I am thankful to live in a time and place where I have access to all sorts of great resources to strengthen and deepen my walk with Christ. I constantly have to repent for not taking enough advantage of them. That said, I wanted to compile a list of books that have deepened my relationship with Christ the most. Here they are:
When being good isn’t good enough by Steve Brown. This book really helped me during a time when I was struggling with the concept of grace. I can’t recommend it more highly.
The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul. Reading this changed my thinking in so many ways, and it provides solid, biblical, well-defended answers to difficult questions in a way that is so easy to understand.
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken. This book is more of a narrative than anything else, but the stories are so encouraging and the message is absolutely vital for us to grasp. I don’t want to give anything away, because this is a must-read. There is also a documentary for it if reading is not your thing.
AHA by Kyle Idleman. I love Pastor Idleman and the way he communicates the Word of God to such a diverse audience. He manages to dive deep into the Scriptures with a Jesus-centered focus. I would recommend any resource he puts out, but this is the only book of his that I have read.
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper. Of all of the books on this list that I’ve mentioned, this is probably the one that I recommend the most. I like to refer to this book as a spiritual defibrillator. It felt as though my heart was being shocked back into a state of peace and joy that I hadn’t felt for a while.
Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung. This is a great book if you’re like me and you have trouble staying committed to decisions that you’ve made, or you are not great at making decisions at all. This is a biblical approach to making important decisions in your life, and it is one that has been crucial for me in my spiritual growth.
The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame. This one is a tad bit more academic in nature, but I think it is definitely worth reading. It was this book, along with many others, that really helped me to see the power that the Word of God has, and how God can do amazing things in someone’s life through His Word.
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. This book is not your typical book, but it is rich with helpful, encouraging biblical truth. It is a book that I highly recommend. There is a great movie based on the book as well. Although I will have to warn you that some of the language and imagery used are pretty odd. Still, I and many others have found it profoundly helpful.