So, I read a lot of books. What are some of my favorites? Quick note: the Bible is an obvious recommendation, but on this list I will be providing books outside of the Bible that will help you on your spiritual journey. Also important— this list will continue to grow, so see this as an incomplete list for now.
1. Kingdom Come by Mark Waid
This is one of my favorites. This graphic novel with superb writing by Mark Waid and even more stellar painted artwork by superstar artist Alex Ross centers on older versions of your favorite DC superheroes. The book is framed by a crisis of morals on the part of the new generation of superheroes, who’ve taken up much more reckless and dangerous methods. The main character, Reverend Norman McKay, is plauged by visions of the future (based on passages from Revelation) and gets help from “God’s swift and terrible sword,” the Spectre. This book offers a great conversation on what a hero is and teaches an important lesson about how darkest times are when we shine the brightest. Definitely pick this one up, even if it is just for the gorgeous art.
2. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
A book offering profound wisdom by C.S. Lewis, Screwtape centers on letters from one demon to another giving advice on how to best make humans fall. There’s not much to explain about it outside of telling you that you need to read it. It gets very intellectually deep at times, but I highly encourage you to read it.
3. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
This fantastic autobiograpy by a former Muslim starts out slow, telling stories from Qureshi’s Muslim upbringing gets deep and intense soon after when talking about his journey to find truth about God that led him away from Islam and to Christianity. This book offers a perspective on Islam and its flaws that only one who spent years knee-deep in it could give.
4. Answering Jihad by Nabeel Qureshi
Another profound book on Islam by Nabeel Qureshi, this book skips the biographical details of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus and gets right into the meat-and-potatoes— answering many questions about Islam and Christianity, including bombshells like “do Muslims and Christians worship the same God,” and “how does jihad compare to Old Testament violence?” Definitely pick this one up.
5. Good Call by Jase Robertson
I love Duck Dynasty. Sue me. Even if you don’t like the show, this book by one of the show’s stars, Jase Robertson, offers profound wisdom about purity as a teenager and even why bad things happen to good people. It also includes some funny stories from Jase’s upbringing, making this one a great and fun read.
6. Me, Myself, and Bob by Phil Vischer
I grew up almost worshipping VeggieTales. I apparently was potty-trained using VeggieTales tapes. So, when I found out its creator Phil Vischer wrote a book detailing Big Idea’s meteoric rise and even more meteoric bankruptcy and fall, I was highly intrigued. It’s a great read, and it delves pretty deep into the idea of dreams in comparison to God’s plan. Excellent read.