I would like to share with you how reading books by prominent and powerful Christians has tremendously blessed me. I believe reading such materials could really bless you too. I am blessed to come from a family of strong Christians. They prayed long and hard, and when I finally turned to serve the Lord they had many great materials for me to study. Of course the greatest Christian book is the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is God's Word, God's personal message to you. The Holy Bible alone is a living book. Read Joshua 1:8 and Psalms 1 - study of God's Word will help you succeed in every area of life. In fact, one must be careful not to let other Christian reads take the place of their time with God in His Word.
But I must show appreciation for the wonderful wisdom I have received through the Biblically based writings of other Christians. I'm referring to books that focus on a subject and show what the Bible says about it, especially to enlighten, encourage, and exhort the reader. Several times in my life God has pointed me to a book by Kenneth Copeland or Bill Winston (for example) to help aid my study and understanding of His Word. If you scroll down our blog page, you will see a box labeled "EFG Favorite Books." All of them have significantly impacted me and helped me walk my Christian path.
Many people write Christian materials, so you need to pray for God to lead you to those best for you. Perhaps during this season God wants you alone with His Word. But I'm sure that sooner or later He would like for you to read some of the outstanding helps His servants have written for you.
I will leave you with one thought on the subject to ponder. Consider that the Apostle Peter literally referred to Paul's writings, during Paul's lifetime, as "Scripture." That's an amazing statement. (2 Peter 3:15-16) Therefore what is a "Scripture?" I would call it something the Spirit of God wrote through a man. Now I'm not suggesting that any Christian work other than the Bible should be treated as God's Perfect Word, but I'm simply saying that the Spirit of God might still be writing. So maybe God directs me to writings that He helped write, even ones written recently. I'm not sure, but I would like to believe that.
Please let us know which Christian authors you read, and why you find their writings valuable to your Christian walk. May God bless you and keep you! Please let's keep the comments positive and love-based. -EFG