For fun, I decided to post my all-time top 25 Christian non-fiction books. I could not order the biographies together with the others, so they are in two groups.
What about you? Are there any that I missed?
- Unspoken Sermons (3 vol.)
- Power through Prayer
- The Pursuit of God
- Orthodoxy (Chesterton)
- My Utmost for His Highest
- Spiritual Depression (Lloyd-Jones)
- Christianity Is Jewish
- The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging Person
- A Tale of Three Kings
- The Problem of Pain
- The Call (Guinness)
- The Practice of the Presence of God
- The Christ of the Indian Road
- The Company of the Committed
- Exodus (vol. 2 of The People’s Bible)
- The Life of Adoniram Judson (by his son Edward)
- Bruchko (originally titled For This Cross I’ll Kill You)
- God’s Smuggler
- George Müller of Bristol
- Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God
- The Peace Child
- James Gilmour of Mongolia
- The Hiding Place
- The Footsteps of Divine Providence
Some honorable mentions would be The Blue Flame (Boreham), G. Campbell Morgan’s expository sermons, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (Burroughs), Vanya (a biography), many lengthy Puritan books which are admirable but difficult to finish, and the rest of The People’s Bible (28 volumes of Joseph Parker’s sermons, hard to classify as one whole).
I’ve intentionally left out theology and commentary which I think need to be handled based on subject matter (in the case of theology) or by canonical order (in the case of biblical commentary). I may start posting more commentary recommendations soon!
Always fun to see book recommendation lists! Might think of some others later, but for now, wanted to say that “Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot” really should make the bio list. Certainly was a positive influence on me in my college years.
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Jim Elliot’s story of consecration had a great influence on my young life as well, but there are also some strange theological ideas (such as a hatreed for all institutions) in the midwestern holiness movement that Jim and Elisabeth Elliot came from. So I enjoyed that biography but ran into some issues when I started reading Jim Elliot’s journal and other materials.
Thanks for commenting! I love hearing how books and biographies have impacted other lives.