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You will be able to learn new and unique religious perspective when reading through our list of the 50 Most Amazing Christian Books. Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Add more into your spiritual growth by adding in a few of the wonderful stories below. Some of these books provide heartwarming devotionals while others will provide you with harrowing religious encounters that characters have faced throughout their life. A few of these books will provide a viewpoint that is so challenging to your own ideas that if you read them with an open heart they might change your life. These are the 50 Most Amazing Christian Books.
In his final published work, C.S. Lewis retells the myth of Cupid and Psyche. Using his extraordinary talent for storytelling, Lewis chooses to present this Greek classic through the eyes of Orual, Psyche’s sister, weaving the well-known myth into a greater tapestry of Orual’s desperate search for love. Considered by Lewis himself to be his greatest book, this unusual story instills a sense of wonder and curiosity, resulting in this book being hard to put down.
Elisabeth Elliot narrates the account of five missionaries to the Auca people of Ecuador. While listening to a radio receiver with the other wives of these missionaries, she receives shocking news. Now the widow of a Christian martyr, she continues her late husband’s work and remains dedicated to bringing the gospel to Ecuador. This is a fascinating catalog of events that shows the true devotion that a family can have for serving the Lord and spreading His Word despite deadly adversity.
Throughout history, there have been men and women who have changed the world. Krusen presents twelve such people who all share one trait. They are all Christians. Examining the faith of such icons as Abraham Lincoln and Florence Nightingale, Krusen covers stories of vulnerable moments where an inspiration of faith led each of these people in different ways to fulfill God’s plan in their lives and consequently alter the course of history.
A lot of Christians struggle with guilt when it comes to enjoying material pleasures on Earth. Joe Rigney insists that there is no need to be guilty because enjoying such things as a delicious meal is a Biblical way to partake in God’s creation. Rigney explains that God specifically created certain things to be enjoyed, and we glorify Him when we find joy in His creation. The arguments Rigney presents offer a different perspective on the simple pleasures of life, regardless of whether or not you fully agree with his position.
This spiritual book does more than merely describe who Jesus is. With honesty and passion, Ellen G. White teaches how you can learn about Jesus and draw closer to Him on your own. Emphasizing forming a relationship of close friendship, White shows the reader how to rejoice in the love that was given to us when Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross. This book offers a lot of treasures for those who seek a closer companionship with the Lord.
This book introduces a decidedly Lutheran take on the theology of the cross. It covers basic questions and explains the role of sacraments in the church. Veith presents the Lutheran perspective in a humble way, describing how the worldview falls somewhere between that of the Roman Catholic and the Evangelical. For anyone curious about the Lutheran faith, this book is a simple, yet thorough primer on all matters relating to the cross.
When it comes to Christianity and the Bible, the world is full of questions from the simple to the complex. Wright uses the Word of God to answer these questions, beginning with the most basic and working his way up. Intended to speak to nonbelievers or be used as a stepping stone for new Christians, this informational work covers a variety of Christian doctrines as well as facets of Christian living.
Bullying ourselves into trying harder at prayer isn’t going to do much actually to get us closer to God. In this prayer guide, Boyd allows readers to stop struggling to force themselves into meaningful prayer. He is certain that it is much better to restfully use your imagination, utilizing visualization as a form of meditation to complement your prayer life.
Just like a man is a fallen creation, Kenton L. Sparks writes that the Bible is also affected by the fallibility of its authors. This is the reason, according to Sparks, that the Bible contradicts itself and contains such “dark” passages as those commanding Christians to slaughter Canaanites. This doesn’t mean that the authority of Scripture is called into question. Rather, this means that the Bible is in need of redemption, just as is mankind.
In this book, David Platt explains how many of today’s Christians have interpreted the gospel in such a way that it conveniently fits our comforts and customs. What happened to the way that disciples of the Bible were expected to live? Platt suggests that we once again read what the scripture suggests, take those words as they are meant, and live our lives by them.
