Voted the Best Christian Book of All Time

Reflections

What is the best Christian book of all time? (Outside of the Bible, of course.) And how could something as grand as that claim ever be determined? Well, scholars are typically never afraid to take on big challenges.

Scholar Voting

In a bracket reminiscent of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament, several years ago members of InterVarsity’sEmerging Scholars Networkpicked 64 great books written by Christian authors in four categories: (1) Theology & Apologetics, (2) Christian Life & Discipleship, (3) Fiction & Poetry, and (4) Memoirs, Devotionals, & Spirituality. At the end of the voting, St. Augustine’sConfessionsemerged as “The Best Christian Book of All Time.”1

C. S. Lewis’sMere Christianitywas runner-up, with J. R. R. Tolkien’sThe Lord of the Ringsand Dietrich Bonhoeffer’sThe Cost of Discipleshiprounding out the final four. The elite eight also includedThe Chronicles of Narniaby C…

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