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The 25 Best Christian Books Ever Published - Classics

Recently I published the article, The Best 50 Christian Books Ever Written. And although the list included some books older than the 20th century, most of the mentions on the list were recent in their publication. Therefore, I want to compliment that list with this one below that includes older contributions that have lasted through the test of time.

Anything you would add? Please include your suggestions in the comments below.

Confessions, Augustine
The Rule of St. Benedict, Benedict Of Nursia
The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis
Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin
Dark Night of the Soul, John of the Cross

Pensées, Blaise Pascal
The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
Orthodoxy, GK Chesterton
The Cost of DiscipleshipDietrich Bonhoeffer

Religious Affections Jonathan Edwards
Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer C.S. Lewis
The Great Divorce C.S. Lewis
The Book of Common PrayerThomas Cranmer, et al.

Paradise LostJohn Milton
On Consideration, Bernard of Clairvaux
Lectures on Romans, Martin Luther
Something Beautiful for God, Malcolm Muggeridge
A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, Helmut Thielicke

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther Roland Bainton
The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer
Knowledge of the HolyA.W. Tozer
The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, Hannah Whitall Smith
The Idea of the Holy, Rudolph Otto


Great list Bill. Thanks for sharing. I have some reading to do!

How about Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis?

I believe that made my previous list...tried to eliminate redundancy

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