instead, I have chosen to list and describe 10 books that have influenced me at key points in my life."
The Bible. This book isn’t just on the list because I’m a pastor. This book is living and alive and essential for my life. Even if I’ve read a passage 100 times, the Lord still has fresh truth for me in his Word every day.
Getting Things Done by David Allen When I first read this book, it transformed the way that I managed my life. Those of us who are engaged in “knowledge work” need to have a system that helps us deal with our undone loops. This book provides such a system. The main takeaways from this book are Brain Dump: Get everything on your mind down on paper; and,, Next Actions: Determine the very next action for all the undone loops in your life.
How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler This book helped me understand how to read and evaluate books. We all think we can read, but Adler helps us become better readers.
A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson The first chapter, “Lessons from the School of Prayer,” alone is worth the price of the book. In fact, I have re-read that chapter multiple times over the years. This book gives a framework for prayer, rooted in Paul’s prayers in the New Testament.
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala While I was in college, God used this little book to transform my understanding of prayer. I may not agree with all the theology, but this book gives stories that remind us that God is powerfully at work in the world today.
Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem. Besides the Bible, this book has helped me understand who God is and what I believe more than any other. Dr. Grudem was a mentor of mine at Phoenix Seminary, and I can attest that he practices what he teaches in this book.
Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes. I read this book as a young man, well before coming on staff at College Church. Many of my views about what it means to be a man were shaped by this book, and I have come back to it at various times through the years.
The Mortification of Sin by John Owen. This classic book helpfully gives tools for fighting sin.  I found it very helpful and expect to re-read it in future years.
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. Years ago this book helped shape my understanding of how to train myself for godliness (1 Tim. 4:7). I highly recommend it.
Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks. Howard Hendricks trained some of the finest Bible teachers around. In this book, he simply shares how to study the Bible for yourself. It’s an easy read, but less easy to implement in your life!  Beware: applying this book will change your life.

Wil Triggs, director of communications, who first started asking what 10 books people would take to a desert island, shares his titles.
William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books—writer and artist, the words are incomplete without the images and the images without the words. This book provides 366 of both—a set for every day of the year plus.
The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor—takes me to a place that’s funny, aspirational and different from wherever this island would be. Her wit and observations and writing and culture continue to speak.
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky—impossible to choose only one Russian book, but this might fit the island better than Brothers.
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens—I’d want something English to balance the Russian. This is the first Dickens I ever read. Hard to choose which one but I have happy memories of climbing up an apricot tree and reading it as I plucked fruit from the tree in summer.
Opened Ground—Selected Poems 1966-1996 by Seamus Heaney—poetry again, because you can read them over and over and never be done.
The Journal of Charles Wesley or the Life and Diary of David Brainerd
Treasury of David
 by Charles S. Spurgeon—I’d need some sermons and I love the psalms.
Ted Kooser poetry—someone needs to publish a collection
The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare—an island features prominently in this play. It’s a tragedy, a comedy and it has the best ending ever.
The ESV Literary Study Bible

Diane Jordan, children's director, listed these 10 titles or thereabouts.
The Bible. The NIV Bible my husband gave me w hen I was a new Christian, lots of notes, highlights, etc. in it. It feels like an old, comfortable friend.
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (that only counts for one, right?)
A hymnal
A couple of missionary biographies (Amy Carmichael and  Hudson Taylor probably being my favorites)
If and Toward Jerusalem by Amy Carmichael (both small poetry/prose, so I'm counting these as one entry. But I also love all her stories of the Dohnavur ministry)
Something by George MacDonald. I love so many, perhaps The Musician's Quest.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Endangered Minds by Jame M. Healy
The Gagging of God by D.A. Carson
Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down or Is It a Lost Cause? both by Marva Dawn (again hard to pick, but I love her writing.)

We also updated the book lists from our missionary family, when Greg Nichols and Phil Baur emailed theirs.

No Man Is an Island

No man is an island. We are never alone,

though we oft feel isolated this side of home.

You are here with us now, as You will be then,

though we know not for sure how or when.

No woman is an island, even when sorrows linger,

and she bears no ring on her third finger.

With no earthly husband, she is still Your bride,

and behind clothing and makeup she need not hide.

No child is an island, though he have no father,

for to You, he is neither a burden nor a bother.

You call him and draw him to Your embrace,

and You brush away the tears from his face.

No church is an island. We are parts of one whole,

bound eternally by our blood-cleansed souls.

You command us to reach beyond our walls to others,

for every person, strong or weak, is our brother. 

Our world is not an island. We are under Your reign,

and every effort to resist You is utterly vain.

We are adopted as Your children, and invited to Your table,

though to earn this honor alone, we are wholly unable.

