I have often been asked: “What are your favorite books?”
I’m continually reading books from the softer side of Christian spirituality to the thick analytical works of NT scholarship. I’ll give you a list of my favorite “top ten” books from my entire library.
Furthermore, I’ll rate my favorites according to which books have impacted my thinking the most (i.e. turning points) on my journey. Many great works will be excluded. Perhaps in the future I will make another list.
I will not include the Bible in my list. Undoubtedly, growing up in the church, the Scripture has shaped me in ways I shall never know. So, if it concerns you that the Bible is not on my list, I like to remember that it shouldn’t be placed alongside other popular works of men anyway.
The following books are not in the order in which I read them; they are rated according to their greatest level of influence on my life.
- “The Centrality and Supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ” by T. Austin-Sparks
- “Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church” by N.T. Wright
- “Resident Aliens” by Stanley Hauerwas
- “The Normal Christian Life” by Watchman Nee
- “Is God to Blame? Beyond Pat Answers to the Problem of Suffering” by Gregory Boyd
- “Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices” by Frank Viola and George Barna
- “The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church” by Gregory Boyd
- “The Cost of Discipleship” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- “The Secret of the Strength: What Would the Anabaptists Tell This Generation” by Peter Hoover
- “Created for Community: Connecting Christian Belief with Christian Living” by Stanley Grenz
What books have been most influential in your life?