Some books will change your life. They say things you've never considered. They express ideas in a way that captures your whole being. Below are some books that I have found incredibly helpful. They are enlightening and enjoyable.The Top Six are the works that have had the most impact on my own thinking and feeling. Six is a strange number, I know, but C.S. Lewis didn't allow me to keep a nice five. The Others are excellent works that have influenced me greatly. They weren't formative for me like the Top Six were, but they are still worth your consideration.
The Top Six
The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us," argues A.W. Tozer in this classic work. This powerful, little book takes you on a journey into the bliss of knowing God. I first encountered this book when my youth group discipleship group read and discussed it. Since then, I have turned back to it again and again.
Desiring God by John Piper
"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him," is the summary sentence of John Piper's most significant work. Satisfaction in God is essential for fulfilling Christian living. It is essential to rightly bring God the most glory. I knew that God is my joy and satisfaction from my own experience knowing Him, but Desiring God gave me a full and passionate exploration of this reality. John Piper is a great gift to the church and you will love this book.
The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur
What is true salvation? Does mere belief in Jesus actually save anyone? Why do so many Christians walk away from the faith? These are a few of the provocative questions John MacArthur answers in one of his most controversial works. This volume solidified in me the reality that Christ is Lord of my life. True salvation is living underneath the lordship of King Jesus.
Mood Tides: Divine Purpose in the Rhythms of Life by Ronald Horton
The emotional life in Christian experience is a debated subject. Ron Horton presents a powerful book which argues that emotions are a reflection of God's image. I found that there is liberation in the discovery of the natural, emotional self. Mood Tides greatly changed my thinking and reinforced in me the sense of the Christian worldview.
Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
Church should "be done" on the bedrock of two huge principles: Gospel and Community. Tim Chester and Steve Timmis start the book explaining these two essential principles and then show how everything else functions accordingly. Total Church is absolutely the finest book on the church I have ever read. I crave the kind of church they discuss and hope that someday my church will be a Total Church church. Buy this book and devour it. It's worth your time, I promise.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
This masterpiece exhibits the central teachings of Christianity. Everyone needs to read C.S. Lewis before they die. He was pure genius and arguably the greatest apologist we have seen in recent history. This book taught me to appreciate the common household of Christian faith I share with brothers and sisters of other denominations. We should minimize our differences and rejoice together around the central tenants of Christianity.
The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
God's Pursuit of Man by A.W. Tozer
The Pleasures of God by John Piper
The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper
Found: God's Will by John MacArthur