Although the most important of any Christian book be the Bible, it’s a good idea to receive commentary and guidance through other people’s understandings of scripture too. Many Christian books seek to challenge and share with fellow believers and nonbelievers alike. Some of those books I will be discussing below, in case you are interested in God-based theology.
In surface, Christianity looks like the simplest religion with basic principles such as “picking up your cross and following God,” and “…obeying out of love and desire to, not out of forcefulness.” Unfortunately, we, as humans, find it hard to grasp the black and white as it is presented to us. In essence, we over complicate matters that do not need to be complicated. Which is why sometimes it is good to have second opinions. Often, if you are nervous about the doctrine that they are teaching – if it is not sound – then you can, pray about it and talk to other Christians to see if they agree with his or her doctrine.
Book #1: Crazy Love by Francis Chan
This book is all about relationship between a God who accordingly loves you without question, but loves you enough to change your heart and the way you perceive the world and its circumstances. To quote Francis Chan, from goodreads, “We need to stop giving people excuses not to believe in God. You’ve probably heard the expression ‘I believe in God, just not organized religion’. I don’t think people would say that if the church truly lived like we are called to live.” Want to read more in depth? This book is definitely worth buying, regardless of whether or not you are a believer.
Book #2: Doctrine by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears
Doctrine, which means belief, is all about what Christians should believe in. The book goes over tough theological questions – and honestly, I could not finish the book for the sheer mass of intellect that came out of it. Not to mention the fact that you will need more than one book in front of you while you read it (the Bible for reference.) From understanding that God was God in three parts from the beginning of time, to the fact that He exists outside of time, this book will blow your mind. All theology is backed up with full-context scriptures among other works.
A personal account of why waiting on God for romance is important for Christians. Backed up by the theology that if God truly cares about you, He cares about your relationships with a significant other too. The story is nothing short of adorable and uplifting for those who struggle in the areas of wanting relationship and “love” – even without Godly approval.
Of course there are more – Christian novels exist everywhere. From theology to even Christian fiction, the works may be worth reading. You may just get something out of it. Nonetheless, these are not the only Christian works you should be reading as a Christian. Remembering that the Bible is the most important piece in your library and heart are crucial to the Christian way of life.