Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Recommended Readings Bookshelf
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- St. Augustine
Confessions of St. Augustine -- The most popular work of the man who more
than any other shaped western civilization. The first 10 chapters constitute a
spiritual autobiography and some spiritual and philosophical reflections; the
last three chapters are a reflection on the creation story of Genesis 1.
- John Bunyan
Progress -- A spiritual allegory. Of books written in English, one of the
all-time most popular.
- G. K. Chesterton
-- Chesterton's writing reminds me of C.S. Lewis, but a little more colorful,
a little more quirky. This book is an apology for the Christian world-view.
- Jonathan Edwards
Affections -- "What is the nature of true religion? . . . [What are] the
distinguishing notes of that virtue and holiness that is acceptable in the
sight of God?" In this classic work by America's greatest theologian and
philosopher, Edwards considers the nature of revival and the genuine work of
the Holy Spirit. Don't read this book if you want to keep worshipping your
- George Fox
of George Fox -- This is a fascinating journal of the exploits of the
founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers). It is also very illuminating
about the political and religious state of seventeenth century England -- for
example, Fox lives through the commonwealth period, meets Cromwell, and
prophesies his downfall after he treats Quakers badly.
- St. Ignatius of Loyola
Spiritual Exercises Spiritual exercises arranged into 4 weeks, by the
founder of the Jesuits.
- St. John of the Cross
- Ascent of
Night of the Soul -- The writings of St. John of the Cross are unsurpassed
for mystical theology. The "dark night" is a must-read for anyone seriously
concerned about growing spiritually.
- Thomas à Kempis
Imitation of Christ -- This book is said to have been published in more
editions than any other, apart from the Bible, with 6000 appearing by the turn
of this century. This little devotional book is simply written but immensely
moving. Highly recommended.
- William Law
Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life -- This is one of two or three
books that greatly influenced the young J. Wesley.
- Brother Lawrence
Practice of the Presence of God -- In this little collection of letters
and reflections, Brother Lawrence encourages us to be continually in God's