Christian Living

Thomas a Kempis- The Imitation of Christ
Martin Luther- On Christian Liberty
John Foxe- Book of Martyrs
Brother Lawrence- The Practice of the Presence of God
G.K. Chesterton- Orthodoxy
Dietrich Bonhoeffer- The Cost of Discipleship
C.S. Lewis- The Screwtape Letters
C.S. Lewis- Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis- The Weight of Glory
Brother Andrew- God's Smuggler
Corrie ten Boom- The Hiding Place
Francis Schaeffer- How Should We Then Live?
A.W. Tozer- The Knowledge of the Holy



Homer- The Illiad
Sophocles- Antigone
Virgil- The Aeneid

Medieval and Renaissance

Beowulf (Author Unknown)
The Song of Roland (Author Unknown)
Dante- The Divine Comedy
Sir Thomas Malory- Le Morte d'Arthur
William Shakespeare- A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare- Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare- Henry V

Enlightenment through 1800s

Daniel Defoe- Robinson Crusoe
Jonathan Swift- Gulliver’s Travels
Jane Austen- Pride and Prejudice
Mary Shelley- Frankenstein
Sir Walter Scott- Ivanhoe
Charles Dickens- Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens- A Tale of Two Cities
Charlotte Bronte- Jane Eyre
Harriet Beecher Stowe- Uncle Tom's Cabin
George MacDonald- Phantastes
Fyodor Dostoevsky- Crime and Punishment
Jules Verne- Around The World In 80 Days
Mark Twain- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Robert Louis Stevenson- Treasure Island
Leo Tolstoy- The Death of Ivan Ilyich

20th Century

Baroness Orczy- The Scarlet Pimpernel
G.K. Chesterton- The Man Who Was Thursday
T.S. Eliot- Murder in the Cathedral
T.S. Eliot- The Four Quartets
C.S. Lewis- The Space Trilogy
C.S. Lewis- The Chronicles of Narnia
J.R.R. Tolkien- The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien- The Lord of the Rings
George Orwell- Animal Farm
Ernest Hemingway- The Old Man and the Sea
Ray Bradbury- Fahrenheit 451
Robert Heinlein- Starship Troopers
Harper Lee- To Kill A Mockingbird
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn- One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich
Robert Frost- The Poetry of Robert Frost
Orson Scott Card- Ender's Game



James Sire- The Universe Next Door
Bill Bennett- The Book of Virtues
J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig- Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

Historical Texts

Plato- The Trial and Death of Socrates
Plato- The Republic (Books 6-7)
Aristotle- The Nicomachean Ethics
St. Augustine- Confessions
Thomas More- Utopia
Sir Francis Bacon- Essays
Blaise Pascal- Pensées
C.S. Lewis- The Abolition of Man

 Politics and Economics

Aristotle- Politics
Machievelli- The Prince
John Locke- Second Treatise on Civil Government
Montesquieu- The Spirit of the Laws
Adam Smith- The Wealth of Nations
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay- The Federalist Papers
Edmund Burke- Reflections on the Revolution in France
Alexis de Tocqueville- Democracy in America
F.H. Hayek- The Road to Serfdom
Richard Weaver- Ideas Have Consequences
Russell Kirk- The Roots of American Order

 History and Biography

Sun Tzu- The Art of War
Plutarch- Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans
Benjamin Franklin- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Winston Churchill- A History of the English Speaking Peoples
Elizabeth Eliot- Through Gates of Splendor
Whittaker Chambers- Witness
Edwin Meese III- With Reagan
Eric Metaxas- Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet

Worldviews Hostile to Christianity

Karl Marx- The Communist Manifesto
John Stuart Mill- Utilitarianism
Friedrich Nietzsche- Beyond Good and Evil

Generation Joshua Recommended Reading List

Thomas Jefferson once wrote "I cannot live without books." But what books ought the educated member of a free society read?

Here at Generation Joshua, we've taken time working through some of the greatest classics of Western civilization to compile a list of books that we would recommend to any conservative American should read.

The list ranges from classic texts which built Western philosophy, such as Plato's Republic or Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, to iconic works of Western literature, such as Dante's The Divine Comedy or Shakespeare's Henry V, to modern classics of conservative political theory, such as Russell Kirk's The Roots of American Order or Richard Weaver's Ideas Have Consequences. In addition, we've included a number of supplemental resources to aid in understanding the big picture of Western civilization.

Wondering where to begin? Try The Roots of American Order, or email us at