16 Greatest Christian Books Everyone Should Read - David Makuyu
These 16 greatest Christian books of all time have drawn millions to Christ with their captivating and powerful glimpse into God's true nature.
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16 Greatest Christian Books Everyone Should Read

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16 Greatest Christian Books Everyone Should Read

There are few books that have the power to rise head and shoulders over other works of writing.

When I say that, I mean there are only a couple of Christian books that are so anointed, you can’t possibly remain the same after reading them. They are more powerful than the sermons we hear in Churches today.

They are more practical and ‘real’ than anything else out there.

These are the evergreen golden testimonies we all need to hear, summed up in the pages of a book, as relevant today as they were a couple of years ago. They challenge you, inspire you and lift your faith.

In fact, next to the Bible these 16 influential Christian books should be on your bedside bookshelf. Judging from hundreds of comments from people who have read them, they testify to the sheer anointing that laces each page.

More importantly, an overwhelmingly large number of people have given their lives to Christ as a result of these books.

The authors don’t judge you, victimize you or condemn you. Rather, they highlight an incredible aspect of God’s nature and use that to challenge your initial perception of His Nature.

16 Greatest Christian Books You Must Read

If you ever wanted to know who God really is, these 16 Christian books will do just that.

So, without further ado, see the 16 greatest Christian books everyone should read.

16. This Present Darkness – Frank Peretti

This Present Darkness, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

The age old battle between good and evil, between angels and demons is played out in this fiction book. It’s a work of fiction, but everything about what really happens in the 2nd heaven is true.

I suspect Frank thought this is the best way to get Christians to wake up and really see what happens around us – in  sort of CS Lewis type of way.

My opinion.

We get to see how every demon in hell will stop at nothing to destroy Christian families and cities, held at bay by valiant angels that protect and shield us if we pray.

The Book That Teaches You About Spiritual Warfare

The book introduces you to Ashton, a typical small town caught up in a hideous New age plot to enslave the community and eventually the human race.

But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, every God-fearing Christian must arise to face the enemy, pray like their lives depend on it in a bid to overcome imminent destruction.

This Present Darkness is a gripping story that brings keen insight into spiritual warfare and the necessity of prayer. Since its original publication more than 2.7 million copies have been sold. The companion volume, Piercing the Darkness, continues the story of the battle between spiritual forcesThe entire

The entire theme of the book is based on an overlooked verse in the Bible that stands out as the most important verse next to John 3:16

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12

 

15. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God – Jonathan Edwards

Sinners in the hands of an angry god, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

Yeah! It’s one of those titles that causes you to jump up in indignant anger..

“Who exactly are you calling a sinner??!”

The sermon is not as fire-and-brimstone as the title sounds. But it’s sure as well convicting.

It’s the most influential of Jonathan Edward’s works.  This one short sermon explains that hell is real, that God’s wrath is active towards sin, and that Christ is the only source of salvation.

Jonathan Edwards wrote “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” as a sermon, which he preached in his Northampton, Massachusetts church.

The sermon is one of the most influential in the history of Christianity. God used the sermon to spark the Great Awakening in North America.

14. Mere Christianity – CS Lewis

Mere Christianity,Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

Christianity Today, founded by Billy Graham, ranked this book the 3rd most influential book amongst evangelicals since 1945.

Sixpence None The Richer, the contemporary Christian pop rock band based in Texas, got their name from a passage in Mere Christianity.

Christian metal band, Living Sacrifice, used CS Lewis’ phrase, “the hammering process” contained in the book, as the name of their album, The Hammering Process.

Former UK Conservative Member of Parliament, Jonathan Aitken converted to Christianity after reading Mere Christianity. And the list goes on.

CS Lewis And His Amazing Books

CS Lewis is quite simply one of the most prolific writers of the generation. His quotes, devotions and books have impacted the lives of millions of people around the world.

You know him best from the fabulous Chronicles of Narnia legacy and the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.

These two works of art, I’m sure, made your empty hours melt into a thrilling-by-the-second action odyssey.

His deft approach at embedding the Gospel story within these books (and ultimately the Hollywood blockbuster movie by the same name), spread the Gospel in a contemporary way that made ‘anti-Jesus’ folk embrace the Gospel message easily.

Mere Christianity is evidence to the power of simple, honest writing.

You are immediately captivated by his portrayal of a joyful faith, one that is real, profound and happy.

