Life-Changing Christian Books

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  1. Priscilla Ann

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    Besides the Bible, what are the Christian books that have made the most life-changing impact in your faith? For me, I would have to name Loving God by Charles Colson, and The Finished Work of Christ by Francis Schaeffer as the most influential.

    How about you?
     
  2. JonHenry

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    A number of books by John Piper (www.desiringgod.com)

    Pursuit of God - A.W. Tozer

    The collected writings of John Owen & Thomas A'Kempis

    I have to say that I am barely worthy of some of the things some of these men have to say.
     
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    The Grace Awakening, by Chuck Swindoll

    A Cristian Manifesto, by Francis Shaffer

    A Biblical Psychology of Learning, by Ruth Beechick

    Living By the Book, by Howard and William Hendricks

    There are very few books that I read more than once. This is basically them.
     
  4. Priscilla Ann

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    Thanks for the responses! I have read Tozer's "Pursuit of God" and thought it was aweseome. It's one that I will read again. "Living by the Book" has been on my "wish list" for quite some time; perhaps I'll read that next.

    Are there any Christian authors that I should be wary of? There are so many Christian books out there; however, some of them contain a lot of "feel good" material but lack solid biblical teaching. My reading budget is limited, so I want to make wise choices -- books that are correct in their teaching and can be read over and over.

    God Bless!
     
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    Watchman Nee is one to be cautious of -- you'll get people who are insanely into his writing, and that is part of the problem. It's grown into a kind of international "cult of Nee". His friend Witness Lee had very, very strange teachings.

    Finney was an amazing revivalist, but his doctrine was a bit askew. Don't buy his doctrinal writings.

    I can't help much as far as modern authors go. I've greatly enjoyed the ones that I've read.
     
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    The thing is, if a Christian teacher/leader doesn't:
    1) encourage you to have a personal walk with God.
    2) encourage personal Bible Reading
    3) Allow you to have your views...

    If they just can't keep from complicating and commenting on every little verse, and protest that any belief other than their own could ever be wrong. I'd watch out.

    In other words, if the focus is on Christ, well. But, if they are in any way making themselves out to be an unquestionable, all-knowing authority. Then, it's possible they are trying to be God, or substitute for Him.
    I've heard people like that. "This is what this means, and that is the way it is...no matter what you believe, I'm right, you won't cahnge or teach me-ever!"

    Do you agree?
     
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    Some that have helped me are what of Tozers I have read and H. A. Ironside and James A. Stewart on the Welsh revivals.
     
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    The Pursuit of God, Tozer's, is very good.

    i also learned and gained much from from Robert B. Thieme's "Giving, Gimmick or Grace" and "The Integrity of God".

    the said book of Tozer can be downloaded for free from the www.e-sword.net website. that of R. B. Thieme's, on the other hand, i recieved for free upon request. the website is www.rbthieme.org.
     
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    I know that people here genrally do not like Benny Hinn, I have some concerns about him also. But his book "Good Morning Holy Spirit" was a really challenging book.
     
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    Through Gates of Splendor by Betty Elliot......the story of the five young missionaries slain in South America....A very moving story about dedication and missions. Where there is no vision, the people perish.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    "The Seduction of Christianity" by Dave hunt (I was involved in the Pentacostal movement at the time, it was a real eye opener.).
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    "Crystal Christianity" by Charles Finney
     
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    A small book "According to Promise" by C H Spurgeon. Written to the unsaved, good for everyone
     
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    Jim,

    I haven't read this book but I have read a book called 'Mission to the Headhunters' by Frank and Marie Drown who were missionaries in S.America and involved in this work. A truly inspiring story, one of the best biographies I've read.

    The best Christian book I've read is Martyn Lloyd-Jones' 'Studies on The Sermon on the Mount'.

    God Bless

    Enda
     
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    Both John MacArthur's The Gospel According to Jesus and Charismatic Chaos were life-changing for me as a young christian in that they taught me to be discerning and opened my eyes to see some error that I had embraced. I'll always owe a debt of gratitude to that man.

    A.W. Pink's The Sovereignity of God was also life changing. It too exposed much error in what I had been taught. But more importantly, it played a role in me being able to begin to see God as scripture really portrays Him.

    Some other books worth mentioning as life-changing:

    Desiring God by John Piper
    Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
    The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter

    A few months ago I read Greg Bahnsen's By This Standard, mainly out of curiosity about the controversy about his work. I don't expect that I'll ever agree with all of it; but it too has changed my thinking greatly and caused me to search the scriptures for some answers. I don't think that I'll ever see the "Law" the same as before.
     
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    Putting the Amazing Back in Grace by Horton
    Grace Awakening by Swindoll
    Sovereignty of God by Pink
    The Open Church by Rutz

    Saved in 57
    Called to the ministry in 63
    Finished seminary in 70
    Freed from legalism in 91
     
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    Books that have impacted my life greatly:
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    1.) A Life God Rewards-Bruce Wilkensin

    2.) Bought by the Bl**d of Jesus-Benny Hinn

    3.) Prayer: My Soul's Adventure With God-Dr. Robert Harold Schuller

    4.) A Heart Like Jesus-Max Lucado
     

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