You build bridges between the people of Your world

until the clouds roll back and Your glory unfurls.

Alyssa Carlburg
Isaiah 43:1-2

Needed: Library to House Books if Stranded on Island

Karyn Hecht, writer, reader, English/writing professor and the Church recording secretary, comments, "Wow! If all of us who submitted lists are stranded on the same island, we’ll have to build a library to house all these books! I hope the island has lots of good wood.

Here is Karyn's top ten list.

ESV Literary Study Bible
The Green Earth: Poems of Creation by Luci Shaw (or any book of her poetry) 
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Barabbas by Par Lagerkvist
The Terrible Speed of Mercy: A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O’Connor by Jonathan Rogers
The Christian Imagination, Leland Ryken, ed. 
The Art of the Personal Essay, Phillip Lopate, ed. 
Moby Dick by Herman Melville (especially on an island surrounded by water and whales) 
Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies by Marilyn MacEntyre
Essential English Handbook by Kirkland and Dilworth

Top Books To Have on a Deserted Island--selections from the CE Board

OneWord Journal has been inviting pastors, missionaries and church leaders to list the ten books they would want to have should they ever be marooned on an island. From the looks of it, members of College Church's Christian Education board would have a field day exchanging books on that island. Here are the list from various board members.

Jon Eckert (board chair)
Here's my list based on a quick scan of the bookshelves in my office, with the addition of the 2017 World Almanac to give me access to plenty of thins to memorize.
ESV Study Bible
Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The Reason for God by Tim Keller
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2017

Dan Haase
I cheated a bit by going with a few trilogies (glad the board members are fessing up).
The Message, Eugene Peterson, The Bible as a really good story
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, because it is a masterpiece and, therein, deserves many readings
Mortification of Sins by John Own, a deserted island (or life) affords one time to do some good soul work and this book is a classic that has stood the test of time. Here's a free download of the book.
The Art of Divine Contentment by Thomas Watson, the fostering of gratitude can allow one to make it through any experience. And here's a free download of this book.
A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie, on of the best prayer resources out there.
The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, the last book is his best work in my opinion, but you need the first two to get there.
The Singer Trilogy by Calvin Miller, a fresh and poetic reading of the Gospels, Acts and Revelation
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, a good epic to go there and back again.
A Treasury of Dr. Seuss, because whimsy matters
Haiku Anthology, nothing like haiku to help you live in the present tense and give thanks.

Mindy Rynbrandt
Now this is fun! Here's my list of top ten island books.
NIV Study Bible (1984 edition)
We Would See Jesus by Roy Hession
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge
A Grace Disguised by Gerald Sittser
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Battling Unbelief by John Piper
Give Them Grace by Elise Fitzpatrick

Laurie Smith
Ten Books wouldn't be enough! Here's my list, plus I added one (The Brothers Karamazov) I've really been wanting to read but haven't yet.
Valley of Vision Puritan prayer book
Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
ESV Study Bible
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Reason for God by Tim Keller
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Lord of the Rings Trilogy (is this cheating by taking a trilogy?) by J.R.R. Tolkien
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Liz Reid
The Bible, most definitely
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
What's So Amazing about Grace? by Philip Yancey
Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Desiring God by John Piper
Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together by Hayden Shaw

Island Insights on Books to Bring to a Deserted Island

Wayne Martindale, currently on the Board of Missions, has also served on the Council of Elders. Truthfully, he might have had a hard time whittling down his list, but here are the ten (or so) books he would take if stranded on an island.

The Bible, an ESV Study Bible
Calvin's Institutes
C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters, Perelandra, "The Weight of Glory" and Other Addresses
A good biography like David McCullough's John Adams or Eric Metaxas' Bonhoeffer
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich or In the First Circle
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
John Keats, Complete Poems
Samuel Johnson's Essays (usually several volumes by series name, like The Rambler, The Idler, The Adventurer)
James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson


The Island Question: Perspectives from Missionaries

Inspired by a New York Times column that asks people what ten books they would take with them if they were marooned on an island, (Here's what Bill Gates chose.) OneWord Journal asked some of its contributors along with some of the ministry staff, elected leaders, missionaries and others at College Church the same question.

Today we’re featuring the answers from several of our missionaries. Here’s how some of our missionaries answered.

