Monday, June 4, 2012

So Many Books.... .So Little Time

If you had to create a list of books as "recommended reading" for your church, what would you choose? What if you were forced to narrow it down to 10? And (attempt) to have a variety?

I'd love to know what your favorite books are!


  1. Honestly, I'd have to include about half fiction in there. I would begin with:
    Explicit Gospel - Matt Chandler
    Generous Justice - Timothy Keller
    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard
    Prodigal God - Timothy Keller
    Christian in Complete Armor - William Gurnal
    Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
    Tale of Two Cities - Dickens
    Moby Dick - Melville
    Pride and Prejudice - Austen
    Pilgrims Progress - Bunyan


  2. I love your list! I should've included more fiction in my list.... that would've been good. I was asked to compile a list for my church and did so....

    It was hard to narrow down but my biggest thought was: if someone's only going to read one book, which would I really think was worth their time?

    I haven't yet read Explicit Gospel; I totally want to!
    But from your list I have read:
    Generous Justice
    Prodigal God (I just finished leading a Community Group through this)
    (Okay I will just admit it here: Tim Keller is a favorite of mine! I listen to his sermons online, have ALL his books... I joke that he's my idol. It's okay... he's not.... quite).
    Crime and Punishment
    tale of Two Cities
    Moby Dick (I actually just started re-reading it)
    Pride and Prejudice
    Pilgrims Progress.

    BTW, on the church list.... there are 2 on the adult list that were not my choices. (The Unlikely Disciple and Just Start).

    Right now I'm reading a commentary on Philippians because my church is starting a series on it, Moby Dick, and Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible: A Guide to Reading the Bible Well. I haven't forgotten to review your book.... I just am swamped with stuff. (I have about 8 books I have to review this month... and yes, I HAVE TO review them).

    I love your list! A question: If you were a part of a church that didn't value reading, how would you encourage them to do so?