What is the meaning of life? Rick Warren seeks to help his readers discover the answer to this age-old question. He explains that there is an answer for why you are live, whether that matters and what on earth you are here for. Living a life driven by purpose brings a transforming significance to your life, which Warren explains in a simple, straightforward manner. This book is perfect for a daily devotional or Bible study group.
As an Old Testament theologian, Walter Brueggemann explains that the prophets of the Bible required a great deal of imagination in order to interpret and deliver the messages that God entrusted them with. Prophets were given a unique glimpse into God’s world, whether He spoke directly to them or showed them Heavenly images. Brueggemann goes into great depth about the role of the prophet and uses that information to provide practical applications for modern ministry.
The primary message that Rosalind Rinker conveys through this book is that prayer is more than merely sending words up toward God. It is a
One of the most famous allegories of all time, this book by John Bunyan takes you through the life of Christian as he journeys to the Celestial City. When he sets out from his home, he is known as Pilgrim, and it isn’t until he goes through the Wicket Gate to the Cross that he sheds his burden and earns the name Christian. The rest of the book
A lot of the customs we take part in don’t come from the Bible at all. In fact, this book suggests that a lot of these rituals and practices taking part in the church today are actually harmful to the message of God. A controversial book, the authors take on a variety of church standards, from the building itself to how we worship. This book admonishes Christians to seek a Biblical reason for doing the things we do, especially in the name of worship.
This book, written for a charitable promotion, is yet another of Max Lucado’s extraordinarily motivating works. He urges Christians to live a meaningful life and not waste time on fruitless pursuits. Full of good examples on how to
This work by Chesterton shows a personal view of the Christian faith. In this book, he uses the example of a traveling explorer who ends up discovering England. Chesterton’s use of humor in no way detracts from the intellectual arguments he makes in favor of the Apostle’s Creed. In this book, he describes his own journey to the faith using rational thought, ultimately finding orthodoxy to be bright and liberating.
A famous Chinese Christian, Watchman Nee discussed the nature of the church and the Biblical view of the local church during conferences held in China. This book is an insightful compilation of some of the messages given. A remarkable book that addresses the division of the church into denominations, Nee’s work continues to be an essential part of any Christian book collection.
In a world caught between the ideas of control and passivity, pastor Gregory A. Boyd illustrates a beautiful revolution. This revolution comes about by imitating the life of Jesus Christ, who Boyd describes as radical. Boyd talks about living a life of
As a child who had to bear witness to his own father’s murder, Brother Nathan recalls being consumed with the desire to exact revenge upon the terrorists who committed this horrific act. Choosing forgiveness instead, he decides to become a minister in his homeland. Nathan’s memories are a powerful account of rejecting bitterness and continuing to live a life
During his years in Nazi Germany, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a part of an underground seminary. Through his book, Bonhoeffer highlights the importance of the Christian community and upholding fellowship, even in times of adversity. He gives guidelines on how to form and keep a community running and Christ-centered. He also strongly urges Christians to be as brothers and sisters to one another.
This book is an edited collection of the personal writings of David Brainerd, who brought the Word of God to the Native Americans in New Jersey and surrounding areas. Each diary entry is raw and revealing, written in a time and place where the concepts of Christianity were new to the American Indians. Despite battling depression, he overcame many external obstacles in order to deliver the gospel of Christ.
According to J.I. Packer, there are two primary facets of knowing God. First, it is important to know who He is. Second, it is essential to know Him in the sense of having an interpersonal relationship. Packer urges Christians to put knowing God first in their
Backed up with extensive research, Walter Martin uses this apologetic reference to specifically target the beliefs of modern day cults. Within the book is a wealth of information on the histories and holy books of groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Church of Latter Day Saints. Despite the book’s bold title, Martin takes a humble approach, using scripture rather than his own opinions to refute doctrines and pointing out the positives within each group.
Examining God’s plan of salvation, N.T. Wright shows that there is so much more to salvation than simply an action that must be performed in order to be accepted into Heaven. Of particular importance is justification, something that Paul uses in his writings in order to illustrate how Christians have had their sins forgiven and cannot be held accused. Wright asserts that justification means even more than this.
