Essential Reading for the Christ Follower
Here's the premise: If you could recommend 3 or less books (outside of the Bible) to a new believer, what would they be? [Hint: If all 3 books were written in your lifetime, you're doing it wrong.]
Let's create an essential reading list for Christ followers.
In Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, top-selling author and Anglican bishop, N.T. Wright tackles the biblical question of what happens after we die and shows how most Christians get it wrong. We do not “go to” heaven; we are resurrected and heaven comes down to earth--a difference that makes all of the difference to how we live on earth. Following N.T. Wright’s resonant exploration of a life of faith in Simply Christian, the award-winning author whom Newsweek calls “the world’s leading New Testament scholar” takes on one of life’s most controversial topics, a matter of life, death, spirituality, and survival for everyone living in the world today.
Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community 1st (first) Edition by Bonhoeffer, Dietrich published by HarperOne (2009) on Amazon.com. FREE shipping on qualifying offers.
"In plain words--if you can accept them as plain--Christianity is the life and death and resurrection of Christ going on day after day in the souls of individual men and in the heart of society. It is this Christ-life, this incorporation into the Body of Christ, this union with His death and resurrection as a matter of conscious experience, that St.
The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen
The Naked Anabaptist needed to be written, and I can't imagine anyone better than Stuart Murray to write it. I fully share Stuart's enthusiasm for what the Christian community at large can learn from the Anabaptist way of being Christian, and I hope you'll share my enthusiasm for this book.
Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
The Ragamuffin Gospel
'Boyd's intervention into the discussion is welcome. He is bold,... passionate, and discerning, while still attempting to be charitable. Boyd doesn't pull punches, denouncing the nationalistic 'idolatry' of American evangelicalism, which often fuses the cross and the flag.
Benefit of the Doubt
In Benefit of the Doubt, influential theologian, pastor, and bestselling author Gregory Boyd invites readers to embrace a faith that doesn't strive for certainty, but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty. Boyd rejects the idea that a person's faith is as strong as it is certain. In fact, he makes the case that doubt can enhance faith and that seeking certainty is harming many in today's church. Readers who wrestle with their faith will welcome Boyd's message that experiencing a life-transforming relationship with Christ is possible, even with unresolved questions about the Bible, theology, and ethics. Boyd shares stories of his own painful journey, and stories of those to whom he has ministered, with a poignant honesty that will resonate with readers of all ages.
How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) has been called "the ablest and most exuberant proponent of orthodox Christianity of his time." In this captivating classic, Chesterton offers a unique explanation of the essentials of the Christian faith, and of his own journey from scepticism to belief.
Revelations of Divine Love
Speaker for the Dead
Pursuit of God A.W. Tozer
This book talks about how a Christian should live a selfless life, and will make the necessary sacrifices of worldliness to Glorify God with every part of their life.
On God and Christ by Gregory of Nazianzus (Popular Patristics Series)
The Theological Orations (defending the divinity of the Son and the Spirit and assigning to their divinity the foundation of deification) and two related letters of Gregory of Nazianzus