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25 Books Every Christian Should Read

Which books (aside from the Bible) should every Christian read? Don't have to be explicitly Christian books: just things we folks interested in this Jesus guy should have our noses in. Add your favorites, be sure to VOTE for the ones on the list you like, and share this list with others who might enjoy it.

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  1. 1  Love Wins

    Love Wins

    At the Heart of Life's Big Questions Hardcover Published: 17th March 2011 Bestselling author Rob Bell returns with a provocative new book which gets to the heart of questions about life and death. His perspective, encapsulated by his famous slogan 'love wins,, will surprise and challenge both Christians and atheists, and will inspire people of all faiths and none.

  2. 2  Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World: Henri J. M. Nouwen: 9780824519865: Amazon.com: Books

    Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World: Henri J. M. Nouwen: 9780824519865: Amazon.com: Books

    A beautiful and sensitive book that reaches out to the believer. --Church and Synagogue Library AssociationAnyone who is searching for the Spirit of God in the world today will benefit from reading it. --HorizonsFor those unfamiliar with his work, this volume is a wonderful place to begin. Another significant achievement.

  3. 3  The Ragamuffin Gospel

    The Ragamuffin Gospel

    A Furious Love Is Hot on Your Trail! Many believers feel stunted in their Christian growth. We beat ourselves up over our failures and, in the process, pull away from God because we subconsciously believe He tallies our defects and hangs His head in disappointment.

  4. 4  The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

    The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

    Starred Review. If there is such a thing as a disarming radical, 30-year-old Claiborne is it. A former Tennessee Methodist and born-again, high school prom king, Claiborne is now a founding member of one of a growing number of radical faith communities. His is called the Simple Way, located in a destitute neighborhood of Philadelphia.

  5. 5  Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    by Robert A. Heinlein.

  6. 6  A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey: Brian D. McLaren: 9780787955991: Amazon.com: B...

    A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey: Brian D. McLaren: 9780787955991: Amazon.com: B...

    McLaren, pastor and author of The Church on the Other Side, proposes that postmodernism is the road to take in order to move on from the current stalemate between conservative evangelical and liberal Christians. His books are part of his activist work to promote "innovation, entrepreneurial leadership and a desire to be on the leading edge of ministry."

  7. 7  The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith: Marcus J. Borg: 9780060730680: Amazon.com: Books

    The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith: Marcus J. Borg: 9780060730680: Amazon.com: Books

    Borg follows up two of his previous releases about the Bible and Jesus with a volume that could easily have played on those titles, because this highly readable book is essentially about looking at Christianity again for the first time.

  8. 8  Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    One of the great books of our time. -Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People"One of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years."-Carl R. Rogers (1959)"An enduring work of survival literature." -New York Times"An accessible edition of the enduring classic.

  9. 9  The Jesus I Never Knew: Philip Yancey: 9780310219231: Amazon.com: Books

    The Jesus I Never Knew: Philip Yancey: 9780310219231: Amazon.com: Books

    An old adage says, "God created man in His own image and man has been returning the favor ever since." Philip Yancey realized that despite a lifetime attending Sunday school topped off by a Bible college education, he really had no idea who Jesus was.

  10. 10  The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief: Peter Rollins: 9781557255600: Amazon.com: Books

    The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief: Peter Rollins: 9781557255600: Amazon.com: Books

    Rollins possesses the freshest theological voice of the emerging church movement. The leader of an ecclesial community called Ikon that meets in pubs in his native Northern Ireland came out of nowhere with his How (Not) to Speak of God in 2006, where he made the tools of postmodern philosophy accessible to nonspecialists.

  11. 11  LtQ: The Book! | Living the Questions on WordPress.com

    LtQ: The Book! | Living the Questions on WordPress.com

    In “Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity” (HarperOne, 2012), United Methodist pastors David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy present a lively and stimulating tour of what it means to be a “progressive” Christian. Bringing together the voices of top Bible scholars, church leaders, and theological thinkers —including Marcus Borg, Diana Butler Bass, John Dominic Crossan, Brian McLaren, Helen Prejean, and John Shelby Spong— this “intro” to progressive Christianity explores theological and spiritual matters that many churches are afraid to address.

  12. 12  A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, bibl...

    A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, bibl...

    this book will make you think. In a time when wee seem to be preaching intolerance in the name of God, McLaren's book is a voice of reason. -- YouthWorker (YouthWorker )

  13. 13  The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales: Peter Rollins: 9781557256348: Amazon.com: Books

    The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales: Peter Rollins: 9781557256348: Amazon.com: Books

    Don't be fooled by the slender spine of this unusual book. Rollins, the Irish philosopher/po-mo theologian who has previously published How (Not) to Speak of God and The Fidelity of Betrayal, upends some of Christians' most cherished platitudes about God in his newest outing.

