5 Books That Have Impacted My Christian Walk
I have been serving in ministry for 10 years. Throughout that time there have been a number of books that have been incredibly valuable to me and have shaped my ministry beyond what I could tell you. During these 10 years I have served in a number of christian traditions and theological stances that I think you will find evident in the books I have chosen. That is, if you are a theology nerd. The truth is, I haven’t quite figured everything out! As a result, I continue to try to read a wide scope of authors who I believe fall within Christian orthodoxy. Regardless of your church background, I know these books will be a blessing to you.
1. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
As a young man in college, I was constantly finding myself in situations where I needed to defend my faith. I remember hearing all kinds of things about Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity that made me question my faith. In this book, Lee Strobel writes in plain language as he asks tough questions to some of the worlds most influential and well known scholars. I’ll never forget the first time I read through the gruesome details of a Roman crucifixion, and the overwhelming evidence supporting the resurrection of Jesus.
2. The Soul Winner by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
The Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, writes a masterpiece for pastors in this book. He stresses the importance of knowing how to “win souls” for Jesus and what it takes to do so. He shows his zeal and commitment to sharing the gospel to lost souls which cannot be done apart from holy living.
3. The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
This is quickly becoming a classic read for all Christians. In this book, Tim Keller makes sound arguments with the skeptic in mind. He answers tough questions such as “How could a good God allow suffering?”, “How can a loving God send people to hell?”. He also speaks to objections to the Christian faith such as, “There can’t be just one true religion” and “You can’t take the Bible literally.”
4. Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
This book is filled with jewels on every page. I never understood how to hear from God until reading this book. It is theologically sound as well as overwhelmingly practical. It teaches Christians how to listen to God and how to respond to him when he speaks. If you are a Christian and you struggle with the reality of God actually speaking to you and being able to discern when it is his voice, this book will be a treasure to you as well.
5. The Way to Heaven: The Gospel According to John Wesley by Steve Harper
This selection shows my respect for genuine Wesleyans as well as the man John Wesley himself. A few years ago, while employed by a Methodist church, I began to study John Wesley’s life and theology. This was the first book of many that I read about him and I found it to be very helpful and inspiring. I continue to find John Wesley’s story fascinating and strive to have the spiritual discipline of this man. The book is written for everyday people. So although it is theological, you are sure to understand what you are reading. Even if you are not a Wesleyan, you can certainly benefit from this book.