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