You may agree with me. You may disagree with me. You may love to read. You may like the idea of reading, but rarely put it into practice. In any case, no matter how “deep” and “spiritual” you feel that you are or aren’t, you should read these books at some point. Preferably, you should go read them right now if you haven’t already. I should say this though- I have chosen these out of an effort to be balanced, something that is all too important in our spiritual growth. Let me know what you would add in the comments!

  1. Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig. Every Christian should be at least somewhat well versed in apologetics. William Lane Craig is simply the “go-to” in apologetics and Reasonable Faith touches on many very relevant issues. Don’t take this one lightly; it is a moderate level apologetics/Christian philosophy book.
  2. The Cross of Christ by John Stott. If you are a Christian, everything that you are revolves around the cross. You should understand what that cross really means in as much detail as you possibly can. This is a classic work that will make you want to run around the house, leaping for joy, and at the same time it will make you fall to your knees in tears. A good theology of the cross will straight up change your life.
  3. The Essentials of Prayer by E.M. Bounds. The disciples didn’t go to the Master and ask how to preach; they went to Him to ask how to pray. Prayer is perhaps the most underdeveloped discipline in the American church. No one has written on the subject as masterfully, yet simply, as E. M. Bounds.
  4. Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill. If you want to feel like your toes have been stomped on, in the most glorious of ways, you need to read Leonard Ravenhill. Is he the most scholarly writer there has ever been? No. But there are enough one-liners in this book to keep you thinking for days. In fact, I’ve found myself reading one line and having to put the book down and think for a while on multiple occasions.
  5.  Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. Everybody has to start somewhere in learning to correctly handle the Word of God. This is an excellent resource and method for even the new believer as he learns how to interpret Scripture.
  6. Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper. This is the quintessential work on missions written in the past century in my opinion and it wasn’t even written by a “career missionary”! If you want your view of the world and role of the Church to be well-rounded, read this book.
  7.  The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonheoffer. It’s Bonheoffer. That’s all you need to know to read it.
  8. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. This is the classic that everybody has somewhere in their book collection (or stuffed in a drawer somewhere). Let’s be honest, everything Lewis wrote was good. But this one is a must read if for no other reason so you can keep up with everybody else who’s read it, which is everyone.
  9.  The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer. Tozer reminds me a lot of Ravenhill. He’s simple but he finds a way to reach right off the page and slap you where you need it. While some may say this book is a little outdated and old-fashioned, I say it’s just what the doctor ordered in many respects. The book calls the reader to deeper walk with the Lord in a way that is lost on so many.
  10. Knowing God by J. I. Packer. If there was one book that I’d recommend to every Christian, especially new believers, it’s this one. For me, this is that book that no matter how much theological understanding I think I have, I can pick this up and feel like it’s all brand new again. It really is the book that so wonderfully balances truth with a sincere offer of the love of God.