2012 Editor’s Choice Top 10 Christian Books With The Greatest Influential Contribution

By: Curtis Wayne 0 Comments   12/5/2012

Last year I didn’t get a chance to publish this list until January and several people asked why I didn’t publish this list before the end of the year so they could use these for gift ideas.

So here are my top 10 Christian books of 2012 and in case you missed last year's, click here to read those.

I have considered hundreds of books and narrowed them down to these 10 as the greatest influential contributors in 2012.

These books were chosen because they provide the greatest contribution to the most widespread arguments against the knowledge of Christ this year.

These books cover, the inerrancy of scripture, the existence of God, the unfolding Middle East, the definition of marriage, the demand to witness to the next-generation, how to make your life count as a hero, how a biblical worldview impacts the future, how God became King and forever changed history, why the role of motherhood is most important, and finally the life of despair that the sexual revolution brought.

These 10 books completely demolish many of the widespread arguments that have set themselves up against the knowledge of Jesus Christ this year.  So remember them and refer to them wherever you see these arguments being made – after all that is what we are here for.  (2 Corinthians 10:5) "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God"

These books trounce these arguments made against Christ. They point to the truth that sets people free from darkness that so easily entangles.

Top 10 Christian Books with the Greatest Influential Contribution in 2012

Solid Ground: The Inerrant Word of God in an Errant World

The debate about whether or not the bible is the inerrancy Word of God will be one of the defining issues of the coming decade. No generation in the history of Americans is questioning the bible more than this one. This book answers the challenge, proving what without a doubt the bible is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God. Therefore, it is valuable to study and take seriously when questioning will result in a life of goodness or a life that has disappointments and depression.

The Magic Man in the Sky: Effectively Defending the Christian Faith

Are Christians just kidding themselves? Are believers wasting their lives serving an imaginary friend in the clouds? And do Christians even have the courage to confront the hard questions about God's existence? If you are challenged with this question, then this is the book for you. The author directly addresses the doubts and fears of young Christians in a hostile culture. In a time of doubt and darkness, this book brings a confident and joyful message that God loves us, life has a purpose, and best of all, he can prove it.

Middle East Burning: Is the Spreading Unrest a Sign of the End Times?

Indeed the Middle East is burning. How can we make sense of it all? At first glance the many hotspots may seem without a pattern, without rhyme or reason. But a look at Scripture helps paint a clear picture of what's taking place, giving insight on current events in Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Syria, and more. Hitchcock discusses and gives insight to relevant scriptures, particularly from Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation. He also cautions us not to try to place news events into the scriptures at times when they don't fit.

What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense

As many nations are facing an attack on marriage, this book brilliantly explains why the definition of marriage is so critical and why defending marriage is absolutely essential to freedom. The authors remove religion from the discussion and show exactly why defending natural marriage in civil law is for the best of everyone regardless of religion. And finally, this book deflates the argument of “marriage equality." Equal to what? Equal in what ways? This book is perhaps the greatest contribution to this debate this year.

Will Our Generation Speak?

At 23 years old, Grace Mally is part of this generation. Her book, Will Our Generation Speak? A Call to be Bold with the Gospel, offers an invigorating challenge to share the gospel boldly. Filled with personal, real-life experiences, this book is practical and compelling. Mally makes a compelling case to young people, addressing the fears we face and excuses we make, and provides vision for being strong for the Lord in our youth. It contains practical ideas of how to begin conversations, how to ask the right questions, defend the gospel, and walk closely with the Lord ourselves.

Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants  to Do with You

John MacArthur in his new book, "Twelve Unlikely Heroes" shows us that God picks unexpected and ordinary people to be heroes of his Kingdom. These twelve gave up everything, from family to careers to their futures to join the ministry of Christ. Who are the “Heroes" of our day? For some, it might be the image of someone with great influence or popularity. But from God’s perspective, a hero is someone that has followed after Christ to gain the knowledge of God, which has the power to transform the world.

Christian Contours: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and Heart

What does it mean to think and live as a Christian in a world of competing worldviews? Does Christianity really provide a practical way to live life or is it just theological ideas that can be separated from your life? This book challenges Christians to not compartmentalize their faith, but to realize that Christianity is reality, that Christ is Lord every day. It is unfortunate that we are inundated with competing worldviews, but we must keep in mind that they are counterfeits that try to distract us and deceive us into thinking that we can live different from the reality of what Christ revealed – that sin destroys our lives.

How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels

Wright's claim that Jesus becoming king is the point of the gospels may not sound all that shocking to readers upon first glance. What Wright is really saying is that the story goes all the way back to creation, when sin entered the world and gained a legal foothold on earth, in which Christ gained back on the cross, dethroning all other claims of rulers on earth. History is not unfolding based on our work. Wright shows us that Christ is not going to rule some day in the future, but he is already King, actively and involved, unfolding history according to his plan.

Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role

Few people realize it today, but Motherhood is a divine call. The role of mothers is by far more important than almost anything a woman could do with her life. In this amazing book, Erin shares her journey to discovering this truth. Erin started her life believing the lies that she would be more important and therefore fulfilled by building a career rather than becoming a mother. What she found out was just the opposite. On top of that, the single best way to reach the next generation for Christ is to embrace motherhood.

Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution

This book shows that society is in denial. The sexual revolution was and is a lie. It harms every one of us, denies science and all the empirical data that has come out in the past decade proves it. Perhaps one of the boldest books in a generation to point out that the statistics don’t lie. The Hollywood culture has exploited the human desire to be loved in order to build a business model that markets evil as if it was good for us, which has led this generation into a life of despair.

 

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Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph

In this extraordinary book, Dennis Prager, argues that the global social and political crisis of the 21st century is really an intellectual crisis. That is, a battle of ideas between American values and their alternatives. That is the reality of Christ vs. all other ideas. The knowledge of God is an intellectual substance and sharing it with other people is what changes the world. This book counters what college students are learning today in their Marist classes. America is the greatest nation in the world with the greatest ideas in the world.

Revolutionaries: Men and Women in Every Century Who Advanced Christianity

This book will stir your heart to away, become the bold Lion you called to be. Start a Revolution and save millions. This book is full of stories of the people who took Christianity from its humble beginnings of several hundred followers to what is now the world's largest religion, with over 2 billion adherents around the world today. These are their untold lessons - powerful, yet practical truths to enable us to start a revolution today.

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters

In Counterfeit Gods he tells of Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Jonah and Zacchaeus. Each one of these characters and the stories of their lives are used to teach the reader about the prevalence of idolatry in the Bible and in the human heart. "The human heart takes good things like a successful career, love, material possessions, even family, and turns them into ultimate things. Our hearts deify them as the center of our lives, because, we think, they can give us significance and security, safety and fulfillment, if we attain them." An idol is; "anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give."

How Christianity Made the Modern World

The books shows how through century after century, Bible-believing Christians put their faith into action to help those who were unable to help themselves. In an age where Christians are often marginalized and where secular reporters with their warped anti-Christ agenda decry much of what our forefather did or even deny the West's Christian heritage, then this book is refreshing, life-giving and invigorating rain from heaven, soaked in facts, history, testimony and personal observation in country after country and place after place. Christianity is truly responsible for the success of the modern world.