Capsule Christian Classic
Your God is Too Small by J. B. Phillips.
J. B. Phillips, a canon of the Anglican church and a translator of the New testament, wrote many books about Christianity. Some like "The Ring of Truth" are still available today. But the perennial favorite is Your God is Too Small, a tiny little book that describes the many destructive "gods" that inhabit the deeper reaches of the mind. The "Resident Policeman," the "God-in-a-box," "the parental hangover" and other second-hand gods are all examined and given a good routing. A must for all Christians and a good book for those still searching for God.
Basic Christianity by John Stott
Few books are better at telling the basics of the Christian faith than John Stott's Basic Christianity. It's simple enough to show what Christianity is all about. But complicated enough to help the reader understand the subtleties of the faith. A great book for a New Believers Class.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
In Mere Christianity, author, lecturer and university don, C.S. Lewis discusses Christianity without the trimmings. In fact, Lewis suspects most of the trimmings. Under his pen, phrase such as "Christianity and Socialism," "Christianity and the poor," "Christianity and warfare" become suspect. The reader learns soon enough not to use their relationship with Christ as a coat hanger on which to hang social, political or historical issues. A good book for Church book groups and will definitely fuel some passionate conversations.
The Christ Of Every Road: A Study in Pentecost by E. Stanley Jones
The Christ Of Every Road is a hard-to-find classic. But if you find it in an old bookstore somewhere, use your last dime to buy it. Written in 1930 by Jones when he was a missionary to India, the book seems to be written for today. In describing the meaning and events of the first Pentecost, Jones shows the flaws of evolutionary religions such as Hinduism –the parent religion of many Age philosophies– and Buddhism. If you have many New Age friends, this book is for you. If you can find it.
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who was killed by the Nazi's. The Cost of Discipleship is his testament to Christ’s call to conscience. It’s a hard book to read in two ways. The writing can be a very tough philosophical read at times. But the ethical call is also challenging. As one of the few Christian pastors to stand up against the Nazis, Bonhoeffer is not only a good example of the the cost of discipleship but a good reminder that there are many instances in which a Christian will have to stand up for what is right. A classic.
The Christian Secret to a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith
This is a perennial favorite about faith. Or better yet, about trusting God. Hannah Whitall Smith was reared in a Quaker home and slowly grew to understand how to trust God for salvation, guidance and peace. In her book, the God who is Enough, she depicts the spiritual grief she encountered while attempting to live the Quaker life she was born into. This book, a hundred year old classic, challenges her readers to simply believe that God has heard their prayers and to simply trust in His guiding love. A wonderful book for new and mature believers who are trying to achieve peace in trusting God.
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Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis is one of my favorites! Thanks for suggesting the others. - Jay Cookingham