1) Quest for the highest – J.E Church – the story of the East African Revival
2) Mere Christianity – C.S Lewis – a reasoned and sane explanation of my faith
3) The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer – VERY challenging; too difficult to read because I am falling short of the example set by the author
4) The Gulag Archipelago – Alexander Solzhenitsyn – Brilliant. It never fails to amaze me that this book is not banned by the liberal left establishment!
5) The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood – An America that could happen
6) The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand – influential to me at a subconscious and visceral level as I read it before I was 17
7) News from Tartary – Peter Fleming – the book that started my interest in all matters to do with Central Asia
8) Perelandra – C.S Lewis – a beautiful story of the Fall, averted rather than recurring on a watery paradise Venus
9) 1984 – George Orwell – the most important political novel of the 20th century and perhaps one of the most important English language works. Everyone should read it, especially leftists
10) Time enough for love – R.A Heinlein – Heinlein remains the single greatest secular influence on my thinking, though I am a Christian. No-one else can say or has said the things he has said, nor done so in such elegant prose.