5 Books that Every Christian Should be Reading on a Regular Basis

gutenbergIt’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[1]. 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.

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The Clash of the Straw Men: An Unorthodox Review of Rachel Held Evans’ Searching for Sunday

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by John Ellis

“But if the world is watching, we might as well tell the truth. And the truth is, the church doesn’t offer a cure. It doesn’t offer a quick fix. The church offers death and resurrection. The church offers the messy, inconvenient, gut-wrenching, never-ending work of healing and reconciliation. The church offers grace” – Rachel Held Evans[1].

Whoa. For those of us who grew up in the stifling cage of American Evangelicalism, and especially fundamentalism, that statement from Rachel Held Evans has the bracing freshness of the waters cascading over Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite. Washing away our shame and guilt, our disgust at ourselves and, hence, others, and the need we confused evangelicals feel to conform to what our parents, our pastors, and our Third Day loving friends expect, Evans holds out the refreshing cup of communion and says, speaking for God, “I’m throwing a banquet, and all these mismatched, messed-up people are invited. Here, have some wine”[2]. I do love wine.

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