Recommended Books


Here is a brief guide for further reading on Christian classical education:

1.    The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain.

This book is an indispensable aid to understanding Christian liberal arts education at a level that anyone can understand.

2.    Beauty for Truth’s Sake: On the Re-enchantment of Education by Stratford Caldecott.

A noteworthy manifesto that attempts to restore mystery and wonder to its proper place in education.

3.    The Christian Philosophy of Education Explained by Stephen Perks.

This text clearly defines Christian education. It is not to be academically inferior, culturally retreatist, or modeled after the humanistic schools.  This book shows how Christian education should be explained.

4.   “The Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy Sayers.

English scholar, mystery novelist, and Christian thinker Dorothy Sayers wrote this insightful, idealistic essay many years ago.  It outlines the model used in classical Christian education called the Trivium, and it explains how the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages naturally fit the mental growth of children and the mastery of a field of knowledge.  She had no idea or expectation that her essay would have such a tremendous influence in the latter part of the twentieth century.  But “ideas have consequences.”

5.    Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen.

As a work of sarcasm, Esolen attempts to identify the chief ways educators can arouse the imaginations of children amidst a strong culture of banality.

6. The Seven Laws of Teaching by John Milton Gregory.

First published in 1884, this presentation of the laws of teaching is a timeless guide to the basic principles of good teaching.

7. The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby.

This book provides excellent guidance and counsel for those preparing for one of the most difficult transitions of life — that of leaving high school and entering college. Helpful for students and parents alike.

8. Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman.

Though Mr. Postman is now deceased, his work lives on, encouraging 21st century people who are immersed in digital media to re-think the power of the printed word and resist the ever-present temptation to be amused to death by the trivial and banal influences of television and electronic media.

9. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

More than a handbook on parenting, this book is a guide for parents to apply biblical truth to childrearing. The principles in this book are also an excellent guide for the discipleship and discipline of students while at school.