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Books That Have Made a Difference

I saw this idea on another blog and as all good bloggers, I am going to steal it. There have been may books that I have read that have shaped me in life and more importantly furthered my faith. This is not an exhaustive list and I hope that you will comment and leave your favorites (This way I can add to my reading list, not that I need too since mine is miles long at the moment).



  • The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis (I owe my love of reading to this series)
  • Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling
  • The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell
  • Children of God – Mary Doria Russel
  • Home – Marilynne Robinson
  • The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Space Trilogy – C.S. Lewis
  • Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
  • The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
  • The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray BradburyMiller
  • East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  • The Road – Cormac  McCarthy

Christian Classics:

  • Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
  • The Weight of Glory – C.S. Lewis
  • The Abolition of Man – C.S. Lewis
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning
  • Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper
  • Christian Theology – Millard Erikson


  • The Confessions – St. Augustine
  • Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
  • A Severe Mercy – Sheldon Vanauken

Christian Life and Though:

  • The Reason for God – Timothy Keller
  • Fathered by God – John Eldredge
  • Gospel – JD Greear
  • Jesus+Nothing = Everything – Tullian Tchividjian
  • The Meaning of Marriage – Timothy Keller
  • Searching for God Knows What – Donald Miller
  • Celebration of Discipline –  Richard Foster
  • Prodigal  God – Timothy Keller
  • The Book of Romance –  Tommy Nelson
  • A Tale of Three Kings – Gene Edwards
  • Counterfeit Gods – Timothy Keller
  • The Christian Atheist – Craig Groeschel
  • King’s Cross – Timothy Keller
  • Crazy Love – Francis Chan
  • Waking the Dead – John Eldredge
  • Generous Justice – Timothy Keller
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – Donald Miller
  • One Thousand Gifts – Ann Voskamp
  • Longing to Know – Esther Lightcap Meek
Lastly, this is not a book, but they have had such an impact on me for so many years I would be remiss if I did not mention them; Caedmon’s Call. This band has been my constant companion for the struggles and joys of life. Their honest, real-life lyrics have sustained and fed me in the darkest of moments. Each album has had an impact and is a mile-marker for me. I can pull out any of them and have it speak to me anew; this is due the weight of the lyrics and the timelessness of the music. So I encourage you to check them out listen with an attentive ear.
There are most likely so many books I have left out; what would you add to the list and why?

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