Reading List

Aside from the Bible, which this entire site is dedicated to, these are other books that have been helpful and influential in shaping the worldview and mission of this site:

Nonfiction

Apologetics

  • I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Frank Turek
    Did you know? It takes a bigger leap of faith to believe there is NO God, than to believe that there IS one. Curious? Take a look!
  • Stealing From God by Frank Turek
    In order to make sense of the world, those who refuse to acknowledge God’s existence still must implicitly agree to the way He made the world to work. Turek explains why.
  • The Story of Reality by Greg Koukl
    Life is a grand story. But we are not the main character–God is. Koukl traces the story from pre- to post-Creation.
  • Tactics by Greg Koukl
    Don’t know how to address questions and criticisms from skeptics and unbelievers? Koukl gives helpful strategies in this book.
  • Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
    This classic by the great thinker, writer, and novelist is clear, straight foward apologetics, perfect for beginners.
  • The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
    Lewis explores what heaven and hell might be like, and why it is that some people deep down do not want to go to heaven.
  • Letters From a Skeptic by Greg Boyd
    Actual letters between a minister son and his atheist father, exploring the reasons for their belief/unbelief, respectively.
  • Cold Case Christianity by J Warner Wallace
    A murder detective uses his skills and training to tackle the critical questions surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection.
  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
    This is the story of how a stridently anti-Christian journalist changed his mind, after examining the evidence for himself.
  • Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side by Natasha Crain
    By the author of ChristianMomThoughts.com, this book presents apologetics in a child-friendly manner.
  • Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell
    The classic all-in-one apologetics resource book, covering the major themes within apologetics in one resource.
  • Saving Truth by Abdu Murray
    A sobering look at the post-truth, post-modern culture we live in, and how we can restore our sense of truth.

Biographies/Autobiographies

  • Desmond Doss by multiple authors
    Doss’ story has been written and rewritten by multiple authors. Any version of his story will do. It’s the story itself that is amazing: a WWII medic who refused to carry a gun because of his faith in God miraculously saved 75+ lives under enemy fire with only a rope.
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    Louis Zamperini, Olympian, was set adrift on a raft for 40+ days, the spent 2 years in a Japanese POW camp during WWII. Returning home with severe PTSD, his life turned around at a Billy Graham crusade…
  • SEAL of God by Chad Williams
    The life story and personal account of a Navy SEAL trainee, bent on revenge, and what happened when he turned his life over to Jesus.
  • The Simple Faith of Mister Roger by Amy Hollingsworth
    A behind-the-scenes account of TV’s favorite Neighbor, and the faith that allowed him to charm and teach millions of children across America.
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
    A devout Muslim from a loving family meets an unusual college friend, who challenges him to rethink everything he believed he knew about his life, and God. The story of a great modern evangelist who has since left us.
  • Captive by Ashley Smith
    A single mom was held captive overnight by an escaped murderer. This is her story of how she talked him into letting her go, using the Bible and a devotional book…and how the experience changed her own life.
  • Out From a Far Country by Christopher and Angela Yuan
    A mother and son’s personal account of a prodigal child who fell into a drug-infused homosexual lifestyle…but later transformed into a Bible teacher minister to others.

Other

  • The Book That Made Your World by Vishal Mangalwadi
    Who knew the Bible had such an enormous impact on the culture and history of so many countries…including non-Christian ones?
  • 12 “Christian” Beliefs That Can  Drive You Crazy by Cloud & Townsend
    Be careful with what you learn in church. Sometimes what sounds “Christian” really isn’t. Examine the Word for yourself…and read this book.
  • Confident Faith by Mark Mittelberg
    Apologist veteran Mittelberg explores his reasons for belief in this straightforward book.
  • If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxas
    About the founding of America on God’s principles. What makes this one country unique? Could it really be the philosophy upon which it was founded?
  • Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch by Lee and Leslie Strobel
    The author of the “Case for Christ” series and his wife Leslie describe the years when the couple suffered from a “spiritual mismatch,” and advise readers how to avoid and/or work through similar situations of their own.

Fiction

Biblical Fiction

  • The Chronicles of the Kings by Lynn Austen
    A brilliant retelling of the stories of Kings Hezekiah and Manasseh, from 1-2 Kings and Chronicles, reimagined with great historical and Biblical accuracy.
  • The Restoration Chronicles by Lynn Austen
    Another incredibly rich, well-researched, and true-to-God’s-Word Biblical fiction series by Austin, this time describing the Return from Exile, as told in the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and other minor prophets.
  • Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
    The epic tale of a young man, betrayed by his closest friend, and his lifelong quest for revenge which takes an unexpected turn when he meets an unusual teacher from Nazareth…

For more: see the Biblical Fiction Booklist: 200+ Novels in Biblical Order

Classic Fiction

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Coming of age is never easy, especially when you are a child living in the pre-Civil-Rights South with a lawyer father who is called to defend an innocent black man against a white accuser.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    What do you do when you are wrongly accused and sentenced to twenty years in prison, then are released only to find a great treasure? Seek revenge, of course. But the titular Count’s quest for justice against his accusers takes many interesting turns…
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    The power of love, forgiveness, redemption, and the ripple effects of a single act of kindness. When a convict on parole is shown grace by a bishop, it sets in motion a series of events that touches and saves the lives of many former “miserable ones” of France.
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George
    Is love a greater force than power? In this novel, a young man’s hatred of the Romans who killed his parents is challenged by the revolutionary teachings of a rabbi from Galilee.

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