Let me just preface this and say, coming up with this list was a very intimidating task. The Lord has used so many great authors over the years to empower, shed light, and inspire the body of Christ, narrowing it down to just 25 books was very difficult.
Which is why I sought wisdom and council when researching this post from pastors, Christian mentors, and close friends. And from that I am extremely proud to share the list I’ve come up with.
However, before I begin, I want to touch on what I used for my “best Christian books” grading scale.
This list includes the most influential and impactful Christian books that are solid Christian staples to have on your bookshelf.
I don’t include many niche Christian books such as Christian marriage books, Christian devotionals, books on prayer specifically, etc. because I have other blog posts dedicated specifically for that (Link to those posts are at the bottom).
Also, it goes without saying, these books are only supplemental books to the best Christian book of all time, the Bible, which will forever be the greatest book ever written.
So, with all that said, here’s the 25 best Christian books of all time (with reviews).
1. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Honestly, who could write a list of the best Christian books and not include Mere Christianity? That’s just heresy. But in all seriousness, this book has been hugely impactful on the world, not to mention on me. It single-handedly brought clarity and insight into the person of Jesus when I was grappling with my faith as a young rebellious teenager. The reason for this is because C.S. Lewis is a genius at explaining the foundations of our faith using clear and compelling arguments. Mere Christianity is a powerful apologetic as to why we should believe in Jesus and is an especially resourceful book to walk through with a non-believer.
I’m almost positive many of you have already read this book, but if you haven’t, do yourself a favor and get it today!
2. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Crazy Love is an absolute must read! In it Francis Chan explains how the God of the universe loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love, and how we are challenged to live our lives in response to that love. After reading this book you can’t help but make some changes to how you live for the Lord because as he says in his book, “When you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.”
3. Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer, or “Mama Joyce” as I so fondly refer to her, has quite literally changed my life. I love the way she teaches and explains the things of God, and Battlefield of the Mind is most deservedly her best-selling and most impactful book. In this book she teaches on how doubt, worry, negative thoughts, etc. are attacks on the mind that can be overcome by training our minds to think the way God thinks. In short, you can quite literally change your life by changing your mind. This book is a must-read because I don’t know anyone who hasn’t struggled with putting on the mind of Christ and keeping the enemy OUT.
4. Knowing God by J.l. Packer
J.l. Packer is regarded as one of the most well-known theologians and influential evangelicals of our time. His book, Knowing God, is rooted in profound theological insight and knowledge and is a must-read for any believer who simply (or not so simply) wants to gain a greater understanding of who God is. It’s a thought provoking read that explains how we can relate to God through the context of a close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ.
5. Desiring God by John Piper
My walk with the Lord has been so impacted by the teachings of John Piper, it’s kind of ridiculous. In true John Piper fashion, this book is loaded with Scripture to build his case and explain how the pursuit of Jesus is ultimately the pursuit of finding a hidden treasure that is deeply satisfying and soul-quenching. John Piper shows how your desires can be the same as God’s desires, and how this alignment has lasting impacts on every area of your life including your marriage, money, career, and so much more! Desiring God shows how ultimate freedom, joy, and delight comes when we align our desires to being satisfied in Him above anything else.
6. The Reason for God by Tim Keller
Okay, this list could easily be a “best of Tim Keller” list – and disclaimer – I am not embarrassed to say you will find quite a few books by him included (lol). Tim Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and as Christianity Today says, “a pioneer of the new urban Christians.” The Reason for God is amazing because it addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about Christianity. As a true modern day C.S. Lewis, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one.
7. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
If there were to ever be a book that didn’t need an intro, it would be The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Talk about the best Christian book of all time. Actually, it’s so popular and so well-known I didn’t really want to add it to this list, but then I thought that would be an injustice to Rick Warren’s greatest and most impactful book, not to mention the over 35 million copies sold around the world, and thus lives changed as a result of his book. The Purpose Driven Life is mega impactful because it addresses the three most crucial questions to human existence: Why am I alive? Does my life matter? What on earth am I here for? If you don’t already own this book, I highly recommend snatching up a copy ASAP!
8. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
The Case for Christ is another ultra-popular read with over 5 million copies sold, only to be made even more popular when Lee Strobel’s New York Time’s bestseller was made into a motion picture. What’s better – the book or the movie? I’ll let you decide! The true joy of reading this book is the fact that Lee Strobel is a journalist, so his arguments around Christianity’s most challenging questions are investigated and analyzed by a trained professional whose life work is to look at the evidence from the fields of science, philosophy, and history, not emotion and feeling. It’s a great read for any skeptic of the faith, not to mention a faith-strengthener for those who already believe.
9. The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur
The Gospel According to Jesus deserves a place on this list because of its ability to clearly articulates the gospel. So many believers don’t truly understand the gospel, and for many years (more than I’d like to admit) I could include myself amongst that group of believers. So, what exactly does Jesus mean when he says, “Follow me?” Is Jesus your Savior? Or is He also your Lord? For many years Jesus was simply my Savior, and I didn’t fully grasp what it meant for Jesus to also be my Lord. If these two “versions” of Jesus don’t make complete sense to you, then I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Gospel According to Jesus and gaining more insight.
10. More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
More Than a Carpenter is easily one of the most powerful evangelism books out there. Josh McDowell was a former skeptic of Christianity (hmmm, I’m sensing a pattern here…), thus his book hits hard at those who those who doubt Jesus’ deity and his purpose. This book has been updated many times, and as an added bonus, the newest version includes insights from McDowell’s son, Sean. Is Jesus really the Lord He claimed to be? How can we know for sure? These are the types of questions and answers you can expect from this book.
11. Heaven by Randy Alcorn
Okay, this book is so fun because it answers those burning questions that all believers are dying (pun intended!) to know. In short, Heaven is a guide to everything the Bible says about our eternal home. What is heaven really going to be like? What will we look like? What will we do every day? Won’t heaven get boring after a while? We’ve all thought it, and now after 25 years of extensive research, Dr. Randy Alcorn has compiled a book to give us the answers. Get your copy now, you won’t regret!
12. My Friend the Holy Spirit by Mark Peterson
Do you think of God as your friend? My Friend the Holy Spirit helps you have a deeper understanding of the One who not only wants to be your Lord and Savior, but also your friend. Jesus Himself said it’s best that He goes away so the Holy Spirit can come, and this book does an excellent job of using Scripture and personal experience to show you that the most amazing friend you will ever have is the Holy Spirit. It’s a must read!
13. The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
THIS BOOK. This book really helps you grasp the beauty of Christianity with a renewed revelation of God’s grace. It addresses the difficult reality that as believers we all suffer, and yet somehow that is good and all for God’s glory. Ann does a beautiful job of leading us on a journey of embracing and celebrating the brokenness in each of us. This book is an honest and healing read for aching hearts needing relief.
14. Translating God by Shawn Bolz
Shawn Bolz is a newer voice rising up, and I am personally very excited to hear from more him! Translating God is a book that articulates God’s heart for prophetic ministry in a way that expresses God’s heart and desire towards this gift. It’s biblically based (always good) and helps the reader understand that we all have the ability to hear God’s voice. Shawn addresses how the ultimate goal of the prophetic is to uplift and love people in a greater way. So ultimately, it’s not even about the gift itself. The gift is merely a vessel to encouraging the church and enter into a deeper relationship with others.
15. The Bait of Satan by John Bevere
I’m a huge fan of John Bevere (and really the “Bevere’s” in general – hello Lisa!). Their ministry has greatly impacted me, and I could easily recommend quit a few of their books, but let’s start with this one, The Bait of Satan. This book is about an extremely relevant topic in today’s world, offense. The Bait of Satan is kind of like a modern-day Screwtape Letters (another CS Lewis classic) in that it exposes the devices of the enemy. As you read in this book, one of the enemy’s greatest deceptive snares to get believers out of the will of God is, you guessed it, offense.
16. The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
Yes, that’s right, another Tim Keller book. 🙂 The Prodigal God is a great read for those looking for a rational explanation of why we should believe in God. In this book, Tim Keller uses the parable of the prodigal son to reveal the life-giving message of the gospel and the heart behind our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It explains God’s grace upon us, and explains the goodness of God with his classic intellectual approach.
17. A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
A Tale of Three Kings is a phenomenal read that tells the story of three key biblical figures, David, Saul, and Absalom. The book uses these stories to express the power of forgiveness and how all Christians experience pain, loss, and heartache at the hands of other believers. However, the book continually points the reader to the profound reality that God works through the weakness and brokenness of others in ways that are polar opposites to how the world operates.
