Books You Should Read

It is important for Christians to be challenged by differing views. As Solomon said, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” [Proverbs 27:17] If you think you and/or your church have got all of the right answers, then it is definitely time to let someone challenge you. If you are right, then you have nothing to fear by being challenged. If you are wrong, then you have nothing to fear by being corrected.

So, I recommend that every Christian make it a habit to read books on biblical topics on a regular basis. Some might say, “Well, all I need is the Bible,” and that’s very true. The problem is that no one has only the Bible. Everyone has their biases, assumptions, and presuppositions along with the Bible.

Paul said, “Test everything; hold fast to what is good.” [1Thessalonians 5:21] Do not hesitate to test your beliefs…from the basic to the controversial to the complex. Find out what others are saying. Do not write other views off before hearing the case, and do not accept any views before hearing the case.

Here is a list of books in no particular order that I recommend for a variety of reasons…but mostly because I believe they will help you question and grow.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Mere Discipleship by Lee Camp
Faith and Reason by Ronald Nash
The Edge of Evolution by Michael Behe
The Christian View of Science and Scripture by Bernard Ramm
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
Surprising Insights from the Unchurched by Thom Rainer
Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch
I Sold My Soul on eBay by Hemant Mehta
Go Ye Means Go Me by Ivan Stewart

Take some time to challenge yourself. Pick up one of these books.

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9 thoughts on “Books You Should Read

  1. I know it’s none of my business, but I feel a moral obligation to warn anyone reading this that Michael Behe is a hack and his books are all really, really bad. That sentence would have had more swearing if I wasn’t posting on someone else’s blog, just to give you an idea of how strongly I feel about the man.

    Also, if Christians are supposed to challenge themselves, shouldn’t there be more books on that list that argue against Christianity?

  2. Vitaminbook,

    I’m not sure why you feel morally obligated to warn readers about Behe. Is there any specific reason you think he is a hack? Have you read the latest book? Is the science bad, and if so in what ways? I only have a B.S. in biology, but I thought his research was pretty sound, and that he made some interesting points.

    And, yes, Christians should consider arguements against Christianity…even perhaps read books against Christianity. But, this list was not meant to be exhaustive…just a short list of recommendations from my own library.

    Also, if Christians should read books against Christianity, should they not also read Behe to hear what he has to say to get a fuller picture?

    Thanks for the comments.

  3. Acceptance is what Christianity is all about. Beau to Beau books is a great example of acceptance, the acceptance of gay life. Everyone who claims to be Christian should read these.

  4. Beautobeau,

    Where does the Bible ever say, “Acceptance is what Christianity is all about”? The Bible certainly talks about unity with other Christians, and loving others, even our enemies. But, the Bible never claims that Christianity is about accepting every action or way of life as valid. In fact, it is just the opposite. The Bible claims that Christ’s way is the only way, [John 14:6,15] and that Christians are to reject that which God disapproves of. [1Corinthians 5:12-13]

    Let me just add that I sincerely love you, though I have never met you, and want what is best for you. But, as a follower of Christ, I cannot accept or approve of what Christ does not approve of.

    Is there something I am missing? Is there Scripture that says acceptance is what Christianity is all about?

  5. I just don’t get how reading books that support your religion can be, in any sense, considered challenging yourself.

  6. Jason,

    Good point. And I’ll reply as I have replied before…this list is not meant to be exhaustive. Really, it is meant to encourage Christians who may not read at all or much at all to start.

    Also, Christians (obviously) do not agree on everything. So, even reading books by Christians about Christian things will bring up differing views and opinions, challenges to current views and opinions. Christians don’t have to read books by agnostics or atheists or Muslims to be challenged.

    Furthermore, one of the wonderful things about Christianity is that we are supposed to motivate one another to do better and be better. Many Christian authors take this responsibility seriously, and write books to challenge Christians to be better people…loving, kind, serving, etc. Challenges come in many forms.

    Thanks for the comments. I do appreciate your comment, and agree that Christians need to be challenged by non-Christian beliefs…that just wasn’t the main point of this post.

  7. I agree that Behe is pretty much a hack. From the perspective of being well-rounded and ready to argue from any angle, however, go ahead and read his books.

    Some other Christian books that deal with evolution from a different perspective than Behe–

    Finding Darwin’s God by Kenneth Miller
    The Language of God by Francis Collins

  8. Airtightnoodle,

    What do you think makes Behe a “hack”? Any specifics?

    Thanks for the other recommendations. I just picked up The Language of God, and I plan to read it soon. It looks good.

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