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20 Books Every Christian Should Read at Least Once in Their Lifetime

The following list has been compiled from the suggestions of a number of well-read and experienced pastors, missionaries and theologians from various Christian traditions. The brief they received was to "nominate 5 books that every Christian should read". This is not a list for academics or for preachers (though it would be fairly sad to find an academic or preacher who has not read most of these works), but for every-day Christians wanting to deepen their faith and explore the rich tradition of Christianity.


Our aim is to have all these works in our Church library by no later than July 2013, so keep 'checking in' to see what we have available... God bless you, and happy reading!

  • Charles S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
  • John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress
  • John Baillie, Invitation to Pilgrimage
  • Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
  • Henri Nouwen, The return of the prodigal son
  • Philip Yancey, What's so amazing about grace
  • David Martyn Lloyd Jones, Saved in Eternity
  • Brother Lawrence, The practice of the presence of God
  • Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs
  • Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline
  • Trevor Hudson, Signposts to Spirituality
  • Max Lucado, It's not about me
  • Emil Brunner, The Scandal of Christianity
  • Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
  • Aiden W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
  • Anonymous, The Cloud of Unknowing
  • Thomas a’Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
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