Top 10 Books – a Christmas Wishlist for the Bibliophile in your life

What to get for the one who has everything (in his library)?  Well, see if he is missing any of these highly recommended reads:


Pilgrim’s Progress

by John Bunyan
Yes, I know this is hardly a new release (originally published in 1687), but next to the Bible, it is the penultimate book for any library.  This allegorical masterpiece has steered more readers onto God’s straight and narrow path than any other book in history.


Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

by Kyle Idleman
Jesus has myriads of fans, but not very many followers.  “If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).  Like a stethoscope to the spiritual heart, this saying of Jesus diagnoses the true state of our relationship with God.
(Warning:  this book will encourage you to die to yourself.)


God’s Smuggler

by Brother Andrew
We are often inspired to greatness by the example of others.  This iconic story of a simple man with great faith doing great deeds motives us to follow in his steps.  Brother Andrew made scores of trips behind the Iron Curtain carrying hundreds of thousands of contraband copies of God’s Word to the spiritually hungry.  His real-life harrowing exploits eclipse your typical action-adventure tale.  (Our pastoral staff at my church is eagerly reading through this book together.)


Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

by Eric Metaxas
Speaking of real-life harrowing exploits, how about the story of a German pastor who stood up to the evils of the Nazi regime, helped smuggle Jews to safety, and eventually gave his life for the cause of Christ?  May his tribe increase.  Go thou and do likewise.



by Abby Johnson
The director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic has a sudden attack of conscience that leads her on a brave journey across the line to become a strident voice for the Pro-Life cause. This biography is real, compassionate, personal and moving.
(Read the full review.)


Heaven is for Real

by Todd Burpo
Out of the mouth of babes…God reminds us Who He is and the place that He has prepared for us. A father tells the true story of his young son’s brush with death, and the subsequent stories of his visit to Heaven. Gripping reading!


Team of Rivals

by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The recent Lincoln movie (not the zombie one) was loosely based on this excellent book. Lincoln had the amazing ability to bring together diametrically opposed personalities to form the unified government that led America through her darkest hour.



by Stephen E. Ambrose
This is an expose of the American soldier of World War II, a war not won by generals, planes or tanks, but by the boots on the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima. There is a reason they are known as the greatest generation.
(Read the full review.)


Love & Respect

by Emerson Eggerichs
It’s called the “crazy cycle”: I don’t show her enough love, so she show me less respect; I feel the lack of respect, and love even less; she feels the lack of love, and disrespects me even more, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Let’s all hop off the crazy cycle, shall we?


Teknon and the CHAMPION Warriors

by Brent Sapp
Rearing a young man who is responsible, brave and pure is a daunting task in our fallen society, but here is one valuable and fun resource for dads and their sons. Give a copy of this book to every family with teen or pre-teen boys.
(Read the full review.)


What books would you add to this list?

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