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25 Books Every Christian Should Read

by Julia L. Roller

What are the 25 essential books for the Christian devotional life?

In 25 Books Every Christian Should Read, Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Phyllis Tickle, Chris Webb, and a diverse editorial board of leaders have identified the most helpful and historic books for Christian discipleship and created a resource that helps us make the most of them. With sizable excerpts from each book, 25 Books helps individual readers and small groups get a taste of and work through the most important books for formation in Christlikeness. It is a reader’s guide for the devotional history of the Church. From On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius to Pensées by Blaise Pascal to The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen, this list and this resource will lead you on a journey of discipleship that few in the history of the Church have experienced and help you become like Jesus.

25 Books includes in each chapter:

  • a thorough overview of the book
  • insight into why it is an essential classic
  • guidance for your reading
  • an extended excerpt (twice as long as Renovaré’s Devotional Classics)
  • a Study Guide for each book

25 Books also includes a list and annotated bibliography of vital contemporary authors (Richard Foster, Wendell Berry, etc.) and "My Personal Top 5" lists from the editorial board and other established and up-and-coming Christian leaders.