The best 19 Christian Living books

Embark on a journey of faith and self-discovery with our book list on Christian Living. From profound spiritual insights to practical advice for daily life, these titles offer guidance and inspiration for believers and seekers alike.
Explore topics such as prayer, forgiveness, and finding purpose through the lens of Christian teachings. Whether you're a devoted Christian or simply curious about the faith, these books will deepen your understanding and enrich your spiritual journey.

The best 19 Christian Living books
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Christian Living Books: Wild at Heart  by John Eldredge

Wild at Heart

John Eldredge
Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
3.2 (16 ratings)
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What's Wild at Heart about?

Wild at Heart (2001) invites you on a journey into the wilderness of your own heart. It's a thrilling exploration of authentic masculinity, divine masculinity, and the dance of masculinity and femininity. Get ready to discover your true strength, embrace adventure, and live the life you were meant to live.

Who should read Wild at Heart ?

  • Men seeking self-discovery and personal growth
  • Individuals interested in spirituality and gender
  • Adventurers yearning for deeper understanding of masculinity

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Christian Living Books: The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
3.9 (32 ratings)
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What's The Cost of Discipleship about?

The Cost of Discipleship, first released in 1937, examines the fundamental commitment required to truly follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. It explores the idea of “cheap grace” versus “costly grace,” presenting an argument that genuine discipleship demands a substantial personal sacrifice.

Who should read The Cost of Discipleship?

  • Theology students
  • Practicing Christians
  • Readers interested in religious philosophy

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Christian Living Books: Confessions by Saint Augustine

Confessions

Saint Augustine
3.8 (8 ratings)
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What's Confessions about?

Confessions (A.D. 397-400) is about Saint Augustine’s profound spiritual journey that led him to embrace Christianity. Sparked by self-awareness and a deep internal struggle, it highlights the path to finding divine grace.

Who should read Confessions?

  • Philosophers seeking spiritual insights
  • Believers exploring Christianity
  • Students of theology

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Christian Living Books: Live Not by Lies by

Live Not by Lies

A Manual for Christian Dissidents

What's Live Not by Lies about?

Live Not by Lies is a thought-provoking book that explores the rise of soft totalitarianism in the Western world. Drawing on interviews with dissidents and survivors of communist regimes, author Rod Dreher argues that we are increasingly living in a society where conformity and political correctness are enforced through subtle forms of coercion. He offers practical advice on how to resist this oppressive system and live a life of truth and freedom. This book challenges readers to critically examine the current state of society and consider the consequences of living a lie.

Who should read Live Not by Lies?

  • Individuals seeking to understand the nature of totalitarianism and its impact on society.
  • People interested in learning about historical examples of resistance to oppressive regimes.
  • Readers who wish to explore strategies for maintaining personal freedom and integrity in hostile environments.

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Christian Living Books: It's Not Supposed to Be This Way by

It's Not Supposed to Be This Way

Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered

What's It's Not Supposed to Be This Way about?

In this powerful book, Lysa TerKeurst shares her personal journey of facing unexpected challenges and disappointments, and offers insights and encouragement for anyone struggling with life's unexpected twists and turns. With honesty and vulnerability, she explores how to find hope and faith in the midst of difficult circumstances, and how to embrace a new perspective on life's challenges. It's a must-read for anyone seeking comfort and guidance in times of adversity.

Who should read It's Not Supposed to Be This Way?

  • Individuals facing unexpected challenges and seeking guidance
  • People looking for emotional support and strategies to cope with difficult circumstances
  • Readers who want to find hope and inspiration in the midst of life’s disappointments

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Christian Living Books: In His Steps by

In His Steps

What Would Jesus Do?

What's In His Steps about?

In His Steps is a thought-provoking novel that challenges readers to consider what it truly means to live a life dedicated to following in the footsteps of Jesus. When a small town pastor challenges his congregation to ask themselves "What would Jesus do?" before making any decision, it sets off a chain of events that leads to profound personal and societal transformation. Through its compelling narrative, the book explores themes of faith, social justice, and the power of living out one's beliefs. It is a timeless classic that continues to inspire readers to examine their own actions and choices.

Who should read In His Steps?

