Update: The Must-Have-In-Your-Library Book List has been expanded to 100 titles.
I was in my early 20s when I began building my library. The words of Erasmus described me well:
When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.
When I started buying books, it was hit-and-miss. My habit was to purchase discounted books, volumes that sounded good by their descriptions, and then of course the “you gotta get this book!” referrals from my friends. Today, many of those books don’t appear in my library any longer. After thumbing through the pages, I realized that I had no use for them.
Looking back, I wish I had some prudent guidance on what books were worth buying . . . it would have saved me both time and a lot of money.
Since I began writing and speaking, people have asked me, What books do you recommend I read other than your own?
Well, I’ve finally gotten around to answering that question in a public way.
I’ve compiled a list of “must have/core” books that every believer should have in their library. You won’t find any “pop” Christian books on the list. Instead, you’ll find works that tread outside the status quo into deeper spiritual and theological waters.
These are the exceptional books . . . the game-changers.
So whether you’re starting to build a library, or you have a seasoned one, these are titles you won’t want to be without.
All told: I wish I had this list when I started to build my library. But I’m happy to offer it to others who are interested.
If you’re still awake at this point, please feel free to pass the following link on to others, especially those followers of Jesus who value book-reading. Oh, and be sure to read the “What This List Is” and “What This List Isn’t” disclaimers.