waking-wanderer said: What are some good books to start off reading with nonbelievers?
Hey my friend: First of all, I have to say that if your unchurched friend is willing to read anything related to Christ, that’s so very awesome and I applaud you. Double high-five right through my screen. :)
Some books then!
- Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller. The book cover itself says “Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality.” It was rather popular with pretty much everyone when it came out, and it’s unlike any other Christian book you’ll read.
- Heroes and Monsters, by Josh Riebock. I must have recommended this book a billion times and I’ve bought at least half a dozen of them for friends. Simply an honest, raw, gripping story about a struggling Christian.
- Dug Down Deep, by Joshua Harris. I know how some people feel about Pastor Joshua’s dating books, but this autobiography is both an excellent life-story and also a great intro into Christian doctrines. He manages to get the perfect balance of both.
- The Reason for God, by Timothy Keller. Most books on apologetics tend to be yawn-inducing and cringe-worthy, but Pastor Tim presents a well-rounded case for Christianity that touches on philosophical, psychological, and historical reasons all at once. It answers the question, “Why do we even need God?”, along with several tough ones about Hell and exclusivity.
- Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis. Because it’s C.S. Lewis. And you could always go with The Chronicles of Narnia, or Lewis’s buddy J.R.R. Tolkien and Lord of the Rings.
- You Lost Me, by David Kinnaman. This is an actual statistical survey about why young Christians are leaving the church, and it asks very important questions about why the modern church is failing to connect. The author presents both problems and solutions. It’ll get you to have great intense conversations with your friend.
- Passion and Purity, by Elisabeth Elliot. If you’re looking for a female author, you can’t go wrong with any of her books. I know some Christians consider her a bit airy and sugary, but I think she’s a great writer with an incredibly tragic and hopeful testimony.
Enjoy and be blessed!