3BoT Vol. 2: Three Books Every Christian Should Read
Thursday, November 3, 2011Tweet
The first Thursday of every month, I share three related book recommendations with you. You are invited to link up at the end of the post with three recommendations of your own! Click here for more information about Three Books on Thursday.
This month I'm sharing three books I would recommend to anyone who identifies as Christian.
I love this book because the author talks about Christianity as it's lived in the "real world"; i.e., if you don’t spend 100% of your time with other Christians. It's essentially a book of stories, of small moments weaved together as he tries to make sense of God and life. He tries to understand what dating is supposed to look like as a Christian. He tells the story of a friend who rarely goes to church but is absolutely adamant about giving 10% of his money back to God. There's a chapter called "Church: How I Go Without Getting Angry." It's all raw and beautifully written, and while you may not agree with everything he says, I bet at least some of it will resonate deeply with you.
I wrote about this book at length in another post, so I'll try not to repeat myself too much. Essentially the author spent a year trying to follow every single thing in the Bible. And found it's impossible. Even the various groups who claim to follow the Bible literally do things completely differently and put emphasis on some verses over others. This book raises questions I think every Christian should wrestle with, such as, Am I trying to follow everything in the Bible? Do I believe that's even possible? If not, what should I focus on? Do I want to decide that for myself or let someone else tell me what to focus on? Can I really judge another Christian for making that decision differently?
You know how there are some conversations that people have been having for hundreds of years and will continue to have well into the future? This is one of them. These two men are friends and very respectful of each other's beliefs, but also both extremely well-versed in their own religious tradition's beliefs and reasons for those beliefs, and they hash them out for everyone to read. What struck me when I was reading this book is how the seemingly vast differences between these two traditions can be reduced to just a few very small disagreements, yet about beliefs so fundamental that they spawn every other teaching in these faiths. If you want to understand how two denominations that both call themselves Christian can look so different, but don't want to wade through insults and judgment to get there, this is the book for you.
What other books do you wish every Christian would read? Share them in comments!
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