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Recommended Reading

October 27, 2012

The book that takes number 1 position in my life has to be the Bible. There is no book like it, Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3 that it is:

“…breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”

However, excluding the bible, below is a list of select books that I really believe are worth reading.

You’ll notice this list isn’t vast. That’s because even though there are loads of good books that I’d be happy to recommend, these are more than that.

These aren’t just any Christian books, these are books that I look back to as catalysts for significant change in my life. I am a different person because of them.

As such they come highly recommended. In alphabetical order (because I’m a little bit anal like that):

1. ‘Desiring God: The Meditations of a Christian Hedonist’ by John Piper

For 25 years, pastor John Piper has been provoking Christians with the simple but paradigm-shattering truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

Satisfaction. Happiness. Joy. The pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible; it’s essential.

2. ‘God’s Lavish Grace’ by Terry Virgo

This extraordinary and immensly readable book hands us a big bunch of ‘master keys’ designed to unlock the central truths of Paul’s practical theology. It also rescues us from major ‘grace-killers’ like morbid introspection, legalism, dead tradition, compromise, ‘tightness’, rejection and fear.

3. ‘Letters of John Newton’ by John Newton (author of the hymn Amazing Grace)

John Newton (1725-1807) converted slave-trader, preacher, hymn-writer, and one of the most colorful figures in the Evangelical Awakening of the 18th century with an incredible grasp of Scripture and deep personal experience of God’s amazing grace. These letters, on many subjects, aim “to conform the believer to Christ,” with several never published before.

4. ‘Weight of Glory’ by CS Lewis

Quote from the book (and my most favourite of all time): “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

5. ‘What’s so Amazing about Grace?’ by Phillip Yancey

On the heels of Philip Yancey’s best-selling The Jesus I Never Knew comes this equally insightful exploration of grace, the most powerful force in the universe and our only hope for love and forgiveness. Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award, the Christian Book of the Year Award, and the Retailers Choice Award.

I will no doubt be adding to this list as and when I find books that change me, and also when I find time to read them.


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