Tell Me What Books Have Helped You Most

If you’re like me, you love to read good books. There’s the Bible, of course. But there are many other books God has used to help us. In fact, books have taught us some of life’s best lessons.

Tell Me What Books Have Helped You Most

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Take 60 seconds and click here to tell me what five (5) books have helped you most (other than the Bible).

  • You could include good books that have helped you personally, professionally, or spiritually.
  • Try to keep your list to five books or less.

In an upcoming post, I’ll summarize your lists (and include my own list of five good books) in order to form a “Must-Read” recommended reading list.

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  • Wise Teach

    1. Divine Conspiracy – Dallas Willard
    2. The Imitation of Christ – Thomas a’Kempis
    3. EVERYTHING by CS Lewis
    4. The Knowledge of The Holy – AW Tozer

    5. Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning

    Thanks for letting me suggest these.

    • Thanks, Wise Teach, for suggesting these. I love the Tozer book too.

      • Wise Teach

        I am curious… after looking through posts and comments… have you ever read Willard?

  • In no order:

    1. How to win friends and influence people
    2. Grace Awakening
    3. The Pursuit of God
    4. The Millionaire Next Door
    5. The Killer App

    • Your numbers 2-3 are great books, Todd. Thanks for clueing me in to the other three.

  • Adolph Pavel

    How to Read A Book—Mortimer Adler
    The Victory of Reason—Rodney Stark
    Total Truth—Nancy Pearcey
    Saving Leonardo—Nancy Pearcey
    The Book That Made Your World—Mangalwadl Vishal

    • Oh, yes, Adolph. I’d forgotten about that Adler book. It’s really a great title. Thanks for this list.

  • Gaby De Villiers Botha

    Desiring God-John Piper
    The knowledge of the Holy-AW Tozer
    How to study your Bible-Kay Arthur
    Systematic Theology -Wayne Grudem
    Reason for God-Tim Keller

    • I have used Kay Arthur’s Precept Inductive Study Bible for many, many years. I love the format.

  • Doug Johnson

    The Greatest Salesman in the World – by Og Mandino
    Letters to a Sceptic – by Greg Boyd
    Mere Christianity – by C. S. Lewis
    Finding God at Harvard – Monroe
    The Light and Glory – I forget the Author

  • jean milliken

    Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton
    When The Soul Listens by Jan Johnson
    Water from a Deep Well by Gerald Sittser
    The Strategy of Christ by Dr. Dann Spader
    The Knowledge of The Holy by A.W. Tozer
    The Path of Suffering by Elisabeth Elliott
    For the Love of God by D.A. Carson
    The Way of Agape..Understanding God’s Love by Chuck Missler

    • You have some great, great titles here, Jean. I enjoyed the Tozer book as well. Thanks.

  • Don

    Out of the Depths -Restoring Fellowship with God by Marty Lloyd-Jones (Crossway Books)

    Emracing Onscurity by Anonymous

    Radical by David Platt

    • Yes, Don, Lloyd-Jones was a tremendous theologian and author. Thanks for these titles.

  • Mary-Beth Goetzke

    Seven Habit of Highly Effective People
    Atlas Shrugged
    Getting Things Done
    The Knowledge of the Holy
    How To Read A Book

    • I love several of these as well, Mary-Beth. I’ve read all of them but Atlas. Would love to know what you enjoyed about that title.

      • Renee VonBergen

        I’ll let Mary-Beth reply to the question you asked her about Atlas Shrugged, but will chime in to recommend reading it (or at least listening to the unabridged audio edition).

        • I’m intrigued. I’ve heard of the book forever. 🙂

        • WOW, Renee. I just looked at the unabridged audio version. It’s a 63-hour audiobook! Not sure I can do that. The whole Bible is 89 hours. 🙂

          • Renee VonBergen

            Ha! Is it?! I listened when I had a job with a long commute. I knew the book was weighty (literally)–too thick for me to read without getting distracted by something shinier along the way. I have many non-Christian friends who frequently referred to it so I finally jumped in–so the audio version was the way to go.

            I liked how the book tried to show how the language and practice of equality and the common good and productivity can be warped by a populace so that things originally of virtuous intent are corrupted into vices that feed those in power, made possible by the deception of that populace. As Christians, we sometimes fall prey to such things rather than exercising discernment.

