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Signs of Life Books, 722 Mass., has put together a "Terrific Ten," which it describes as "10 books we think belong in everyone's library."They are:¢ "Desiring God" by John Piper¢ "True Spirituality" by Francis Schaeffer¢ "Trusting God" by Jerry Bridges¢ "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis¢ "The Confessions" by St. Augustine¢ "Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer¢ "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas á Kempis¢ "Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan¢ "Prayer" by Richard Foster¢ "Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother LawrenceWhat do you think of this list? Which faith-related books - including those not representing Christianity - would you recommend?_ - Faith Files, which examines issues of faith, spirituality, morals and ethics, is updated by features/faith reporter Terry Rombeck. Have an idea for the blog? Contact Terry at trombeck@ljworld.com, or 832-7145._

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Bradley Menze 10 years, 8 months ago

Desiring God and Mere Christianity are great. So is cost of discipleship. Bonhoeffer was an amazing man.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 8 months ago

"Books" on DVD (for the alternative crowd, the true- and the non-believers)...

Danielson: A Family Movie (wow)-Sufjan Stevens fans, take notice

Jesus Camp (whoa)

'nuff said!

blessed3x 10 years, 8 months ago

If you are a father with sons, you should read "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge. What a refreshing look at not only being a parent, but being a man. It is an insight into what we have lost as men and what our sons are looking to attain.

Alia Ahmed 10 years, 8 months ago

Does anyone have a suggestion of good Christian books that are written by women?

interestedparty 10 years, 8 months ago

Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy B. Tyson. This is a book about race, about faith, about redemption--a must read for Christians and others alike. It is the true story of a 1970 racially motivated murder and the aftermath in a small town in North Carolina. The author's father is a United Methodist minister who is serving a church in the town when the murder occurs. BDSMN challenges all of us to wrestle with our understandings about race, about God and about each other.

This book has gotten great reviews and has won many awards. You can check it out at amazon.com or some other on line vendor if you want to know more.

JackKats 10 years, 8 months ago

It is interesting that the Bible did not make the list.

gogoplata 10 years, 8 months ago

The Biography of George Muller is my favorite.

interestedparty 10 years, 8 months ago

She Who Is by Elizabeth Johnson. It is not a light read, but is well worth the effort.

kugrad 10 years, 8 months ago

An excellent book on the history of the written text of the Bible is "Misquoting Jesus," by Bart D. Ehreman (who, incidentally, grew up in Lawrence). Don't let the title scare you, this is a book EVERY Christian should read. There is no other book like it available to the general public. It will help you understand what source material exists, how the common versions of the Bible were developed, and much, much more. It is a fantastic book that I highly recommend.

alm77 10 years, 8 months ago

Logan, Stormie Ormartan has written The Power of the Praying Wife and The Power of the Praying Husband. I think she did one about praying for your kids too, but I only read the first two. Also, Elisabeth Elliot wrote Through Gates of Splendor which is a true story about her husband who was a missionary to the Auca Indians of Ecuador

kugrad 10 years, 8 months ago

Does anyone remember the book(s) "Little Visits with God?" They were popular for children when I was young. I think they are still good for kids because they teach Christian values such as empathy and compassion in short stories

dlkrm 10 years, 8 months ago

Ehreman is a charlatan "academic" who writes several hundred page diatribes with almost no references. He has been unmasked by many as a "Jesus seminar wannabe", neither a scholar on Christianity nor a person with much original or important to say.

interestedparty 10 years, 8 months ago

Bart Ehrman will be in Lawrence in April of 2008 for a weekend of lectures and talks. You can then judge for yourself about whether he is a scholar or charlatan as dlkrm claims. These claims against Ehrman are typically made by fundamentalist Christians whose whole faith is based on the false notion that the Bible is the literal word of God handed down from God's mouth to man's pen. These folks tend to be threatened by any academic exploration of scripture because the idea that it is to be taken literally just doesn't hold up to academic scrutiny--by Ehrman or anybody else. It makes sense to be defensive if you have built your faith upon a foundation that just doesn't hold up.

I don't mean this to be directed at dlkrm, as he/she does not reveal the sources upon which his/her comments are based. But, I suspect if you check it out, the criticism of Ehrman comes from those who are trying to convince themselves and others that fundamentalism is the "true" Christian perspective when in actuality this "brand" of Christianity is a modern, American invention. Christianity is far stronger and scripture is far more powerful than this kind of narrow understanding allows.

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