Christianity has a long and rich history of talented and insightful writers. We are blessed with thousands and thousands of excellent books. I would like to share what I think are five books that all Christians should read. Some are listed not because they are the best of Christian literature but because they teach basic skills that all Christians need.
- City of God by Augustine. Augustine is one of the greatest theologians to ever live. The City of God is a classic both of theology and western literature. It is not the easiest book to read and I wouldn’t start with it, but all Christians should read it.
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. There are more complex and detailed works of apologetics and yet Mere Christianity will remain the gold standard. This book may have influenced more conversions than any other modern books.
- How to Read the Bible For All It’s Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart. There may be better books on hermeneutics out there, but this book explains biblical interpretation in a clear and easy to understand way that is not matched by any other book. The ability to understand the Bible in context may be one of the greatest needs today.
- Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth Bailey. The western church experiences constant temptation to recreate Jesus a western figure. This book by talented biblical scholar helps us to see Jesus in his Middle Eastern context. After reading this book, you will never see Jesus the same again.
- Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard. Discipleship includes the gaining of knowledge but there is much more to it. Discipleship should be a transformation into a more Christ-like life. This classic of spiritual formation is filled with insight that is challenging but encouraging.
What books would you add to this list?