19 Books Your Church Library Can’t Be Without
By: Vanderbloemen June 22, 2016
Church leaders, are you in the habit of regularly updating your church’s library? Or do the same books that have been in there for 15 years continue to collect dust?
A church library can either be an outdated “given” that everyone in your church body takes for granted, or it can be a regularly updated, incredible resource for the spiritual and personal growth of your congregation (and your church staff!).
Take the time to show your church library a little love. Spruce it up, keep it updated, and use it for fun, smaller-scale church events. Create incentives for your church staff members to read a certain number of books a year from your church library.
If your church library doesn’t already have the following books, run – don’t walk – and purchase them for your church body.
In no particular order, here are the 19 books your church library cannot be without – and we suggest multiple copies of each. (Don’t see something you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!)
This bestseller by Dallas Willard beautifully explores identity, spiritual growth, and transforming into “intentional apprentices of Jesus.”
Perhaps the most famous of C.S. Lewis’ works, Mere Christianity is a powerful and persuasive apologetic for the faith. And make sure to include Lewis’ Space Trilogy and Chronicles of Narnia for the younger readers in your church body.
Written by missionary Sarah Young, this popular yearly devotional is uniquely written from Jesus’ point of view.
This classic by German Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was written during the Nazi regime and uses the Sermon on the Mount to talk about the difference between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.”
One of the most popular works by Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus explores the concept of Christian leadership in new ways in the context of community.
This classic by John Stott was named one of Christianity Today's "Books of the Century." It presents in a clear and concise way the historical facts behind the Christian faith.
This popular spiritual guide by Saddleback Church's pastor Rick Warren answers the big life questions of existence, significance, and life purpose.
Dubbed "the Mere Christianity of this century," Tim Keller's understandable apologetics of the faith in the context of today's culture is a must-read.
A great book by Philip Yancey to understand undeserved grace and what it looks like in action in the Christian's life.
This is a great Bible Study or small group resource by Pete Scazerro, integrating emotional health with spiritual maturity.
Mark Batterson enthusiastically dives into Romans 8 to transform our lives of guilt and regret into lives filled with the confidence that God is for us.
12. Simply Jesus
Bestselling author N.T. Wright explores in new ways who Jesus was and how to tell his story today.
Explaining the classic Christian disciplines and how we can utilize them today, this book by Richard Foster has been called the best contemporary work on Christian spirituality.
Bill Hybels has a fresh take on personal evangelism and how to reach people with Christ's love in our every day lives.
This book by Brennan Manning is all about God's "furious love" for us despite all of our faults and messiness.
This list would be remiss not to include the biography of missionary Jim Elliot, marytered while ministering in Ecuador, written by his wife Elizabeth Elliot.
One of the best things Christians and churches can do once they're out of spiritual bondage is to get out of financial bondage. This best-seller by our friend Dave Ramsey is an invalauble resource for helping your congregation get out of debt.
Journalist Lee Strobel was an atheist who became a believer in Jesus. In The Case For Christ, Strobel unflinchingly seeks the truth about the evidence for the Christian faith.
Your church needs to be equipped ahead of time for the eventual day they'll need to find their next leader. This new book by William Vanderbloemen is the most comprehensive, practical resource for how to find a pastor.