8 Classics Every Christian Should Read

Aside from the Holy Bible, there are certain books that all Christians should read. The following list of books is not comprehensive but should give you a head start on some great literature that will encourage you in the Christian life. Here are eight classics (in no particular order) every Christian should read:

1. The Incarnation of the Word of God  by Athanasius

Written by St. Athanasius in the fourth century, this book defends the divinity of Jesus Christ. This is a timely read for a timeless book since so many people today do not believe that Jesus is God.

2. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community  by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer gives us a portrait of Christian community full of wisdom on how our lives can be shaped by prayer, worship, work, and service. This short book is very practical and will satisfy those who hunger for healthy Christian community.

3. Orthodoxy  by G.K. Chesterton

In this brilliant work, twentieth-century intellectual giant G. K. Chesterton explains with both style and substance his own reasons for being a Christian.

4. The Pilgrim’s Progress  by John Bunyan

This is a story of Christian’s journey to the Celestial City; it is packed full of imagery that is meant to mirror your own Christian life in all of its joys and struggles.

5. City of God  by Augustine

Augustine of Hippo wrote this to prove that paganism—not Christianity—brought about the fall of Rome. This is a masterpiece and helps to clarify the Christian’s place in the city of God while living in the temporal order of the city of man.

6. Institutes of the Christian Religion  by John Calvin

Originally written as an introduction to the Christian faith but later expanded for the training of students entering the ministry—this classic work contains a wealth of insight about God and us.

7. Confessions  by Augustine

This is the famous autobiography of Augustine of Hippo, where he writes with such beauty and clarity the words, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”

8. Mere Christianity  by C.S. Lewis

This book has been so widely read that it cannot be ignored. Lewis attempts to share the most basic and common essentials of the Christian faith, providing also a defense of the faith for skeptics and new Christians alike.

Have you already ready some or all of these? What other books would you recommend? Please share your favorite reads with us in the comment section below.

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Nicholas Davis

Nicholas Davis is lead pastor of Redemption Church (PCA) in San Diego, California. Nick has worked for White Horse Inn for several years, has written over one hundred articles for Core Christianity, and has work featured in Modern Reformation, Fathom Magazine, Mockingbird NYC, Church Leaders, Banner of Truth, and other places. Nick and his wife, Gina, have three sons. He blogs at nicholasmartindavis.com. Connect with Nicholas on Twitter @MundaneMinister.

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