I received the following email from David Qaoud, whom I have been following for a number of years and thought I would pass it on:
I’m a sucker for book recommendations for Christians (this is David Qaoud’s extensive list). I feel the right kind of proud when someone asks me for a book recommendation. One way to find good book recommendations is to consider the book suggestions of others.
Not too long ago I stumbled upon Wayne Grudem’s site where he lists the books that have most influenced his life. Grudem writes:
“After book (1) below, it is an impossible question for me to answer exactly. Many books have influenced me at different times. Here are eleven that influenced me quite early in my Christian life (all but #3 and #10 and #11 while I was still in college before I went to seminary), plus #12, which influenced me many years later.”
(1) The Bible, far beyond all other books combined.
(2) John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
(3) Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology
(4) J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism
(5) Cornelius VanTil, The Defense of the Faith
(6) D. M. McIntyre, The Hidden Life of Prayer
(7) John Murray, Principles of Conduct
(8) John Murray, Redemption: Accomplished and Applied
(9) B. B. Warfield, The Plan of Salvation
(10) B. B. Warfield, The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible
(11) Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology
(12) John Wimber, Power Evangelism
So what’s the best system for finding the best books? That requires a lengthy response beyond the scope of this space.
But I’ll give you one tip: Consider the books trusted, influential people encourage you to read.
Do you have a favorite? One not on either list? I know I do 🤔