18. Ashamed of the Gospel by John MacArthur
Ashamed of the Gospel addresses the scary thought that we have a real problem on our hands when the church begins to look like the world. John MacArthur writes a biblical view of what the church should be in reference to the church in the Western world. If you’ve been concerned about the church drifting away from the purity of the gospel, this book is for you!
19. The Supernatural Ways of Royalty by Kris Vallotton & Bill Johnson
This book addresses a topic I am very passionate about, explaining the full inheritance that Jesus purchased for us on the cross. In order to understand that we must understand our royal identity in the Kingdom of God. The Supernatural Ways of Royalty helps readers understand who God says they are, which is royal heirs to the Kingdom of God. If this topic is of interest to you, I highly recommend picking up a copy. It’s a fascinating read!
20. When Heaven Invades Earth by Bill Johnson
When Heaven Invades Earth will challenge every believer to walk in supernatural signs and wonders as a natural part of their everyday life. Bill Johnson shows us that by rediscovering our true identity in Him, we can then begin to move in the promises of God regarding the miraculous. This book is written from a biblical foundation so that the average Christian can learn to live and walk in the miraculous, supernatural power of God.
21. Driven by Eternity by John Bevere
Driven by Eternity is a real eye-opener. Most Christians know that their response to Jesus’ completed work on the cross will dictate where they will spend eternity. But did you know that how you’ll spend eternity is determined by what you do in this life? I didn’t. This book is an amazing read that expands upon how our daily choices shape our eternal existence. It’s a must read if you ask me!
22. Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin
Worship Matters is a great read on the subject of worship. In this book Kauflin explains not just why we worship, but what the essentials of God-honoring worship should look like. It’s a combination of biblical foundations and practical applications. He also covers how worship leaders can lead more effectively, how we can keep ourselves grounded and avoid some of the pitfalls common to those who lead worship in the church.
23. Good Morning, Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn
This book is a Christian fan favorite and classic with more than one million copies sold! In it Benny Hinn shares insights and truths that God has taught him over the years in order to gain a better understanding of the Godhead. This book teaches you how to recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit, how to have a more effective prayer life, God’s calling for you, and more!
24. Faith by Phil Pringle
This book may be listed toward the end of this list, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s less important than the others. It’s not! Faith has had a huge impactful on my life, and I’m sure it will on yours as well. What I loved the most about this book is how Pringle made the faith walk feel less lonely and isolating, and instead relatable. We all are stretched in our faith, and it’s comforting to know that I am not the only one to have ever walked through the furnace of affliction. In short, Faith by Phil Pringle is a must read!
25. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
Shall I end with a heartwarming, faith-inspiring feel-good read? I think I shall! Heaven is for Real struck the hearts of believers (myself included!) the moment it came out. It’s the astounding story of a little boy’s trip to heaven…and back. Crazy! In short, little Colton Burpo emerges from a near-death experience with the remarkable story of visiting heaven. Colton recounts meeting Jesus, angels, long-departed family members, and more!
25 More Best Christian Books:
Don’t look at me like that, I couldn’t stop 25 books and I’m not even sorry about it. Who can blame me when there are SO MANY amazing Christian books out there?!
So, here’s another set of 25 best Christian books, but this time without reviews because honestly…that would have been a bit much. But trust me, they are all excellent, and I know you’ll love reading them.
19. Discerning the Voice of God – Priscilla Shirer *It’s actually a Bible study book
Whew, I know I gave you a lot there, but I sincerely hope this list of best Christian books helps you grow in your walk with the Lord. I know they’ve helped me!
More Bible Study Resources!
Just for fun, here’s some of my favorite Bible study tools that have really helped me in understanding the Word of God:
Favorite Bibles and Commentaries:
- Grace Is Enough: A 30-Day Christian Devotional to Help Women Turn Anxiety and Insecurity into Confidence by Courtney Fidell
- Letting Go of Anxiety: A devotional study on how the Bible teaches us to cast our cares on the Lord by Alison Perkins
- Battlefield of the Mind Devotional: 100 Insights That Will Change the Way You Think by Joyce Meyer
Bible Journaling Supplies:
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