A friend asked me if I had such a list to be used to start a church lending library. I did a little research and came up with a quick list of just under 150 books (link below). I'm sure there are gaping holes, so I would like to know what you would add.
One of the many difficulties in creating a list of "best books of all times" for Christian readers is the fact that I haven't read them all myself. Frankly, I'm still in the discovery mode, and I'm sure you are, too. So, if many of you will share what is on your short list, I can compare notes and come up with the most commonly recommended. The more recommendations we have from as many sources as possible the better this list will be.
Such a short list should include titles covering the following categories:
- books for every age group
- books for both men and women
- books from the church fathers to modern authors
- books from a variety of cultural perspectives (this reminds me: for this project I suppose we should narrow this list to the English language, and assume a broad, American/European, melting-pot culture)
- books covering at least the following categories:
- Bible Study Aids
- books on Christianity and Culture
- books on Church History
- good Fiction
- books on Marriage & Family
- books on Mission
- books for Pastoral Ministry
- books on Spiritual Formation
- books on key Theological topics
Here is a link to my initial list of "best books": Core List. This list was compiled by using the Core List for the bookstore at my home church (Trinity), a list from Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, a list from Tim Keller at Redeemer Church, and a couple other smaller lists I found. Your feedback will be appreciated. Thank you.