Sunday, March 3, 2013

Thousander Must-Reads Vol. 1

Fellow Thousanders share a few books they believe every Thousander should enjoy:

Marie Teemant - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain:

"Mark Twain once said 'I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.'  It is no surprise The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been banned from so many schools in the United States, but contains the gems of a human education. What I love most about this book is that Twain never has to come out and beat his message over the readers' head. From the time Huck leaves with Jim, to the family feud with individuals desensitized to the loss of both men and boys, to the moment dear Huck declares he will 'go to Hell' for freeing Jim, but so be it, you can't help but see profound thoughts about the human experience. Twain was ahead of his time in showing injustices of backward systems through an intriguing narrative of a boy's adventures. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be read by everyone on their Thousander journey!"

 Sarah J. Zern - The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

"Everyone should have Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place on their Thousander Club list.  It is one of the most amazing examples of not only the innate goodness of the human spirit, but also its capacity to become sour and corrupted.  Set during World War II, Corrie and her family provide a safe haven for Jews fleeing the Nazi regime.  Regardless of what she and her family suffer at the hands of depraved human beings, Corrie exemplifies charity and true, soul-wrenching forgiveness.  My life changed because of this book, and I will never forget it."

Adam C. Zern - The Federalist Papers by Publius

"Still considered to be one of the most authoritative commentaries on the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers are an impressive collection of writings which provides more than an insight into Constitutional Law.  Publius, the pseudonym used by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, provides profound insights into human nature, the dangers of totalitarianism, the blessings of liberty, and the role of providence in the American epoch.  It is an advanced read compared to many other books and does require some previous knowledge of American history to appreciate, but the Federalist Papers are important enough that every Thousander should have it as a goal to read them."

Other topics of interest:
Thousander Must-Reads Vol. 2
Thousander Must-Reads Vol. 3

1 comment:

  1. I'm sad to say that I haven't read any of the books you've suggested...yet, but they're on my "to read" list now! If you are interested in checking out our book club "Must read list" then head over to our blog
    We love staying connected to other fellow book lovers!