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Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged

Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged

Begun August 2018. My life goal is to finish this before I'm 50 (in 2032).

Recommended to me by Nancy Wilson. Nancy mentioned in a talk that she loved to read "Puritans like Matthew Henry." I had seen Matthew Henry's commentary, and had no idea what time period he belonged to. Within a few months, I purchased this copy and began plugging away.

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Nicomachean Ethics

Nicomachean Ethics

Begun October 2019.

I had read bits and pieces for various projects and podcast episodes and wanted to read it cover-to-cover to get the flow of the whole argument.

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God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics

God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics

Begun in February 2021.

Recommended by the fact that it's C.S. Lewis after all, but Brandy Vencel read it in 2020 and so I added it to my 2021 list.

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The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being

The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being

I've been reading this book since 2014. It has sparked Scholé Sisters episodes, articles, and many intramural conversations about the nature of education.

Even though I'm not finished with this anthology yet, I highly recommend it.

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Institutes of the Christian Religion

Institutes of the Christian Religion

Begun August 2019.

I'm reading this with my high schoolers and my friend and her high schoolers over 2 years. When we finish, we'll start over again with our next set of teens. Do be sure to get the Ford Lewis Battles translation, not Beveridge.

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Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture Volume I: Archaic Greece

Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture Volume I: Archaic Greece

Begun in 2017 after recording a Scholé Sisters episode with Eric Hall ("Philosophy for Mommies"), where he mentioned them. It wasn't the first time I'd heard Jaeger's books mentioned, so I hit "buy" on Amazon mid-recording. Brandy ordered them shortly thereafter and we have done an intermittent recorded book club on it for the last 2 years. In two years, we've discussed 7 chapters.

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The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

For the last 3 years I've used the Bible Reading Challenge to read the Bible in 9 months, plus the New Testament again in the summer.

Be in the Word! Make it the first thing you read.

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The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

Begun in November 2020 with a Scholé Sistership book club.

Read via audio in 2013 and wrote: "I listened to it on audio and feel my appetite was merely whetted; I need to actually read it now."

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The Death of Christian Culture

The Death of Christian Culture

Purchased in 2013 and finally reading it in 2021.

Recommended by numerous classical educators and authors over the years.

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Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer: Spiritual Reality in the Personal Christian Life
Plato’s Republic
Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples