Obviously every good Christian girl would put the Bible at the top of a list of life-changing books. The Bible is first and foremost the ultimate resource for life in general, after all!
However, sometimes we read a book other than the Bible and understand spiritual truths in a whole new way. These are the type of books I’ve chosen for a list of life-changing books.
Each one has had an impact on how I understand and live out my Christian walk. Some of them I am still learning from today!
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I read through this material when I was still in high school, and for me it was a life-changing book because it helped me plan for the future rather than be afraid of it. During those last few years of high school, students face enormous pressure to make important life decisions.
I highly recommend this book for young adults as they begin to face life on their own rather than under the safety of their parents’ wings!
This book is another pick from my high school years, but one that I actually still use. Although I grew up in a Christian home with parents who were faithful to teach me about God’s Word, I still didn’t have a solid grasp on the overall themes of the Bible and how the Old Testament connected to the New Testament (and why that’s important!).
Reading through The Stranger, which focuses on the overarching themes of the Bible from creation to Christ, gave me a very clear picture of God’s love for and plan for mankind from the very beginning! I now use it whenever I disciple others. The Stranger will speak to unbelievers as well as those who have believed for many years!
Every book lover surely includes some excellent fiction writing on a list of life-changing books! As a lifelong book-lover, I’ve read an abundance of classic, secular, and Christian fiction, and one of my favorite authors of all is Ted Dekker. Each one of his riveting tales teaches readers a lesson about faith. But this series in particular stands out above the others.
The spiritual allegory that runs throughout Black, Red, White, and Green is rich and the vivid imagery helped me understand things like baptism and dying to sin/rising in Christ in a whole new way. Most of all, I loved how the characters pursued one another and how they were pursued by the Christ-like archetype. The Circle Series is like the Chronicles of Narnia, but for adults!
And for the youth in your life, The Lost Books Series is a thrilling companion to the Circle Series!
This life-changing book and subsequent series of devotionals helped me to see how letting food control my life is really a sin issue. I also learned how to change the way I ate by learning to read nutritional information, cooking with better ingredients, etc.
But what I like most about this particular series is the focus on putting Christ first. Being healthy physically is important, but being healthy spiritually is more important!
Although I don’t agree with everything this author claims, I can whole-heartedly recommend this bible study. I actually read the workbook version of this book and really enjoyed the depth of bible study and Hebrew/Greek word study.
I call this book life-changing because it helped me realize that although I claimed to believe God and believe His character is true, I often failed to live that out. I wasn’t thinking and acting on my so-called belief. Instead I worried and mistrusted and misunderstood the hard things in life.
This lovely devotional made for easy reading yet contained surprising depth. Author Arabah Joy utilizes modern day parables to teach valuable lessons about trusting God.
She has a way of getting to the heart of the issue that leads to lots of light-bulb moments! I often re-read each day because each one was packed with so much good information to really chew on.
Especially now, when Creationism is under constant attack, understanding the real scientific evidence for why we believe what we believe is key. For that reason, The Case for a Creator is life-changing because it defines our very beginnings here on this beautiful planet.
The author takes the reader through a study of creation from the perspective of physics, biology, chemistry, astronomy, and so forth. One of the things I love most about this book is that when readers start to grasp the significance of why our Earth is positioned the way it is, and so forth, they can’t help but be awestruck by our Mighty God.
If you are an analytical thinker who loves facts and data, then this book is for you!
My second fiction pick, The Screwtape Letters, is a life-changing book because it opens our eyes to the very real spiritual warfare going on all around us.
I don’t think I ever realized before how sneaky our enemy is, especially in using good things to distract us from the best thing, our relationship with Christ. Go read it, and anything else by C.S. Lewis, for that matter.
I’m not sure I actually agree with all that this author had to say, either. Why include it on a list of life-changing books then, you ask? Because I’m not a fan of throwing out the baby with the bathwater. But more than that, this author challenged my view of what being a Christian looks like in a way my perfectionist nature didn’t like at first.
He also broadened my view of grace, took it out of my nice neat little box and made it, well…messy. I never thought of myself as a self-righteous person before starting this book, but it was the catalyst for seeing my own sin in this area. I’d say that qualifies as a life-changing book!
Here’s another book whose author I don’t always agree with, especially in regards to some of his statements in more recent years. Nevertheless, The Purpose Driven Life had a profound impact on my understanding of my purpose in Christ.
You see, as a perfectionist, I was one of those good Christian girls who relied much more on performance than on grace without even realizing it. Yet in my heart, I truly wanted to serve the Lord.
I just didn’t realize that worshiping and serving the Lord doesn’t always involve big things or ministries!
Sometimes serving the Lord is as simple as taking care of my family by washing the dishes or cooking a meal. That might sound silly, but realizing that I could do even those very small acts of obedience in service to the Lord gave me a satisfaction in life that I previously lacked.
As a child of overseas missionaries, these books helped me understand the great need for the Gospel to reach so many unreached nations. They also helped me witness the power of God to use difficult life circumstances, even death, in the lives of His people to impact whole tribes and communities – talk about life-changing books!
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I hope you find at least a few that you haven’t yet read from my favorite life-changing books. Try out some new ones from the list and see how your faith is challenged.
And as with all things you read or hear, please check them against the truth of the Word!
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