Books have been my ‘constant companion’ for as long as I can remember. I can also honestly say that I prefer reading from actual pages as opposed to staring at a screen. A library card was usually one of the first things I got when I moved to a new place. Unfortunately I have not lived even close to an English library for the past five years…
However, thanks to technology I am able to carry a mini-library in my pocket. I am also grateful for Audio Books, the modern way to keep on reading while you are busy doing life. It may sound crazy but I am convinced that being able to listen to audio books helps keep me sane. Especially living in a country where few people can speak English and all the radio stations are in a foreign language.
I love reading Christian books, so when I heard our theme at Velvet Ashes (an online community for women living overseas) was ‘Top Ten’ this week, I knew exactly what I wanted to share. My 10 favourite non-fiction Christian books to date:
This book will always be one of my favourites (along with Screw-tape Letters) and is one of the few books I have read more than once. I know of at least three other people who testified that reading this book changed their lives.
Like most great books I also ended up reading this at exactly the right time. A gift in itself, One Thousand Gifts is a beautiful reminder to count our blessings. We cannot be reminded enough to be grateful for what we have. Anne has a way of weaving words together and it will stay with you long after you have finished reading one of her books.
The title says it all. Most people have to practice what they preach, but reading these words gave me the impression the author simply wrote down what he had been practicing all along. I wish there were more Christian books like this.
Probably one of the most inspirational stories of our time and it didn’t end with his first book (which is still my favorite). I love how he always gives glory to God and although his circumstances may be extreme, his message is so relatable.
This has been one of the more challenging books I have read and saying ‘yes’ changed the course of my life. Sometimes we have to be confronted with hard questions before we can get the best answers.
I was introduced to Craig’s writing through his first book, the Urban Halo (you can get for free if you subscribe to his blog) and after having lived in Asia for a couple of years I think his message is spot on. Subversive Jesus is a great explanation of the upside-down Kingdom and how we can live as true Jesus-followers.
Loved this book, simply because it is so true… If we all took the time to think about how much He loves us, we would come to the same conclusion. Most of us will however, struggle to put it into words, making Crazy Love worth the read!
I only wish someone recommended this book to me before I was already married for five years 😉 It could have given me a lot of revelations that I had to figure out the hard way.
I like how this true story of a girl who boarded a ship in 1966 and ended up in Hong Kong introduces some difficult concepts in an understandable way. A fascinating Christian read.
Missionary stories are the best, especially the honest ones. In this beautiful memoir Kay shares about her husband’s struggle with addiction, her inner struggles and the hope and redemption only God can orchestrate when all seems to be falling apart.
What is your favourite Christian non-fiction book?
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