Introducing… The Great List of Recommended Books.
Simply put, books are great, I enjoy reading them, they inspire, convict, instruct, teach, delight, entertain, open the mind, prevent mental dullness, stagnation and intellectual atrophy, sharpen the mind, help form thinking, belief; they contain knowledge from teachers past and present; they contain and provide you with what you can’t get from elsewhere.
Books are full of knowledge, they contain the theoretical and practical, they can be read for entertainment and instruction, learning, discovering the different points on literature’s spectrum.
This is my collection of books that I myself have fully read at some point and I want to encourage others to read these books. They could be books written long ago or recently and may differ greatly in content, style, genre, subject matter, etc.. This does not automatically mean that I agree with everything in all those books but I do consider them worth reading, some perhaps only as a reference, a source of information about a particular topic, theme, subject, genre of literature. Basically, I don’t necessarily agree with or condone everything in the recommended books but do consider them worth looking into, worth reading.
Find them, borrow them, buy them, read them; learn, enjoy, you’ll benefit from reading books. The list will be updated weekly, at least, basically whenever I log on wordpress I’ll try to add a book or books to the list. Without further ado,
The Great List of Recommended Books:
– “Holy Bible”
– “The Lord of the Rings [all 3 books] (The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King)” by J.R.R. Tolkien.
– “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien.
– “The Silmarillion” by J.R.R. Tolkien.
– “The Children of Húrin” by J.R.R. Tolkien.
– “The Chronicles of Narnia, [all 7 books] (The Magician’s Nephew; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Last Battle) by C. S. Lewis.
– “Mere Christianity” by C. S. Lewis.
– “The Problem of Pain” by C. S. Lewis.
– “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis.
– “Christian Reflections” by C. S. Lewis.
– “The World’s Last Night: And Other Essays” by C. S. Lewis.
– “The Joyful Christian: 127 Readings” by C. S. Lewis
– “A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works” by C. S. Lewis.
– “Harry Potter, Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings” by Richard Abanes.
– “The Atonement and the Modern Mind” by James Denney.
– “Every Young Man’s Battle” by Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker, Mike Yorkey.
– “Every Young Man, God’s Man” by Stephen Arterburn, Kenny Luck, Mike Yorkey.
– “Every Man’s Battle” by Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker, Mike Yorkey.
– “Every Man, God’s Man” by Stephen Arterburn, Kenny Luck, Mike Yorkey.
– “God’s Man of Influence” by Jim George.
– “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper.
– “Temper Your Child’s Tantrums” by James Dobson.
– “Church on the Rise” by Larry DeBruyn.
– “The Disconnected Generation” by Josh McDowell.
– “Between Sundays” by Richard C. Halverson.
– “Evolution Exposed” by Roger Patterson.
– “Culture Shift” by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
– “Christ: the Key to Interpreting the Bible” by Norman L. Geisler.
– “Real Men, Real Faith” compiled by Gene Williams.
– “The Case For Christ” by Lee Strobel.
– “The Case For Faith” by Lee Strobel.
– “Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life” by Charles R. Swindoll.
– “Man to Man” by Charles R. Swindoll.
– “Trial and Triumph: Stories From Church History” by Richard M. Hannula.
– “Answers to Tough Questions Skeptics Ask About the Christian Faith” by Josh McDowell, Don Stewart.
– “The Lukewarm Christian” by Kermit F. Franklin.
– “Christians in the Shadow of the Kremlin” by Anita and Peter Deyneka, Jr.
– “What If It’s True?” by Ray Johnston.
– “Know What You Believe” by Paul E. Little.
– “Stories For a Man’s Heart” compiled by Al and Alice Gray.
– “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge.
– “What In the World is Going On?” by David Jeremiah.
– “Storm Warning” by Billy Graham.
– “Living In the Combat Zone” by Rick Renner.
– “Lies: the Whole Truth” by Carmine DeSena.
– “God’s Best For a Father’s Success” by Word Publishing.
– “A Man’s Touch” by Charles F. Stanley.
– “Along the Road to Manhood” by Stu Weber.
– “God’s Little Devotional Book For Leaders” by Honor Books, Inc.
– “Leadership 101” by John C. Maxwell.
– “One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven” by Mark Cahill.
– “One Heartbeat Away” by Mark Cahill.
