5 Books Every Christian Needs To Read

Have you been thinking about that next book you want to read? Here are 5 books I’ve read that have significantly impacted my walk with God. These are books I recommend every Christian should read. Enjoy!

1. The Bait of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense by John Bevere

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Summary:

Are you compelled to tell your side of the story?
Do you fight thoughts of suspicion or distrust?
Are you constantly rehearsing past hurts?
Have you lost hope because of what someone did to you?

The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God–offense. This trap restrains countless Christians, severs relationships, and widens the gulfs between us. Jesus said, “It is impossible that no offenses should come” (Luke 17:1). Although you will encounter offense, you can choose how you will react.

In this new twentieth anniversary edition, John Bevere shows you how to identify the traps ahead of you and escape the victim mentality. With declaration-style prayers and testimonials from people whose lives have been changed by his message, this book will inspire you to stay free from offense and its destructive power.

Don’t let anyone affect your relationship with God!

2. Under Cover: The Promise of Protection Under His Authority by John Bevere

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Summary:

This well loved writer effectively uses his personal mistakes to illustrate riveting truths about repentance and forgiveness. As he focuses on the true authority of God, he is careful to explain by example the important difference between “submission” and “obedience.”

The same struggle with divine authority is also represented through the lives of John the Baptist, the Apostle Paul, and other biblical figures. An especially helpful book for Christians who want to develop a serious pursuit of God.

3. Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants by Louie Giglio

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Summary:

Fear. Rejection. Addiction. Anger. Comfort…Must Fall.

It’s likely you have a threatening giant in your life…an adversary or stronghold that’s diminishing your ability to live a full and free life. Frozen in the grip of rejection, fear, anger, comfort, or addiction, we lose sight of the promise God has for our lives. Demoralized and defeated, we settle for far less than his best.

God has a better plan for you, a plan for you to live in victory. That’s why he has silenced your giant once and for all.

In Goliath Must Fall, pastor Louie Giglio uncovers a newfound twist in the classic story of David and Goliath. The key to living free from our giants is not better slingshot accuracy, but keeping our eyes on the one and only giant-slayer—Jesus. Put your hope in him and watch Goliath fall.

4. Play the Man: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be by Mark Batterson

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Summary:

(Note: This book is obviously geared toward men.)

Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It’s into this “no man’s land” that New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson declares his mantra for manhood: play the man.

In this inspiring call to something greater, he helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood. Mark shares inspiring stories of manhood, including the true story of the hero and martyr Polycarp, who first heard the voice from heaven say, “Play the man.” Mark couples those stories with practical ideas about how to disciple the next generation of men. This is more than a book; it’s a movement of men who will settle for nothing less than fulfilling their highest calling to be the man and the father God has destined them to be. Play the man. Make the man.

5. The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life by Robert Morris

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Summary:

Who is the Holy Spirit, and exactly what does He do?

Many people find the Holy Spirit mysterious and confounding.  Why is the third person in the Godhead—the one Jesus said would be the believer’s ultimate source of truth and comfort—the source of such confusion?

In The God I Never Knew, Robert Morris clearly explains that the Holy Spirit’s chief desire is for relationship – to offer us the encouragement and guidance of a trusted friend. This insightful and biblically-based book moves beyond theological jargon, religious tradition, and cultural misconceptions to clarify what the Holy Spirit promises to do in your life:

· Dwell within you
· Be your helper
· Guide you into all truth
· Comfort you
· Pray for you
· Show you things to come
· Never leave you

It’s time to experience the Holy Spirit in a fresh, new way—to meet the God you may have never known.
 
“You will find no better person [than Robert Morris] to introduce you to friendship with the Holy Spirit of the living God.”
—Jack W. Hayford, founder and president of The King’s University
 
This is one of the most balanced approaches to the role of the Holy Spirit that I’ve ever seen.”
—Perry Noble, founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church and author of Unleash!

Includes a small group study guide!

– Aaron

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What books have you read that you would recommend?

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