Phil Baur emailed his list on the last day of June, commenting, "The thought made it too tempting not to participate." Here is Phil's list
Mere Christianity
by C.S. Lewis
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Through the Valley of the Kwai by Ernest Gordon
The Testament by John Grisham
Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
The Reason for God by Tim Keller

Greg Nichols emailed his top ten books from Prague, Czech Republic.
ESV Study Bible
A hymnal
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
A anthology of poetry
Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Once an  Eagle by Anton Myrer
and a few volumes of the Foxfire series

Steve Dresselhaus
Seeing as I am an avid kayaker, being stranded on an island is actually within the realm of possibility. Years ago, I was stranded during a salvage attempt of an overturned boat and I spent a day by myself on an uninhabited island in the southern Caribbean. Yes, feel free to call me Gilligan.
Ten books if I’m stranded on an island
Beach Combers Hand Book by
Euell Gibbons
Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner and Carol Thuman
A Far Side by Gary Larson
Foundations for Farming training manual
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
Big Blank Journal (with pencils)
Swiss Family Robinson
Systematic Theology
by Wayne Grudem
World Almanac Book of Facts.

Here are some books Lois Dresselhaus, Steve's wife, would take to that island.
the Bible
the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary
Illustrated guides to the plant and animal life of that area of the world--especially the sea life and the birds.
the complete works of Shakespeare in one volume
Pilgrim's Progress

Victor Kuligin:
A Bible goes without saying, so I'd like to take an NIV Study Bible
The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
Institutes of the Christian Religion (two volumes, so perhaps this counts as two books) by John Calvin
An Illustrated Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
A Short History of Everything by Bill Bryson
A Meaningful World by Wiker & Witt
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Malory
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

Sandy Beelen Cook:
My ten books:
The Bible
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
That Incredible Christian by A.W. Tozer
The Cross by John Stott
Silence and Solitude by Ruth Haley Barton
The Last Battle by C.S Lewis
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Spiritual Listenting: Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola by James Wakefield
The Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
A new Daniel Silva book just for fun!

Jim Hansen:
NIV Study Bible
ESV Study Bible

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
Basic Theology by Charles Ryrie
Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine by Gregg Allison
Eusebius: The Church History by Eusebius and Paul L. Maier
A History of Christianity by Kenneth Scott Latofurette
Modern Times by Paul Johnson
Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner and Carol Thuman
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

More Marooned Island Books

Cheryce Berg, member of the Board of Missions, would be sure to have these books with her on that island.

The Bible, because "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great and very great promises. . ."
(2 Peter 1:3-4a)

Hudson Taylor by J. Hudson Taylor, because "The cold, and even the hunger, the watchings and sleeplessness of nights of danger, and the feeling at times of utter isolation and helplessness, were well and wisely chosen, and tenderly and lovingly meted out. What circumstances could have rendered the Word of God sweeter, and the presence of God so real, the help of God so precious? They were times, indeed, of emptying and humbling, but were experiences that made not ashamed, and that strengthened purpose to go forward as God might direct, with His proved promise, 'I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."'

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, because "I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest—blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband's life as fully as he is mine."

The Weight of Glory, by C.S. Lewis, because it reminds me that "There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal...[lt] is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit— immortal horrors or everlasting splendors."

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, because I find hope in tiny Lydia Grace's words: "I've tried to remember everything you ever taught me about beauty," as she transforms a dreary rooftop into a garden during the Depression.

Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon (revised by Alistair Begg), because each day it feeds me with words such as "The more burdens we put on His shoulders, the more precious He will be to us."

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon because Father Tim keeps me smiling and models the prayer that never fails: "Thy will be done."

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis, because it reminds me of Christ when Aslan tells Shasta, "There was only one lion.. .I was the lion.. .who forced you to join Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the horses the new strength of fear for the last mile so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you."

Finally, Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne, because Pooh makes me laugh and cry at the same time with words like, "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good-bye so hard."

My Marooned Island Books

Inspired by a New York Times column that asks people what ten books they would take with them if they were marooned on an island, (here’s what Bill Gates said), OneWord Journal asked some of its contributors along with some of the ministry staff, elected leaders, missionaries and others at College Church the same question. We’ll be posting their “island” answers throughout the month.

From writer and deaconess Virginia Hughes

If I could take 10 books . . .

Six volumes of classic Encyclopedia Britannica, because these books have elegance, heft and an air of importance carried in their old gold-embossed leather covers. I would want them for research purposes, and simply to have beautiful books around.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. For the dramatic, desperate, iconic characters and masterful turn of phrase.

The NIV Study Bible for Kids—of course, a Bible must come along, God’s own living words, and best book ever written. This version is easy to read and understand, has great definitions and illustrations throughout. I began using it for teaching and also for raising my kids.

The SparkNotes Anthology of 150 Plays and Literary Word—so many quotes and discussion of plots, characters, definitions and author information, featuring great stories from the oldest known to the present day.

The biggest poetry anthology I could find. Poetry is music that penetrates, feeds and inspires.