Christian book recommendations

I’m one of these people that will borrow every book on a particular subject once I’ve decided that subject is my new thing.

I have the same urge to borrow every book on Christianity. There are two major flaws I see with this approach: have you seen how many books there are on the subject?! Secondly, how am I to discern what’s legit?

Enter stage left, my more mature brothers and sisters in Christ. Andrew Heard, the lead pastor of EV Church, has been the most prolific contributor to this list. He has generously shared his wisdom—by category, no less—on solid Christian books to read. I’ve added a bunch I’ve collected along my way, too.

A disclaimer: Nothing replaces reading the Bible, even if you’re struggling to understand everything you’ve read. While valuable in helping us develop our relationship with our Creator, these books are written by smart-yet-flawed humans.

All of our answers are in the Bible.


Christian books for new Christians

A Sneaking Suspicion
A Doubter's Guide to the Bible: Inside History’s Bestseller for Believers and Skeptics
Heaven and Hell
Gospel and Kingdom: A Christian Interpretation of the Old Testament
Guidance and the Voice of God
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
Mere Christianity
How to Walk into Church
The Case for Christ
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

All Christian books by category


Christian books I’ve read (so far!)

Is God anti-gay?: And other questions about homosexuality, the Bible and same-sex attraction
The Gospel Comes with a House Key
A Little Book on the Christian Life
Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
A Sneaking Suspicion
A Doubter's Guide to the Bible: Inside History’s Bestseller for Believers and Skeptics
Free Will
The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life
Guidance and the Voice of God
How to Walk into Church
The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity
Honest Evangelism: How to talk about Jesus even when it's tough
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

Christian books in my to-read pile

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey Into Christian Faith
Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ
A Fresh Start
Know and Tell the Gospel
Heaven and Hell
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
According to Plan
Gospel and Kingdom: A Christian Interpretation of the Old Testament
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
Mere Christianity
Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World
Answers to Tough Questions Skeptics Ask About the Christian Faith
The Cross of Christ
The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling
Reading Ephesians with John Stott: 11 Weeks for Individuals or Groups
The Case for Christ
God and the Transgender Debate: What does the Bible actually say about gender identity?
The Purpose Driven Church: Every Church Is Big in God's Eyes