My grandfather used to say that he didn’t need to read any books other than the Bible. Well, of course, as Christians we should all be spending significant amounts of time in the Word, but we are also instructed to obtain godly counsel. We also know that there are several forms of “the Word of God,” and one of those is the rhema – the “revealed” Word of God.
I believe that God has placed teachers among us, evidenced in Ephesians 4:11 and that some of these teachers write books! Here are 5 of the top books that I think are so true to the basics of the Christian faith, that every Christian should read them.
Pilgrim’s Progress – by John Bunyan
A classic tale of a new Christian’s walk in faith, and moving from glory to glory. Easy to understand because it’s told as a fictional story, we can all relate to the hardships faced here and learn how, when, and why to turn to God during these times.
The 5 Love Languages – by Gary Chapman
The passage about the gifts from Ephesians and in Corinthians both refer to the gifts being without meaning if not done in love. Because this life on earth is about relationships – ours with God, ours with one another, and our roles in helping others develop a relationship with God – it is crucial that we know how to communicate love.
Mere Christianity – by C.S. Lewis
While this book might be on a more intellectual level as far as reading ease goes, I believe it is worth the time (even if you need the aid of a study guide) and effort to read it. It thoroughly explains the tenets of Christianity, to the utmost level, and to the unapologetic point of a message without power. Excellent read, and well said!
The Battlefield of the Mind – by Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer is all about walking out our faith in the real life, every day journey of our culture in America today. She gets real with the things we all deal with deep down, and really pegs the heart of it all in this book. The battle – not of flesh and blood but against powers and principalities – happens in the mind. It takes being aware of that, and learning to take every thought captive, to walk out this life in faith.
Captivating and/or Wild at Heart – by John (and Stasi) Eldredge
These two books help us individually as women (or as men) to learn what it is we seek – from ourselves, from our spouses and others, and from God. It helps us seek God for the things we should be and not placing those expectations elsewhere, and helps us to understand why we need and want the things we do. Captivating is geared towards women, while Wild at Heart is geared towards men. I recommend reading the one geared towards yourself and then, after your spouse has also read the book geared towards them, reading that one too!
Of course, there are many great teaching books out there. I haven’t read them all yet, myself, but I heard that if you read for an hour a day in a given subject that you will be a worldwide expert in that area in 7 years. I’m not sure if that’s true of the ways of God, of the Kingdom, of His Word, or if they only meant worldly topics; but, I’m keen to find out and I think I shall make it a goal of mine for the next seven years. I will personally have to write it on every month in every planner so that I can stay accountable, but I believe that it will be worth it in my relationship to Christ.
Do you agree with my choices? What else would you add to the list?