Figuring out good books to read is a lifelong pursuit. Very few of the books I read are those I would recommend. It takes a lot of reading to find gems. If you’re looking for great books, this post will help.
Last week I asked you to share with me what books have helped you most (other than the Bible). I got some wonderful responses, and I’ll summarize these into a “Best Of” list.
I also mentioned that I’d share the top 5 books to read that have most impacted me.
So, here are both lists.
My Readers’ Top Books to Read
I received about about 100 different recommended titles. Some great books! Because only 8 of them ranked more than once, I only included those (so no “Top 10”). Most of the remaining 90+ titles also looked good, and you can see those in the comments section of that post.
Here are the top 8 books you recommended (listed alphabetically by title). I have read all of them (except the Tim Keller book), and I agree they are excellent:
- The Grace Awakening, by Charles R. Swindoll
- How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler
- Knowing God, by J. I. Packer
- The Knowledge of the Holy, by A. W. Tozer
- Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis
- One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp
- The Reason for God, by Timothy Keller
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey
My Own Top 5 Books to Read
Like you, I have no clue how many books I’ve read. Hundreds for sure. These include books on theology, music, history, biography, and even woodworking.
In no particular order, these five books are titles that have had a huge benefit to me either spiritually, professionally, or personally. (I have another page for my “best of” list for biblical geography books.)
- Essentialism, by Greg McKeown (personal)
- The Effective Executive, by Peter Drucker (professional)
- The Grace Awakening, by Charles R. Swindoll (spiritually)
- A Tale of Three Kings, by Gene Edwards (professional/personal)
- Sacred Marriage, by Gary Thomas (personal)
So, if you’re looking for some great books to read, look no further! These are some great titles.