Please note, these are the ten most influential books for me personally. I am not saying that I believe that these are the most influential books in Christianity. I am sure there are some big ones that are escaping my thoughts right now, but these are good.
Once you read them, I would like to see what makes your list.
10. What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey. A wonderful illustration about what grace looks like in real life.
9. Proper Confidence by Leslie Newbigin. Helped establish a paradigm of thinking that was no longer tied to modernism and not so fearful of postmodernism.
8. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll. This book still hurts to read, but Noll provided a much needed mirror for us to look at. We should revisit this thesis until change happens.
7. Putting the Amazing back in Grace by Michael Horten. Placed the nail in the coffin of my reformed theology (ok, maybe not the best wording, but you know what I mean). Great book.
6. The Cross of Christ by John Stott. Simply a master piece about understanding what Christ did on the cross.
5. A Survivor’s Guide to Theology by M. James Sawyer. Jim, who has sense become a good friend, has written what I think is the best introduction to theology that is out there. Jim helped me to be comfortable criticizing my Evangelical faith, all the while remaining Evangelical. *Unfortunately it is out of print…Come on Zondervan! How could you give this jewel up? I’ll put a permanent link on this blog to the book if you pick it back up!
4. Through Gates of Splendor by Elizebeth Elliot. How can I judge the impact of the story Jim Elliot on myself and all of Evangelicalism. He is an iconic figure who serves to reorient me to what life is all about. If you have not read this story, shame on you.
3. Love Your God with All Your Mind by J.P. Moreland. Bridged the dichotomy of popular Evangelicalism between faith and reason. Gave me permission and a mandate to use my mind.
2. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Of course. Who’s top ten does not include this? Helped me to open the door to an intellectual approach to Christianity when I was 21.
1. Grace Awakening by Chuck Swindoll. Life changing. Life changing. Life changing. The right book at the right time that set the tone for my ministry and, most importantly, my life. I will never be able to thank Chuck enough. The audio series is a must have also.