20 September 2017

6 Books every Christian should read

6 BOOKS EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD READ

I DARED TO CALL HIM FATHER

BILQUIS SHEIK / KINGSWAY 1978

If you have ever wondered how people who live in countries where there are no churches and few missionaries hear the Gospel, then you have to read this book. ‘I dared to call Him Father’ is the amazing story of one Pakistani woman’s journey of faith. You will be amazed at how God speaks to Bilquis through dreams bringing her to a crisis point and a decision to follow Jesus Christ that will change her life forever. At a time when Middle Eastern Countries are in conflict, this is an inspiring testimony to remind us that in the midst of this, God is still revealing Himself to those who seek Him. It is also a reminder of the tremendous cost of following Jesus Christ which many people throughout the world have to consider.

BASIC CHRISTIANITY

JOHN STOTT / IVP 1958

One reviewer has stated that John Stott’s book ‘Basic Christianity’ has introduced more people to Christ than any other book except the Bible itself. Although this book was first printed in the late 1950’s it is still one of the clearest and most concise introductions to the Christian faith. Stott’s book is ideal for anyone who is just staring out in their Christian life. It is also an ideal book for those who are seeking answers to questions about the identity of Jesus Christ. This book’s influence doesn’t end there, in a generation where the validity of Christianity is constantly being challenged this is a book all Christians should read to help strengthen their faith and answer criticism of Christianity.

DON’T WASTE YOUR LIFE

JOHN PIPER / IVP 2003

Best selling author, John Piper, challenges us to consider how we are spending our lives. Are we more concerned about the pursuit of comfort and pleasure while getting side tracked by trivial diversions than are we about saving or losing our lives? This is a challenging book that will help the reader consider what the focus of their life is, while also pointing them towards the one that really matters – Jesus Christ. Piper’s book is a clear warning to a western society that is in danger of being classed as lukewarm rather than full of faith and passion. This is one book that should be read and re-read at every stage of our lives.

A WOMAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

ELIZABETH GEORGE / HARVEST HOUSE 1997

Elizabeth George is a best selling women’s author. With over 1 million copies sold, ‘A Woman After God’s Own Heart’ is a modern classic which should be on every woman’s bookshelf. George encourages her readers to pursue God’s priorities in relationship with Him, in ministry, in home and in family. The strength of this book is in the author’s commitment to rooting all her teaching firmly in Scripture. This is a collection of clear Bible teaching that can educate and transform. And just in case the men feel left out, George’s husband Jim has written a companion volume aptly entitled ‘A man after Gods own Heart’ also published by Harvest House.

DON’T JUST STAND THERE…PRAY SOMETHING

RONALD DUNN / ZONDERVAN 1991

We are always good at talking about what we should pray for, but when it comes down to it we often talk much more than we ever pray. Ronald Dunn sums up where our prayer life should start in the title of the book – ‘Don’t just stand there – PRAY SOMETHNG’. It’s not always about getting the right words, structure or location; it’s about actually getting down to it and talking to God. Dunn reminds us that prayer is God’s idea as He created us for relationship and longs to communicate with us. If you read one book on prayer, then this classic should be on your bookshelf. It’s an accessible read and practical book which is exactly what prayer itself should be – accessible and practical.

GOD’S SMUGGLER

BROTHER ANDREW / HODDER AND STOUGHTON 1967

God’s Smuggler was first published in 1967 and almost 45 years later it is still one of the best selling autobiographies in print. It tells the unforgettable story of Brother Andrew as he begins smuggling Bibles to Christians behind the Iron Curtain. The commitment and courage of one man and his growing band of helpers brought the Bible to a nation where it was a criminal offence to even own one. ‘God’s Smuggler’ is the first chapter in a story that continues today as ‘Open Doors’, the organisation Brother Andrew founded, works with the persecuted Church in Asia and the Middle East. His story can be followed in ‘Light Force’ and ‘Secret Believers’, also published by Hodder and Stoughton.

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