I recently posted a list of all the books I read in 2010. Most of the books I read last year were good. Some were absolutely horrible and others were simply amazing. Of the seventy-five books I read in 2010, I narrowed the list down to the eleven best books. If you want to find some good books to read, hopefully this simplified book list will point you in the general direction of good reading material.
1. Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris – This book, a sequel to Do Hard Things, is a must read for young adults. It is a call to throw off what the culture expects of teenagers and instead embrace hard things for God’s glory. This book is worth reading for all ages. The message of following God’s lead and being willing to do hard things is a much-needed call to our modern Christian culture.
2. Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef – I highly recommend this book. Son of one of the founders of Hamas, Mosab recounts his personal experiences in the midst of the drama in the Middle East. He shares how God saved him and ends the book with the only possible solution that will bring peace to the Middle East.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – Technically this is seven books, but I chose to save space and list them as one. Everyone should take the time to read this set of books. All seven books are important in order to gain a full understanding of the world of Narnia. Plus, since three of the books have been made into movies, it is helpful in catching all the changes the film producers have made in the stories.
4. Only Angels are Bulletproof by Emily Ann Benedict – This novel was written by a new author and yet the book really exceeded my expectations. It’s hard to find good Christian novels at all, much less one worth reading that is by a first-time author! But this book was definitely worth the time it took me to read it. It is an engaging story and addresses some good questions about God’s protection in the lives of His followers.
5. Coming Clean by Jorge Valdes – This book was a compelling read. It was written by a former drug lord and it is the story of God’s faithfulness in bringing him to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Due to the nature of his life before Christ, this is definitely a book for older readers.
6. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali – A book that paints a realistic picture of the dangers inherent in Islam. Ali was raised in Islam and escaped to the West before an arranged marriage. After completely rejecting Islam, she chose to write this book to chronicle the changes in her thinking. She is definitely not a Christian; she’s a feministic atheist and that definitely comes through in her writing. But her clear, logical explanation of the dangers of Islam is well done. Again, due to some of the content in this book this should be read by mature readers.
7. Secret Believers by Brother Andrew – I’m listing this book right after Infidel because it provides a nice balance to the perspective presented in Ali’s book. Despite the dangers in Islam, Brother Andrew presents the needy, searching souls of Muslims, who are hungry for the gospel of Christ. It is so encouraging to read about what is doing in the lives of Muslims around the world.
8. Hollywood Worldview by Brian Godawa – This book takes the time to give a brief history of various secular worldviews and how they are shown in various films. In a culture where films and Hollywood are so prevalent, this book should be required reading for Christians.
9. A Thousand Shall Fall by Susi Hasel Mundy – Have you ever wondered if there were any true Christians in Hitler’s army? This book is the biography of just such a man. More than that, he was a pacifist, Sabbath keeper, and observer of the Old Testament dietary laws. How did he survive in the German army? This book provides the stimulating story about how God protects those who honor Him.
10. Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest by Chuck Black – Another excellent Christian novel. I don’t know how I missed Chuck Black’s books for so long! He writes excellent books that are very clear in there biblical allegory. I’m looking forward to reading more of his books in 2011.
11. I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah by Ravi Zacharias – This is a book I would recommend to anyone who is unmarried. Zacharias provides excellent advice and counsel as to how to prepare a solid foundation for a biblical marriage. I appreciated having my thinking about marriage tweaked so that it is more in line with what the Bible teaches about marriage. I highly recommend this book.
~ Melinda ~