For God so loved the world that he gave us lots of books to read, and by reading them we may be saved and have eternal life.Quite often I'll be told about a book that I must absolutely, unequivocally read. It's as if by reading them we are suddenly going to discover the secret of grace. Or that this book holds the key to redemption. Okay, I think that last link was to a DVD, but same difference. And, I know, I know. Don't judge a book by it's cover.
Don't get me wrong, I think books can be fantastic for learning more about God, or for reminding us of the basics. Christianity is never a passive faith, you have to go out there and learn and discover. But we must remember, it is the Holy Spirit who instructs and reveals. Not IVP. Also, books should never be read instead of the Bible.
Perhaps this is just my way of rationalising why I've never really finished a Christian book. I probably should read more. But God loves me just the same whether I've read John Bunyan, Oswald Chambers and Billy Graham's autobiography as when I haven't.
- What was the last Christian book you've read? What did you like/dislike about it?
- What is your favourite Christian book?
- Which Christian figures have really inspired/challenged you?