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Books that Make Us Human

"I consider as lovers of books not those who keep their books hidden in their store-chests and never handle them, but those who, by nightly as well as daily use thumb them, batter them, wear them...

The Imaginative Conservative's co-founder and editor-at-large, Bradley J. Birzer, has received another award for his outstanding, new biography of seminal conservative thinker, Russell Kirk. Following on the heels of The Imaginative Conservative's own 2015 Book...

A human life, I think, should be well rooted in some spot of a native land, where it may get the love of tender kinship for the face of earth, for the labors...
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“Who indeed knows the secret of the earthly pilgrimage? Who indeed knows why there can be comfort in a world of desolation? Now God be thanked that there is a beloved one who can lift up the heart...
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I hope that every one of the participants of the second The Imaginative Conservative symposium, “The Books that Make Us Human,” knows how much we appreciate their thoughts and their time. Considering the large number of hits and page...
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My canon of the very best books that help us understand our humanity would contain no surprises. But Brad Birzer has said he wants to add to his reading list, so allow me to suggest some works that are instructive for reasons quite different from those...
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by Anthony Williams St. Augustine’s Confessions: teaches us that man’s struggle to find God is hardly new. I especially enjoyed his reference to the “hound of...
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Willa Cather 1) My Antonia, by Willa Cather: Cather's story of immigrants and the land celebrates the surprising inner strength of one young woman who learns to cultivate the earth, while many...
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This is a quirky list. I sit here with tattered old books, some new ones and my Kindle, and love them all; and offer ten that I have...

The Lists 1. Bible 2. The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom 3. Toss up between Mere Christianity, Abolition of Man, Great Divorce, and Last Battle, C.S. Lewis 4. "The Right Hand," Solzynistyn (short story) 5. "The Death of Ivan Ilych,"...
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by Father John Rickert 1. Juan Donoso Cortés: Essay on Catholicism, Liberalism, and Socialism. Donoso argues that political questions are at root theological questions, and Liberalism is fundamentally the denial of the...
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by Justin Jackson I’ve tried to give a decent sampling here. I’ve got a biblical text, two theological texts, one philosophical, two novels, two plays, and two poems....
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Brad proposed the concept, Julie convinced me of humane over human, but I take the blame for this idiosyncratic list. Since my betters have identified so many stellar choices, I propose the somewhat obscure: books (presented in no...
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Pope John Paul II When Brad Birzer asked me to write about the ten books that most heavily shaped my understanding of the human person, I retorted that he might as well...