There have been many books throughout the years that have profoundly affected my walk with Christ in one way or another. I realize there is a lot of personal preference when it comes to books. Other people have read some of these books and gotten nothing out of them. I have read books other people have raved about and didn't feel anything at all. So, take these with a grain of salt! These are some books that have changed me: my theology, how I view God, how I view myself, etc.
1. "The Ragamufin Gospel"
by Brennan Manning
Oh my, this was the cream of the crop for me. If you're a "good girl" like me, or a perfectionist like me, or someone who struggles with feeling the urge to perform for God (again, like me) then you need to read this. Nothing made me understand true grace better than this book.
2. "Chronicles of Narnia"
by C.S. Lewis
Side note: I was very upset when the movies came out and Lucy was not a blond (she was in the books). I love Georgie Henley and think she did a good job, but she's not blond!
John and Stasi Eldredge
Yep, I rode this bandwagon in college. John Eldredge's books were flying off the shelves in my early 20's and I read (and loved) every one of them. I have a poet's heart so I could identify with John's writing style, which I've heard can be a little too much for some people. This was a great read for me at the time when I was single and longing to be pursued because the book speaks to that ache of a woman's heart really well. I wonder how I would respond to it if I read it now; perhaps I need to test that?
4. "Blue Like Jazz"
by Donald Miller
I know a lot of people have issues with Donald Miller, and with this book, but for me it was really essential to get me out of my cultural theology and into actual theology. If you grew up in the Bible Belt, you need to read this. I grew up in a "You can't be a Christian and not be a Republican" culture, and this book really helped me break beyond the religious-ness of "Christianity", especially the Southern kind. "Blue Like Jazz" was really influential in helping me grasp what following Christ really looked like.
5. "One Thousand Gifts"
by Ann Voskamp
I read this book this past summer and while it was a little hard to get into at first, I am so glad I stuck with it. She totally changed my heart and transformed my mind in regards to gratitude. A fantastic read that I highly recommend, especially to women as we so easily fall prey to comparing ourselves and our lives to others.
6. "Disappointment with God"
by Philip Yancey
If you haven't been disappointed with God at least once in your life, I challenge that you are either A) in denial, or B) not really walking with God. This book helped me heal and see God for who He is, and not just who I imagined Him to be. Great, great read.