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More influential Christian books


Here is a listing of more Christian books that according to author William Petersen in his book One Hundred Influential Christian Books that Changed the Century actually did change it.


1.The Mind of the Maker (1941). Dorothy Sayers. This British writer's output was prodigious. Accomplished in several fields, she authored many detective stories, including the ones involving Lord Peter Wimsey. A scholar of Dante, Sayers also wrote a famous radio play called The Man Born to be King which stated that it was the only thing that ever really happened.


A strong defender of the Christian faith, Sayers wrote The Mind of the Maker as an explanation of the Trinity as set forth in the Apostles and Nicene creeds. She ponders "what does it mean that we are made in the image of God?" All we know is that by Genesis 1:26 is that God is a creator. So perhaps we are made to be creators also.


2.Your God is Too Small (1952). J.B. Phillips. Phillips stated that there are many misconceptions of

 God-the resident policeman, the parental hangover, the grand old man, God -in- a -box, the pale Galilean, etc.


He believed that if we want to know God as a person "we have to accept His own planned focusing of Himself as a human being. Only when we see Him down in the arena as a man, suffering, tempted, sweating and agonized, then dying a criminal's death- when we see that the Son of God loved me and gave Himself for me alone- only then does one really see the greatness of God."


3. The Kingdom of the Cults (1961). Walter Martin. This book identifies a cult as any religious group which differs significantly in one or more respects as to belief or practice from those religious groups which are regarded as a normative expression of religion in our total culture. He shows how these cults are divergent from Christianity in major areas and analyzes Unitarians, Jehovah Witnesses, Christian Science, Mormonism, Spiritism, Father Divine, Buddhism, Black Muslims, Unity and Rosicrucianism among others.


Quoting from each group, Martin examines how each cult views key Christian doctrines such as the Scriptures, the Trinity, Jesus Christ, salvation, atonement, and the resurrection.


4. The God who is There (1968).  Francis Schaeffer. The Schaeffers established L'Abri as a home in Switzerland for those who wanted spiritual help. University students were astonished at Schaeffer's broad sweep of knowledge and how he made everything-from music and the fine arts to philosophy and psychology-  fit together.


Many evangelicals credit him as the man who started them thinking about Christianity and Jesus -not only as savior , but as Lord of all-including culture and science and philosophy. The God who is There charged that philosphers dismiss as irrational everything that gives meaning to our llives. It showed  how the historic Christian faith has an integrity of its own. Schaeffer fought for the intellectual integration of the Christian faith.


5.Knowing God (1993) J. I. Packer. "Nothing is as important as knowing God," according to Packer. "It is the most practical program anyone can engage in."


He stated that knowing God involves a personal relationship whereby you give yourself to God on the basis of His promise to give Himself to you. This God for us to know is the God of the Bible, the God of Romans, the God revealed in Jesus of historic Christian teaching. Knowing Him starts with knowing about Him, then learning of His revealed character and ways. The man who really knows God will be "more than a conqueror."

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