The book actually emerged from a series of BBC radio talks CS Lewis gave at Oxford between 1942 and 1944.

He argues out the case for a Christian faith, starting off with how he came to be convinced that the existence of Jesus Christ was valid, and that this Christian faith had to be real.

He explores the various contradictory arguments that other religions have, and he proceeds to carefully discredit them, using fact.

In fact, he uses logic to suggest three probabilities: Either Jesus was really God, or he was deliberately lying, or he was not God but thought himself to be (which would make him delusional and likely insane).

Reading the book, you get to see why the latter two possibilities are not consistent with Jesus’ character. For sceptics, this is a book worth reading over and over again.

13. Be All You Can Be – John Maxwell

Be all you can be, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

Be All You Can Be is a challenge to stretch your God-given potential.

John Maxwell gives you simple smart ways to put a number of plans into action to get your creative juices flowing.

It’s a small book, perfect for a coffee break, but its impact will last way longer than your coffee will.

I’ve read dozens of inspirational and self-help books, but this pint-sized book is a must-read.

You will find yourself referring to it repeatedly as you figure out Gods plan for your life. John adds a good dose of humor, down-to-earth common sense and ideas that enable you make a roadmap to success.

 

12. Good Morning, Holy Spirit – Benny Hinn

God Morning, Holy Spirit, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

The Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood person in Christianity.

And Pastor Benny Hinn says it too.

You hear it all around you -people referring to The Holy Spirit as ‘it” or simply ‘spirit.’ Try holding a conversation with someone who’s not an advanced Christian and attempt to describe the Holy Spirit and they’ll laugh.

“What do you mean a spirit?”

Well, The Holy Spirit is not a spirit. He is a person. The third member of the Trinity – a person, a being with thoughts, a mind, power, feelings and a plan for you. He is God- The Holy Spirit.

The reason this book makes it to our list is because more than anyone else, Pastor Benny Hinn lays out the character, and person of the Holy Spirit like no one else.

Using his own personal experiences, you get to understand the role, and mind of the Holy Spirit and the fact that without understanding or knowing Him, you will fail woefully in your Christian walk.

It’s refreshing to see Benny Hinn share his own experiences – how he got to know the Holy Spirit, how the Holy Spirit guided him, spoke with him and gave him instructions and set him on his path to ministry.

By the way, the work of the Holy Spirit is nothing new.

The whole Book of Acts is almost entirely dedicated to His work and relationship with Paul and the 12 disciples.

Yet, He remains mysterious to the modern day Church.

We read the Book of Acts in Church. We ignore the Person of the Book of Acts.

This book will change that.

The introduction to the book reads:

One cold winter night in Toronto, the Holy Spirit entered Benny Hinn’s life in such a dramatic way that he was changed forever. The same thing can happen to you. Join the millions of others who have read Good Morning Holy Spirit and discover if you are ready to meet the Holy Spirit intimately and personally, willing to listen to His voice, and prepared to know Him as a person.

One day in the future, we will recognize Good Morning, Holy Spirit as one of the most important books you could ever get your hands on.

11. The Screwtape Letters- CS Lewis

The Screwtape Letters, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

“Of all my books,” CS Lewis admitted, “there was only one I did not take pleasure in writing.”

That’s this book right here, The Screwtape Letters.

The Screwtape Letters is based on a diabolical demon named Screwtape. Screwtape is a highly placed tempter in Lucifer’s service, charged by his master with securing the damnation of a young bloke on earth. Aided by his novice demon nephew, Wormwood, he meticulously proceeds to put his plan in action.

The Screwtape Letters, 31 of them, were originally penned for the ‘Anglican’ Newspaper and released weekly much to the insatiable delight of readers. They were so successful that they were eventually bound together in the form of a book and published in 1942.

The Screwtape Letters has been made into movies and theatre plays thanks to its imaginative and high roller coaster theme and plot.

Check out this stage play trailer by Fellowship For Performing Arts, showing from December 8- January 7, 2017.

As much as audiences around the world have enjoyed a gripping and captivating thriller, CS Lewis didn’t get much joy out of writing it.

It was important though, because it portrays in a satirical manner what really happens in the spiritual realm, much to the ignorance of ordinary folk like you and me. If every Christian read this book, they would take their faith very seriously.

At times, CS Lewis found writing The Screwtape Letters “dry and gritty going.”

