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Lazarus, Meet Winnie John 11:1-45

Lazarus, Meet Winnie

The Lazarus story reminds us of the power of belief.


What books should be included in a list of the top 10 ever? Editors, writers and readers enjoy discussing such a question. Another question doesn’t ask about greatness, but about influence. What books have been the most influential books in our lives?



For material based on today’s epistle text, see “Solvitur Ambulando,” April 6, 2014.


The greatest book of all time. An unforgettable story, told by an incredibly gifted author. At the top of the list are:

  • In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust, a recollection of the narrator’s childhood.
  • Ulysses, by James Joyce, the passage of a man through Dublin on an ordinary day in 1904.
  • Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, the story of a retired man who becomes obsessed with chivalry.
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a chronicle of the Roaring 1920s.
  • Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, the tale of Captain Ahab and his pursuit of a white whale.



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