Besides prayer and Bible study, few things help in spiritual growth like a good book. Now there are good books, and there are the classics. This list has been carefully selected. Each should help in a certain area of the Christian life. It contains the books I find myself recommending over and over again. If you haven’t read all of them, I encourage you to check them out. Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What books would you recommend?

  1. The One Year Bible – “All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16. It almost goes without saying. The most important book that a Christian could ever read is that one overseen by God himself. Broken into manageable daily portions, The One Year Bible is a great way to read through all the Scriptures in a calendar year.
  2. Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods – “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” ~ James 1:22. Even more important than reading the Bible is learning how to apply it to your life. There are many good resources to read about Bible study techniques. Warren’s is probably the most readable and practical.
  3. Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis – This book winds up on many a “best of” list, and for good reason. Based on a series of radio talks, Lewis is able to unpack the inner workings of the Christian faith in a down to earth.
  4. Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster – While we can’t earn God’s love by our own works, we can place ourselves in a position where he can do his work in us. Foster presents several basic tools for living out the faith in both personal and corporate settings.
  5. The God You Can Know, by Dan DeHaan – Many books have been written about the attributes of God. Dan DeHaan had a heart for God like few others, and this book will make you want to love God like that.
  6. Roaring Lambs, by Bob Briner. One of the greatest commandments of the Christian faith is to share it with others. Briner makes a great case for shining a light of faith into the culture at large.
  7. Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning – At its heart, Christianity is all about grace. We say all the time that God loves us just the way we are. But do we really mean it? One can’t read this book and not come away with a sense of the incredible depth of God’s grace, mercy, and love for His people.
  8. My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers – Many great devotional books have been written through the years. Simple yet layered, this one has stood the test of time. You will discover a new gem every time you read it.
  9. Practicing His Presence, by Frank Laubach and Brother Lawrence – We are commanded to pray without ceasing, but what does that look like in everyday life? 15th century monk Brother Lawrence offered some radical ideas. Frank Laubach updated them for a modern audience while offering a few ideas of his own.
  10. Walking on Water, by Madeleine L’Engle – One of the most beautiful things about being a Christian is realizing that not only are we created by God, but that he has invited us to create with him. Through her lyrical storytelling style, L’Engle offers a glimpse into what that kind of life might look like.