He says,

At the time, I was thinking of objections to the Christian life and decided to put them in the form ‘That’s what the devil would say.’ But making goods ‘bad’ and bads ‘good’ gets to be fatiguing.”

12 Things You May Not Know About The Screwtape Letters is a good read too.

 

10. Normal Christian Life – Watchman Nee

The Normal Christian Life, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

When I got my hands on The Normal Christian life, I was overwhelmed.

I couldn’t get away from how someone would simply paint the redemption story using the Book of Romans and share such a powerful recollection of every hurdle a newly converted Christian could undergo.

From dealing with the exuberance of a new believer, the burning desire to share your faith with everyone, to the first series of rough and tough challenges that you face, the devil’s attempt to throw mud in your face, the doubts, the insecurities, the enemies and the endless questions of, “Am I doing this right?”

This is a book that empathizes with you if that traces your journey. Written by a quiet unassuming man who would later give his life for the Savior he so dearly loved.Watchman Nee

The Normal Christian Life is exactly as the title states – a picture of a normal Christian life. It will encourage you knowing that so many people have  walked the road before you.

It’s been called by many the Christian classic for the ages.

Watchman Nee unfolds the concept of good Christian living. He’s got wonderful mastery of the pen.

His sentences flow easily and smoothly, laying out his thought and claims for the ideal Christian life as if you were in the same room with him holding a conversation.

The overriding theme of the book is grace. Judging by his background in socialist China, that concept really rings true for him no doubt.

Nee shows how God’s grace both enables and challenges Christians to continue Christ’s work and prepare the way for his return.

 

9. Outlive Your Life – Max Lucado

Outlive Your Life, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

Max Lucado has inspired millions of people around the world with his well thought-out and inspirational devotions.

It’s hard to take a pick of just one that stands out. But if we were to attempt, then ‘Outlive Your Life’ is the perfect pick.

Packed to the brim with practical and delightful tips, this books shows you how to live your mark on the world, with one deed that will outlast your time on earth.

It’s about one thing you can do and do right. It’s your reason for living, your destiny-shaper.

Find your missing mark as you leaf through the pages of this refreshing book.

If you have desired what you were born to do, and overwhelmed with a myriad of options, Max Lucado will help you narrow down to your true cause.

In his words,

“There’s a lot of wisdom in the phrase: “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” It’s when we try to do everything, that’s when we get overwhelmed. When we do nothing, that’s when we get bitter. But if we can find that one thing we do – that one unique assignment in our hometown or around the world – that’s the way we keep sanity in a difficult culture.”

8. Ben-hur: A Tale Of The Christ – Lewis ‘Lew’ Wallace

Ben-Hur, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

Ben-Hur is a grand sweeping tragedy that comes full circle and moves the character Judah Ben Hur from prince to slave to prince again.

It’s a novel of revenge versus love, death versus life, kingship versus servant-hood.

It’s a novel of all the things that compose Christianity in many regards with how Christ came and turned many things upside down in that regard.

Ben Hur is compared to the journeys of the Romans around him and serves to show the effect of Christ upon a hate-filled individual.

Lew Wallace deftly embeds the events of the life of Jesus in grand historical spectacle with the exciting story of Judah of the House of Hur to show how a man can find extraordinary redemption for himself and his family.

 

7. Rediscovering The Kingdom Of God – Myles Munroe

Rediscovering the Kingdom of God, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

No other book comes close to helping you understand the Kingdom of God like this book.

In fact, you will never really be able to understand God and His Purpose until you read this book. It tackles perhaps the most misunderstood topic about God – His Kingdom.

It’s really quite astonishing given that at the very beginning of his ministry Jesus laid out his mandate very simply.

What was that mandate?

Three things.

  1. To reveal the Kingdom of His Father.
  2. To show us His Father.Top 17 Christian Books Everyone Should Read
  3. To proclaim that the Kingdom of God has come.

Three key tasks.

So simple.

Yet, so misunderstood.

Almost all the misunderstandings we have about who we are, why we exist, our destiny, the promises of God, prayer and purpose for living on earth can be traced back to the singular reason that we don’t understand what the Kingdom of God is.

On top of that, we don’t quite understand how it functions.

In this Book, the late Dr. Myles Munroe in his unique pleasant manner, uses easy to understand terms and comparisons to unveil the mystery of the Kingdom and show you what it is, and what it is NOT.

The Kingdom of God message is what the late Dr. Myles Munroe spent over 10 years preaching and teaching to his Church members in his home church, a deliberate line of study that continues today.

