It seems that there are a lot of “Top Ten” lists of books that every Christian should read. So, as I sat down this morning, I thought to myself, “Why not make one of those lists?” With that in mind, here goes my top list:
#1. The Bible. This may be the most obvious of them all, yet it is strangely missing on a lot of lists. Without a doubt or hesitation, I can say that every Christian should read the Bible. All too often people will read books about the Bible while never having read the Bible itself. I understand you may have to read a book about a time or country that you are unable to visit, but getting your hands on a Bible in most places is not that difficult. The Bible is the sacred text of the Christian faith and, as such, should be read by adherents of the faith.
#2. Mere Christianity. This classic by C.S. Lewis is an excellent, understandable defense of Christianity. Lewis was a remarkably articulate writer who seemed to make difficult concepts very accessible.
#3. Christianity 101. This book, by Gilbert Bilezikian, was one of the first I read after deciding to get serious about my faith. I still recommend it to others as a great introduction to the faith. In particular, I like that Bilezikian exposes the reader to different views within the church on a variety of doctrines.
#4. Know What You Believe. I read this little gem by Paul Little while working on my undergraduate degree at Moody Bible Institute. To this day, I still think it is one of the more useful books that I have come across. Between this book and Bilezikian’s, you should be able to get a grasp on the major doctrines of the church.
#5. Know Why You Believe. This is another book by Paul Little that I think is worth reading, especially for those who are in the early stages of their Christian walk, or those who simply have not thought about why they believe what they believe.
#6. Disciplines of a Godly Man. I was recommended this book, written by R. Kent Hughes, years ago, and I am grateful that I took the time to read it. Now, I should note that between the author and his wife, they have books that relate specifically to men, women, and the family, so they have you covered. While there are many who will put Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline, I find this book to be far superior. In particular, I found it to be the most practical book I have read relating to spiritual disciplines.
#7. Pilgrim’s Progress. This classic by John Bunyan is another that I read soon after deciding to take my faith seriously. I am just as impressed today, as I was then, with how Bunyan managed to intertwine the Scriptures into his book. The man is masterful in that regard.
#8. Evidences of Christianity. Another classic on the list, this one was written by William Paley. You may be more familiar with Paley as he relates to the design argument. This book, however, is a rich treasure trove of information as the author sets out a case for the Christian faith. His argumentation is methodical and well supported. And, as a bonus, the book is in the Public Domain so you can read it for free.
#9. Reasonable Faith. William Lane Craig does a superb job of laying out his case for the Christian faith in this book. For those who might think the content is a little too advanced, his book, On Guard, is more accessible, while still covering much of the same information. Of the modern apologetics books, this is a great place to start.
#10. The Space Trilogy. Before there was Narnia, C.S. Lewis wrote a trilogy of books: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. The books can be purchased individually, or as a single bound collection. The Books are real treat to read even while dealing with heavy spiritual ideas. While I particularly enjoyed the first and third books, they are all worthwhile and I can heartily recommend them to any Christian looking for some quality science-fiction to read.
Now, I should close this post out by saying that you can always check out my books 😉