What are the five most influential books you’ve ever read?

Friend and fellow blogger Frank Viola recently posted his own personal “top 100 books” list. I’m gonna take my cue from Frank and do the same (only my list will probably be considerably shorter). But first I thought it would be fun to get some feedback from you, dear reader. So my question today is, what are the five most influential books you’ve ever read, and why?


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6 responses to “What are the five most influential books you’ve ever read?

  • John Wilson

    Only five books? Uggggh! 🙂 Too many but the first five that come to mind are below but not in any particular order, except maybe in chronological order for me.

    Margin by Swenson
    The Peacemaker by Sande
    The Five Love Languages by Chapman
    Pagan Christianity by Viola/Barna
    From Eternity to Here by Viola

  • Seth

    I have much more than 5 but 5 that come to mind are.
    1. The Butterfly in You by Milt Rodriguez
    2. Ultimate Intention by Devern Fromke
    3. The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
    4. Against the Tide (story of Watchman Nee)
    5. From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola

    Thanks for asking.

  • C. Pridham

    Besides the Bible it would be –
    The Urantia – (Unknown) – Best Jesus story I ever read
    Climb the Highest Mountain – (G Edwards)- The need to loose
    A New Earth – (E Tolle) Best explanation of the flesh (ego) I have read
    The Spontaneous Healing of Belief (G Braden) – Wonderful book about true believing
    The Power of Myth (J. Campbell) The Spiritual Story of Christ and all the languages used to tell it.
    The Zen Manifesto (Osho) A Story about true liberalization and freedom

    Well that is five of my most influential 🙂

  • Bryan J. Corbin

    #1 – (The Bible) Of course no book could touch the influence that this one has had on me; all other books have to be viewed through the lens of God’s word.

    #2 – (My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers) I generally don’t like devotionals, but early in my walk with the Lord, Oswald Chambers really challenged me to go beyond what is typically accepted as religion.

    #3 – (The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis) This book is full of profound insights, both on spiritual matters and the nature of man.

    #4 – (The Practice of the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence) This book confirmed many things that it’d felt for a long time. Though it is a strange read, it absolutely rang true in my spirit.

    #5 – (The Shack – William Young) Though this book stirred some controversy, it was a deeply moving and thought provoking story.

  • andrew wehrheim

    Hmmmm. This is a tough one to pull off on a whim. Of course, La Biblia is numero uno. But my other five most influential would be:
    1) The practical expression of the Church by Witness Lee. Hugely influential and life-giving in terms of the nature and practice of the Church!
    2) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Great book. Historical Fiction. Very stirring account of an immigrant who comes to Chicago to find the american dream, but instead finds a nightmare.
    3) A Testament of Devotion by Thomas Kelly. Please read it and then you’ll know. Great chapters on the indwelling Christ and the Church-life, which he calls “the blessed community.”
    4) He Loves Me by Wayne Jacobson. A great, life-giving theology of the cross.
    5) I’ll say “The Shack”. Very life changing. Life touching.

    Those are in so specific order and I”m sure I’ll think of five others that should be on that list as the evening goes on.

  • Michael Young

    1) The Normal Christian Life – Watchman Nee

    2) Pagan Christianity -Viola/Barna

    3) From Eternity to Here – Viola

    4) The Temple Within -Milt Rodriguez

    5) Stewardship of the Mystery – T. Austin-Sparks

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