The Ascension of the Lord – June 2, 2019

For this last week of book recommendations for your summer reading, I am going to move away from any particular genre. The first week was in general theology; the second week was lives of the saints. This will be a smattering of different genres.

My first recommendation is actually a trilogy of books: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago. There is an one-volume abridged version, which is good, but I would recommend the three volume work. It is a combination of history, biography, autobiography, philosophy, and spirituality. It is a masterpiece.

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One of the greatest works of spiritual fiction is still Dante’s Divine Comedy. This too is split into three sections (Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven), and they can be read separately, but they really should be read together and in order. It is an artistic depiction of the afterlife which invites deep meditation on just what awaits us after this life. Also, for those with a darker sense of humor, Hell and Purgatory are quite a romp.

Similar to Dante’s Divine Comedy, though very different, is John Milton’s Paradise Lost. It is a long poem that tries to envision the fall of the demons into hell and the subsequent temptation and fall of mankind.

Last, but certainly not least, if you just need something short, fun, and easy, I would recommend any collection of stories by P. G. Wodehouse. You might be familiar with some of his material if you have ever heard of Jeeves and Wooster. There are numerous collections of his stories, and they are easy reads for an enjoyable afternoon or evening.

~ Father Aaron Ferris

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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