32 books every Christian should read…and 4 to strongly consider.
When compiling our list of books that should be in every Christian’s library, we focused on a mixture of enduring classics as well as newer titles which are making a huge impact on believers today. Feel free to leave comments or your suggestions of books you believe should be on the list. Your ideas could help others. Click on the title to learn more.
One of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals (Christianity Today). Simply put, this is a thorough “biography of God” as defined by scripture.
From a man who witnessed first-hand the atrocities of World War II, this is the seminal reinterpretation of the role of Christianity in the modern, secularized world.
Bunyan’s classic is just as relevant today as it was when first published in 1678. We recommend the modern English version since it makes it more accessible to today’s readers. Children will love the story, while adults will be challenged by its teachings and insights on doctrine.
First published in 1978, Jerry Bridges’ classic is still impacting lives today by helping Christians understand their part of the command to “Be holy…”
One of the most popular Christian books of all time, this daily devotional containing the teachings and insights of Oswald Chambers has inspired millions of believers for generations.
Chuck Colson roused Christians to rise up, engage the culture, and impact it for Christ. “Being The Body” uses true stories to show what can happen when ordinary people fulfill the command to be the body of Christ in the world. It’s an incredibly inspiring read.
The true story of a Dutch family that risked their lives to help Jews escape the Nazis, only to eventually be sent to Nazi concentration camps when discovered. A timeless story of faith, compassion, and standing strong for Christ in the face of incredible oppression.
Mike Breaux shares the concept of creating “ripples” (like jumping into a pool “cannonball” style)—where a life touches a life, which touches a life, which touches a life, moving the lives of others toward Christ.
Boundaries define who we are and who we are not, and “Boundaries” has helped many Christians understand their proper limitations and responsibilities as well as how to resolve conflicts. Addresses one of the “hidden” problems in the lives of believers today.
A classic in the truest sense of the word, Mere Christianity lays out Lewis’ rational basis for Christianity, demonstrating that Christianity is not a religion of flitting angels and blind faith, but of free will, an innate sense of justice and the grace of God.
Goff inspires you to take nothing for granted in this world because every day presents opportunities to explore faith and show love. Look around and don’t miss them. A fun read that will help you understand that love…does.
It was written in 1953 yet the message is still vitally important today. People struggle to find peace, to find answers to the human condition, and Dr. Graham presents the biblical solution in very understandable terms for any reader.
A helpful resource for Christians seeking to better communicate the defense of their faith, Geisler and Turek explain that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself.
Eric Metaxas’ wonderful biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In Nazi Germany, Bonhoeffer declared that the church is “to speak for those who could not speak,” even when it could cost your life. Truly riveting.
The entire series is a must-read. And it’s not just for kids. C.S. Lewis tale includes unforgettable characters along with lessons about good and evil, courage and hope…and sacrifice.
Examines the evidence of Jesus to address skepticism of the Christian faith. Originally released in 1977, it has sold over 15 million copies, been translated into dozens of languages, and introduced countless people to the real Jesus. The updated version addresses questions raised by today’s popular atheist writers.
One of the best books dealing with pain and suffering in the Christian life, Yancey faces the subject with honesty and shuns simplistic, catch-phrase answers. You’ll finish this book with a new approach to suffering and to help others who hurt, as well.
Stepping out of our comfort zones can seem risky but that’s where Jesus is waiting to meet us and change us, deepening our character and our trust in God. The experience is terrifying, yet thrilling beyond belief. This award-winning book is humorous, challenging, and encouraging.
A wake-up call for those who profess to believe in God but live as if he doesn’t exist. Or for those who believe it’s ok to hold some areas of their life back from God. A hard-hitting read.
Winner of multiple awards in Christian publishing, John Stott’s masterpiece helps believers fully grasp the work of Christ on the cross. Dive into it…you’ll never look at the cross lightly again.