  • Readers searching for a thought-provoking and introspective narrative
  • Individuals interested in exploring the intersection between faith and social justice
  • Anyone looking for a book that encourages ethical decision-making in everyday life

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Christian Living Books: Captivating by

Captivating

Unveiling The Mystery Of A Woman's Soul

What's Captivating about?

Captivating explores the unique desires and longings of women, delving into the heart of what it means to be truly captivating. Drawing on biblical wisdom and personal stories, John Eldredge and his wife Stasi offer a fresh perspective on femininity and the role women play in God's larger story. This book challenges societal norms and encourages women to embrace their true identity and purpose.

Who should read Captivating?

  • Anyone seeking to explore and understand the complexities of femininity and the female soul
  • Women who feel disconnected from their own desires, dreams, and passions
  • Individuals looking for a perspective on how men and women are designed to come together in relationships

What's A Grief Observed about?

A Grief Observed is a deeply personal account of C.S. Lewis's journey through grief and loss following the death of his wife. Through raw and honest reflections, Lewis grapples with the profound questions of faith, love, and the meaning of life in the face of overwhelming sorrow. This poignant book offers a unique perspective on the universal experience of grief.

Who should read A Grief Observed?

  • Those experiencing grief and seeking comfort and understanding
  • Individuals interested in exploring the depths of human emotions and the nature of suffering
  • Readers looking for profound insights on life, love, and loss

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Christian Living Books: A Severe Mercy by

A Severe Mercy

A Story of Faith, Tragedy, and Triumph

What's A Severe Mercy about?

A Severe Mercy is a deeply moving memoir that chronicles the love story between Sheldon Vanauken and his wife, Jean. Set against the backdrop of Oxford University and their intellectual pursuits, the book explores their deep bond and the profound impact of their Christian faith. It delves into themes of love, loss, and the search for meaning, ultimately offering a powerful reflection on the nature of love and the human experience.

Who should read A Severe Mercy?

  • Readers seeking a moving memoir about love, loss, and faith
  • People interested in exploring themes of friendship, marriage, and the meaning of life
  • Those who enjoy thought-provoking reflections on the human experience

What's After Virtue about?

After Virtue explores the decline of moral reasoning in modern society and argues for a return to Aristotelian ethics. Alasdair MacIntyre critiques the fragmented and subjective nature of moral discourse and offers a compelling case for reviving virtue ethics as a way to address the moral confusion of our time. This thought-provoking book challenges readers to reconsider their understanding of morality and the pursuit of the good life.

Who should read After Virtue?

  • Individuals seeking a deeper understanding of morality and ethics
  • Philosophy enthusiasts interested in the history and development of moral philosophy
  • Readers curious about the connection between virtue and human flourishing

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Christian Living Books: Blue Like Jazz by

Blue Like Jazz

Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

What's Blue Like Jazz about?

Blue Like Jazz is a thought-provoking memoir by Donald Miller that explores his journey towards a more authentic and meaningful faith. Through personal anecdotes and reflections, Miller delves into topics such as spirituality, religion, and the search for truth, offering a fresh perspective on what it means to believe in something greater than ourselves. With wit and honesty, the book challenges readers to question their own beliefs and embrace a more genuine relationship with God.

Who should read Blue Like Jazz?

  • Individuals seeking a fresh perspective on faith and spirituality
  • Readers who appreciate candid and introspective storytelling
  • People looking for a thought-provoking exploration of life's big questions

What's God's Smuggler about?

This book tells the incredible true story of Brother Andrew, a Dutch missionary who risked his life to smuggle Bibles into communist countries during the Cold War. Filled with suspense and faith, it chronicles his daring missions and the lives he touched along the way. It is a powerful testament to the power of faith and the lengths one man will go to spread the word of God.

Who should read God's Smuggler?

  • Readers who are interested in stories of courage and faith
  • Those who want to learn more about the history of Christianity in the 20th century
  • People who enjoy memoirs and personal narratives

What's Kisses from Katie about?

Kisses from Katie is a memoir that tells the inspiring story of Katie Davis, a young woman who leaves her comfortable life in the United States to serve as a missionary in Uganda. Through her heartfelt and often humorous accounts, Katie shares her journey of faith, love, and the transformative power of helping others. This book will leave you feeling inspired and challenged to make a difference in the world.