 

6. Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan

Pilgrim's Progress, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

I remember hearing about Pilgrim’s Progress from my sisters when I was a teen. It sat on the living room shelf, untouched for 12 months before I finally decided to open it and read. I didn’t let it go.

After reading it, I wondered to myself what took me so long to read it.

The story revolves around a man named Christian.

Christian’s problem is the huge burden on his back (allegorically, the weight of sin).

Desperately looking for a solution, Christian embarks on a dangerous journey to relieve his burden, by traveling from his city, The City of Destruction, to a new city, the Celestial City.

On his journey, Christian encounters all sorts of challenges, which are reflective of the same challengers any believer would go through.

 

5. Knowing God – J.I Packer

Knowing God, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

Over 1 million copies sold kinda tells you that this book has struck a chord with believers around the world.

That’s down to its simple entreaty to you to really get to know God.

When we do, some of the traditional rituals we do, thinking we know that’s what God wants will end. We then get to do what He wants us to do, because we know Him.

See the difference?

God isn’t interested in rituals. He’s interested in YOU. A deep, warm, vibrant relationship with YOU.

Knowing God brings together two important facets of the Christian faith― knowing about God and also knowing God.

4. Pursuit of God – A W Tozer

Pursuit of God, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

Pursuit of God is God’s pursuit of man.

It’s one of the most compelling arguments about a love of a Creator towards a created man is penned with incredible emotion, thought and principle.

Aiden Wilson Tozer was an American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor, who was a key figure in the Missionary Alliance.

This is part of his testimony on how he came to meet the Lord

While on his way home from the Akron, Ohio tire company where he worked as a teen, young Aiden Wilson Tozer overheard a street preacher say, “If you don’t know how to be saved…just call on God.” Upon returning home, Tozer climbed into the attic and heeded the preacher’s advice.

By the end of this book, you will find yourself running back into the arms of a Living God and realizing that all he wanted for you was… is… the very best.

Check out some of these memorable quotes from the book.

God is more concerned about the state of man’s heart than He is with the state of his feelings.

If you do all the talking when you pray, how then will you hear God’s answers?

As Sixpence None The Richer said, “There is a God-shaped hole in all of us…”

It seems they were referring to this quote…

God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is.

This book will tug at your heartstrings and leave you with no option but to explore whether this Eternal God can really fill that gaping void in our hearts.

 

3. The Christian’s Secret Of A Happy Life – Hannah Whitall Smith

Christian's Secret of a happy life, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

One word.

BRILLIANT.

Get this book.

And then buy more for all your friends and relatives.

It’s the most captivating read you will find out there, a book that testifies of the radiance and joy of a Christian walk, when done according to His instructions.

Hannah really nailed it with The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life.

You know for sure she had noticed that there was something amiss with the promises indicated in the Bible and the tangible experience of many. As a result, he sought to explore the reasons and unveil the secrets that make for a happy Christian life.

Joy lines every word on the page, you can feel her joy and her love for a good good God, one who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ever imagine.

It’s an extraordinary book. The wisdom of H. W. Smith is plain to see. Hannah is remarkable because she explains in simple terms how to arrive at happiness as a Christian (as the title says).

 

2.  Power In Praise – Merlin Carothers

Power In Praise, Top 15 Most Influential Books Every Christian Should Read

 

This is absolutely the most powerful book you can read today.

It contains fascinating testimonies of ordinary people who underwent incredibly difficult and sometimes brutal experiences and emerged victorious through the power of praise.

Merlin Carothers goes further to reveal his own terrible circumstances and tribulations that made him…no that forced him to learn the secret of praise and give God thanks even in the darkest of circumstances.

It’s a book I have re-read over 15 times as I struggle to understand the most inexplicable of situations that happened to me. When I underwent my darkest hours, trying to figure out how and where God was when all hell broke loose, this is the book that kept me going.

Almost every page in this book contains a powerful life-changing episode. Within it, you get tales of the sceptic who laughs at the thought of a Loving God ‘somewhere in the sky.’

Praise In The Midst Of The Storm

You get the shocking tale of a girl who was raped repeatedly, beaten, bruised and emotionally shattered, trying to come to terms with the concept of a Loving Father who wants her whole.

Couples in Merlin’s chaplain’s office scream at each other and look at Merlin like he’s crazy when he asks them to thank God with him for everything that has happened to them. After listening to him and deciding to give praise a try in their marriage.

