Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
I got my boyfriend to read this book, but I haven’t actually read this book myself. Aside from the Chronicles of Narnia, this is probably the most famous of C.S. Lewis’s books and perhaps the one most blatantly centered on Christianity. It is actually adapted from a series of talks that Lewis gave between 1942 to 1944. I have read the first chapter or so of the book, but it is difficult to get through as he writes with an older more formal style and also very densely and precisely regarding apologetic Christianity. I’m looking forward to finally pressing on and finishing this over the summer.
The Reason for God – Timothy Keller
My ministry fellow for Yale Faith and Action actually gave this book to me so that my boyfriend could read. I asked for it because I knew that my boyfriend is not the type to fall for the emotional side of Christianity so much as for straight logical arguments. Timothy Keller, a famous person in the Christian community, goes through in each chapter several of the most common and most difficult questions regarding Christianity and provides his answers for all of them. I decided I definitely had to read this book in order to resolve some of my own doubts regarding Christianity and also preview whether it was acceptable enough of a coherent argument to give my boyfriend to read as well. I have just finished reading the first chapter, There Can’t Be Just One True Religion, and I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with his eloquence and the stickied effect of his words on my heart.
The Sacred Search – Gary Thomas
My ministry fellow gave me this book as well after I told her about my questions regarding dating someone who is not a Christian. She said that she had read The Sacred Heart, which is a similar book, except for people who are closer towards marriage. This one is more toned down for those who are dating and what it means to date with a Christian mentality.
The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
As you can see, I have been really delving into these types of logical arguments towards Christianity and what makes it different from so many of the other religions out there. This particular book is less scholarly and more casual in its writing style. A journalist goes out and talks to the most prominent and most dedicated Christians out there regarding some of the issues of Christianity. I read the first chapter or so of the book and I was not as impressed as I was for The Reason for God, but I definitely appreciate both the styles of writing in bringing me a wider perspective.
NIV Study Bible
My brother got a study Bible when he got baptized so I stole it from him to read because I have never used one before! It’s definitely given me greater energy and passion for the Bible, though the process has slowed my reading of the Bible to only around 10 pages a night – for every two or three verses, the Study Bible goes into five or six paragraphs analyzing the text. Although tedious, I am really loving the extra insight that is incorporated into the reading and hopefully I will be able to get past Genesis pretty soon 😉