I read, a lot. Maybe this is not surprising coming from someone who writes quite a bit. But I read — I read the Word of God every morning. I read articles and books for my studies and Master’s thesis. I read books that encourage my faith and challenge me to grow. I read blog posts that speak right into my heart, full of comfort and encouragement. I even read fiction every now and then, when my heart needs something light to escape to. Words have a way with my heart, pulling the strings of my soul and rearranging them the way that it all becomes more beautiful.
I believe that we should be people who read, people who challenge ourselves to further our faith and beliefs by reading those books that do it so biblically. So here are 7 books that I recommend for all Christians to read.
1. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
One Thousand Gifts is the book, after the Word of God, that keeps changing my heart and my soul the most. I have cried while reading this book, so many times — because these words are so beautiful, and the raw faith in the midst of the messy life is incredible. This book is definitely the best one there is about cultivating gratitude and why, indeed, it is essential to our Christian walks to give thanks in everything, always. (Buy here.)
2. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
There is something about these words penned by Oswald Chambers, that challenge me deeply almost every day and always in the best way possible — the way that is inspired to become more like Jesus; the way that sees the wickedness of my own heart and all the wrong ways, yet knows there is hope for today. I love reading My Utmost for His Highest during my morning devotions, walking through the days . (Buy here.)
“It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. We are not quite prepared for the blows which must come if we are going to be turned into the shape of the vision. We have seen what we are not, and what God wants us to be, but are we willing to have the vision “batter’d to shape and use” by God? The batterings always come in commonplace ways and through commonplace people.” (Oswald Chambers)
3. The Calvary Road by Roy Hession
The Calvary Road is a short book but it is full of wisdom and great encouragement for the practical Christian life. Hession discusses the themes of brokenness, humility, confession and revival — all of these done in a way that will change a heart in incredible ways. I think The Calvary Road is an essential read for all Christians, as it encourages our faith but also challenges us to honesty about the condition of our heart. (Buy here.)
“To be broken is the beginning of revival. It is painful, it is humiliating, but it is the only way.” (Roy Hession)
4. How to Pray by R. A. Torrey
Torrey’s How to Pray was first published in 1900 but here is the thing — these incredibly wise, understanding, and insightful words on prayer are just as valuable today. In How to Pray, Torrey describes the ways of “prayer that avails much.” I have read this a few times, and every single time I feel like I learn so much more about prayer and even more so, how to pray. I find that prayer is the one aspect of my Christian life that I struggle the most with. I get easily distracted, I push prayer aside as less important than something else, or I pray halfheartedly. But this book, it keeps changing my heart about prayer time and time again — which is why I wholeheartedly recommend it. (Buy here.)
5. On Being a Servant of God by Warren W. Wiersbe
In On Being a Servant of God, Wiersbe shares his insights on what ministry means, encouraging the reader with his heart for those in ministry. Those of us in ministry, we easily feel the attacks of the enemy and discouragement takes hold of our hearts. There are so many needs to be met, and we can only give so much. Wiersbe does a great job conversing the basic principles of ministry and serving others in this book — and he does it in a way that will grow in you an eagerness to seek God and love His people. On Being a Servant of God is, I think, an essential read for everyone in ministry. (Buy here.)
“If God has called you to minister, no matter what that ministry may be, He hasn’t made a mistake. He knows what He’s doing, and the best thing you can do is gratefully submit to His will and trust Him to work.” (Warren W. Wiersbe)
6. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
The book of Hosea is one that, in all honesty, is so hard for me to read and yet, there is so much to learn about the love and forgiveness of our God in the book of Hosea, which is why I keep reading it again and again. It breaks my heart, to think how many times I wander away from the Lord and how He welcomes me back time and time again. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers captivates the story of Hosea so beautifully, and this is one of my favorite reads. Yes, this is fiction — but this story is one that will certainly encourage your faith as the love, forgiveness and grace of God are revealed through the story. (Buy here.)
7. The One Year Bible (NKJV)
In all honesty, I think being in the Word every day is what always encourages and strengthens our faith the most. Knowing the beautiful promises of our Lord, the scandalous grace and all-conquering love of our Savior — this is where we are made to stand on a firm ground. I have read through the Bible in a year almost four times now, using this One Year Bible during my morning devotions and I really like it. I do not like marking my Bible, but I have no hesitations underlining and writing on this — and I get to follow along the things and thoughts I learn along the years. (Buy here.)
What books would you recommend on top of these? Leave a comment below!