Who should read Kisses from Katie?

  • Individuals seeking inspiration and motivation to make a positive impact in the world
  • People interested in personal growth, faith, and overcoming challenges
  • Readers who enjoy stories of compassion, resilience, and following one's calling

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Christian Living Books: Left to Tell by

Left to Tell

Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

What's Left to Tell about?

Left to Tell is a powerful memoir by Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. It recounts her incredible story of hiding in a small bathroom with seven other women for 91 days, as well as her journey towards forgiveness and healing. Through her firsthand account, Ilibagiza offers a message of hope and the strength of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable adversity.

Who should read Left to Tell?

  • Those seeking inspiration and hope in the face of adversity
  • Individuals interested in learning about the power of forgiveness and its impact on personal growth
  • Readers who enjoy memoirs that offer insights into the human spirit and resilience

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Christian Living Books: The Hiding Place by

The Hiding Place

The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

What's The Hiding Place about?

The Hiding Place is a memoir by Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch woman who, along with her family, helped hide Jews during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The book recounts their courageous acts of resistance and the harrowing experiences they faced in a concentration camp. It is a powerful story of faith, hope, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Who should read The Hiding Place?

  • Anyone seeking inspiration from a true story of courage and resilience
  • Readers interested in learning about history and the impact of World War II
  • Individuals looking to gain insights on forgiveness, faith, and the power of hope

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Christian Living Books: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution

What's The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self about?

In "The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self," Carl R. Trueman explores the cultural shifts that have led to the widespread acceptance of individualism, identity politics, and the redefinition of gender and sexuality. Tracing the historical and philosophical roots of these changes, Trueman argues that they have fundamentally altered our understanding of the self and society. He offers a thought-provoking analysis of the consequences of these developments and their impact on our lives.

Who should read The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self?

  • Individuals interested in exploring the development of the self in modern society
  • Readers who are curious about the cultural forces shaping our understanding of identity
  • Those seeking a thoughtful analysis of the challenges and opportunities presented by our quest for self-fulfillment

What's The Weight of Glory about?

In "The Weight of Glory," C.S. Lewis explores the concept of glory and its significance in the Christian faith. Through a series of essays, he delves into topics such as the longing for something greater, the idea of heaven, and the transformative power of God's glory. With his characteristic insight and eloquence, Lewis offers thought-provoking reflections on the ultimate purpose of human existence and the eternal rewards that await us. This book challenges readers to reconsider their perspectives on spirituality and the pursuit of true fulfillment.

Who should read The Weight of Glory?

  • Readers seeking spiritual enlightenment and deeper understanding of their faith
  • Those who appreciate insightful reflections on human nature and the pursuit of virtue
  • Individuals looking for inspiration and guidance on living a meaningful and purposeful life

What's Battlefield of the Mind Study Guide about?

Battlefield of the Mind Study Guide by Joyce Meyer is a companion to her bestselling book, providing practical exercises and thought-provoking questions to help readers apply the principles of the original book. It offers a structured approach to renewing your mind and overcoming negative thought patterns, ultimately leading to a healthier and more peaceful mindset.

Who should read Battlefield of the Mind Study Guide?

  • Individuals seeking to gain control over their thoughts and emotions

  • Those looking for practical strategies to overcome negative thinking patterns

  • People who want to deepen their understanding of the connection between faith and mental well-being


What's Beauty for Ashes about?

Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer is a powerful book that offers hope and healing to those who have experienced trauma and pain. Drawing from her own personal journey, Meyer shares insights and practical advice on how to overcome the scars of the past and embrace a life of restoration and wholeness. Through faith and inner strength, she reminds readers that it is possible to turn their pain into purpose and find beauty in the midst of ashes.

Who should read Beauty for Ashes?

  • Individuals who have experienced emotional or physical trauma and are seeking healing

  • People who want to understand the connection between spirituality and emotional well-being

  • Readers who are open to exploring new perspectives on overcoming past pain and finding inner peace


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 FAQs 

What's the best Christian Living book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Wild at Heart as the ultimate read on Christian Living.

What are the Top 10 Christian Living books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
  • The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Confessions by Saint Augustine

Who are the top Christian Living book authors?

When it comes to Christian Living, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • John Eldredge
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Saint Augustine