A few weeks ago a fellow blogger invited me to participate in a favorite faith books meme. Imagine my surprise having never heard of a meme. For those of you, like me, a meme is, “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” Thank you Wikipedia for that definition.
Bloggers definitely are a culture that is full of…ideas. You probably thought I was going somewhere else with that one, didn’t you?
However, I have found that sharing great books and ideas with other like-minded people is powerfully fun. Especially other believers who represent many Christian traditions. The power behind the meme is a person’s ability to track back and see a list of great books from many sources. I recommend you visit Cinhosa’s blog and his post, here.
Let’s face it – I read a lot, and overtime accumulated lots of favorites. It was a difficult task to narrow down my choices to simply three books. So I decided to cheat and mention that the Bible is my favorite book. The following “other” books are ones that I read over and over. The goal of a meme is to get more and more people involved. Please leave your top three books in the comment section or decide to keep this meme going on your blog. I would enjoy hearing about the books that have influenced you spiritually.
Have you ever desired more God in your life? The Imitation of Christ provides readers a strong example of a pure and Holy Christian walk. Touching on many specific subjects you can feel the connectedness Thomas a Kempis felt with Jesus and his deeper understanding of spiritual truths. This book is great for daily meditations and an inspirational example of a man walking closely with Christ and in harmony with those around him.
Renovation of the Heart – Dallas Willard
Dallas Willard is famous for his accessible no-nonsense look at the Christian faith. This book will take a person on a deep spiritual journey and help one form a strong spiritual base from which to build. Having said that, this is not a beginners book to the Christian faith. Don’t be intimidated by Mr. Willard’s deep thinking it simply takes time and thought to process the concepts of putting on the Character of Christ. It’s worth every minute drawing closer to Christ.
Beautiful Outlaw – John Eldredge
John addresses the personality of Christ like I have never read before. For me, this revelation of Christ is absolutely riveting. To take time out to study the personality of Jesus and know him this way will change you. It changed me ,as I fell more and more in love with God. You can watch John talk about his book on a previous post of Beautiful Outlaw here.
So what are your top three books of faith?