Top 10 Christian Books

Crazy Love Book1. Crazy Love – Francis Chan

Francis Chan is a pastor and the president of Eternity Bible College in California. He’s written Crazy Love as a challenge to make believers really think about God’s love for us and how the Creator of the Universe demonstrated crazy, passionate love through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. Each chapter asks a thought-provoking, self-examining question to help you carefully consider your beliefs and actions toward God and about the Christian faith. Buy on Amazon

The Cross and the Switchblade2. The Cross and the Switchblade – David Wilkerson

The Cross and the Switchblade is one of the most inspiring and challenging true stories of all time and one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s a story of an ordinary guy, a preacher, who changes the destiny of a group of young men, because of his faith and trust in an incredible God. Read it for inspiration, for hope, and to see the true power of the highest form of love. Read it again to let all the life lessons, messages and examples sink in. This story forms the first steps to what eventually became David Wilkerson’s incredible ongoing legacy in Teen Challenge. Most of the people who came into contact with David were changed forever – for the better, read this story, and you’ll be too. Buy on Amazon

Run Baby Run Book3. Run Baby Run – Nicky Cruz

Run Baby Run is the incredible life story of Nicky Cruz. Born into a family of witchcraft, bitter rejection and devoid of love, Nicky is sent (aged 12) from his rural home in Puerto Rico to New York…he soon finds himself literally fighting for his life in a world of violence and terror created by inner-city gangs. As an act of survival he joins one of the most vicious gangs in New York history – and over a period of three years becomes the most feared and respected leader of his new family. But internally Nicky was tormented, haunted by recurring nightmares and controlled by the deepest feelings of hatred and fear. He had no way out…until one day his life collides with God, in the form of a skinny small-town preacher called David Wilkerson. What follows is the most honest, revealing, impactful and inspirational life story of the transformational power of Jesus Christ, maybe ever. Buy on Amazon

Wild at Heart Book4. Wild at Heart – John Eldridge

To be a hero, to be a warrior, to live a life of adventure and risk. Sadly, most men abandon those dreams and desires – aided by a Christianity that feels like nothing more than pressure to be a “nice guy.” It is no wonder that many men avoid church, and those who go are often passive and bored to death. This was and still is a very special and very important book for men and in particular Christian men. It brings into the light many difficult issues that men face and often leave in the dark for most of their lives. John Eldridge inspires you to face the giants in your life, your biggest fears, to become the man God intended you to be and the man women truly want. Buy on Amazon

A Purpose Driven Life5. A Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren

The most basic question everyone faces in life is Why am I here? What is my purpose? Self-help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but Rick Warren literally challenges that established worldly wisdom and says the starting place must be God and his eternal purpose for each life. It’s really a ‘Christian living’ manual, divided into 40 daily chunks that are easy to grasp, and take a lifetime to apply. I’d recommend A Purpose Driven Life to anyone  seeking answers to life’s big questions. Also anyone who’s just become a Christian or for anyone who has wandered off the path for a time and wants a step by step guide on how to get back onto it. Buy on Amazon

My Utmost or his Highest6. My Utmost For His Highest – Oswald Chambers

One of the most enduring bestsellers of all time, this book has touched the lives of millions, leading them into a deeper and more passionate walk with God. Shedding fresh light on the Scriptures, Chambers explores the depths of our humanity and our profound need for a God-focused life. Each day My Utmost for His Highest challenges the reader as a Christian to seek higher truths, to dig deeper into themselves and scripture, to reject half truths, any complacency or compromise in your walk. A daily devotional that like scriptures grows with you, revealing more insight and wisdom each and every time. It may be THE most timeless Christian book ever written. Unmissable.  Buy on Amazon

The Cross Centred Life7. The Cross Centered Life – C.J. Mahaney

Remember Jesus Christ? Although it seems almost too obvious, the center of our faith is surprisingly easy to forget. Dynamic pastor C.J. Mahaney shows how to overcome our tendency to move on from the gospel of grace. Finding joy in the gospel – whose promises allow us to escape condemnation whenever it attacks — helps us avoid the prevalent trap of legalism. This book makes it onto the guide solely based on the change witnessed in a close friend. Any book that is able to change the trajectory of an already committed Christian into something even better – must be very special. Buy on Amazon

Radical8. Radical – David Platt

It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus. Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment – a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring. Buy on Amazon

The Shack Book9. The Shack – William P. Young

Mack’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, seemingly from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack to face his darkest nightmare. What he finds there changes Mack’s world forever. The Shack is an astonishing book, that will challenge conservative readers to see passed the metaphors and figurative aspects to reach the true heart of the story. As an international best seller – clearly many people have connected with Mack’s story, and found themselves on an emotional journey of redemption, divine judgement, God’s sovereignty and especially the healing power of forgiveness. Buy on Amazon

Mere Christianity10. Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis

In 1943, when hope and the moral fabric of society in Britain were threatened by the relentless inhumanity of global war, an Oxford don was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. Over half a century after the original lectures, the topic retains its urgency. Expanded into book form, Mere Christianity never flinches as it sets out a rational basis for Christianity and builds an edifice of compassionate morality atop this foundation. As Mr Lewis clearly demonstrates, Christianity is not a religion of flitting angels and blind faith, but of free will, an innate sense of justice and the grace of God. Buy on Amazon

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  1. Glyn Bryant November 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Its interesting how different books impact us at different times in our lives. A book that had a profound influence on me many years ago was Bob Mumford’s “The King and You” which opened up to me so much about the Kingdom of God at a time when I was really feeling there must be more to being a christian than simply being saved. A couple of years ago I reread it and it was just as fresh as ever. Howard Snyders “The Second Reformation” (i think that is what it is called) similarly argued that the first reformation didn’t go far enough and that a radical new approach to church as community is needed.

    I was also greatly influenced by the writings of Watchman Nee in my early days as a christian..

    More recently I have been reading books by Frank Viola (including in particular Reimagining Church) and Jim Thwaites, who both bring fresh insights into the New Testament foundations of the church, suggesting it was much more organic and embracing of every part of our lives than our concept of church today. Whilst they seem at times to be over critical of institutional church I think they bring some fresh thinking to how church should be viewed. In a similar vein I found a book called “So you Don’t want to go to Church Anymore” very challenging..

  2. Alison Collett December 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Can I add “What’s so amazing about grace” by Philip Yancey a real eye opener for me when I first read it. Also “Engaging the powers” by Walter Wink on the interaction of worldy and spiritual systems has been a challenging but very rewarding read. Another meaty tome is “Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes” by Kenneth E Bailey – an invaluable insight into the cultural context of the life of Jesus using some pre-Greek sources and local experience.
    But what is a Christian book?
    What about books by popular authors who weave their faith and witness into well crafted literature, for example Susan Howatch, PD James?

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