I am a dedicated reader. It is on my "to do" list everyday and it gets checked off almost everyday. I think I like a lot of books, but I mostly buy Christian books, business books, and music books. These are my top five Christian books other than the Bible-which I also read everyday.
The Sacred Romance
Brent Curtis and John Eldredge wrote this one and it is all about drawing closer to the heart of God. I read a lot of Eldredge and this is my favorite by far-although I've given away more copies of Wild at Heart (just because it is easier to find). My favorite part of The Sacred Romance comes in chapter 7.I'll give just a sentence. "Can you recall a time when a significant someone in your life sat you down with the sole purpose of wanting to know your heart more deeply, fully expecting to enjoy what he found there?" I've read this one a few times.and will certainly read once a year or so.
Francis Chan is amazing. He has written a few others and I've read "Forgotten God" and "Erasing Hell".but "Crazy Love" is the best of the three in my opinion. My wife and I went through this book as part of a discipleship class at church; we gave her book to our son.I wouldn't part with mine because it is highlighted and has notes all through book. I've read this one a few times.
I've been meaning to read more C.S. Lewis and have a few of his books in my library. What I like about this one is that it gives some good discussion on what Christians believe, how we ought to act (and some discussion on morality), and attempts to explain the trinity in understandable terms. With that said, this is the most difficult read on the list-which just means that the others might be written at an 8th or 9th grade reading level & this one is a little above that.
This is the only book on the list that I've only read once.because it is fairly new. I'll be reading it again soon. This is quite simply the best book on grace that I have ever touched. The link is a lengthy teaching by John Bevere on grace.it runs over an hour. I am looking forward to reading more John Bevere.
The Purpose Driven Life
This is Rick Warren's big seller. I like this book about once every couple of years. Warren uses different terms.but it really boils down to Worship, Community, Discipleship, Ministry, and Evangelism. At our church, we've added Prayer to that list. This is a wonderful foundational book and doesn't stray away from the Word.
If I could have added a sixth book to the list, it would probably be Lee Strobel's "The Case for Christ".this is a good read for skeptics who need a little more convincing and is also good for those who have skeptics that they would like to influence. I used to read a lot of novels.but I don't remember the last one I read. I used to like Stephen King, V.C. Andrews, & Robin Cook but now refuse to read anything that doesn't encourage or teach.