            What I didn’t like, but was willing to overlook for the main message I took away, was that Ayn Rand exalts mankind above God, and was hypocritical in describing self-centeredness and hedonism as virtues at the expense of keeping promises (which is hardly virtuous). This, I think, is the part of the debate over Rand’s philosophy that doesn’t get discussed often enough.

            Good to know the Bible is 89 hours. I’m reading it straight through this year. Maybe next year I can take on the audio version!

          • Thanks for that insight, Renee. I have read Rand’s book about writing and found some good info about the craft, but like you, I found it full of contradictions that had as their intent a slam on God. Thanks again.

  • Michael Flynn

    The Same Kind of Different as Me
    Ron Hall. Denver Moore

    What Difference Do It Make
    Hall. Moore. Vincent

    A Savior Worth Having
    EV Hill

    In The Footsteps of Jesus
    Bruce Marchiano

    Fresh Wind Fresh Fire
    Jim Cymbala

    • Thanks, Michael. It’s good to see a few titles I’ve never seen before. Excellent.

  • C Schilling

    Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, Lois Tverberg
    Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, Ann Spangler & Lois Tverberg
    His Hallowed Name Revealed Again, Keith Johnson
    A Prayer to Our Father, Nehemia Gordon & Keith Johnson

    • Your love for Israel is clear, C! Thanks for sharing these titles with us.

  • M Copas

    Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim
    Kingdom of Priests by Eugene Merrill
    The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancey
    What’s so Amazing about Grace by Phillip Yancey
    The Sacred Bridge by Rainey and Notley

    • I can tell you heart is inclined toward the Holy Land—as is mine. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these.

  • Jeff Buchholz

    Grace Awakening- Charles R. Swindoll
    World Aflame- Billy Graham
    Heaven- Randy Alcorn
    Spiritual Leadership- J. Oswald Sanders
    Experiencing God- Henry T. Blackaby

    • Ah, yes, Jeff. That first one is on my list too, I have to say. Thanks much.

  • Marion Lou

    Covenant & Blessings – Andrew Murray
    Andrew Murray on Prayer
    Holiest of All – Andrew Murray
    The Woman Rides The Beast – Dave Hunt
    New Covenant Unveiled – David Wilkerson

    • Andrew Murray is a fine author, Marion. I enjoy his writing as well. Thanks.

  • Don

    Leadership and the Customer Revolution – Heil
    Lying – Sam Harris
    On Becoming a Leader – Bennis
    Seven Habits of Highly Successful People – Covey

    • I really liked the Bennis and Covey books as well, Don. Thanks.

  • Cyndee McB

    One Thousand Gifts – Ann Voskamp
    Made to Crave – Lysa TerKeurst
    The Butterfly Effect – Andy Andrews
    God Works the Night Shift – Ron Mehl
    Diary of Private Prayer – John Baillie

    • Thanks, Cyndee. I’ve heard of several of these. What is the Butterfly Effect about?

      • Cyndee McB

        If you have a few minutes, Andy Andrews has a video on YouTube that explains it and is very enjoyable to view, as well. The book is basically about how everything we do matters…just like the flap of a butterfly’s wings.

  • Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
    The Call – Os Guinness
    Boundaries – Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend
    The Reason for God – Timothy Keller
    My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers

    I wrote a two-part post on my blog about the Ten Books that Impacted my Life Most. It was hard to limit the list to ten. At the time I didn’t rank them, but to give you my top 5, I had to do some more thinking about which 5 would make the cut to answer your question.

    I look forward to reading your compilation and analysis of the ideas from your readers!

    • Thanks, Laura. It’s always wonderful to see what books God has used to change lives—so many different ones for different people!

  • Mitch Sorensen

    The Kingdom, Power, & Glory – Chuck and Nancy Missler
    The Power of the Blood Covenant – Malcolm Smith
    One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven – Mark Cahill
    The Way Of the Master – Ray Comfort
    Radical – David Platt

    • Thanks for your list, Mitch. I love seeing some titles I’ve not seen before.

      • Mitch Sorensen

        On a side note, we are here working with James Arnold. Unofficially, as we don’t have a sending church, but our effort is to fulfill the Great Commission. God bless you as you serve Him.


