Saturday, September 29, 2012

Seven of ten

Assuming the Bible and excluding devotional works and classics of the faith, James Emery White proposes composing a list of ten books that would qualify as "mainstream, accessible to the average reader, and offering foundational help to anyone’s walk with Christ." He suggests seven, and asks his readers to recommend three more. His is a very good selection, at least based on the five I know. I haven't read the Gordon MacDonald title or Philip Yancey's What's So Amazing About Grace but everything else I've read by Yancey, especially Disappointment with God, was very good. Several of White's commenters suggest Timothy Keller's The Reason for God, a choice which I would enthusiastically support. His seven, alphabetical by author:
Friesen, Gary. Decision Making and the Will of God.
Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity.
MacDonald, Gordon. Ordering Your Private World.
Packer, J.I. Knowing God.
Stott, John R.W. Basic Christianity.
ten Boom, Corrie. The Hiding Place.
Yancey, Philip. What's So Amazing About Grace?
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