My Bookcase Essentials For Every Christian

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  1. London says:

    I have not read a single one of these.

  2. Michael says:

    Then you better get started… 🙂

  3. Nonnie says:

    I’m about 1/2 way through Surprised by Hope. He is making me think and search the scriptures.
    I have learned that a lot of my tribe is reading NT Wright these days.

  4. Knowing God is great. Haven’t read the other two Packer books.

    God of the Mundane was a great concept, but I felt it got repetitive. Like he had one good idea, but not an entire book. Still, It’s easy reading, and the one idea is a good one, so…

    Surprised by Hope – I like. Wright has one annoying habit that drives me crazy in everything he writes, but this is a good one.

    I like Eugene Peterson. Good writer. I would probably start with The Pastor. In fact, I think the Pastor is sort of saying the same thing as God of the Mundane, but in narrative form. Wonderful book, first recommended by Michael.

    In my “books every Christian should read” list, I’d add:

    Experiencing God – Henry Blackaby. Get the book, not the workbook, unless you are taking it as a class. It is good reading, and was life-changing for me.

    The Hiding PLace – Corrie Ten Boom. No better example of God’s love shining in the darkest of times.

  5. xenia says:

    ” I recommend for all Christians…”

    Well maybe not *all* Christians.

  6. Nonnie says:

    Loved God of the Mundane. Everyone should read it. Redmond is a gifted writer and has the heart of a pastor, and I pray that the Lord will open more doors for him to minister to people.

  7. Michael says:


    I should have put “Protestant” in the mix there…my apologies.

  8. Michael says:


    “I have learned that a lot of my tribe is reading NT Wright these days.”
    True…but they have to hide the books behind the beer in the fridge…which is behind the long empty milk carton. 🙂

  9. AA says:

    Thanks for the list Michael, some titles for the new year.

  10. xenia says:

    Josh, I liked Experiencing God very much. I suspect I might like The God of the Mundane and I have bought but haven’t started yet Dr. Men’s book.

    For church history it’s hard to beat Jaroslav Pelikan’s series on the history of doctrine. He was a Lutheran when he wrote it.

  11. xenia says:

    I meant Menn, sorry. No disrespect intended. Spell check!

  12. Nonnie says:

    Michael’s 8……….LOL!!!

  13. Best books on different Theological subjects…now these may be more “scholarly”, but worth the effort:

    On Eschatology: Left Behind
    On Church History: Trail of Blood
    On Catholicism: The Two Babylons
    On Satanism: The Satan Seller
    On the Trinity: The Shack
    On Prophecy: The Final Quest

    Soooo many more good ones. Just can’t list them all 🙂

  14. xenia says:

    Great list, Josh! 🙂

  15. Unfortunately, I have actually read them all. (Trail of Blood after you mentioned it one day 🙂 )

  16. xenia says:

    I have read them all too, except The Final Quest, which I have not heard of.

  17. Rick Joyner’s classic retelling of his vision of the end times. Everything is going to Hell, and then Rick Joyner literally saves the world. No joke. And it is not some new wierdo book of his, it is basically the book that launched his ministry.

  18. Jean says:

    I’m a little surprised C.S. Lewis hasn’t made anyone’s list. I would put Mere Christianity on a top 10 list.

  19. JTK says:

    “Ridiculous non-English Exclamations”
    By Todd Bentley


  20. Not a bad list … Good books

    One thing for sure…


  21. London says:

    Read this church history book (vol 1 and 2) as textbooks in college “history of christianity” classes.

  22. London says:

    So BD, your top ten for the same audience?

  23. j2theperson says:

    He’s just Mr. Menn, not Dr. Menn even if he is very smart. I’m sure he’ll be really happy about making it on this list.

  24. Michael says:


    Latourette was an Oregon boy…those volumes are badly outdated today,but were standards in their time. We know a bunch more about church history today then when he wrote those.

  25. London,

    That won’t roll off just now and I sit immersed in a few hundred titles trying to hammer out a few words every day… hit me after Christmas

    I know I have been online a bit more today than usual but that is because it is the stuff that I am currently researching.

  26. Michael says:


    It’s probably a personal shortcoming of mine, but I’ve never been a fan of Lewis.
    Jerry Lee yes, C.S…not so much.

  27. Jim says:

    I’ve only read 1 & 3, and agree that they are priceless.

  28. London says:

    Michael…I was in college a long time ago 😉

  29. London says:

    No worries BD. was just curious.
    I’m on line here more today than in a long time too.

  30. xenia says:

    Jean, CS Lewis is usually the only non-EO author you will find in an EO bookstore. We like him very much.

  31. Surfer51 says:

    The knowledge of the holy by A.W. Tozer would always be my first recommendation.

    Then “Elijah” by Pink.

    Then “Seven steps out” by Bob Mumford if you can find it.

  32. E says:

    Love Not The World by Watchmen Nee

    Blessings or Curse by Derek Prince

  33. Donner says:

    I second “The Knowledge of the Holy” by Tozer.

    Also, “The Holiness of God,” by RC Sproul.

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