Listed here are the top seven books on my "To Read" list. These books made it onto this list either because 1) They are new releases I've been dying to get my hands on, 2) They've been recommended to me, and/or 3) They were once coveted, then purchased, then put onto my shelve, then never read, over time collecting dust, and just NOW are being rediscovered.
My goal is to get through all seven by the end of Summer. We'll see how that goes...
#1 The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. (Fiction)
This famous story of man's progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. It is a powerful drama of a pilgrim's trials and temptations following him along his harrowing journey to the Celestial City. Christian [The name of the Pilgram] is confronted by monsters and spiritual terrors, such emblematic characters as Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, Talkative, Ignorance, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. But he is also joined by Hopeful and Faithful. An enormously influential 17th-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language, The Pilgrim's Progress remains one of the most widely read books in the English language.
This is a dramatic autobiography of one of China's dedicated, courageous, and intensely persecuted house church leaders. This is the gripping story of how God took a young, half-starved boy from a poor village in Henan province and placed him on the front line for Jesus, in the face of impossible odds. Instead of focusing on the many miracles or experiences of suffering, however, Yun prefers to focus on the character and beauty of Jesus. Interspersed with his personal account are contributions from his wife, Deling, made mostly during her husband's frequent periods of imprisonment. You will remember where you were the first time you read this life story. It's a watershed book that will turn the reader to prayer and praise.
In Judge Not, Todd Friel dares to violate Evangelicalism’s first commandment: thou shall not judge. Friel satirically and painfully exposes some of the rot in the underbelly of the contemporary church and points to a solution to help rescue the church, save souls, and glorify God.
Prepare to potentially be shocked, offended, and inspired to do more than just complain about the state of Evangelicalism. This book will enable you to actually do something to put an end to the chicanery that pervades far too many churches.
#5 The Artist In Me by Tim Dryden. (Non-Fiction)
On the lighter side of things: Behind the leaping, spinning, lifting, hard work, and discipline of ballet dancers is an untold story of what happens between ballet performances. In this behind-the-scenes look at America’s first, professional Christian ballet company, Tim Dryden reveals some of his most memorable experiences while working as the first Tour Director for Ballet Magnificat. In this quasi-autobiographical account, he relates how God is actively working in his world, orchestrating the events in our lives for his glory. Tim reveres and honors God as the Author of life and the one who saves those who trust in him; he is also the God of humor and creativity. This shines through when you read about all the hilarious and extraordinary things that God does for his children. With his trademark insights, energy, and love for telling a funny story, Tim offers biblical truths about the all-powerful Artist of the universe through the retelling of stories that will be sure to amaze, inspire, and make you laugh.
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