I’m Reading: The Thirty-Nine Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps

By John Buchan

“This is one of the classics of the mystery/thriller genre, and it has a great deal of historical importance. That’s easy to see when you place it up against other famous books of this era — stuff by Le Queux or Oppenheim, for instance. … The protagonist, Richard Hannay, is a middle class guy thrust out of his humdrum life by a chance encounter with adventure. How many modern thrillers start out with the same general premise?”

Actually, Christine is reading this classic to me from her (actually, our) Kindle. Alfred Hitchcock made a classic film thriller named The Thirty-Nine Steps after purchasing Buchan’s title, but the story was completely different. I’d like to see a movie based on Buchan’s original vision.

This book is free on Kindle.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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