Favorite Christian Books

Talk about favorite Christian books, both non-fiction and fiction. Talk about your favorite Christian authors if you have any.

1 Response to “Favorite Christian Books”

  1. Reid

    Two of my favorite authors (not just Christian) are Soren Kierkegaard and Fyodor Dostoevsky. When I first read Kierkegaard’s explicit Christian writing, I felt like I was reading my own heart being poured out on the page, except it was expressed in a way far more powerful than ever could. I never felt an affinity to any other writer/thinker before. I haven’t read him in a long time though.

    What was it that I liked specifically? First of all, his honesty, especially towards himself. In his writing, phrases like, “If no one will admit to this, than I will…” or something to that effect. He also could create these great analogies or metaphors to illustrate his point. I like the one where he compares the word of God to a mirror (from a verse in James, I think). He talks about the way Christians of his time study the mirror so carefully, forgetting that the purpose of the mirror is to see themselves, not only understand their selves but also apply the scripture to themselves. It was this message that I really love about Kierkegaard, too: that the Bible’s teaching was something the individual had to live out and that was ultimately the most important thing a Christian could do.

    With Dostoevsky, it was his storytelling ability as well as his spiritual depth. No other author is his equal in that regard (at least of the authors I’ve read). You know how there are movies or books with a main character that is supposed to be a genius? Usually, those stories are dissatisfying on some level because either the character doesn’t live up to the claim or we never really see exactly what makes the person a genius. Part of the reason for this, I think, is that the author would have to be a genius himself to create a satisfying genius character. Well, Dostoevsky has that kind of genius, albeit of a spiritual kind. In Brother Karamazov (probably my favorite novel of all-time), there’s a character that is a saint. Dostoevsky’s depiction is utterly convincing, the power, depth and mystery. Those three qualities are there in the “Grand Inquisitor” section, too. Unbelievable! I can truly say that I’m in awe of him.

    As for specific books, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship has been very influential. Of contemporary authors, I like Richard Foster–Freedom in Simplicity and Celebration of Disciplines. Foster is a Quaker, and I really love his approach of drawing on past spiritual masters. It’s a sensible approach and I wonder why it’s not more widely employed. It is our loss to not tap into the wisdom acquired by people who seriously lived out their faith and had some success.

    Of relatively recent fiction, I enjoyed Joseph Girzone’s Joshua, the story of Jesus coming back in contemporary.

    I know Marc has read The Shack. Anybody else?

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