2011 Editor’s Choice Top 10 Christian Books with the Greatest Influential Contribution

By: Curtis Wayne 0 Comments   1/27/2012

There were hundreds of great new books in 2011 that advanced the knowledge of Christ and I'm sure many of them will gain popularity as they make their way into the hands of readers in the next few years.

Here are my top 10 including the reason they made my list.

At this point in history, the intellectual movement to defend and uphold the knowledge of Christ is more alive than ever.

The authority of Christ and the truth claims of Christianity cannot be discredited only drowned out in a sea of false ideas taught by men in search of personal gain. 

The strategy of the information age appears to be to make it more difficult to find the truth by diluting the truth in a sea of other books that have nothing to say but confuse readers with relativism and circular references of irrational logic. 

Regardless of the confusion set in motion by relativism and postmodern ideologies, the knowledge of Christ remains the cornerstone of all civilization.

If what Jesus said could be proven false, it would have been by now as thousands of scholars have tried. If the truth could be proven false, then it would not be the truth. 

So without further delay, here is the top 10 Christian books on 2011.

Top 10 Christian Books with the Greatest Influential Contribution in 2011

Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters

This book is timely because as we approach the last days the church will become more and more captivated by the magnitude of the person of Jesus. As the church faces the many challenges of the twenty-first century, Wright has presented a vision of Jesus that more than meets them. When we are pulled into defending our faith against the world, we need to give them more than an argument. We need to show them who Jesus actually is, what he did and then dwell on the significant of that. “Jesus—the Jesus we might discover if we really looked,” explains Wright, “is larger, more disturbing, more urgent than we had ever imagined. We have successfully managed to hide behind other questions and to avoid the huge, world-shaking challenge of Jesus’s central claim and achievement.

Gunning for God: A Critique of the New Atheism

This book in important today because of the resent attach by academic Atheists that have tried to paint religion and faith in God as bad for society. The modern Atheists would like us to believe that science is against God and therefore it is irrational to believe in God. Lennox disproves this by explaining why science is compatible with faith, and indeed that science provides evidence for belief in God. He then addresses several popular misconceptions of the history of the relationship between science and faith, and between faith and violence. Lennox overturns much of the bombastic claims of the brights and the other pride-filled anti-theists. This book is very easy to read and offers many excellent reasons to be a Christian and there are no good reasons to stay in unbelief.

Alone with God: Rediscovering the Power and Passion of Prayer

One of the best ways to get to know Jesus better and grow in our faith is to spend time alone with him. For over 30 years trusted pastor and teacher John MacArthur has delivered practical, Biblical insights for helping Christians grow in their own journey of faith. In the age of great distress (Matt 24) the righteous will turn to prayer and therefore this book will become one of the most sought after as the church turns to Jesus. This book shows us that prayer is not what the world thinks it is, boring and routine. Rather prayer is joyful, fulfilling and insightful and we have much to gain. Prayer is the most effective means of change available to mankind.

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

The meaning of marriage is misunderstood in todays modern culture. This coupled with insightful commentary from his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy, Timothy Keller shows that God created marriage to bring us closer to him and to bring us more joy in our lives. It is a glorious relationship that is also the most misunderstood and mysterious. With a clear-eyed understanding of the Bible, and meaningful instruction on how to have a successful marriage, The Meaning of Marriage is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.

The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization

This book is perhaps the greatest explanation of the influence of the Bible on Western Civilization and its positive role in creating much of the good that many in the west take for granted, from the freedoms of women to simple respect for life. It testifies to the world just how awesome and powerful the Word of God is to people. It is truly amazing how many facets of our lives are touched by the teachings of the Bible. The knowledge of Christ is truly the only knowledge that can sustain any nation. There is no other knowledge that a people can build upon. Over and over he notes how it is people of faith who have historically made the biggest difference to those in need. Virtually all progress has been built by missionaries, and the mind set of missions is none other than the command of Christ.

Flipside Of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know and Men Can't Say

This is the best book I have ever read that explains the myths of feminism and how they have destroyed so many families. Suzanne explains feminist movement was never about supporting all women, just liberal women. The ideas of feminism are really just a big lie. The idea that feminism has something better to offer strong and independent women is sadly untrue. Women that take the identity of feminism are taking an unnecessary “burden of guilt-ridden, stressed out, and saddled with a psychological need to prove there important to the world”. Of course the work ‘Feminism’ is seldom used today, but the ideas are everywhere and loved by the media. But the opposite is true. Rather than being oppressive, marriage and motherhood are the greatest strengths of women that result in the greatest success and influent, both in career and as a wife and mother.

The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion

This is an honest look at how Jesus became the most important person in the history of the world. The story is fascinating because, there is a case to be made that the most important and influential person in the history of mankind was Jesus. There are other contenders, naturally; Buddha and Confucius come to mind, perhaps Muhammad. But the history of Christianity, plus the amazing speed with which it is growing in Africa and Latin America right now, certainly makes Jesus a very serious candidate. So, how did it happen? Up to now, there haven't been many satisfactory answers, unless you are content to admit that Jesus is God.

A Cry for Justice: Overcome anger, reject bitterness, and trust in Jesus who will fight for you

Anyone that has been through difficult times, this book is for you. Our demand for justice is a demand for a loving God. Shelley’s pain was so severe that she refused to believe in God and tried to end her life several times before God used a small group of believers to intervene in her life and show that God does exist. This is really an amazing story. Shelley's testimony is a powerful and relatable to anyone who has ever experienced pain or disappointment in their lives. She is refreshingly honest about her journey and tackles difficult questions about suffering. The book leaves you understanding the power and love of Jesus in a way that fills you with hope.

The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience the 12 Essentials of a Relevant Faith

This is a very insightful, Bible-centered, and well researched book that covers 12 foundational Christian beliefs. This is an excellent book for anyone questioning the Christian faith or anyone wanted to strengthen their faith or defend their faith. Nothing can be more worthy to study, then to study why the foundation of Christianity has stood the test of time, while remaining the only religion that is open to criticism. Scripture even invites us to prove otherwise if that were possible. Unlike all other religions that are protected by theocratic rulers and persecuted control of investigating their documents, Christianity has only been proven to be correct by anyone that has done the research and looked at the mountain of evidence. Take a look and see for yourself why the story of Christ is completely accurate.

The Ring Makes All the Difference: The Hidden Consequences of Cohabitation and the Strong Benefits of Marriage

How can young couples determine if moving in together is a wise move? With more than half of American young adults cohabitating sometime in their adult lives, pastors and counselors need to be prepared to advise young adults with factual and scriptural truth. With credible data and compassion, Stanton explores the reasons why the cohabitation trend is growing; outlines its negative outcomes for men, women and children; and makes a case for why marriage is still the best arrangement for the flourishing of couples and society.

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