More than a mere historical biography of the life of Jesus Christ, this book glorifies His divine being. Rather than beginning at the birth in Bethlehem, He is introduced as a part of the eternal Holy Trinity. In this book, the many Biblical signs and prophecies of Jesus are emphasized, from the Old Testament to the New Testament. For a poetic account of the life of Christ and the eternal nature of His holy being, this is a book that has something to offer for both the new Christian and the theologian.
Beginning from the time of His ascension, Jesus’ ministry is largely overlooked by many, save to look forward to His glorious return. Frank Viola details seven ministries that Jesus is fervently accomplishing in
After deciding to write down everything that she believed God was telling her, missionary Sarah Young humbly shared these treasures, blessing all who read them. Her book is an uplifting devotional that inspiring with simple and direct wording. Every devotional is backed up by a reference to God’s Word. Beyond just being
There is no doubt that there are many different schools of thought when it comes to interpreting the words of the Bible, especially those of the Old Testament. On the conservative side, scholars insist on a rigid view of the Scriptures. Opposing them are modernists who challenge the orthodox views. Peter Enns weighs in on the issue, daring to debate the inerrancy of the Bible. This book is useful for anyone struggling with understanding and interpreting the Old Testament.
An ambitious book of apologetics, Geisler and Turek take on many branches of science as they methodically build a strong case for the existence of God. Their argument is built around the rationality of believing in God. Therefore, they assert, it would take a lot more of a leap of faith to believe in the most absurd option of atheism. This book is for any Christian because sometimes even the strongest of us have nagging doubts. The discussions in this book dispel those doubts and are sure to build a strong, rational faith in the Lord.
This beloved allegory follows a girl named Much-Afraid, who lives in the village of Much-Trembling. Seeking for guidance from the Chief Shepherd, she sets out with her friends to travel to reach a higher place. The story is simple and enjoyable, and the trials that she faces are much like the realistic challenges that all Christians face in their lives. Hurnard’s story has a lot of heart and is sure to by readers of all ages.
God’s grace is one of our greatest gifts, and while we speak of it quite often, many of us do not as often contemplate the real wonder that grace is. Swindoll shows us how to live a life that lets us grow in grace, explaining how to resist the trap of legalism and instead live by the heart. This book shows not only how to recognize and live by the grace of God, but also how to extend that grace in our interactions with others.
What did it cost God to grant us free will? Sanders addresses the question of God’s omnipotence regarding a creation over which He has chosen to withhold a portion of His control. A relevant entry in the philosophical discussion about evil and suffering, Sanders persuades readers that the God of the Bible is a God who risks. This, he insists, is what makes Him loving rather than merely all-knowing and all-powerful.
The remarkable thing about McDonough’s book about salvation is that not only does she cover the believer’s journey in accepting Christ, but she also examines the eternal aspect of salvation itself. McDonough writes about the tripartite existence of man, who is made up of spirit, body, and soul. This book illustrates just how much we have been made “in His image” through regeneration, transformation, and transfiguration.
For those seeking to be able to listen truly and communicate with God, this book defines important traits to possess. Tozer emphasizes the importance of being still and listening to God in reverence. Besides being in the correct frame of mind to listen, this book also explains how a Christian should set themselves apart from the world to become the kind of person that God speaks to. This is a great book for anyone looking to actually bring living for Christ to the next level.
As Christians grow in faith, our experiences change us in lots of little ways that cause us to evolve over time. Escobar recalls a time in which she found that she didn’t believe the same things that she used to. Having found that one can discard old beliefs and accept new ones without losing faith in God, she provides insight for those Christians finding themselves somewhat disillusioned as they learn and grow older.
Chesterton challenges prevailing views of social Darwinism in this exploration of the history of humankind. With witty humor, he dismantles traditional secular views with a charming deftness that is elegant in its simplicity. As far as apologists go, Chesterton is one of the most highly praised, this particular book being one of the primary factors influencing C.S. Lewis’ conversion from atheism to Christianity.