Their dose of medicine: They will thank God for every action nondescript as it may seem, and see what happens. A year later, with a baby in tow, they pay Carothers a visit to thank him for showing them a new approach to life.

Dead Broke And Praising God

You get instances of dead broke people like Mark. Mark had no means of income, no job, no hope in sight. But instead of calling up rich relatives who avoid your call, Mark decides to give a shot at the weird sermon he heard Merlin Carothers share about thanking God for everything. Suddenly strangers jump out of the woodwork to aid him in the nick of time.

You have a testimony of a man who was convicted and jailed for life, grumpy and moody about anything and everything. He changes his attitude, and begins to deliberately thank God for every evil, painful unfair, shady and callous thing that led him to this moment where he has nothing to look forward to but his cold grey cell.

As he gives thanks, he gives his life to Christ and starts a prison ministry. A new radiance and peace takes over his soul.

Two years later, the prison warden shoves a letter in his face. A pardon. A full pardon. And he’s bundled into a jail van and ferried to freedom within two hours.

After tasting freedom, he still has the humility (and the joy to say “…going to prison was absolutely the best thing that happened to me. There I found God.”

Amazing.

You get soldiers in the line of fire, mentally broken, paranoid and on the verge of dementia, suddenly experience total restoration at a time when all doctors wrote them off.

And it all began when they began praising God for their circumstances instead of begging Him to take it all away. And ALL these are recorded testimonies – a few of the documented hundreds in Carother’s file.

The Power Behind The Power In Praise

Power In Praise brought such unrivaled response, that he had to reprint it twice over and pen additional book sequels.

This is actually the second book in the Praise Series – the first one being Prison to Praise.

If you need a revelation that all things work together for your good, this is the ONLY book to get.

You will never look at any circumstance that occurs in your life from this moment onwards the same.

The late Merlin Carothers has long gone to be with the Lord, but this is a book that will live on for eternity.

 

1. Necessity of Prayer – E.M Bounds

Necessity of Prayer, 15 Greatest Christian Books

Edward McKendree Bound is one of the greatest giants of faith, and he lifts the veil on the most important subject in Christianity other than salvation – prayer.

Edward Bounds was a 20th century pastor and lawyer, who spent the greater part of his life discovering and penning down the inspired writings on prayer through books like ‘Prayer and Praying Men’, ‘Essentials of Prayer’, ‘Purpose in Prayer’ and ‘Power Through Prayer’.

Prayer, and the lack of it thereof will make it or break it in your Christian walk.

As you read Necessity of Prayer, you are introduced to the sheer magnitude of prayer, the longing of the Lord to commune with you in prayer and the tantalizing arms of victory that lies within grasp of a kneeling Christian.

You also get to realize that everything rises and falls on prayer.

You will come away from reading this book with the certainty that EM Bounds is one who sat at the feet of God.

If prayer has been a big challenge for you, get this book and discover the incredible, delightful experience that it was designed to be.

EM Bounds gives you a beautiful aesthetic visual of what true prayer is. Prayer is faith and without faith, it’s impossible to please God.

 


Conclusion

That sums up the 16 Greatest Books Every Christian Should Read.

If you haven’t yet read any of them, make it a point to do so in the coming week. They will bless your socks off!

Between them, they have inspired, transformed, motivated and compelled millions of people to a greater testimony of Christ.

They have brought millions to the foot of the cross in repentance and humble adoration. They also serve as a lasting testament of the good news of the Gospel to our generation.

More importantly, rather than just entertain you and make you feel good, each one of these books reveals an aspect of God’s Nature that profoundly transforms your life. If you ever wanted to help someone come to the Lord, simply give them any one of these books.

What books would make your list as the 15 greatest Christian books of all time?

Share your thoughts below!

2 Comments
  • Nicole
    Posted at 11:03h, 26 January Reply

    Nice list. This is the second recommendation I received for Hannah Whitall Smith’s book this week. I had never heard of it before. I’m thinking it’s not just a coincidence. I will have to check it out. Thank you for the food for thought.

    • David
      Posted at 07:29h, 06 February Reply

      Hey Nicole,
      Thanks for your feedback!
      Yeah, it’s one of the most influential books I’ve ever read. You can feel the anointing on every page of the book. Hannah is someone who knew her Lord intimately. If I were to narrow the list down to 4 of the most important books to ever read in your lifetime, this one would make the ct.

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