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The 50 Best Christian Books Ever Written

"Danger...Will Robinson....Danger!!!" says the robot on Lost in Space.

Lists that acclaim the "Best Of" can certainly be dangerous and have the potential to cause a lot of controversy! Why? Because there is always the risk of leaving out someone's favorite book or listing a book that a some may think shouldn't be on the list. This list isn't perfect and these books on the list may not be the most popular, the best known, or even the “hottest.” Rather these are books that I either regard as exceptional or I believe have made a significant impact on the church.

Disclaimer: The books are not listed in any particular order. Also I don’t agree with every word of every book nor do I agree with everything the authors have ever said, done, or written elsewhere. Also, I tried to limit a maximum of two mentions per author because I didn't want any one author to overwhelm the list.

Here is my list below (any comments/questions/pushback or additions to this list would be greatly appreciated in the comments section)

Prodigal God - Timothy Keller

Knowing God - J.I. Packer

Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis

Simply Jesus - N.T. Wright

The Master Plan of Evangelism - Robert Coleman

Simple Church - Thom Rainer & Eric Geiger

Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Ragamuffin Gospel - Brennan Manning

Discipleship - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Basic Christianity - John Stott

Paul Apostle of the Heart Set Free - F.F. Bruce

Christ Centered Preaching - Bryan Chapell

The Message of the New Testament - F.F. Bruce

Desiring God - John Piper

Nine Marks Of A Healthy Church - Mark Dever

What's So Amazing About Grace? - Philip Yancey

The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan

Blue Like Jazz - Don Miller

Deep Church - Jim Belcher

The Pursuit of Holiness - Jerry Bridges

The Mortification of Sin - John Owen

The Reason for God - Timothy Keller

The Heart of a Servant Leader - Jack Miller

The Wounded Healer - Henri Nouwen

Abba's Child - Brennan Manning

When God Weeps - Joni Eareckson Tada

Chosen by God - R.C. Sproul

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction - Eugene Peterson

Humility - Andrew Murray

Dangerous Calling - Paul David Tripp

Abide in Christ - Andrew Murray

Religious Affections - Jonathan Edwards

Return of the Prodigal Son - Henri Nouwen

The Holiness of God - R.C. Sproul

Systematic Theology - Wayne Grudem

The Cross of Christ - John Stott

Don't Waste Your Life - John Piper

Crazy Love - Francis Chan

A Scandalous Freedom - Steve Brown

Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren

The Jesus I Never Knew - Philip Yancey

Studies in the Sermon on the Mount - D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Love Walked Among Us - Paul Miller

The Scriptures Testify about Me: Jesus and the Gospel in the Old Testament - D.A. Carson

unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity -  Gabe Lyon & David Kinnaman

My Utmost For His Highest - Oswald Chambers

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society - Lesslie Newbigin

The Continuing Conversion of the Church - Darrell L. Guder

The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church - Alan Hirsch


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