In 1986, as an eleven year old boy reading the books describing the evils of rock and roll that lined my fundamentalist preacher father’s bookshelf, I was also, and secretly, listening to Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love,” among other mid-80’s “soft-rock” staples. Those books served as my pre-internet Google – introducing me to contraband music that I may not have heard about otherwise; that’s how I discovered Black Sabbath, the band with the frontman that best exemplified, according to my dad’s books, the evils of rock and roll.
It’s been over half a millennium since Gutenberg changed the world with his movable type printing press. In the intervening years, over one hundred and twenty-five million books have been published. In my hubris, I am listing five books, less than .00000004% of the total output, that I believe are not only must-reads for Christians but are must-reads on a regular basis. However, I can’t define what “regular” means for others; for me, “regular” means once a year. But different life circumstances, speed reading ability, etc. will stretch or even shrink the definition of “regular.” I do believe, very strongly, that the books listed below are highly profitable and should be a part of the library of every Christian who is living in the West and, hence, drowning in the increasing tide of available books. The books that I’ve listed below offer a wealth of riches in areas that need to be interacted with frequently. If I were to make a list of books that I believe Christians should read at least once, this post would be much longer.
The following books are not ranked in order based on the value I believe they hold. They’re ranked in the order in which I had inadvertently stacked them on my desk. It’s also not a comprehensive list – not only will I be happy to hear suggestions for both additions and replacements, I want to hear suggestions. After all, there are over one hundred and twenty-five million books that I’ve never heard of, much less read; I need recommendations, too.