Ten Books Every Christian Should Read

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I was recently asked to compile a list of the 10 books every Christian should read. It was tough to pick only ten, but I boiled it down to these books that have been the books I believe have influenced me the most.

1. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

2. Desiring God by John Piper

3. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

4. Knowing God by J.I. Packer

5. The Glory of Christ by John Owen

6. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

7. The Hidden Life of Prayer by David McIntyre

8. The Letters of Samuel Rutherford

9. The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

10. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What books would you add to this list?

9 thoughts on “Ten Books Every Christian Should Read

  1. Awesome list! “Letters of Samuel Rutherford” is new to me. I need to read that one! Another book that has influenced me is Brother Lawrence’s “Practicing the Presence of God.”

  2. Two of my utmost favorites are “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” and “The Jesus I Never Knew” both by Philip Yancey. Such great reads and with glorious truths Mr. Yancey put out there which I’ve never seen before in quite the same perspective.

  3. I would add, “Crazy Love”, by Francis Chan. It challenges you to face the reality of what your spiritual life with God is, and what it should be.

  4. Very heady books – not a bad thing – but I’d include on my list “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” and “This Present Darkness.” The former being meant to encourage and show the fruitful results of persistent prayer, and the latter as a reminder (through fiction) of the bigger picture of God’s reality. Cheers!

  5. Heaven by Randy Alcorn

    Someone once said “if you aim at nothing you’ll be sure to get it”. So read about what you are aiming for!

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