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The Wise Woman
(Also titled The Lost Princess)
George MacDonald

The most complete and compelling presentation of human becoming through the transforming work of dying to self.

Orthodoxy: The Romance of Faith
G. K. Chesterton

Maisie Ward described the book as "Chesterton's own history of his mind." It is that and more: a deeply serious yet enormously playful statement and commentary on ultimate realities.

The Descent of the Dove: A Short History of the Holy Spirit in the Church
Charles Williams

This is more than history; this is theology with a melody, a vision of the church as the history of God's activity.

The Tolkien Reader: Stories, Poems, and Commentaries
J. R. R. Tolkien

"On Fairy Stories" and "Leaf By Niggle" embody the heart and soul of Tolkien the man, literary artist, and Christian.

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
C. S. Lewis

Lewis considered his last work of fiction, Till We Have Faces, his best; that is reason enough to note it. But don't ignore his literary studies, especially The Discarded Image, which expertly instructs while immersing you in the medieval/ Renaissance world.


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