I have 1,820 books on my shelves. I have read probably 75% of them, which was much higher a few years ago…but I keep buying books! Anyway, I have listed my “top 10 book” lists in the past and even given recommendations for building a library – both for a church or personal use.
Today, I want to give you my “Top 10 List of the Most Underrated Books.” In other words, here are books that don’t get the “press” they deserve – whether by reviews, sales, or references.
#1 – Understanding End Times Prophecy: A Comprehensive Approach by Paul Benware. There are as many views in eschatology as there are years in the Millennium – assuming you believe in a literal 1,000 years. This book covers all the views and gives pro’s and con’s for each view. If you needed a book on the last days that gave you all the interpretive options so you can pick for yourself, buy and read this book.
#2 – Stop Dating the Church: Fall in Love with the Family of God by Joshua Harris. Every teenager and college student should be given this book when they graduate. Church is not about consumption but about commitment. Don’t date around; settle down and invest yourself to the local church.
#3 – The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin by Kris Lundgaard. This is a synopsis of John Owen’s writing about the mortification of sin and the flesh, but written in plain, modern language. If you don’t read Owen (even though you should), read this.
#4 – Love Your God With All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul by J.P. Moreland. I discovered this book about 10 years ago when I was working on reading all books in my library I had never read. I had never touched a work by Moreland, but since then I read anything I can from this careful Christian thinker. This book builds a case for the Christian mind and its use in our sanctification. The mind gets the process of holiness going. The mind informs the heart, and the heart informs our behavior.
#5 – Expository Listening: A Practical Handbook for Hearing and Doing God’s Word by Ken Ramey. This book would be one of those books I would give to every Christian I know, if I had that much money. The connection between listening and obedience is rarely explained biblically. And listening includes far more than hearing someone talk, as Ramey so helpfully explains.
#6 – Killing Sin Habits: Conquering Sin with Radical Faith by Stuart Scott. I had this man as a professor in college, and I can testify that he “practices what he preaches.” You will find this to be a tool for defeating sin over and over again. Its brevity is a strength and its biblical equipping in the battle of mortifying sin is unmatched.
#7 – New Testament Deacon by Alexander Strauch. This author rightly shows the pastoral tone of the deacon ministry and encourages churches not to relegate their deacons to building maintenance and financial questions. We need this book in our churches and we need our deacons to help shepherd the flock of God.
#8 – Caring for Widows: You and Your Church Can Make a Difference by Wesley M. Teterud. We have found this to be a very practical book for our church (Wichita Bible Church). If you are looking for a biblical call to care for the “senior saints” in your church and tangible ways to help serve them in these difficult years of their life, read this book. You can write an entire philosophy of ministry for ministering to the elderly from this one resource.
#9 – The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ by Bruce A. Ware. This is the only book I would recommend on the reality that Jesus was both God and man. Ware excels in illustrating difficult concepts and what is more challenging to understand than how Jesus could be 100% man and 100% God? Ware makes it sound so simple!
#10 – Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children by John A. Younts. If you need a resource to help you be more spiritually intentional in your conversations with your children, this is your book. By reading this book, you will be given tips on how to transform normal conversation into spiritual conversation. And many of the principles learned in this book could apply to any conversation with a non-Christian.