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Five Books A Christian Should Read

Updated on August 26, 2015

The Bible is the handbook for Christians on earth. Please understand the following books recommended are in no way meant to replace the Bible. They are not even meant to assist the Bible as I firmly believe that the Bible speaks for itself. These are books written by fellow Christians that tell the story or pieces of the story of their lives. They are written by the brethren and try to encourage other Christians to find the delight which they have found in the word of the Lord. All books written by Christians should lead to the Bible. If they do not and make the insane pronouncement that they can stand on their own, then they are not worth reading. That said, here are the five in no special order. (I cannot pick a favorite)

Christian with his burden upon his back reading from his Book while on his journey for life, eternal life.
Christian with his burden upon his back reading from his Book while on his journey for life, eternal life.

The Pilgrim's Progress

The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan is the classic allegory of Christian and his journey to the Celestial City.  You will want to have your Bible beside you to see the many references Bunyun uses. His purpose is to lead you back to the Bible so that you may see that this book of God was written to guide you.

Christian is shown the way to the Wicket Gate by one named Evangelist and then he has to travel along the Strait and Narrow road. However he is faced with many trials and tribulations and looses and gains friends and family alike. When in the town of Vanity Fair, he is jailed and a faithful friend seems to be lost forever. He even travels through the Valley of The Shadow of Death. This tale is not for the weak at heart for it maps out the path that each and every Christian must take. But oh the reward at the end is worth the journey!

E.M. Bounds On Prayer

E.M. Bounds On Prayer by E. M. Bounds is a joining of seven of Bound's books on prayer. It includes: Purpose of Prayer, The Necessity of Prayer, The Possibilities of Prayer,The Essentials of Prayer,Obtaining Answers to Prayer, Power Through Prayer and The Weapon of Prayer. In it Bounds puts forth the importance of prayer. His instruction and guidance concerning prayer uses the Bible step by step. It is only possible to get the full understanding of this book with the Bible beside you.

Foxe's Book Of Martyrs

Foxe's Book Of Martyrs by John Foxe, relates the true stories of great Christians throughout the years. Their fearless witnesses for Christ. The persecutions they faced and the victories they gained through the Lord himself. It is a book which reminds us that there is much we can do and that we should be willing to give our very lives for Him if faced with the prospect. This book once again leads one to the Bible to see where these Christians received their strength and to cleave unto the truth which is revealed in the Holy Book.

William Tyndale - One of the men who risked life and limb so that the Bible could be translated to English

The Autobiography Of George Muller

The Autobiography of George Muller by George Muller presents excerpts from the journals of George Muller presenting the story of his salvation, his faith, and the miracles which he experienced through his practicing that simple faith. Muller shows how important it is to have faith in the promises of God and the reason why God's word stands firm and true.

Corrie Ten Boom's Story As Told By Herself

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place by Caspar, Betsie and Corrie Ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherril, tells the true story of a Christian Dutch family in the time of World War II. Watchmakers by trade, this family chooses to save the Jewish people by hiding and transporting them to safer places. But they get caught after they are betrayed. The faith which is shown and the value which is placed upon the word of God is one to make a Christian blush because I myself do not know what I would do when in a situation like this. The courage of Betsie's is not her own, it is from the Holy Spirit and we see just what Christ can do even in what seems to be the most hopeless situation. The Bible plays a huge part in this story as well because Corrie is able to spread the word with a tiny one which the soldiers were not able to detect because God blinded them. Hallelujah! God still works!

There are a few more books that I would recommend but I will leave it at five and let you chew on them for a bit. If you decide to read any or have read them, please leave a comment I would be delighted to hear from you!



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    • newjerusalem profile image


      22 months ago from India

      Excellent hub! I've to read two more books mentioned in this list.

    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      3 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thanks, newjerusalem. I would love to know what books top your list.

    • newjerusalem profile image


      3 years ago from India

      Good list. I think there're more important books to be read.

    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      8 years ago from The World (for now)

      You are welcome, and thank you for reading!

    • almasi profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the list.

    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      8 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thank you for your comment, DavePrice!

    • DavePrice profile image


      8 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      It's an excellent list of books any Christian would profit by reading. Well done.

    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      8 years ago from The World (for now)

      @Pratonix I completely agree with you Hudson Taylor is one of the great biographies. George Muller is up there. I have read his autobiography not his biography so I will be reading that one soon.As you said there are many other books.Gladys Aylward comes to mind as well as Amy Carmichael. I said to myself that I should do a follow up hub so that I can try to name a few more. Thanks for your comments and God bless you!

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      8 years ago from Asia

      I have read all the books you mentioned. I agree that the Bible should be daily reading and compulsory reading. And after that, it's The Pilgrim's Progress. Every born-again Christian should read that classic by John Bunyan.

      I would add that the biographies of George Muller and Hudson Taylor are a must. Those were the earliest biographies I read after I was born again.

      I can mentioned many other spiritual books, but I am glad to see your list.

      Bless you, bro.

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      North Wind 

      8 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thanks both of you! @loisryan C.S. Lewis is another great author. I loved the Chronicles of Narnia. My favorites were The Horse And His Boy and The Last Battle.

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      Captain Jimmy 

      8 years ago from WV

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      8 years ago

      I have to read Pilgrim's Progress. I like allegorical christian books, especially fantasy such as The Narnia Chronicles and LOTR


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