        • How wonderful, Mitch! James is a marvelous man whom I love. Give him a hug, will you?

  • Joni Halpin

    The Grace Awakening by Chuck Swindoll
    Knowing God by J.I. Packer
    Basic Christianity by John Stott
    Boundaries by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend
    Codependent No More by Melodie Beatty

    • These are all great titles, Joni. The first one will be on my list too. 🙂 Thanks for sending them.

  • Rev. Bill Reeves

    The Joy Discovery Oletta Wald
    Teaching techniques of Jesus, Herman Horne
    Sit, Walk, Stand Watchman Nee
    Before I Forget Wilbur Smith – bio of a book lover
    How Then Shall I Live Francis Schaeffer

    • Those are great titles, Bill. Thanks for sharing them with me.

  • Kayleen ferguson

    One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
    Halftime by Bob Buford
    Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus by Wayne Stiles (last two are part of the inspiration for our student Israel trip)
    Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler

  • Renee VonBergen

    Knowing God: J I Packer
    The Joy of Knowing God: Richard L Strauss
    The Screwtape Letters: C S Lewis
    Standing Together: Howard Hendricks
    Your Adversary, The Devil: Dwight Pentecost

    • Great, great titles, Renee. The Pentecost volume is really helpful. Thanks.

  • Felix Moses

    1. A Daily Guide to Miracles by Bro. Oral Roberts

    2. They Speak With Other Tongues By John Sherrill

    3. Gifts of the Holy Spirit by Bro. D.G.S. Dhinakaran

  • David Hinz

    1. Howard Hendricks – Living by the Book
    2. Haddon Robinson – Biblical Preaching
    3. D.A. Carson – Exegetical Fallacies
    4. Dan Wallace – Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics
    5. Barry Beitzel – New Moody Atlas of the Bible
    Each of these books continue to impact my studying, thinking, and ministry.

    • These are all superb titles, David. We’re from the same tribe. 🙂

  • Tom Minter

    He That Is Spiritual by Lewis Sperry Chafer

    Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

    Through Gates of Splendor & Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliott

    The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer

    New Testament Commentaries by William Barclay

    • Thanks, Tom, for including these! Your inclusion of the Lewis title will make the “top” list next week. I have read the Chafer book too, and it’s really good.

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  • LKO

    Sorry – I can’t limit this list to just 5 books. These have all profoundly ministered to me in different and difficult seasons:
    Experiencing God – Henry T Blackaby and Richard Blackaby
    Boundaries – Henry Cloud and John Townsend
    Shattered Dreams – Larry Crabb
    Disappointment with God – Phillip Yancey
    Walking with God through Pain and Suffering – Tim Keller
    A Shelter in the Time of Storm: Meditations on God and Trouble – Paul David Tripp (ANYTHING he writes is excellent!)
    Waiting on God – Wayne Stiles (not just trying to make you feel good – it is an excellent book)
    Trusting God – Jerry Bridges

    • These are some GREAT titles, LKO. Thanks for adding them. Just the titles alone speak of the seasons you’ve walked through. I’m glad you’ve been ministered to with these books.

  • Deboraugh

    Waking the Dead

    • Indeed, Deboraugh, where would we be without the resurrection of Jesus? Thanks for the book recommendation.

  • Itoo jenny

    Thank you very much Wayne for the spiritual nourishment. I feel so lucky to discover about you…may the Almighty continue to inspire you as you continue to inspire us. Some of the books that have really helped me include; 1. Where is God when bad things happen by Horace O. Duke 2. You Can You Will by Joel Osteen 3. Why turn to Jesus 4. You are not rejected 5. Waiting on God by Wayne Stiles. Once more am so much privileged to be part of your program.

  • Adrienne Combs

    The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
    Through Gates of Splendor, Elisabeth Elliot
    A Chance to Die, Elisabeth Elliot
    The Insanity of God, Nik Ripkin
    The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg
    Radical, David Platt

    • Those are some great authors, Adrienne. Really good. Thanks for sharing.

  • Edwin Richiez

    Comformed to His Image, Kenneth Boa
    Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster
    The Ultimate Voice, Oral Roberts
    Plans, Purposes, and Pursuits, Kenneth Hagin
    The Kingdom and the Power, Gary Greig

    • I love that Disciplines book, Edwin. Thanks for including these. God bless.