The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals

In my 25 years as a very active Evangelical I read many of these books. There are some incredible books on this list. I only wish I had taken the time back in the day to read people like St. Augustine, St. Clement, St. Irenaeus, The Desert Fathers, and St. Aquinas. It is important to be well-rounded and be mindful of the fact that a lot happened in Christianity before 1517.

Information is never a bad thing. I hope we can agree, at least, on that.

Except maybe when I have to pay for it and already know of those great Catholic books.

Darn, it won’t let me see the list without subscribing.

Agnes, I’ve clicked on the link from different computers and the list comes right up. Can’t imagine what the problem might be. I’m sorry you’re having trouble.

Johnny, I was just lamenting the fact that I wasn’t aware of how important these writings were back when I was an Evangelical. I agree, some can get pricey indeed.

I have to subscribe as well. The list will not come up without it and I use a Mac computer

Likewise, I would like to read the list but I also noticed that this is a 2006 article. Is this something you just came across and found interesting?

Yes, I just happened upon it and remembered how much many of those books meant to me years ago. It made me think about how it never occurred to me to read Augustine or Aquinas back then.

I wonder if you could post at least the top twenty. I am honestly interested but not to subscribe to Christianity today.
Thank because I think this would be a very interesting conversation.

I cannot access it anymore either. Suffice it to say that the great majority of those books were written by authors alive now or those of the last 80 years or so. My only point is that, without reading Augustine, Aquinas, etc., a large piece of the puzzle is missing.

My apologies to all for the inaccessibility of the article. I had no indication initially that it wasn’t readily accessible. As they say, my bad.

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At first I saw the whole article and I had no reason to think it wasn’t readily available. Now I get what you’re getting. Sigh.

The Christian Post re-published the list in the following article “Christianity Today Announces Top 50 Evangelical Books”. The list is as follows:

  1. Revivalism and Social Reform
    by Timothy L. Smith
  1. Knowledge of the Holy
    by A. W. Tozer
  1. The Hiding Place
    by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill
  1. The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?
    by F. F. Bruce
  1. Out of the Saltshaker and into the World
    by Rebecca Manley Pippert
  1. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind
    by Mark A. Noll
  1. The Gospel of the Kingdom
    by George Eldon Ladd
  1. Operation World
    by Patrick Johnstone
  1. The Purpose-Driven Life
    by Rick Warren
  1. Born Again
    by Charles W. Colson
  1. Darwin on Trial
    by Phillip E. Johnson
  1. Desiring God
    by John Piper
  1. The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
    by Lesslie Newbigin
  1. God’s Smuggler
    by Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill
  1. Left Behind
    by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
  1. The Stork Is Dead
    by Charlie W. Shedd
  1. This Present Darkness
    by Frank E. Peretti
  1. The Late Great Planet Earth
    by Hal Lindsey with C. C. Carlson
  1. The Cross and the Switchblade
    by David Wilkerson with John and Elizabeth Sherrill
  1. The Next Christendom
    by Philip Jenkins
  1. Roaring Lambs
    by Robert Briner
  1. Dare to Discipline
    by James Dobson
  1. The Act of Marriage
    by Tim and Beverly LaHaye
  1. Christy
    by Catherine Marshall
  1. Know Why You Believe
    by Paul E. Little
  1. Boundaries
    by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  1. The Meaning of Persons
    by Paul Tournier
  1. All We’re Meant to Be
    by Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Nancy A. Hardesty
  1. The Genesis Flood
    by Henry M. Morris and John C. Whitcomb
  1. The Master Plan of Evangelism
    by Robert Emerson Coleman
  1. A Wrinkle In Time
    by Madeleine L’Engle
  1. The Cost of Discipleship
    by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  1. The Divine Conspiracy
    by Dallas Willard
  1. What’s So Amazing About Grace?
    by Philip Yancey
  1. Basic Christianity
    by John Stott
  1. The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism
    by F. H. Henry
  1. Let Justice Roll Down
    by John M. Perkins
  1. Evidence That Demands a Verdict
    by Josh McDowell
  1. Power Evangelism
    by John Wimber with Kevin Springer
  1. Celebration of Discipline
    by Richard J. Foster
  1. Evangelism Explosion
    by D. James Kennedy
  1. Through Gates of Splendor
    by Elisabeth Elliot
  1. Managing Your Time
    by Ted W. Engstrom
  1. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
    by Ronald J. Sider
  1. The Living Bible
    by Kenneth N. Taylor
  1. Knowing God
    by J. I. Packer
  1. The God Who Is There
    by Francis A. Schaeffer
  1. Mere Christianity
    by C. S. Lewis
  1. Understanding Church Growth
    by Donald Anderson McGavran
  1. Prayer: Conversing With God
    by Rosalind Rinker

The article is from 2006. Christianity Today makes you subscribe for full access to older articles.

I’ve got 15 of those read. :thumbsup:

I’ve read 13 and have read two other books by the authors listed, Francis Schaffer and Elizabeth Elliot (Christian Manesfesto, What Ever Happen to the Human Race and Let me be a Woman). Is the list going by what is most popular, most influencial (good or bad) or most recommended? Some of the book that delve into end times such as Left Behind and the Late Great Planet Earth promote dispensationalism, a corner stone of fundamentalism.
Thank to Itwin for the list.

10 for me.

No prize for guessing my favorite.


You must already be a subscriber? It won’t let me see the list without subscribing.

Surprised only 1 C.S. Lewis book listed. Most of my non-Catholic Christians love his books…

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