Recently I had someone ask me a thought-provoking question. They asked me what books I had read (besides the Bible) that shaped my religious views. For some of you that may be an easy question to answer, but it was a challenging question for me. Along those lines, I thought I would create a new meme and get some feedback from some of you. So here goes....
Please answer the following questions:
- What are five non-fiction books that have had a significant impact on your life (other than the Bible)?
- How Can I Be Sure I’m A Christian by Don Whitney - If you are struggling with assurance of your salvation, I simply cannot recommend this book highly enough.
- The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs - This is a tough read but it will really cut to the core of your contentment issues. I read this several years ago and some of the illustrations he used are still vivid in my mind today.
- Shepherding A Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp - This is simply the best book on parenting I've found anywhere. It will also teach you a thing or two about yourself.
- The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
- A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller
- Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris (honorable mention) - I know I'm only supposed to pick 5 but this one deserved mentioning as well.
- The Little Preacher by Elizabeth Prentiss - This is my favorite book by Elizabeth Prentiss. I even like it better than Stepping Heavenward.
- That Printer of Udell's by Harold Bell Wright - This book was cited by Ronald Reagan as one of the most influential books he ever read.
- The Giant Killer by A.L.O.E. - This is an allegory of the Christian life mixed in with another story. It's one that you will want to read and re-read, especially with children.
- Hedge of Thorns by John Carrol - This is a true story that demonstrates that God places boundaries in our lives because He loves us.
- Teddy’s Button by Amy LeFeuvre - This is a wonderful story that explains salvation in simple-to-understand terms.
- Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis
- Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary
- Comic books - Yeah, I know it's weak but I read a lot of Richie Rich and Archie comics as a kid.
- Encyclopedia Brown books by Donald J. Sobol
- The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink (reading now)
- Following God with All Your Heart by Elizabeth George
- The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World by John Piper and Justin Taylor
- How to Worship Jesus Christ by Joseph S. Carroll
- Holiness by J. C. Ryle - This has been on my shelf for an embarrassingly long time.
If you were tagged (or even if you weren't and just want to play along), please answer the questions above on your own blog and leave a link in the comments of this post to your answers.