2013 - Classics, VOLUME 6

Shane Claiborne – Writers on the Classics #1

Shane ClaiborneIn 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.


Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication.  ERB Editor Chris Smith has a new piece on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.


We’ve asked a number of noted writers to pick the classics that they often return to, and we will be running these lists as a weekly feature on our website through 2013.


We launch this series with a list of classics by Shane Claiborne.

Shane is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a Christian community in Philadelphia and author of the bestselling book [easyazon-link asin=”0310266300″ locale=”us”]The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical[/easyazon-link].


[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1570755817″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DMVYF1ZQL.jpg” width=”216″] [easyazon-link asin=”1570755817″ locale=”us”]Dorothy Day: Selected Writings[/easyazon-link] Robert Ellsberg, ed. [easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1570755353″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ml4KX1hUL.jpg” width=”207″] [easyazon-link asin=”1570755353″ locale=”us”]The Violence of Love[/easyazon-link] By Oscar Romero
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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0826412769″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41OtPGPAMuL.jpg” width=”223″] [easyazon-link asin=”0826412769″ locale=”us”]Pedagogy of the Oppressed[/easyazon-link] by Paulo Freire

Letter from a Birmingham Jail
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  1. This is interesting, although it would be nice to know why he chose the books! As writers, can’t they write something?

    • When inviting writers to participate in this series, we requested that if possible they include a brief rationale with their titles, and many of the lists that we have received so far do include some degree of explanation (watch for those in coming weeks).

  2. What strikes me about this list: Some good reading, but too contemporary. I’d like to think that someone older than Tolstoy has something of value for Claiborne.

  3. Wow, definitely not surprised by some of these titles. Being familiar with Shane’s work, I could have guess Bonhoeffer, Thurman, Day, but it is refreshing to see him site Berry, Manning, and Foster as well.

  4. is there a way to format it so all the books are on the same page?