What are the top 10 books you believe every Christian should read?
I LOVE to read. So I love questions like these. Read it again. The question was not to list my personal top 10 favorites (though some are included here). The question asked is to list the top 10 books I believe EVERY CHRISTIAN should read. Great question.
In no particular order, here you go. . .
#1. The Cross of Christ by John Stott
Why? Will help you understand with great clarity and power what all happened when Jesus died.
#2. The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
Why? Will help you better understand the greatness of our God.
#3. One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven by Mark Cahill
Why? Will challenge, encourage, and aid you in personal evangelism.
#4. Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem (or at least his much shorter book Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know)
Why? Incredible resource to help you to biblically think through crucial Christian doctrines.
#5. The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers HIs Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Why? Will help you see how Jesus is tied to everything in the Bible.
#6. Reading God’s Story: A Chronological Daily Bible compiled by George Guthrie
Why? Every Christian should read the Bible through at least once. This resource seriously helps the Christian do just that.
#7. The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving by Randy Alcorn
Why? Short, but powerful book on how Christians should view money.
#8. I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference by Thom Rainer
Why? Short, but potent counsel on how believers should view being a part of a local body of believers.
#9. The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren
Why? It’s got it all in a way that only Rick Warren can say it. If you haven’t read it, I promise it will serve you well to do so.
#10. Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation by Jason Mandryk
Why? The best resource available to inform the Christian on how to pray for all the nations of the earth.
I truly believe if you would add one of these books to your reading list per year for the next 10 years – your understanding of the Christian life and what it means to follow Jesus will be greatly enhanced.
What would you add to the list? Again, consider the question. Not, “What are your favorite books?” But, “What are the ones you believe every Christian should read?”