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