I just finished reading Seeing the Unseen by Joe Beam. It was an excellent book, and I would recommend it to anyone. If you would like to borrow it, let me know.
Beam spent many years traveling around and teaching about the subject-matter that became the book, and he provides a lot of insight into the invisible, spiritual forces, both good and evil, that are at work all around us. And while I agreed quite a bit, disagreed here and there, and found some of the information new and insightful, I was challenged the most by what seems to be the main premise of the book: that our battle against sin and the devil is better waged when we know it is going on–and when we know what is going on.
Satan works hard and is very good at what he does. He also has many soldiers to help him, human and otherwise. Yet, Christ works hard, and is even better at what He does. And He has a great army fighting with Him. The more I can learn about both sides, how one can harm me and the other help, sources of temptation and relief, how they interact with one another and with me, the better equipped I will be to serve God and win my battles.
A look into the unseen world revealed in the Bible educates and encourages me. I suggest you take a look as well.
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.