What one book should everyone read?

Every Tuesday we gather at Speak What We Feel to ruminate together over questions about life both serious and silly to grow together in understanding and perspective of one another and of our world at large. Today’s question:

If you could get everyone in your church to read two books, one fiction, one non-fiction, what would make the top of your church’s required reading list?


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4 Responses to What one book should everyone read?

  1. Brian says:

    Fiction – Fyodor Dostoevsky, “Crime and Punishment” (Even though Leif Enger’s “Peace Like a River” is my favorite)

    Non-fiction – John Piper, “The Pleasures of God”

    • reneamac says:

      Oooo. Dostoevsky. I started Crime and Punishment via audiobook… probably not the best medium. I couldn’t finish it. I’ll have to put it back toward the top of my list. Why do you recommend it for the Christian’s development?

      I also haven’t read The Pleasures of God, but I have read Hunger for God, and once you’ve read one Piper book you’ve read them all, right? 😉

      • Brian says:

        It’s great for Christian development, because it presents so starkly some really deep Christian truths: the pervasive depravity of human hearts, the destructive nature of pride, and the depth and power of love to redeem.

        So they say about Piper books! There are definitely some themes which run through all his books. But assuming that each work has its own subject and angle, this is my favorite.

        • reneamac says:

          That’s exactly the sort of thing I feel makes quality fiction essential to Christian development. Thanks for specifying.

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