I don’t know about you, but when I was studying, I had no free time to read the books I wanted, and honestly, I didn’t even want to look at another book. But now that we’re all alumni, there’s at least a possibility that we have some time and desire to read something that’s not an REA guide. Books are powerful, because they are made of words, and we know the incredible power that words have over our thinking, emotions, and decisions. Even fiction has this power, which is why I’m going to recommend a mix of non-fiction and fiction books (even if you have already read them). So without further ado, here are the top five books to read as soon as possible!
Okay, this is pretty straightforward and cliché, but in all seriousness, there is no better book you can read. The amazing thing about the Bible is that it tells the greatest story ever written, is completely and 100% true and trustworthy, and that no matter how many times you read it, you will always keep learning and growing from it. If you haven’t read all the way through it yet, I would encourage you to do so. There are so many different plans you can choose from to fit your preferred way of reading (and don’t get discouraged if you fall behind. Just keep persevering!). And if that is too daunting, try studying one book in depth. You really can’t go wrong with what you choose to read!
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
Alright, I’m going in a completely different direction here. This story challenged me in ways that no other fiction work has done before. The dystopian setting eerily mirrors society today, and not in a positive way. Books are banned, people are severely disconnected from one another, and life has been simplified so that more control can be had over it. And when one man dares to think differently, his life as he knows it begins crumbling around him. This book changed my perspective on society and where it is potentially headed. There is no individuality, no relationships, and so little freedom. God has created us as unique individuals with unique gifts and strengths to offer the world to make it better. He has also created us as relational beings, to connect with others and to love them as Christ has loved us. We must not lose sight of this as society hurtles down an unforgiving path. We are the Unbound Legacy. Let us be the world changers that our society needs. All that to say, this book can really open up your eyes and push you to evaluate your life and what you can do to keep this fiction story from becoming reality.
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
I would guess that a lot of us have read this one. But I believe this is another book that people can benefit from reading several times. Even though we didn’t really have to face the challenges of secular professors and universities against our faith, we will face these challenges all throughout life, whether in future schooling, the workplace, or even our own families. Lewis begins the books as if talking to a hardened atheist, and starts introducing Christianity by expounding on topics and problems that most atheists have with Christianity, then builds upon that foundation from there. Being a former atheist himself, Lewis presents masterfully crafted illustrations and arguments that even helped explain some things I struggled to understand. These illustrations and explanations can help you when defending your faith or sharing it with someone.
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
Yes, I’m going to recommend another C.S. Lewis book, because why not? I will admit, when I read this for the first time in high school, I was both confused and intrigued. Written from the fictional viewpoint of Satan, I was a little put off. My initial thought was, “Why would a Christian author write something that could appear so evil?” But as I read it and meditated on it, it made me appreciate the concept. Spiritual warfare is a very real thing. However, we are often unaware of it in the little, everyday things that can keep us tiptoeing to a dangerous place until we go over the edge. Lewis brilliantly portrays this through the efforts of Satan and one of his demons trying to slowly and deliberately pry a man away from his faith. This story can open up your eyes to ways you can fight against the devil and temptation and grow in your faith.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
This book I’m recommending not so much because you can apply it to your life, but simply because it is a good story. This book, set in Nazi Germany and narrated by Death, is one of the most original, emotionally-moving stories I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a lot). It is both simple and complex; fictional, but in many ways realistic and believable. I can’t say much else other than that you will not regret reading it! So there you go! These are the top five books I would urge you to read if you haven’t already. What are some books you would recommend? P.S. You can also check out my novel, The Other Half, in this link! Written by Jordyn McGuire