Over the years I have read countless faith-based books with the most challenging being, first and foremost, the Bible. In the 21st century there is a veritable wealth of information from authors who write about all things faith-related, from the ancient mystics to the contemporary practical, including self-help authors who can guide us from fear to faith in 200 pages.
Two recent reads that embody both genres would be “The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews, who is an incredibly prolific, insightful author, and “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn.
“The Traveler’s Gift” takes the reader on a reality-shattering journey of self-discovery. Every faith-filled individual who cannot be sustained by religious rhetoric and stagnant status quo should read it and discover the seven decisions for success that make this a game changer.
“The Harbinger” has the same potential for purpose activation as nine prophetic seals are revealed, each laden with so much prophetic revelation that you may find yourself cross-referencing recent political history and scripture as if you were cramming for an end times exam. Both reads issue a challenge for faith-filled believers. Faith is one of the most written about, questioned and hoped for topics known to man. Perhaps the alleged author of Hebrews, Apostle Paul wrote it best in Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Beverly Mattox, Word Alive International Outreach
Books to see how faith shapes us
There are tons of wonderful Christian books out there — and some not-so-great ones, too. Here are a few that are worth your time.
“Mere Christianity,” by C. S. Lewis, is a classic articulation of what it means to believe. Originally written as a series of radio talks, Lewis describes beliefs that many Christian denominations have in common. He also demonstrates how Christian faith develops and how a Christian’s outlook on God and others grows over the course of a faith journey.
Two recent books explore the ways faith shapes how we understand and interact with the world around us (a relationship with God does have an effect on us, after all!).
N.T. Wright’s “Surprised by Hope” discusses the resurrection of Jesus, the hopeful promise of our resurrection and eternal life with God, and what that means for the way we live our lives on earth. It may just change the way you think about heaven.
“Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White” is Adam Hamilton’s way forward in a culture that is increasingly divided. He suggests that people of faith could lead the way in respectfully looking at all sides of any given issue and loving even those with whom we disagree. If you’re interested in more listening and less bickering, this book might interest you.
Amy DeWitte, Anniston First United Methodist Church