A story of learning humility and compassion, this classic novel is a view of a young priest in the countryside of France, told through the pages of a diary. The simple diary recounts the daily internal reflections of the country priest while he wrestles with feelings of inferiority. Though he feels powerless to affect his parishioners, his diligence causes him to press on. This is a great book for anyone in the ministry.
In this book, renowned theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer makes a distinction between what he calls “cheap grace” and “costly grace.” He explains that when you take the easy way, you can make the Bible mean whatever you wish it to, and tell people what they want to hear so that they respond well to you. The latter speaks of the self-sacrifices that one must make to pursue an authentic discipleship, despite the fact that others’ responses will not often be pleasant.
St. Augustine’s autobiography commences with describing younger years full of sin and pride. He explores his motives and the nature of good and evil throughout his young adulthood and years at Carthage. After struggling with inner turmoil, he converts to Christianity. The autobiography of St. Augustine is a work meant to guide and encourage through conversion, and it glorifies God by showing the relevance of the Christ in establishing a two-way relationship with God.
In a world where there exists plenty of discord between the faiths of Christianity and Islam, Shenk contends that it is possible and even essential to establish meaningful relationships despite the conflicting worldviews. He calls upon 50 years of experience as a Mennonite missionary among the Muslim community and often uses personal experiences to illustrate his point. Emphasizing respect and honesty, Shenk puts forth 12 ways for Christians to form friendships with Muslims while still holding true to Christ’s teachings.
Wife of Steven Curtis Chapman of contemporary Christian music fame, Mary Beth Chapman writes a memoir that tells of her daily hectic, the joys and struggles of being a mother, and coping with profound tragedy. What makes this book so valuable is that Chapman is very relatable, so it is easy to apply her message that there is hope to be found in the hard times if you choose to see.
Journalist Lee Strobel interviews experts and scholars of various fields in his goal to uncover extra-Biblical evidence to support the case for Christ. As a former atheist, Strobel asks tough questions, investigating the historical evidence that corroborates the truths of the Bible and the existence of God. Filled with compelling facts, “The Case for Christ” will challenge any skeptic and reaffirm the faith of any believer.
A standard book within the Anglican faith, “The Book of Common Prayer,” as edited and reformed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, outlines the structure of worship services. This book contains words and scriptural excerpts to be sung or spoken for daily prayer, Sunday services, and Communion. The contents of this book have influenced Christians for centuries.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was both a pastor and a spy during World War II. This biography reveals the story of one of the few men working to bring down the Nazi regime from within. Using previously unreleased documents, Metaxas pieces together a heart-wrenching narrative of Bonhoeffer’s bravery as he places himself in danger to smuggle Jews to safety while attempting to fracture and tear out the heinous blot of Nazism upon Germany.
As plain and simple as its title, “Basic Christianity” presents the Christian faith by its essential elements. Designed as an introduction to Christian doctrine, this book defines who God is and what the basic principles of Christianity are. This book provides satisfying answers to questions such as “What is
Written in the first person, this story introduces a group of Baby Boomers in their teenage years. Fast forward to 2007, when millions of people begin to have their lives impacted by a global recession. The former teens are now members of the wealthy elite who reflect on how they’ve come to live on the Gold Coast, their generation blamed for the ruin, so many Americans face. Weddle presents these viewpoints in his narrative, but also suggests that the Baby Boomer generation can still impact the world in a positive way.
“Do you pray?” This question is urgently asked of the reader many times throughout this bold and heartfelt sermon on prayer. While short and straightforward, this book delivers more than its primary message of why you should pray. Ryle also addresses how you should pray and what it means to become a true person of prayer. Timeless in its message, this book is a classic primer that lovingly encourages an honest and private prayer life.
Every person in a relationship has a unique way in which we express our love to our partner or spouse, and certain things that we interpret as signs of affection. Chapman explains that these are the ways we speak in our love language, whether by using Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, or Physical Touch. By finding out your partner’s love language, and understanding your own, you can communicate in love more fluently than ever before.