I’ve been reading books about God lately and wanted to share a few of the best.
What are the 10 Christian books Christians should read?
- The Bible
- Show Me Your Glory (Steven Lawson)
- Saved from What? (R.C. Sproul)
- The Coming of the Kingdom (Herman Ridderbros)
- Desiring God (John Piper)
- Knowing God (J.I. Packer)
- The Pursuit of Holiness (Jerry Bridges)
- Pilgrims Progress (John Bunyan)
- Radical (David Platt)
- The City of God (Saint Augustine)
The books I have found focus on God’s sovereignty, God’s attributes, and knowing that because of his love for us, we can know God, communicate with Jesus, and have a personal relationship with Him.
1). Show Me Your Glory: Understanding the Majestic Splendor of God by Steven Lawson
Each chapter goes into God’s attributes, teaching that a deeper knowledge of our Creator can lead us into closer relationship and worship of the One who made us for Himself.
Some reviews I found on this book were:
Great content for understanding who and what God is.
It is a great reminder from a reliable source of who God is.
The next book I found is examining the question of what we are being saved from.
2). Saved from What? by R.C. Sproul
Many Christians refer to themselves as, “saved” when saying that they are a Christian. Well what are we being saved from?
Dr. R.C. Sproul shows that one of the greatest dangers we face is the holy wrath of God against our sin. But in the power & glory of the gospel, and in the One from whom we need to be saved is the very One who saves us.
But the glory of the gospel is that the One from whom we need to be saved is the very One who saves us. As we better understand the severity of our sin and the sufficiency of Christ’s atonement, the truth of God’s grace will deepen our worship and drive us to make His salvation known.
Some reviews said:
Sproul has the personality to speak about something with such understanding about it while still being fun and interesting. I think he’s always been just as fascinated as every student he teaches and it comes out in his style of writing.
Dr. R.C. Sproul’s book seeks to answer the question of what it means to be saved. The basic premise is that we do need to be saved but we specifically need to be saved from God Himself.
We often think we need to be saved from our sins and this is true but why must we be saved from our sins? It is because sin violates the Law of God (1 John 3:4).
Sin is clear rebellion against a holy God who calls us to obey Him. When we sin, we are telling God that we despise His laws and His rule and we reject Him as God and Lord. This brings the wrath of God (Romans 1:18-32).
We deserve the wrath of God because of our sins. But Jesus came to save us from our sins and from the wrath of God. Jesus bore the full blunt of God’s wrath (Romans 5:8-9). Jesus bore the full blunt of God’s wrath (Romans 5:8-9).
Jesus died in our place and He was condemned for our transgressions against God (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). In other words, writes Sproul, God gives Himself to save us from Himself (John 1:12-13). Jesus satisfies the wrath of God (Romans 3:22-27).
3). The Coming of the Kingdom by Herman N. Ridderbos
This book helps you understand the Kingdom of God.
A review said:
Ridderbos gives us an in-depth examination of the key features of Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God (which came to us by virtue of His incarnation) and its promise (our full entrance into it at His coming again).
For a Christian, the fulfillment and the promise of the kingdom of God is one of the most difficult concepts to wrap our minds around even though we live it from day to day.
Ridderbos does a masterful job of addressing those theologians who would muddle the concept and debunking their lukewarm theories as well as forcefully expounding on the Biblical teaching that clarify Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom.
4). Desiring God by John Piper
This book talks about what it looks like when a follower of Jesus is most satisfied in Him. This book challenges the humanized view of God, and focuses on a Scripiture-based perspective that is glorifying to God.
Piper focuses on how pursuing joy is a part of glorifying God. He talks about conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.
5). Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Knowing God brings together two key facets of the Christian faith – knowing about God and knowing God through a close relationship with Jesus Christ.
This book is a must read for those who are needing an interesting, practical, easy-to-read, as well as thought-provoking book on who God is, and how we can understand and relate to Him.
6). The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
I don’t know about you, but when God gives us this verse in Scripture, “Be holy, for I am holy.” I have gotten a little confused before.
My thought process has been, how on earth are we to be holy like God? We obviously mess up all the time.
This book dives into what holiness is, what God’s holiness is, and what our holiness is.
In The Pursuit of Holiness, Bridges helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do―and what we should take responsibility for ourselves.
7). Pilgrims Process by John Bunyan
This book is a classic and regarded as “one of the most significant works of religious English literature.” It has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print.
A review on Pilgrim’s Progress says,
A great book that I read annually to help me refresh the perspective of my “walk” (relationship) with Christ.
8). Radical by David Platt
This book challenges you to consider how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. Platt shows what Jesus said about what it means to be his disciple.
The author tells a story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.
It ends with asking what would happen if you decide to not only believe, but obey? What would the church look like if we step out in faith to the obedience of Christ in our daily lives?
He even urges us to join in on a one-year journey in discipleship to transform how we live in a world that desperately needs the message of the Gospel only found in Jesus.
9). The City of God by Saint Augustine
This book was published in the 5th Century A.D. It is a theological work that provides a defense of Christianity against the claims that it lead to the downfall of Rome (in the years before its publication).
Austin examines history with a clear perception of good and evil, with interpreting human actions in relation to eternity.
A review I found says,
If you are a follower of Christ, this book by St. Augustine is for you. Frances Schaeffer, theologian and philosopher, asked, “How then shall we live?”. This question is answered in this book. From subjects such as government and politics to every-day life challenges, he gives sound Biblical wisdom and insight. Absolutely a must-read for all Christians.”
To end with this list, let’s go back to the basics, the simple Gospel message.
10). What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert
For all Christians the book is also a must-read. This is a great reminder for even the oldest Christians, to an essential for the new believer.
This books begins with Paul’s presentation of the gospel in the book of Romans. He continues to go through Paul’s sermons in Acts.
From these studies, the author concludes that the central structure of the gospel consists of four main subjects: God, man, Christ, and a response.
The book carefully examines each and then goes further into the effects the gospel can have in individuals, churches, and the world.
Give this to newly Christians, unbelievers, those seeking to know the message of scripture—the gospel. This is a good starting point. I’ve studied the gospel a lot lately and was led here by Paul Washer.
Another review I found.
Excellent resource! Book was great, these are super handy as reminders of the major points you would want to share with someone who doesn’t know the Gospel. Great for encouraging newer believers to get a better grasp of the magnitude of God’s plan for redemption for His glory.
If you enjoyed looking through some of these recommend books, I encourage you to watch this video on other Christian books that can be beneficial to you in your pursuit of God.
If you are a new believer yourself or have been a Christian for years, the Lord desires that you seek Him with your whole heart. Start by praying and asking the Lord what He would have you read, and maybe He will highlight one of these books for you.
How To Know What Books to Read
A simple question to ask yourself when deciding what books to read is, “Where do I need to grow?” Or “What do I need to learn to get to where I want to go?”
Start making a list of what books you want to read now, and what you want to read eventually.
Make a list of recommendations of books to read, and you may even start receiving a few recommendations of the same book from multiple people.
Certain people’s recommendations you may trust more than others, and you do have to be careful when choosing Christian books, to be aware of false theology.
Always study the Bible for yourself first, and even ask other Christians, leaders, or Pastors you trust first, to see if the book you want to read is Biblical.
Or if you are not a Christian yourself, and are simply curious to learn more about the Christian faith, I would recommend you start with What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert.
Start today, and begin reading books that help your study on the Gospel, the Trinity, personal relationship with Jesus, and what it means to be fully satisfied in Him.