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03 April 2012

Your Five Favorite Christian Books

After a bit of a hiatus from blogging, I return with a simple question: other than the Bible, what are the five Christian books that have influenced your life the most or are simply your favorites?

Here's my list (links go to Amazon.com):

  1. The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
  2. (the link goes to a free Kindle edition of the book!)
  3. Mere Christianity - C. S. Lewis
  4. The Screwtape Letters - C. S. Lewis
  5. Pagan Christianity - Frank Viola and George Barna
  6. Not the Religious Type: Confessions of a Turncoat Atheist - Dave Schmelzer
And there's a bonus sixth book:
  1. The Creator and the Cosmos - Hugh Ross
For the sake of brevity I won't give the reasons each of those books is on my top five/six list, but I highly recommend reading each one. I may elaborate in the comments.

What does your list look like? Feel free to share thoughts about what makes each of the books on your list special to you.

13 comments:

Anthony Stephens said...

I'm not sure this list would be the "top", but they've really spoken to me (no particular order):
1. Mere Christianity - C. S. Lewis
2. What a Way to Live: Running Life By the Kingdom Agenda - Tony Evans
3. The Hole in Our Gospel - Richard Stearnes
4. The Pursuit of God - A W Tozer
5. The Cost of Discipleship - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Christy said...

ONLY FIVE?

1. Victory Over the Darkness - Neil T. Anderson
2. The Bondage Breaker - Neil T. Anderson
3. The Common Made Holy - Neil T. Anderson
4. The Core of Christianity - Neil T. Anderson
(I guess you know who my favorite author is by now!)
5. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire - Jim Cymbala

C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters also made a big impact on me.

Christy said...

ONLY FIVE?

1. Victory Over the Darkness - Neil T. Anderson
2. The Bondage Breaker - Neil T. Anderson
3. The Common Made Holy - Neil T. Anderson
4. The Core of Christianity - Neil T. Anderson
(I guess you know who my favorite author is by now!)
5. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire - Jim Cymbala

C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters also made a big impact on me.

Jody Hooven said...

Like Anthony, there is no particular order. These are books that changed my way of thinking and the way I act.

1) The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch
2) The Present Future, Reggie McNeal
3) Permission Evangelism, Michael L. Simpson
4) Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, Reggie Joiner, Carey Nieuwhof
5) Under The Overpass, Mike Yankoski

And, as one who speaks/preaches/teaches, there is none better than:

6) Communicating for a Change, Andy Stanley

Lisa Laree said...

No order here, either...and some of these are not necessarily overtly Christian, but have strong Christian themes:

Hind's Feet in High Places, Hannah Hurnard
The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis
Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
The Book of the Dun Cow, Walter Wagnerin

Dean Lusk said...

Ah, lots of good books on those lists! (Especially the C. S. Lewis ones.)
 
Someone (it may have been Christy) loaned me "The Hole in Our Gospel" but I haven't read it yet. Thanks for the reminder, Anthony. I've heard overwhelmingly positive things about it. It's made a huge impression on many people.
 
I've never read "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" and have meant to do that since my friend Phil Carlisle read it years ago. It had a profound impact on him. Hadn't thought about the book in a long time. Glad you mentioned it, Christy.
 
Jody, I don't think I'm familiar with any of those books, but I loved the title of the first one -- "The Forgotten Ways" -- and hit Amazon to see a summary. Looks like a must-read.
 
And Lisa... I'd forgotten about the Space Trilogy! It's been years since I read it and it's high time to pull them out again. I've got "The Great Divorce" in audiobook form, but it's funny; I have trouble connecting to a book that's read aloud. I much prefer to read it. Your post led my to www.cslewis.org, where I found some study guides.
 
I can tell I'm going to need to find some time to sit down with some books soon. Thanks for your input!

Chris Rigoni said...

Hmmm...five:

1. Walking with God - John Eldredge
2. Love and War - John and Stasi Eldredge
3. The Circle Maker - Mark Batterson
4. The Christian Atheist - Craig Groeschel
5. Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus - Kyle Idleman

In no particular order, of course.

Lisa Laree said...

The Great Divorce was a major eye-opener to me; my copy is underlined and marked up. And The Space Trilogy...can you imagine being allowed to convey to heavenly beings what God has been doing on earth since the fall of Satan? One of my most successful college English papers was an exploration of the idea that Gandalf and Merlin were really the same person...and I used the Space trilogy as a key part of that argument. My professor, who was a casual follower of some obscure Asian religious philosophy, commented that if he had read Lewis at the proper time in his life he probably would've become a Christian instead.

Lucy said...

Mere Christianity
Til We Have Faces
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess--Hatmaker
Unchristian--Cunningham, Kinnaman, & Lyons
Letters to a Diminished Church--Sayers

We have Pagan Christianity, but I haven't read it yet. I am currently reading Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker

Julie said...

Believing God by Beth Moore
Praying God's Word by Beth Moore
Creative Correction by Lisa Welchel
Fasting by Franklin Jentezen
This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti

Julie :)

Preston N said...

A little late getting these in, but here you go. The top book on my list by George Otis Jr is a masterpiece of Christian literature in my opinion. I could hand this book to a non-beleiver and in a few pages have them understand what being a Christian really means. Great book.

1. The God They Never Knew: Religion without Relationship - George Otis Jr
2. Does God Know the Future? - Michael Saia
3. God the Possible - Greg Boyd
4. Understanding the Cross - Michael Saia
5. God's Strategy in Human History - Foster and Marston

David said...

To complete my list, after suggesting "Not a Fan" here is the 5 books that have helped me.
1. A Case for Faith - Lee Strobel
2. Not A Fan - Kyle Idleman
3. Every Man's Marriage - Autebon?
4. The Great Divorce - CS Lewis
5. Radical Together - David Platt

Dean Lusk said...

Fantastic! Thanks to everyone who's chimed in. If you'd like to see a few more top five lists people have added you can go to this same blog post at Revelife.com; they republish many of the things I post here.
 
It's interesting to me how much our book choices tend to reflect our personalities (or even vice versa).
 
I can say that there are now a bunch of books on my "really want to read" list because of your input here. Very grateful for that.
 
Anything on your upcoming/potential reading list that you're especially excited about? (I'm greatly looking forward to "Man of Steel" in 2013, but that's a little more like what we'd call a "movie.")

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