The following are 23 books, among many others, that have most influenced my thinking over the last 20 years. Many have been mind-shaping more recently. Just a few comments:
Moltmann is a chewy read, but worth the effort. God slow.
Becker, The Denial of Death, is also a hard read. It’s a secular book that helps me realize how radically Christianity changes our view of life.
I found George MacDonald’s the Curate’s Awakening (a first class novel) of a young Anglican pastor moving from dry spirituality to aliveness in Christ.
Pick and choose. They’ve all been, and continue to be important to whatever bit of wisdom the Lord has allowed me to clean.
Enjoy profitable reading!
Books Recommended by Larry Crabb
- Trinity and the Kingdom of God – Jürgen Moltmann
- The Social God and the Relational Self – Stanley Grenz
- Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
- The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis
- The Problem of Pain – C.S. Lewis
- Delighting in the Trinity – Michael Reeves
- Christ our Life – Michael Reeves
- The Curate’s Awakening – George MacDonald
- Life in the Trinity – Donald Fairbairn
- Provocations: The Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard – Soren Kierkegaard
- The Impact of God – Iain Matthews
- The Question of God – Dr. Armand Nicholi
- Desiring God – John Piper
- The Strangest Way – Robert Barron
- Repentance – Thomas Watson
- Making Sense Out of Suffering – Peter Kreeft
- Three Philosophies of Life – Peter Kreeft
- The Denial of Death – Ernest Becker
- Hot-Tub Religion – J. I. Packer
- The Riddle of Joy – G. K. Chesterton & C. S. Lewis
- The Crises of Christ – G. Campbell Morgan
- Communion With God – John Owen (the revised, modern English version if much easier to read)
- Come Be My Light (the private writings of Mother Teresa) – Brian Kolodiejchuk
- 3-2-1: The Story of God, the World and You – Glen Scriviner (Ideal for non-Christians)