For a mere $7 you can order the 170-page book catalog from Eighth Day Books in Wichita, Kansas. Then after reading the descriptions of the approximately 1300 entries you will sound knowledgeable in religion, philosophy, history and literature. Imagine the scholar you will become if you actually read some of these books. Here's a run-on list of the different categories and some sample titles from each:
Of Books, Culture and Learning – Shop Class as Soulcraft An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford; Devices of the Soul: Battling for Our Selves in an Age of Machines by Steve Talbott; Standing by Words: Essays by Wendell Berry; The Presence of Grace and Other Book Reviews by Flannery O'Connor. The Spiritual Life – Prayer: A History by Philip and Carol Zaleski; The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain by Scott Cairns. On Spiritual Direction – In the Fire of the Burning Bush: An Initiation to the Spiritual Life by Marko Ivan Rupnik. Athletes of Prayer – A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers, edited by David Bercot. Theology and Patristics - St. Augustine: Confessions by Serge Lancel; Justinian the Great: Emperor and Saint by Asterios Gerostergios. Ecclesiography – Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity by Gary B. Fregen; Religion and the Rise of Western Culture by Christopher Dawson. Biblical Studies and Sources – The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig L. Blomberg. Liturgy and Worship – In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivitity by Josef Pieper. (Are you getting a sense of what an amazing collection of books this catalog is?) Eastern Christendom – In the Image and Likeness of God by Vladimir Lossky. Luminous Lives ( or The Saint Section) – Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton; About 20 books about Thomas Merton. Ways of Seeing (or The Art Section) – Art and Scholasticism with Other Essays by Jacques Maritain; The Limits of Art: Two Essays by Tzvetan Todorov. Philosophy and Religion - The Complete Works of Aristotle: The Revised Oxford Translation edited by Jonathan Barnes; Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith edited by Francis C. Collins. The Modern World Science and God – Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self by Marilynn Robinson (author of Gilead and Housekeeping); Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science by Ronald L. Numbers. C.S. Lewis and Friends – C.S. Lewis: A Complete Guide to His Life and Works edited by Walter Hooper; Understanding the Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism edited by Rose A. Zimbardo and Neil D. Isaacs. Books of Timeless Interest – Books about and by: Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Czeslaw Milosz, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor and Murray Browne.