Well, it's that time of year again when I turn 29 (thankfully, I don't look a day over 45). Ha! Actually, I am turning 36 today and Princess Kelly will be taking the day off from blogging to be fawned over and doted upon.
However, I am pleased to have a guest blogger filling in for me today. Allow me to introduce Colin Hutt, one of our dearest friends who wrote the following about Jeff:
Jeff's List of 11 Favorite Books
My last conversation with Jeff was at the hospice. In a blog post a few weeks before, Jeff mentioned that Les Miserables was one of his favorite books. Being a big fan of Victor Hugo, too, I wanted to find out what else was on his list. We talked about books and authors and deeper meanings for nearly two hours. It wasn't easy for him to talk, but his passion for literature was clear. So for any other "bookies" out there who also wondered what was on Jeff's list, here you go. The list is in the order he brought them up and a few of his comments are noted in parentheses:
1. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
2. Emma - Jane Austen
3. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (he likes the book best; the musical was great; he heard the 1998 movie version was good except it completely changed the meaning of the ending by having Javier kill himself)
4. Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien (A funny note on this one: Jeff said "Lord of the Rings" and for some reason I thought he was talking about "Lord of the Flies," which led to both of us being very confused for about 10 minutes.)
5. Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
6. The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis (Jeff said he planned to give a copy of this book to any young man who wants to marry one of his daughters; he would give the suitor a weekend to read it and if he didn't like the book, Jeff would "seriously consider" not letting him marry his daughter.)
7. Surprised by Joy - C.S. Lewis ("experiences of joy are proof that God exists")
8. Miracles - C.S. Lewis ("the great imagination of God")
9. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
10. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Happy reading and thinking of Jeff.
Editor's Note: In his will, Jeff left all of his books, including The Screwtape Letters, to Aubrey. I had no idea Jeff was plotting to use this book (which is also one of my all-time favorites) to derail her tender romances. Oh well. My girls are not allowed to date until they're married anyway.