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The 6 Most Influential Books in My Spiritual Life (So Far)

These books have all had a significant impact on my knowing of the Lord. Some have changed my life and others have taken me on a new path that I could never have expected.

These are in the order I read them.

From Eternity to Here: Rediscovering the Ageless Purpose of God – Frank Viola

This book was the Gospel I had never heard despite growing up in a christian home and being a believer since I was 12. It lit a fire in my belly that couldn’t be put out.

The Butterfly in You: Discovering Your True Identity in Christ – Milt Rodriguez

The believers’ identity has become a rather popular topic over the last few years, but this book puts it in its proper place within the community of God.

The School of Christ – T. Austin-Sparks

This book completely changed my understanding of what it means to “know Christ more”. I began to better understand the Lord’s own dealings with me. This book is available online for free here.

Sit, Walk, Stand – Watchman Nee

So often, new believers are expected to walk and run when they haven’t even learned to sit up yet. This is one reason so much in Christianity is of the flesh, not of the Spirit. This book takes us through the stages of spiritual growth, one building upon the other, so that we rightly learn to sit, walk, and stand.

Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ – Madam Jeanne Guyon

The original title of this book is “A Short and Simple Method of Prayer”. I think the revised title speaks to the heart of this book much better, but if you are interested in prayer I can’t recommend this book enough. This is prayer that is very much lacking in modern Christianity.

Hind’s Feet on High Places – Hannah Hurnard

This is such a beautiful analogy of a life surrendered to the Lord. I reread it last year, that’s why it’s last on the list, and I so needed the encouragement of what is gained by living a life of continual surrender.

As I was making this list more and more books kept coming to mind. I might have to make another list soon. I love to read and books have been very instrumental in my life. Have you read any of these? What books have impacted you greatly?


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