I’m a reader.
Of course, I love to read a good fiction book, but even more than that, I love to read books that challenge my thinking and change my perspective.
I’ve been thinking about how books have been my mentors over the years. They have affected my life and how I’ve lived out my faith.
They’ve challenged me to think deeply and grow in my relationship with God.
With that in mind, these would be the top 12 books that have strengthened my faith.
The Bible: I love The Life Application Bible but I also use an ESV (English Standard Version) Bible and The Message Bible on occasion. I try to read one chapter in Proverbs a day as well as a chapter in the New Testament and a chapter in the Old Testament. God’s Word is my number one book that has strengthened my faith!
Experiencing God Workbook by Henry Blackaby: This was a game-changer for me. I learned so much about God and walking by faith doing this study. There’s an Experiencing God book, but I think the Experiencing God workbook is the best. They also have an Experiencing God Student Edition we did with our teens.
Celebration of Disciplines by Richard Foster: Celebration of Disciplines lays out a clear path for spiritual growth using the spiritual disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, celebration, and personal examination and resulting change. I learned so much about the internal process of spiritual growth from this book.
Victory Over The Darkness by Neil Anderson: This book gives you practical, productive ways to discover who you are in Christ. When you realize the power of your true identity, you can shed the burdens of your past, stand against evil influences, and become the person God empowers you to be.
Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson: Harmful habits, negative thinking, and irrational feelings can all lead to sinful behavior and keep you in bondage. If you feel trapped by any of these strongholds in your life, know that you are not alone—you can break free. Neil Anderson offers a wholistic approach to spiritual warfare that is roted in the Word of God.
The Steps to Freedom in Christ by Neil Anderson: The Steps to Freedom in Christ is a comprehensive process that will help you resolve your personal and spiritual conflicts in Christ. Experience daily victory over sin and doubt and reclaim the promise of freedom that Christ offers to all who call on His name. Mark and I sometimes use this resource in our marriage coaching sessions and intensives to help couples and individuals clean out the “junk in the trunk” that strangles their life and relationship.
When I Lay My Isaac Down by Carol Kent: Carol and Gene Kent’s only child–a son–is in prison. When I Lay My Isaac Down tells their story and shares the transformational principles they learned about forgiveness and faith. Dealing with her anger, grief, and shame, Carol could have given up. Instead she tells a highly personal, heartbreaking, and uplifting story that will bolster your faith. It certainly bolstered mine.
This Present Darkness by Frank Perretti: While this is a fiction book, it taught me more about the power of prayer than any other book I’ve read. In this book and the second in the series Piercing the Darkness, Perretti brings alive spiritual warfare and helps us to understand how to fight battles we know are there but we cannot see.
Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers: This book brought alive the stories of five women God chose to use—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary—even scandalous—challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. This is a Biblical fiction book that brought alive stories I’d read in the Bible but had never really understood the impact of their lives.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers: Also a fiction book, but designed to bring alive the story of Gomer and Hosea from the book of Hosea in the Bible. Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love for us.
What about you? What books have strengthened your faith that you would add to this list?
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