A List of Great Christian Books to Read in 2012

21 Dec

Yesterday I posted about the spiritual benefit that can come from regularly scheduled reading. Thirty minutes a day (15 minutes in the Bible and 15 minutes in other good Christian books) can be a real blessing to your life. There are all sorts of good ways to approach Bible reading, and you can find many great reading plans online. But some may wonder, where do I begin when it comes to Christian books? There are so many titles out there, how do I choose where to begin? In this post, I am going to make a few suggestions. I am confident that if you get these books and read them thoughtfully, they will be of great benefit to you spiritually.

Here’s my list of recommended books for spiritual growth.

John Piper, Desiring God – Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. A weighty but great book on what it means to be radically God-centered.

John Piper, The Pleasures of God. An even more weighty, and in my opinion, better book than Desiring God. To me, this is Piper’s masterwork.

John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God. This is a “nuts and bolts” guide to living a God-centered life.

Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle. A small but powerful book on possessions.

Paul Miller, A Praying Life. The best book I have read to date on prayer.

Tim Keller, The Prodigal God. You will never look at Luke chapter 15 the same way again.

Tim Keller, King’s Cross. Probably the best book I read in 2011, a book filled with great insights about the gospel of Mark.

Frederick Leahy, The Cross He Bore. A small book but deeply moving.

A.W. Pink, The Attributes of God. Succinct and accessible, but so rich.

R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God. A wonderful wake up call. Oh, that every pastor in America would read this book carefully.

Michael Reeves, The Unquenchable Fire. If you are interested in church history and want to know the key events and leaders associated with the Protestant Reformation, this book is a great place to start.

Charles H. Spurgeon, All of Grace. Wonderful meditations on the doctrine of salvation.

A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God.

A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of Man. Anything you read by Tozer will make you feel uncomfortable and challenged and comforted at the same time.

Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep. Harris is better known for his book about dating and courtship, but now he is a pastor and he has produced this very helpful overview of the Christian life. I am most thankful for Harris’ explanation of “humble orthodoxy.”

More Challenging Reading

If you want to tackle something more challenging this year, maybe as a year long project, let me make a few final suggestions.

Calvin’s Institutes.

The Works of Francis Schaeffer.

Read through a good Systematic Theology like the one by Wayne Grudem or Millard Erickson.

I hope that each of us will grow spiritually this year through thoughtful reading.

Do you have other recommendations? Share them in the comments below.


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