There is something special about a book. Books have the power to make us think and dream and change. Yet these days there is more competition than ever for our time and attention. Social-media feeds. 24-hour news. TripAdvisor. Product reviews. We’re reading all the time. But what we’re choosing to read is changing.

We want to encourage everyone to pick up a Christian book.

We believe that good books can change lives. So we asked some of our authors and staff what specific book has had a transformative effect on them. And this is what they said...


“The Holiness of God - R.C. Sproul”

The chapter on God’s justice was mind-blowing for me. Reading this well-loved title was just as convicting and joy-producing as people said it would be! I came away with a new grasp of what I truly deserve, and what Christ has so lavishly given me in himself. To know God more intimately is my deepest desire, and Sproul helped me see more clearly what a miracle my salvation is, by God’s grace—which will continue to draw me closer to him in thanksgiving, confession, and worship. 

Kristen Wetherell
“To China With Love - Hudson Taylor”

Taylor's commitment to acclimatising well in his future life as a missionary in China made a real impression on me. Before leaving the UK, he would test his faith by deliberately not reminding his forgetful employer for his weekly paycheck, and he would drastically simplify his living arrangements to condition himself for the basic conditions in rural China. This is why I love Christian biographies. When you read the thoughts and events of someone who has put all their trust in God and found Him to be true, it makes you think, 'If he can go, why can't I?'

Joe Henegan
“Seeing with New Eyes - David Powlison”

I've reread many of the chapters several times because they are so helpful.  Sometimes our theology can remain quite abstract rather than impact us specifically in everyday life. David Powlison has indeed helped me to see everyday life with new eyes, through the lens of Scripture. I particularly loved his chapter, “Peace, Be still, Psalm 131”. Many of us can be restless, striving to achieve or haunted by failure, but not the person of Psalm 131.  It becomes clear that our biggest problem is proud self-will, but a calm and quieted soul grows when we pursue what we are meant to pursue.  This chapter helped me to meditate on Psalm 131 and God has calmed and quieted my soul (Ps 131:2) and I enjoy much more joy and contentment, whatever the circumstances.

Gilly Down
“Knowing God - J. I. Packer”

This book changed my life, recalibrated my world, and set me on a trajectory that I have been following for over 30 years now. It centred my life on knowing the God of the gospel, and showed me that theology is the most practical, life-shaping, heart-warming subject there is. It showed me that God is bigger and wiser and more powerful than I had ever imagined, and underlined that he, the unfathomable God has revealed himself to us in the glory of the Lord Jesus, the risen Lord who rules the Universe. This book gave me a roadmap for thinking and living for and with God - and I am profoundly grateful for it. 


Gary Millar
“You Can Change - Tim Chester”

I read it at a time when I'd reached a plateau in my faith and wasn't growing, and this book exposed my heart and showed me how the truth and Spirit of Jesus could set me free. I've come back to it again and again to help me with anger, conflict, cowardice, cynicism, parenting and more, and I've shared it with dozens of others. It showed me the power of books to renew minds, change hearts and transform lives.

Dave Griffith-Jones
“Not the Way It's Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin - Cornelius Plantinga”

It’s beautifully written, pastorally wise, and theologically profound. The writing intrigued and impressed me with its artistry, and through the book’s wisdom God helped me see that restoring our passions so that we care about the right things is often where he starts. One phrase resonates in my head down the 20 or so years since I read this. Describing someone who observes their feeble attempts to be godly and recognises that they are not really trying because they really don’t long for it, Plantinga says “she longs to long again”. That is sometimes the best we can do – but it is enough, for it is evidence of the Spirit’s restorative power in the very deepest part of our soul.

Andrew Nicholls
“Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan”

I see myself, tainted with sin, making the same trek that Christian did to the celestial city only to realize that all efforts made on my behalf are futile. This tangible, accessible, and convicting book has stirred the hearts of many for hundreds of years. I often recommend and suggest this book because the reader often sees himself / herself in the shoes of Christian. It's a brilliant work that pointed me directly to the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Ben Earle
“Narnia Chronicles and Lord of The Rings”

I am a lover of stories, and so the Christian books I have probably reread the most are C S Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles and J R R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (this is the book I took on honeymoon with me!). I love stories because I love to have my heart moved to joy, courage, hope and peace and stories, which are all reflections of the great story of God, do this. Wonderfully, so do Christian books, for Jesus will always seize our heart as well as our mind and will. 

John Hindley
“In the Grip of Grace - Max Lucado”

I don't really like self help 'tick these off and you'll be doing well' kind of books so it can be hard to find a book that encourages you to change the way you think about things. Whether that's sin and bad temptations or whether it's enjoying the good things in life but a bit too much and forgetting about God. Wherever you're at 'In the Grip of Grace' draws from the scripture the wonder of how Christ died for us and saved us and that however bad things get or whatever your past has looked like, we are in the grip of his grace. Challenging and thought provoking this book will encourage you to cling to Christ through it all.

Bex Main

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