High School Reading List
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- The Reader Organisation is a charity that aims to bring about a Reading Revolution, changing the way the nation responds to, and uses, books.
- Project Gutenberg - Many of the works featured on this site are sourced from Project Gutenberg, a project begun in 1971 to make information, books and other materials available to the general public.
- Bartleby.com - publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction.
- Early Canadiana Online - Collection of over 3,000 early works from Canada's history. Literature includes both fiction and nonfiction.
- Medieval and Classical Library - A collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization.
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library - A collection of classic Christian books in electronic format.
- Classic Novels - Delivers daily installments of classic literature via e-mail.
THOUGHTS FOR YOUNG MEN,
JC Ryle, read by Douglas Bond
Institutes of the Christian Religion,
Book 4 by John Calvin (1509-1564)
Translated by Henry Beveridge
Institutes of the Christian Religion is John Calvin's seminal work on Protestant systematic theology. Highly influential in the Western world and still widely read by theological students today, it was published in Latin in 1536 and in his native French in 1541, with the definitive editions appearing in 1559 (Latin) and in 1560 (French).
The book was written as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith for those with some learning already and covered a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone and Christian liberty, and it vigorously attacked the teachings of those Calvin considered unorthodox, particularly Roman Catholicism to which Calvin says he had been "strongly devoted" before his conversion to Protestantism. The over-arching theme of the book – and Calvin's greatest theological legacy – is the idea of God's total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election.
The Institutes are a primary reference for the system of doctrine adopted by the Reformed churches, usually called Calvinism.
Book Four of the Institutes discusses "the Church and the Communion of Saints, or of the external means or helps by which God invites us to fellowship with Christ, and keeps us in it." This includes Church government, with scathing denunciations of the Papacy and Catholic Church. (Summary from Wikipedia & TriciaG)
Western Literature to Dante
An extensive exposure to the literature of the ancient and mediaeval West, from Biblical materials through mediaeval epic and romance. The course engages the student in a large amount of reading, exploring the larger themes and issues involved with reading such material.
Textbooks and Materials
Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature
Erich Auerbach, Willard R. Trask (tr.)
Ten Greek Plays in Contemporary Translations
The Aeneid (Penguin Classics)
Virgil, David West
The Consolation of Philosophy (Edition: 2)
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius, tr. Victor Watts
The Holy Bible: New International Translation
Various, NIV Commission (tr.)
The Iliad (Penguin Classics)
Homer, Robert Fagles
The Nibelungenlied: Prose Translation
Anonymous, A. T. Hatto (tr.)
The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)
Homer, D. C. H. Rieu, Peter V. Jones, E. V. Rieu
The Portable Dante
Dante Alighieri, Mark Musa (tr.)
The Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin Classics)
Anonymous, Jesse L. Byock
The Song of Roland (Penguin Classics)
Anonymous, Glyn S. Burgess (tr.)
Western Literature to Dante: A Parents' Guide (Edition: 3)
Bruce A. McMenomy
This text is required.
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (Dover Storybooks for Children)
Expository Thoughts on the Gospels - St. Matthew
by J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)
“Expository Thoughts” divides the Gospels into sections of about twelve verses each, from which J. C. Ryle selects two or three prominent points to dwell on and bring to the reader’s attention. In Ryle’s day, there were many detailed commentaries and expositions on scripture. In writing these “Expository Thoughts”, Ryle aimed to offer a resource to the laity for use in family prayers, as an aid to those who visit the sick and desire a proper book to read on such occasions, and for private devotions for those whose callings and engagements make it impossible for them to read large commentaries. Rev. Ryle offered this first volume on the Gospel of St. Matthew “with an earnest prayer, that it may tend to the promotion of pure and undefiled religion, help to extend the knowledge of Christ, and be a humble instrument in aid of the glorious work of converting and edifying immortal souls.” (Introduction by MaryAnn)
In His Steps
by Charles Monroe Sheldon (1857-1946)
In His Steps takes place in the railroad town of Raymond. The main character is the Rev. Henry Maxwell, pastor of the First Church of Raymond, who challenges his congregation to not do anything for a whole year without first asking: “What Would Jesus Do?” (taken from Wikipedia)