Saturday, December 29, 2018

2019 Christian Greats Challenge: Past & Present

I am preparing for my 2019 reading year. Here is a challenge I am looking forward to joining, hosted by Carol @ Journey & Destination. I've included some of my decisions, and I may add others later. I almost failed to mention that most are rereads (indicated by an asterisk), many of which I have read years and years ago. 


Categories (w/ my personal selections):

1. Early Church History (up to 500 AD) 
The History of the Church ~ Eusebius
2. A Prominent Christian who was born between 500AD and 1900 
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther* ~ Roland H. Bainton
3. Christian Allegory
The Pilgrim's Progress* ~ John Bunyan
4. Apologetics
Seeking Allah...Finding Jesus ~ Nabeel Qureshi
5. Philosophical Book by Christian Author
A Christian Manifesto ~ Francis Schaeffer Done
6. Missionary Biography or Biography of Prominent Christian who lived between 1500-1950
Tortured for Christ~ Richard Wurmbrand Done
7. Seasonal 
8. Christian Themed Novel
9. Detective or Mystery Novel (see explanation on J&D post*)
10. Substitute with listed author or second book from listed categories (see post*)
The Hiding Place~ Corrie Ten Boom (second book from #6) Done

**Please see Journey & Destination for more detailed information, guidelines, and link-ups.

18 comments:

Lucy Casey said...

Some favorites here. We just enjoyed Ben Hur as a family and Corrie Ten Boom is such a beautiful Christian who has profoundly impacted my life!

Marian H said...

The Hiding Place is a masterpiece! I might even swap that in for one of my choices. Also, I hadn't heard of Richard Wurmbrand but his book sounds fascinating.

Cleo @ Classical Carousel said...

Yay, Ruth! I just put up my post too. And I copied you with Eusebius, Bunyan and Mason as possibles. I really LOVED Ben Hur so I hope your experience with it is enjoyable! I must admit, I don't have much "present" on my list but it's probably not surprising, lol! Have a fun challenge!

Carol said...

Hi Ruth, excellent selections. I haven't had a chance to sit down & work out what I'm reading yet with all the Christmas stuff going on. Everything stops over here for Christmas up until mid-January but I've had a quick look at the links up so far & keep getting more ideas! I must read the books I already have first, though. (Famous last words)

Risa said...

Ben-Hur is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! I intend re-reading it for this challenge. :D ...I'm not completely sure about the rest as yet....

Ruth said...

That's what I keep hearing about Ben-Hur. So excited to finally get to it. These challenges really help me b/c they force me to read those books I mean to, but just keep avoiding for unknown reasons.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Carol. Well, I am certainly interested to see what the host will read on this journey! But I know what you mean about Christmas. It's unbelievable sometimes!!!

Ruth said...

Woo Who! I'll take a look at your list this morning. I'm actually a little intimidated about Eusebius. You see how I've been draging though those ancients in WEM history...

Ruth said...

I recently had a friend who went through some deep personal struggles, and I suggested she reread The Hiding Place, which she did. And she said it helped her put her attitude back into perspective. In other words, that book is a great attitude adjuster. : D

Ruth said...

I read Tortured for Christ a loooong time ago and it made me take a hard look at my faith and the cushy life that I live here. A real eye-opener. It's a super short book, and I think it was made into a film this year, too.

Risa said...

I know what you mean. I feel like this coming year I will end up reading quite a few books on my shelf, if only I follow through with reading time.

I'm looking forward to reading your response to Ben-Hur!

Hamlette said...

I'm considering re-reading Ben-Hur this year if I can find the opportunity! SO good. How good? If we're blessed with another baby yet before I'm too old, we'll totally name it either Judah or Esther, after the two main characters in it.

former blogger said...

I really, really love The Pilgrim's Progress. Also, Vera Brittain appears to have loved it too. She wrote a whole biography on John Bunyan and appears to have considered his life similar to hers, in that they both went against the grain to speak their beliefs. :)

(this is jillian)

Tarissa said...

This could be an excellent challenge for the year. I'm really wondering if I should join... I'd need to think about that booklist. :)

Ruth said...

I love it...the names.

And I'm excited to finally commit to read this for the first time. I've heard nothing but good things.

Ruth said...

I knew it! : D

This is really interesting. Was her biography on Bunyan published? I'm interested.

Ruth said...

I do not think you have to commit to all the categories. You could choose one or two.

Anonymous said...

The title of Vera Brittain's biography on Bunyan is "Valiant pilgrim; the story of John Bunyan and Puritan England."