This is the call for believers to deny the cultural push to divide the sacred from the secular, and instead embrace the Christian world-view which provides a “biblically informed perspective on all reality.” Learn how to let your faith impact the world around you.
Frank Peretti changed the face of Christian fiction with the release of This Present Darkness in 1986. Well-developed characters and lots of suspense make it a great read, but it also encouraged believers to think beyond the visible world and into the realm of spiritual warfare.
Pascal (1623-1662) is known by many as a gifted mathematician and physicist but he was also a brilliant apologist for the Christian faith. At a time when Enlightened thinkers stressed “reason,” Pascal stressed the grace of God as man’s deepest need and his greatest hope.
Read by millions of couples, Harley’s insightful book describes the most vital needs of men and women and shows husbands and wives how to satisfy those needs in their spouses.
Any book by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones would be an excellent addition to a Christian library. However, “Spiritual Depression” is a stand-out. A lack of joy in the life of a believer can have a negative effect on their life and reflect poorly on Jesus Christ. Lloyd-Jones takes readers through the bible to identify the source of negative thinking and how to keep focused on Christ.
While not a particularly long read the impact is strong, nevertheless. An inspiring book to help Christians examine their lives and understand what it means to live for Christ and experience life “to the full.”
A masterpiece of fiction from J.R.R. Tolkien, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy is considered by many to be the best fantasy book of all time. Woven within the vivid imagery and unforgettable characters is a story of friendship, brotherly love, heroism, sacrifice, and the idea that anyone can make a difference. We highlight the first book, but you’ll want the entire trilogy in your library.
Over the centuries, many have viewed the Christian faith as just a set of rules that believers must follow in order to please God. Swindoll’s classic has helped multitudes to become free of legalistic restraints by reminding believers that grace, the heart of the Gospel, will change everything about us when we truly begin to understand what it means.
A.W. Tozer’s classic teaches that a thirst for an intimate relationship with God should be the experience of every follower of Christ. Yet, we too often accept mediocrity, overemphasize formality, and cling to worldliness. Tozer uses examples from Scripture and from the lives of saints who lived with this thirst for God.
Discipleship defined. Bonhoeffer lays out what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, irregardless of your occupation or social status. We are called to make an impact, no matter what. Most powerfully, learn the difference between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.”
Recounts the work of Brother Andrew, a young Dutch factory worker who, in the 1950s, began secretly transporting copies of the Bible across closed borders of Communist countries. An inspiring story of faith, prayer, miracles, and conviction. You’ll ask yourself, “How far am I willing to go to spread God’s Word?”
While many books can cover the topics found in “Systematic Theology,” having a resource that provides insight into Christian doctrine should be on your bookshelf (or online library). Grudem’s work is very approachable, clearly written, and in tune with our times.
Are you a fan or a follower of Jesus? Do you recognize the difference between the two? Using biblical examples, Kyle Idleman shares what it means to be a true follower…and it doesn’t mean a sticker on your car or going to church on Sunday. Every chapter, you’ll be challenged to deeply examine yourself and your motives. A great read.
A book about finances in a list of “must-read” books for Christians? At most churches, tithers make up only 10-25% of the congregation. On average, Christians give only 2.5% of their income to the church; many because they believe they can’t afford to tithe due to their financial situation. And the subject most married couples argue about: money. Dave Ramsey has helped millions get out of debt and on a path of financial freedom with his practical, biblically-based advice.
Brother Lawrence was a monk in France who spent the majority of his life in a kitchen, yet his words have made a profound impact on many around the globe. Brother Lawrence never intended to write a book. Rather, a friend compiled his writings and loosely transcribed conversations after his death in 1691. This is a simple yet profound demonstration of how to live a life bathed in the companionship of God, a life that is available to everyone.
Many books have examined the rationality of belief in God, but Tim Keller’s is one of the best for our current times. Written to appeal to skeptics and believers alike, “The Reason For God” is an excellent overview of the Christian faith, not only on WHY it makes sense to believe but also WHAT it means in our everyday lives.