Hey guys! Doesn’t it seem like summer has just zoomed by? It’s so weird to me that it’s already nearly the end of August. Though I have to say, I’m pretty excited for the colder weather so I can wear my arsenal of sweaters and long-sleeved shirts I have hanging in my closet 😊
I’ve been trying to read more this summer, and not just the normal genres I read, but non-fiction too, particularly good Christian non-fiction. I don’t usually read a lot of non-fiction, but I’m coming to find that it can be really, really fascinating and engaging. I need to do it more 😂
So I thought I would share 9 of my favorite Christian non-fiction books with you all so I can tell you about how awesome they are!
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
If you’re like me (which, maybe you are?), you need a devotional to prompt you to read your Bible. I have a hard time just opening up the book and reading a random chapter. I like things a little more structured, so I tend to read a lot of devotionals. And this is one that I can definitely recommend. Every morning and evening is a short devotional with a Scripture passage and Spurgeon’s commentary on it. It’s highly fascinating and often very encouraging!
The Spirit-Filled Life by Charles Stanley
This book really convicted me in several different ways. Stanley talks about who the Holy Spirit is and the power that he grants us if only we let him work in our lives. It made me think differently about who I really am as a believer. The Holy Spirit can and does work in our lives, and once we realize that, we can grow closer in our relationship with him. Stanley’s writing style is very conversational and friendly and he’s really good at explaining difficult concepts. It’s a good one!
Heaven by Randy Alcorn
What is heaven like? I’m sure we’ve all wondered. At least, I have. I’ve even worried about it. What if I don’t like it in heaven? Will I remember everyone I knew on earth? What is the new earth? All of these and so, so, so many more questions are answered in this book. Of course, we can’t know all of these things for sure, but Alcorn does a great job of pulling examples and information from Scripture to answer questions to the best of his abilities. It was a great encouragement and fascinating learning experience for me. It changed the way I think about heaven!
Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace
Wallace is a homicide detective who investigates the legitimacy of the Gospels. The factual evidence and history he brings into the argument are really compelling and the way he explains and thoroughly combs through every aspect of Jesus’s life is something to be admired. He’s not afraid to ask questions and dig deep into different claims scientists and atheists make. It’s an interesting commentary and I was really encouraged by the solidity of his stance. I recommend if you’re a Christian looking for reassurance of what you know to be true or if you’re someone who’s not sure and wants to learn more.
The Literary Study Bible created by Crossway
When I first saw this I immediately knew I had to have it. The Bible with commentary on the literary aspects of the writing? Yes please! I have yet to make it all the way through this (the Bible is long…😂) but what I’ve read is very helpful in understanding the meaning and context behind the prose and different styles of writing the Bible is written in. It’s shed light on so many things that previously didn’t make sense to me, and I’ve learned so many interesting and useful tidbits that I will remember for a long time.
Why Do I Feel This Way? by David Murray
I haven’t really openly talked about this, but I am a very anxious person. I haven’t been clinically diagnosed, but it’s possible I could have anxiety. I bought this book for myself when I was going through an extremely rough patch and I couldn’t have been more happy with it. In each chapter, Murray goes over different aspects of anxiety (and depression) with real-life examples of others who are struggling. He gives practical advice and weaves Scripture into all of it. It has helped me better manage my anxiety and encouraged me to memorize Scripture, to always have the Word in my heart. If you’re someone who struggles with anxiety or depression, please check this one out. You won’t regret it.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
It’s no secret that I love the Chronicles of Narnia. I always knew that Lewis wrote more than just fiction, but I had never delved into it until now. And I’m very pleasantly surprised! Lewis presents the faith in a simple, easily-digestible way that systematically goes through the process of who a Christian is and why they are the way they are. It’s very refreshing to see it told so simply and I was happy that Lewis wasn’t afraid to be humorous at times. This is a classic that I highly recommend.
Liking Jesus by Craig Groeschel
Social media can be such an addiction in our world today. I know I can get stuck in an endless Instagram feed or YouTube loop. But this book encouraged me to snap out of it! Groeschel goes over various different ways that social media can be bad for us. Of course, social media is a great tool and something that a lot of us couldn’t live without, but when it starts to control our lives and lead us away from our relationships with others and with God, then it becomes a huge danger. He discusses ways to take back our time and not let social media take control. It’s a great book with humor and heart.
We Will Not Be Silenced by Erwin W. Lutzer
This book gets into the nitty-gritty of popular political and societal issues in the United States. Lutzer talks about how these issues are affecting the US for the worse and what we as Christians need to do about it. It was very interesting reading his research on multiple different topics and how my country is in dire need of a church who will rise above the pull of the culture and be lights in a dark world. For me, this book was a call to action. It made me want to draw close to my fellow brothers in Christ and share the hope of Jesus with everyone!