Copyright March 24, 2015 by Chris Mullis
Proverbs 18:15 – “Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.”
I did not like school when I was a kid. Even though I made good grades, it was boring to me. I couldn’t wait to finish school so I didn’t have to go anymore. However, my Mom told me, “You should never stop learning. You should try to learn something new every day, even after you are done with school.”Now that I am grown and finished with my formal education, I find I still want to learn. I enjoy science and history. I like to learn new skills and understand how things work. I also enjoy listening to audiobooks and find it is an excellent way to learn. At the end of this article, you will find a list of some of the best books I’ve read that I recommend to you (in no particular order).
The Bible – Whether or not you read any other book, please read this one. Sadly, only 19% of church-going Christians report they read their Bible every day yet we watch an average of 5 hours of TV a day. I challenge you to pick up your Bible and start in Matthew and read at least one chapter a day. It will take about 5 minutes a day and you will read the entire New Testament in one year. It’s time every Christian rediscovers the Bible and makes a commitment to read it. Of course, I’m no expert and certainly don’t claim to know everything, but that’s the Truth as far as I can tell…
God loves you and so do I!
Unlikely Angel by Ashley Smith – The captivating story of Ashley Smith, a recovering drug addict, who was abducted and held hostage in her apartment in 2005 by Atlanta courthouse killer Brian Nichols. Perhaps you remember the headlines that gripped the world, but you need to read the amazing story of how God changed everything for Ashley.
As We Forgive by Catherine Larson – This is an excellent book that examines forgiveness and reconciliation. Retelling the stories of survivors of the Rwandan genocide who learned to forgive and reconcile with the very people who committed the atrocities. This is a book that everyone should read to understand the amazing healing available through Christian forgiveness.
Is God Anti-Gay by Sam Allberry – Everyone is talking about gay marriage and public opinion is shifting on the issue. What does God say? In this very easy-to-read and understand book, Allberry (a pastor who struggles with same-sex attraction) teaches God’s position on the issue according to the Bible. This is an excellent book that almost anyone can read and it is very timely for what is going on in our world.
Heaven is for Real by Lynn Vincent and Todd Burpo – I did not like the movie very much, but the book is excellent and thought provoking true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about his experience to his parents.
The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller – This book fundamentally reshaped the way I think about this famous passage from Luke 15. Jesus told this story more for the “good” people of the world than for those who have strayed.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis – This Christian classic is an intellectual read, but Lewis does a masterful job explaining what Christianity is at its most foundational level. If you can handle a heavier reading, this is a great book to read.
1493 by Charles Mann – This is not a religious book and it’s long and it may not be for everyone. However, this is a great book if you love history like me. The book examines the dramatic ways our world changed as a result of Columbus’ discovery of the new world. Everything from our food to where we lived was forever altered by what Mann calls the “Columbian exchange.” It shifted my understanding of how our modern globalized world came into existence.
Endurance by Alfred Lancing – Another history book, Endurance chronicles the saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas. The book made me think, “If this crew could survive this harrowing adventure, I can survive any struggle that may come my way.”
Unbroken by Laura Hillderbrand – The riveting story of Olympian and WWII war hero Louis Zamperini’s life. The book was recently made into a blockbuster movie, but the movie only scratches the surface of Zamperini’s life and leaves out critical portions of how Louis came to Christ at a Billy Graham crusade and latter spent his life facilitating a Christian Camp for troubled boys. Do yourself a favor and choose the book over the movie.
More Great Books I Would Recommend:
· Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel
· The Peacemaker by Ken Sande
· Words to Eat By by Ina Lipkowitz
· Killing Jesus by Martin Dugard and Bill O’Reilly
· Developing the Leader Within by John Maxwell
· Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
· Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley
· The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
· Dune by Frank Herbert
· Deliverance by James Dickey
· The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Bob DeMoss and Rebecca Alonzo
· The Unchurched Next Door by Thom Rainer
· When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg
· Alter Ego by Craig Groeshcel
· The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
· One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
· Enough by Adam Hamilton
· Radical by David Platt
· The Pastor by Eugene Peterson
· Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
· Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent
· Crazy Love by Francis Chan
· Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck
· Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur
· Patriotic Fire by Winston Groom
· Plan B by Pete Wilson