Top 5 Books Formative to My Faith (That Aren’t The Bible)

Being officially free from my master’s degree program, I finally have time to focus on my blogging again! This is one of my blogs which made it through the last cut and I am planning to publish this blog the first Sunday of every month from here on (with a break in November and December).

That said, my freedom has also let me have the time to read books which I’ve not been assigned (or assigned myself). In the spirit of that, here are the top five books which have been most formative to my faith:

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The first book is written by C.S. Lewis, a personal hero of mine. This particular book makes a case for Christianity from the position of a former atheist and then covers what, as a Christian, are the very basics you ought to believe in— regardless of denomination.

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller

The second book, while I actually disagree with parts as I’ve grown, paints a great picture of a way to have a healthy marriage. It was the first book my wife and I read together; even though there are parts we don’t hold to, the most important lesson from it is one which can be applied to life in general: the worst enemy of my marriage is my own selfishness.

The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper

This one is the sort of book I love to read: I love to read books about books, movies, and television shows. This passion is probably why I went for a Masters in Literature and Culture. This book makes for a great way to reveal the stories from television and movies within a Christian light— without watering down the message of either (as often happens in other Christian works).

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The first fiction of the list is also the darkest and may not be for you if you can’t handle particularly heavy material which would be at home on HBO (or on Starz, as it has a series now). However, American Gods is a dark look at how our faith give shape and power to our beliefs, creating both “good” and “evil” deities from world mythologies.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I realize that it’s cheating to put an entire series in the place of one book, but every book in the Harry Potter series are still some of the most important I’ve read in my life. Stories based on friendship, courage, and learning making the world a better place in the face of xenophobia and racism are stories we need.

Thank you for reading! As a quick note: I am not a paid affiliate with any of these books or their publishers. I just really like the books. What are the books which have been formative to your faith? Let me know in the comments below!

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