“Top 50 Evangelical Books”

February 20, 2009 — 1 Comment

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This is an old article from Christianity Today, but click here for “The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals” and short snipets on each.  I thought it was interesting.  Maybe I’ll get around to posting the most influential faith books I’ve read in my 23 years on this Earth…

What are some of your most influential books you would recommend to me (faith related or not)?

Jonathan Sigmon

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One response to “Top 50 Evangelical Books”

  1. As far as faith books and books that are real, challenging, and honest. I would have to say that right now, the two best I’ve come across are Crazy Love by Francis Chan and The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. Crazy Love because Chan makes you really think about how small you are compared to God and His glory. He shows you that God is not our “divine butler” but that are here to serve Him, period. He also addresses some big time issue within the church, such as Lukewarmness of Christianity and how it truly isn’t a true faith in Christ at all. He also details what people who are obsessed with Christ look like, their character and how God has used them. This is a good book for anyone searching for the true meaning of faith in Christ. Chan is an honest guy which I respect. You know I am not one shy to telling it how it is.

    The Ragamuffin Gospel emcompasses a beautiful look at what the mercy and grace of Jesus is compared to the modern day church. And he brings home the point that: There is a huge difference. The church seems to have a cut off when it comes to whom they show grace and mercy to, and how much they show it. He focuses more on the unbelieving people who are outside of the church structure whom we for years kept cast outside because we are “holy rollers”. He says, which I completely agree with, that if we fail to extend the grace and mercy to those who truly need it, then there is a good chance we never really experienced what it was like to recieve Christ’s overflowing mercy and forgiveness. The way we understand and internalize the meaning of grace from Christ’s point to us, will reflect the way we externalize the extend of our grace to those who are broken, unwanted, unloved, different, outcast, and neglected. If you have found yourself being ungraceful toward other people (not you Siggy, but anyone who reads this) because you know Christ and they don’t. You need to pick up this book or at least re-read the Gospels again….or a hundred times. God’s word should have been more convicting to us the first time, but in case it isn’t, Manning does a great of showing us what we missed when we read the Gospels.

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