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10 Books Every Christian Should Read

Hello, my name is Scott and I’m a reader…

I was asked a couple of months ago, “What are some books you think everybody should read?” The question really set me to thinking – and honestly answering it has been harder than I thought it would be. I read so much and so widely that whittling it all down to a list of just 10 has been quite a challenge.

For almost every one of these books I could have substituted 3 or 5 or 10 others on the same topic, but I tried to stick with books that can be found pretty easily and inexpensively. I feel confident than anyone can buy all these books and spend no more than $50 – $70, if they’re willing to buy used books.

By the way, the Bible is a given, so please – no comments about how I didn’t include it on the list.

Here they are in no particular order:

  • The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren. The best selling hardback book in history for good reason.
  • Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis. The classic defense/explanation of true faith.
  • The Grace Awakening – Charles Swindoll. Arguably one of the best preachers of the last 50 years, Swindoll makes a stirring case for the gospel of grace.
  • My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers. This classic devotional work was compiled by Chamber’s wife after his death on the mission field at 43.
  • Forgotten God – Francis Chan. A brief, basic theology of the Holy Spirit. Chan shows how the Spirit can and should operate in the life of the believer.
  • Vintage Jesus – Mark Driscoll. In straightforward style, Driscoll examines the person and work of Jesus Christ.
  • Experiencing God – Blackaby and King. Contemporary classic, dealing with how to deepen our relationship with our Creator.
  • With Christ in the School of Prayer – Andrew Murray. This well known work teaches how to grow stronger in our communication with God.
  • The Search for Significance – Robert S. McGee. Addresses the major ways we think incorrectly about ourselves, and reveals God and his grace as the way to health.
  • Law and Grace – Alva McClain. The best book I have ever read on the place and purpose of the Law in the Christian life.

Each book is available through Amazon and ChristianBook.com. Most are available through retail stores – though they may have to special order.  Four or five of the books can be found in almost any Goodwill or other thrift store. And, with the exception of “Law and Grace,” every book has an audio version available for folks who don’t like to read.

Just so you know, “Mere Christianity,” “With Christ in the School of Prayer,” and to a degree, “Law and Grace” are written in a less-than-contemporary style. Those books might be an uphill battle for the casual reader – but are well worth the effort.

Which of these have you read? What would you add or delete from the list?

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  1. greg
    March 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I have read 3 of these and McClain’s Law & Grace was the one book that really opened my understanding to God’s “ocean” of Grace available for our everyday walk.

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