So, I saw this idea for a book rack made to look like a dog (my wife thought it was an alligator), so I took scrap wood and made one to feature books that have had a lasting impact on me:
- Sound & Sense – tenth or eleventh grade intro book on poetry; I’m not sure I’d ever have grown to love poetry without this book;
- And the Angels Were Silent – profound book by Max Lucado on the last week of Jesus’ life on earth;
- Lincoln on Leadership – this was the first of Donald Phillips’ books on leadership principles of historical figures—this was the best one and still resonates with me;
- Huckleberry Finn – an all time favorite;
- The Pursuit of Holiness – now a classic in Christian literature; read and re-read and I learn something new each time;
- Tarzan – I began reading Tarzan novels in the fifth grade and it electrified my reading; been an avid reader since then;
- Lincoln & His Generals – This book and the next were my entry books into my life-long interest on the Civil War;
- This Hallowed Ground – a Bruce Catton classic;
- and in the dog’s mouth: True Grit, a great movie, but an even better novel.
These books have been watersheds for me in one way or another. If the New Testament I shoplifted were still in my possession, it too would be on this rack.