Top 10 Empowering Christian Books

These are some of the most inspiring Christian books I’ve ever read. These books are suitable for the new and seasoned Christian. If you’re looking for an amazing pass-time read, I highly recommend the following:

1.   The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness – Timothy J. Keller

This is the ultimate book to set every egotistical mind straight. Thinner than your average magazine, this book is straightforward and absolutely life-changing. A must read for every Christian.

Some of my favorite quotes:

·       “...the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.” 

·       “Because He loves me and He accepts me, I do not have to do things just to build up my résumé. I do not have to do things to make me look good. I can do things for the joy of doing them.”

·       “Both low self-esteem and pride are horrible nuisances to our own future and to everyone around us.” 

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2.   Sacred Pathways – Gary L. Thomas

Another must read for every Christian. This book teaches us the undeniable truth that we were all created to worship God uniquely, and not one preference is better than the other. A fun aspect of this book is that you’ll be able to discern your top sacred pathways. I’ve written an in-depth summary on the book if you’re curious, but you should still purchase the actual book for yourself. I strongly believe that if every Christ believer internalized this book, less churches will have split and more love will be shown within the family of God.

Some of my favorite quotes:

·       “God wants to know the real you, not a caricature of what somebody else wants you to be. He created you with a certain personality and a certain spiritual temperament. God wants your worship, according to the way He made you.”

·       “Finding fulfillment in God is the most powerful antidote to any sin.” 

·       “Ultimately, it’s a matter of spiritual nutrition. Many Christians have never been taught how to ‘feed’ themselves spiritually. They live on a starvation diet and then are surprised that they always seem so ‘hungry.’” 

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3.   Jesus Feminist – Sarah Bessey

With quite the controversial title, this book seems to deter a lot of Christians. But boy, am I glad I picked it up and gave it a chance! I never knew how much of a sexist I thought God to be before I learned the truth about how He views his beloved daughters. Did you know that Paul’s ministry was financially supported by an entrepreneurial woman? And that there’s a ministry couple who led together named Aquila and Priscilla? Did you know that the patriarchy was a direct result of the fall? If not, you need to pick up this book and learn about the true ways in which men and women were created equal under God. Goodbye sexist theologies that force us to live under the cursed rules of the fall!

Some of my favorite quotes:

·        “The lack of women among the twelve disciples isn't prescriptive or a precedent for exclusion of women any more than the choice of twelve Jewish men excludes Gentile men from leadership.”

·       “It's a scary thing, a life-changing, paradigm-shifting thing, to honestly ask yourself this question: Am I moving with God to rescue, restore, and redeem humanity? Or am I clinging fast, eyeteeth clenched, to an imperfect world's habits and cultural customs, in full knowledge of injustice or imperfections, living at odds with God's dream for his daughters and sons?” 

·       “I look forward to the day when women with leadership and insight, gifts and talents, callings and prophetic leanings are called out and celebrated as Deborah, instead of silenced as Jezebel.” 

·       “Women have more to offer the church than mad decorating skills or craft nights.”

·       “Patriarchy is not God's dream for humanity.” 

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4.   Love Does – Bob Goff

I actually met Bob in person when he preached at my friend’s school. After his message, I knew immediately that I had to read his book. Bob lives such a fearless, whimsical, and inspiring life. When he says he’ll do something, he’ll do it. When God tells him to drop a decade’s worth of work to start on something new, he doesn’t think twice. It’s incredible. This book inspires you to live that way for God. Love Does was perhaps the most positive, hilarious, and touching Christian book I’ve ever read.

Some of my favorite quotes:

·       “I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I'm more afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter.” 

·       “I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them.” 

·       “I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.”

·       “...love is never stationary.” 

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5.   A Tale of Three Kings – Gene Edwards

Donned the modern-day C.S. Lewis, Gene Edwards’ rendition of the story of King David will leave you tingling with goosebumps. It’s an extraordinary story of perseverance, failures, and redemption. Follow Edwards to the ancient throne of King David, the imperfect man after God’s own heart.

Some of my favorite quotes:

·       “[David] seemed to understand something that few of even the wisest men of his day understood...God wanted a broken vessel.” 

·       “’No,’ he said, now in a voice with a touch of eloquence, ‘authority from God is not afraid of challengers, makes no defense, and cares not one whit if it must be dethroned.’”

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6.   Undaunted – Christine Caine

Christine Caine is one of my top heroines of today. Her book, Undaunted, captures the essence of what it means to live a fearless, missional life for Jesus. In this book, Christine beautifully (and sometimes, hilariously) recounts her astonishing childhood surprises, and how a life of such wonderfully shocking adventures led her to ultimately discover the humanitarian rescue team, A21.