  14. 14  Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community: Zondervan: 9780060608521: Amazon.com: Books

    Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community: Zondervan: 9780060608521: Amazon.com: Books

    "When I think of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, some words Gorky used of Tolstoy come into my mind--'Look what a wonderful man is living on the earth.'" -- Malcolm Muggeridge, author of Jesus

  15. 15  How (Not) to Speak of God: Peter Rollins: 9781557255051: Amazon.com: Books

    How (Not) to Speak of God: Peter Rollins: 9781557255051: Amazon.com: Books

    In the first half of this powerful but frustratingly opaque book, debut author Rollins summarizes some of the theological ideas that the so-called emerging church is currently exploring: the importance of doubt and silence, the limits of apologetics, and the idea that God is concealed even as God is revealed.

  16. 16  My Name Is Asher Lev: Chaim Potok: 9781400031047: Amazon.com: Books

    My Name Is Asher Lev: Chaim Potok: 9781400031047: Amazon.com: Books

    "A novel of finely articulated tragic power. . . . Little short of a work of genius." --The New York Times Book Review "Memorable. . . . Profound in its vision of humanity, of religion, and of art."--The Wall Street Journal"Such a feeling of freshness, of something brand-new. . .

  17. 17  The Mystery of Christ . . . and Why We Don't Get It: Mr. Robert Farrar Capon: 9780802801210: Amazon.com: Books

    The Mystery of Christ . . . and Why We Don't Get It: Mr. Robert Farrar Capon: 9780802801210: Amazon.com: Books

    Capon's theme is the understanding of the Christian concept of grace through faith; he feels that this "mystery" is in this world, not some mystical experience of another realm. The popular idea that the goal of Christianity and the church is to make people "nonsinners" is replaced, in his argument, with the understanding that God's grace makes people "sin-forgivers."

  18. 18  Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World: Brian D. M...

    Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World: Brian D. M...

    McLaren uses the metaphor of great religious leaders crossing the road to converse about key matters of faith. Yet he seems to make the strongest case for fostering tolerance of other religions, while implementing Christian doctrine and maintaining Christian identity, through a single personal story.

  19. 19  Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

    Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

    Bolz-Weber, the Lutheran pastor of Denver's House for All Sinners and Saints, takes readers on the engaging and accessible journey with those she meets in bars, church conferences, at her local diner, and through breaking news of such events as Hurricane Katrina.

  20. 20  The God Who Risks: A Theology of Divine Providence: John Sanders: 9780830828371: Amazon.com: Books

    The God Who Risks: A Theology of Divine Providence: John Sanders: 9780830828371: Amazon.com: Books

    The God Who Risks: A Theology of Divine Providence [John Sanders] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. If God is all-knowing and all-powerful, can he in any way be vulnerable to his creation? Can God be in control of anything at all if he is not constantly in control of everything?

  21. 21  The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium: Walter Wink: 9780385487528: Amazon.com: Books

    The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium: Walter Wink: 9780385487528: Amazon.com: Books

    "Perhaps we are not accustomed to thinking of the Pentagon, or the Chrysler Corporation, or the Mafia as having a spirituality, but they do," writes Walter Wink. In The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium, Wink returns to the ancient view of a world filled with angels and demons, powers and principalities, and reinterprets these notions for contemporary people.

  22. 22  Night

    Night

    In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guilt at having survived the horror of the Holocaust and the genocidal campaign that consumed his family. His memories of the nightmare world of the death camps present him with an intolerable question: how can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur?

  23. 23  The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion): John D. Caputo: 97802532...

    The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion): John D. Caputo: 97802532...

    "... The Weakness of God is a bold attempt to reconfigure the terms of debate around the topic of divine omnipotence. Caputo has a gift for explaining Continental philosophy's jargon succinctly and accurately, and despite technical and foreign terms, this book will engage upper-level undergraduates. Includes scriptural and general indexes....

  24. 24  PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude, and a Due Date: Christian Piatt: 9780827230323: Amazon.com: Books

    PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude, and a Due Date: Christian Piatt: 9780827230323: Amazon.com: Books

    "Christian Piatt's book is a bit like a baby itself: It's surprising, funny, lovable, and just a little bit gross."-A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically (ajjacobs.com)"The thing that makes reading Christian Piatt's PregMANcy so enjoyable is that he just tells it like it is.

  25. 25  The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible: A. J. Jacobs: 978...

    The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible: A. J. Jacobs: 978...

    Amazon Best of the Month, September 2007: Make no mistake: A.J. Jacobs is not a religious man. He describes himself as Jewish "in the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant." Yet his latest work, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, is an insightful and hilarious journey for readers of all faiths.