Let’s play a game of “Desert Island.” The rules are simple: Imagine you are on a deserted island and the only thing you possess are the top 10 items (movies, music, books) for the rest of your lonesome life. It’s a leisurely way to discover one’s good (or poor) taste in culture and the arts. Try it on a date sometime!
What are your “Desert Island” Christian books? (**Cue crickets & rolling tumbleweed**)
Now, before you quit the game just hear me out. I’ll be the first to admit. Back in college I don’t think I could have named five out of ten “Desert Island” Christian books (and I even attended the best Christian Liberal Arts College in Santa Barbara County). I believe that many of us would be able to ramble off our top ten movies (I trust IMDb), top ten albums/songs (I trust Rolling Stone) without breaking a sweat, however when it comes to books, topics and discussions pertaining to our Christian faith I can sense the beads forming on furrowed brows.
Here is my encouragement for you FiCB. If you have a desire to grow and need a place to start, here’s my top 10 essential Christian Books that one should read in their lifetime. Now after graduating seminary and picking up some recommendations throughout pastoral ministry it’s very difficult to narrow the field down to ten. But fear not! You don’t need to be a seminarian, or a pastor to appreciate these important works about the Christian faith.
Here is my attempt to order them by most practical down to the most theological but they are all doctrinally sound and equally significant in their own right. Click on the links for Amazon’s review…
- Knowing God & Growing in Christ – J.I. Packer
- Holiness of God – R.C. Sproul
- Reason for God & The Prodigal God – Timothy Keller
- Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
- Cost of Discipleship & Life Together – Dietrich Bonheoffer
- Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton
- Book of Common Prayer
- Confessions – St. Augustine
- Freedom of a Christian – Martin Luther
- The Institutes of the Christian Religion – John Calvin
I am aware that this list may either inspire, or intimidate you, but be comforted in the fact that you have a lifetime on this hypothetical “desert island.” So, let’s start one together and comment below for any thoughts/requests! Or, please throw an additional comment if you have any Christian books that you would add on your “Desert Island” and stay tuned for the blog entries on our “Christian Classic” series!
Blessings brothers and sisters! And if you’re reading this tonight on Valentines Day…Here’s a bonus article for you! 🙂
PS – First one to comment about the “hidden links” in this page, or books and lunch is on me! It’s my shameless attempt for self-promotion in the blog-o-sphere!