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Essential Christian Book List

There are impressive blog posts with images and links and amazon store commissions. This ain't one of those posts. My list doesn't contain the most recent pop culture Christian trends. Instead it's simple, dependable, filled with classics--some new, some old, and some perhaps forgotten.

*Note: I'm not calling anything a "must-read" except for the Bible. It's on a list all its own. It's the absolute most essential collection of written words ever, and if you need convincing, please read my previous post about it. 

These books help in your journey to better understanding the Bible, the Gospel, and your identity as a child of God:

  1. Study Bible (ESV/NLT/NIV/CSB)
  2. Reason for God, Tim Keller
  3. Faith is Not a Feeling, Ney Bailey
  4. The Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee
  5. Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert Coleman
  6. More Than a Carpenter, Josh McDowell
  7. The 3D Gospel, Jayson Georges
  8. Victory Over the Darkness, Neil T. Anderson
  9. With, Skye Jethani
  10. The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
You'll notice that this list doesn't include topical books that give advice about things like relationships, addictions, parenting, etc. I've read many topical books and have found the testimonies and advice of fellow believers helpful on many occasions. I've also found that many have incorrect or bad advice. It's paramount to filter any topical advice through the truths of the Bible, and these 10 books help you get your feet.

*FAQs: Other than the Bible itself, there's really no recommended order for reading. Some people ask me where to start, and I say it's best to follow your own enthusiasm. Personal morale is important when learning, and there is so much goodness to be learned here! Because there is a variety of authors and time periods of origin, the reading difficulty differs. If you're not already an avid reader, you'll find some of these more challenging. I remember trying to read Watchman Nee in my early 20's and having a hard time focusing. Now I can read it with ease. That doesn't mean you should wait to read Watchman Nee! When you read more difficult texts, you expand your literacy, and you'll need that ability for studying the Bible. If you feel like you want to stretch your capacity for reading, you can alternate reading 2 or 3 books at the same time. Read a chapter (or a page) of a difficult text, and then read something easy. I'll let you explore each of these for yourself, but whatever you do, don't delay or deny reading the Bible consistently and repeatedly. It is alive and active and will benefit your life at any reading level! If Jesus invited children to come to him, we can confidently approach Him and His Word at any age or stage: "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." 

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