– “The Holy Spirit and Christian Living” by Rev. Perry F. Haines.
– “Favorite Men Hymn Writers” by Jane Stuart Smith, Betty Carlson.
– “Portraits of Christ In Isaiah” by Arthur B. Walton.
– “Finding God’s Will In Spiritually Deceptive Times” by Neil T. Anderson.
– “When Being Jewish Was a Crime” by Rachmiel Frydland.
– “They’re Killing An Innocent Man!” by John Gilman.
– “Longing For Home” by Shyll Bowen.
– “Just Courage” by Gary A. Haugen.
– “Why Pray?” by Philip Yancey.
– “Am I Really a Christian?” by Mike McKinley.
– “The No-Good Preacher” by Charles L. White.
– “Lifestyle Discipleship” by Jim Petersen.
– “The Power of a Loving Man” by Jeffrey T. Jernigan.
– “Reaching For the Invisible God” by Philip Yancey.
– “Ten Lies About God: and How You May Already Be Deceived” by Erwin W. Lutzer.
– “What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him” by Byron Forrest Yawn.
– “Losers and Winners, Saints and Sinners” by Greg Laurie.
– “The Historical Books” by Leslie Thomas Holdcroft.
– “The Hidden Value of a Man” by Gary Smalley, John Trent.
– “Facing Death and the Life After” by Billy Graham.
– “The Holy Spirit” by Billy Graham.
– “The Name” by Franklin Graham.
– “Simple Faith” by Charles R. Swindoll.
– “Born Crucified” by L. E. Maxwell.
– “The Soul’s Quest For God” by R. C. Sproul.
– “Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism” by Gary North.
– “The Great Tribulation” by David Chilton.
– “Walking With God” by Phillip Keller.
– “Idols For Destruction” by Herbert Schlossberg.
– “The Best of A. W. Tozer” compiled by Warren W. Wiersbe.
– “Joseph: a Man of Integrity and Forgiveness” by Charles R. Swindoll.
– “Hiding From Love” by Dr. John Townsend.
– “The Church Impotent: the Feminization of Christianity” by Leon T. Podles.
– “Answers to Life’s Problems” by Billy Graham.
– “Surrender: the Heart God Controls” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
– “Shattered Dreams” by Larry Crabb.
– “Signs of Life” by David Jeremiah.
– “Slaying the Giants in Your Life” by David Jeremiah.
– “Elijah: a Man of Heroism and Humility” by Charles R. Swindoll.
– “When the Enemy Strikes” by Charles F. Stanley.
– “The Foundations of Social Order” by R. J. Rushdoony.
– “The Applause of Heaven” by Max Lucado.
– “Revolution in World Missions” by K. P. Yohannan.
– “By This Standard” by Greg L. Bahnsen.
– “So, You Want to be Like Christ?” by Charles R. Swindoll.
– “The Other Side of Love” by Gary Chapman.
– “Fix Your Eyes on Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.
– “Christ in Isaiah” by F. B. Meyer.
– “The Murder of Jesus: A Study of How Jesus Died” by John F. MacArthur Jr.
— More books will be added to the list sooner than later. —
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A short prose about books by me.
“Many Great Books”
How far can you look
Until there’s a book
That you’ll want to read?
Just seek and you will find.
Books are a gift to humanity:
Such wonderful things,
Such delightful things,
One of the best inventions
The world has ever known.
The doors of imagination are opened
When desire to read and learn are awakened.
Books are fields plenty with the crops of mental nourishment
And trees bearing fruit of fiction and nonfiction,
Mountains of solid food for the mature,
Valleys with rivers of water for dry minds.
So many different literary styles,
History and entertainment,
Instruction and fantasy,
For teaching and delighting,
For theory and practice.
The spectrum of literature is very wide,
Believe that there’s so much to find,
So much that can be found in books
If only we will seek, search, look,
We’ll find what we want,
We’ll find what we need:
Food for the mind, food for the soul,
Food for the heart, food for us all.
Let’s not stifle our creativity,
Let’s not starve our imagination,
Let’s put to use our gifts and talents.
Let’s look for what’s worth looking for,
Let’s find more than just words on pages.
Fight idleness of mind,
Fight mental stagnation,
Fight intellectual atrophy,
Use your mind or you will lose it,
Read books that aren’t full of nonsense.