For those of you who are new to the Christian faith, you may be asking: When a person becomes a Christian, what books should he read as well besides the Bible to get him really start growing in his spiritual life? Answer? The list is endless.
Below are some of the books that have helped me begin my Christian journey. They are still helping me today.
Over the years, these books have impacted me to become the person I am today. I have listed them with a brief description on how you may benefit by them. I pray these and similar books will help give you a good boost in your new journey.
My apologies that they are not in any alphabetical order, but I have managed to provide an Amazon.com link to each title and book image to provide more details in case you are interested in obtaining a copy. Some of the books are classics and can be purchased for pennies from Amazon.
1) Halley’s Bible Handbook by Henry H. Halley
When I first decided to read the Bible from cover to cover and wanted to understand it, this was the book I used. Each day I would read five chapters in the Bible, starting in Genesis, and then read the corresponding chapters in Halley’s Bible Handbook. I have never regretted doing it.
2) All About The Bible by Sidney Collett
How did the Bible happen to be? Why are the books in it arranged the way they are? What is the history of the Bible?
Many unbelievers claim that the Bible is just an ordinary book from man and not from God. Well, this book helped me understand that, yes, it was written by man, but God inspired it all to have it really be His Word.
3) Dress for Success for Men by John T. Molloy
How should you dress for a job interview? How would you know if your clothes are properly fitted to you? Although society today is becoming lax when it comes to fashion, by understanding the concepts in this book, you can have an advantage whenever you interact with people and want to leave a good impression. Why would you want to care? Answer: to be the best witness for Christ to the world.
4) New Women’s Dress For Success by John T. Molloy
No, I did not buy this book, but I just wanted you ladies out there to know that there is a female version of Molloy’s classic book.
5) How To Read The Bible For All It’s Worth by Gordeon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart
This book helped me realize how easy it is to misinterpret the Bible. It contains important guidelines to keep in mind as you read and study God’s Word. Now, as I read the Scriptures and listen to others applying them as doctrines, I can understand when and if they may have gotten offtrack.
6) The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
I did not have this book when I started out as a Christian, but I wished I had read it when, later, I was asked to lead various groups and ministries in the local church. I now refer to it as needed as the Lord provides different opportunities in my life.
7) 21 Indispensable Qualities Of A Leader by John C. Maxwell
The pastor of the Church that my brother attends has used this book to help train all of those who have, or will have, ministries and leadership responsibilities in the congregation.
If you are a pastor, a home group leader or even an owner of a business where you will mangage your employees, have this book – and any similar book on leadership – handy.
8) Clergy Killers by G. Lloyd Rediger
When I became a member of a particular church, I believed that I was then fellowshipping with a group of perfect Christians – all very close to God, holy and true. Not.
This book was very eye opening to me. I often wondered why I faced some resistance when I was serving the congregation I was in. Today I realize there were some members, a very few in number, who were undermining other saints in the Church for their purposes. I wish I had read this book much earlier.
9) The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Again, I wish I had read this book much earlier in life. This book has been, and still is, the textbook many church groups use as they learn how a person can become debt free and thus be able to give more to the cause of Jesus Christ.
10) The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
This was the book on spiritual matters that I first picked up when I was in high school. At that time, I was searching for answers about the world around me and how I can interact with it. Everything seemed depressing and I often felt worthless. My way of thinking was always negative. This book opened the doors of the Bible. One key Bible verse used in this book is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
11) The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale
Earl Nightingale was perhaps a precursor of the motivational speakers that we see and hear today. I believe he is the father of the positive, optimistic way we should look at ourselves. This book helped me start out on what you should do to be blessed in this life.
12) The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie
As you mature as a Christian, you will find yourself in front of a group of people, fellow believers and disciples. This book helped me prepare for the times I would later be in speaking in front of audiences.
I have had the fortune of being in churches that greatly encouraged and even trained me to learn how to express my thoughts in front of people without being self-conscious. This book was a tremendous help during that training.
13) Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
This book is about being focused on want you need to be focused on. In your journey as a Christian, there will be many distractions, mostly from other people, that will try to cause anxiety and worry. You will learn in this book, that most of these distractions are minor by nature and easily overcome if you recognize them for what they are.
14) The Rules Of Work by Richard Templar
This book I discovered recently and wished I had found it much earlier. It discusses how to be a good employee in any given company or field of work.
Ever wonder how Joseph in the Old Testament advanced forward and was given favor while in prison? God gave him favor, that I am sure, with Joesph using the principles found in this book. It will not be a waste of time meditating and applying what is found here.
15) What they Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School by Mark H. McCormack
This was another eye opener which gave me the sense that what they teach you in college is not always what will help you advance in the arena of business and employment.
This book, although not a spiritual book, is one that falls under the category in which we Christians are to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
16) World Religions In Brief by Gary E. Antion & Douglas Ruml
In a world where nations are becoming more and more multicultural by the year, I believe this book will be valuable in better understanding what your neighbors believe when tell you their backgrounds.
If you will be witnessing for Christ, books such as these should be in your arsenal along with the Bible.
17) The MacMillan Bible Atlas by Yohanan Aharoni and Michael Avi-Yonah
This book taught me about the various strategies used by various military leaders in their wars of conquest and defense.
Why did David lead his men the way he did? How did Deborah deploy her forces against the Canaanites? How did the Greeks and the Romans take over the Holy Land? Where did Peter and Phillip travel through Samaria after Pentecost? Etc.
I use this Bible atlas to get a better feel of what was happening in the Bible. It is another way to study the Bible for all its worth!
18) Great Is Thy Faithfulness by Larry Burkett
This is a devotional book to be read daily. It is 365 days in length giving you spiritual insights on various topics. But what is unique about this book is that if you start on January 1st and read the Bible verses at the bottom of each article every day, you will have read the entire Bible in one year. And, I was also able to read the Bible in chronological order for the first time.
Mr. Burkett hosted his own Christian radio broadcasts on the topic of finances worldwide until his death in 1991. He was a Christian author of over 50 books.
19) Hand Me Another Brick by Charles Swindoll
If you are a leader of any kind, the principles of leadership taught in this book are very crucial. It is an account of how Nehemiah led those who returned from the Babylonian captivity to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. And it is especially about how he wisely handled the naysayers who opposed him.
If you are a pastor, a missionary, a church planter – anyone led by God to fullill a mission, I highly suggest this book.
20) Success For Dummies by Zig Ziglar
I purshased this book later on in my spiritual walk and wished I had read it much earlier. It would have saved me a lot of headaches and time.
But, I also saw where I inadvertently did follow its principles that have blessed me.