Some of my favorite quotes:

·       “[Loosen] up your life enough to be ready for interruptions. Don't structure your days so rigidly that you lock out God from working with you in the middle of them.”

·       “You need to return to the truth of God's Word that will last forever, not meditate on circumstance that will fade and change.

·       It is this truth that enables us to go into the future undaunted.”

·       “It is one thing to be awakened to injustice and quite another to be willing to be inconvenienced and interrupted to do something about it.” 

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7.   Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering – Timothy J. Keller

Needless to say, Tim Keller is one of my favorite Christian authors. This book has given me such a profound and biblical perspective of suffering that I had never really understood before. He breaks down the topic of suffering philosophically as well as theologically, and then ends each chapter with a written testimony of a person who has suffered and has found hope in Christ. This book has gotten me through my pain in a more gracious way than I ever could have on my own. It’s a true gift from the Lord.

Some of my favorite quotes:

·       “Hope comes not in the solution to the problem but in focusing on Christ, who facilitates the change.”

·       “In short, theism without certainty of salvation or resurrection is far more disillusioning in the midst of pain than is atheism. When suffering, believing in God thinly or in the abstract is worse than not believing in God at all.”

·       “We see ourselves as able to control our own destiny, able to discern for ourselves what is right and wrong, and we see God as obligated to arrange things for our benefit, especially if we live a good enough life according to our own chosen standards. Sociologist Christian Smith calls this mindset ‘moralistic, therapeutic deism […] And this secularized belief in God, or this residue of Christianity, may be the worst possible preexisting condition in which to encounter suffering.”

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8.   The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis

I’ll be completely honest—I never finished this book. I just couldn’t. I struggled about three-fourths of the way through and just had to pick up a different book because I couldn’t continue to call Jesus “the Enemy” anymore. However, the portions that I did read totally wrecked me because I saw just how gracious, loving, and forgiving God really was… through the eyes of a demon. This book gives you incredible insight on the plans of the evil one to steal, kill, and destroy. I heard it has a mind-blowing ending, too. Let me know if you love it!

Some of my favorite quotes:

·       “Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts…”

·       “The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.”

·       “A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.”

·       “Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.” 

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9.   Soul Detox – Craig Groeschel

I read Soul Detox earlier in my Christian walk and I loved it so much that I highlighted the whole book. Similar to how we have to rid our bodies of toxins for it to reach optimal health, we have to detoxify our souls to relinquish bitterness. This book is perfect for those who are overwhelmed or hurting.

Some of my favorite quotes:

·       “Bitterness never draws us closer to God. Bitterness is a nonproductive, toxic emotion, usually resulting from resentment over unmet needs.” 

·       “The problem is that many bitter people don't know they are bitter. since they are so convinced that they are right, they can't see their own wrong in the mirror. And the longer the root of bitterness grows, the more difficult it is to remove.” 

·       “Being in the wrong place never helps you do the right thing”

·       “If someone has been trying to show you something about yourself and you continue to fight it, maybe it’s time to acknowledge that you might be deceived.”

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10.  Boundaries – Henry Cloud

When it comes to empowering reads, I think there is none more life-changing than Boundaries. This book has taught me so much about my own upbringing, character, and false aspirations. Simply put, I learned the painful truth that loved ones are not extensions of myself, and I am not the extensions of my loved ones. No one is responsible for me except myself, and I am not responsible for anyone else. We are only responsible to others, not for others. We are not created to rescue or save. We are created to love.

Some of my favorite quotes:

·       “We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change.”

·       “There is a big difference between hurt and harm. We all hurt sometimes in facing hard truths, but it makes us grow. It can be the source of huge growth. That is not harmful. Harm is when you damage someone. Facing reality is usually not a damaging experience, even though it can hurt.”

·       “The sad thing is that many of us come to Christ because we are sinners, and then spend the rest of our lives trying to pretend that we are not!”

·       “We can't manipulate people into swallowing our boundaries by sugarcoating them. Boundaries are a ‘litmus test’ for the quality of our relationships. Those people in our lives who can respect our boundaries will love our wills, our opinions, our separateness. Those who can't respect our boundaries are telling us that they don't love our nos. They only love our yeses, our compliance. ‘I only like it when you do what I want.’” 

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Needless to say, after listing all of these books, I feel the urge to read them all again. There isn’t one on this list that I wouldn’t read for a second, third, or even fourth time! Honestly, if you’re looking to grow in your faith, do yourself a favor and pick up one of these books. I can’t say enough good things about them!

All the best on your new adventures :)!