Ten Invaluable Christian Books

A great book is invaluable. There are a few in my collection that I return to over and over and can’t imagine being without. These books are worth more to me than great grandma’s antique china! Do you know what I’m saying? If I had to depart with all my worldly goods and could only keep one thing it would be a stack of my favorite books.

Monday night I was the guest speaker on Proverbs 31 MinistriesBible- study conference call with Melissa Taylor. We had a wonderful time! If you want to hear it, it was recorded- so you still have the opportunity. They are studying an amazing book; Let it Go, written by my dear friend Karen Ehman. At the end of the call I was asked what other books I’m reading. I think that’s a great question…

What you read really tells everything about who you are, what your desires are and what your future goals are. My response to the question; “Tortured for Christ- by Richard Wormbrand, Jesus Freaks- by D.C. Talk and The Cost of Discipleship by- Dietrich Bonhoeffer.”

In my present stack of favorite books;

The one and only infallible and inspired Word of God; the Bible is my favorite book. I love the fact that Corrie Ten Boom was able to smuggle a Bible into her concentration camp. She ministered the hope of eternity in the darkest place, and as a result- many chose Christ as their savior before their death.

The Spiritual Guide by Michael Molinos– written in 1675. There have been more copies of this book burned than perhaps any other single Christian book ever published. Michael Molinos was condemned to imprisonment in a dungeon for writing this book and he never came out. It is a phenomenal book about the deep things of Jesus; the cross and suffering. Oh my goodness, it is priceless to me.

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. This book draws you into a deep, abiding relationship with the One who “Nourishes the soul.” It’s a spiritual masterpiece exposing the roadblocks that keep us from fully knowing God. It reveals our responsibly in the pursuit, and ultimately leads us into the very presence of God Himself.

Desiring God by John Piper. Very insightful, must read!

Tortured for Christ by Richard Wormbrand. This is the story of courage, tenacious faith and unbelievable endurance. Wormbrand spent years in solitary confinement, physical torture, hunger and mental cruelty. His crime (like thousands of others) was his fervent belief in Jesus Christ and his public witness concerning his faith. Oh my goodness. . . I weep every time I read it- not because the stories are gruesome, but (oh my!) the love of Jesus will blow you up. Literally, I’ll be sitting down while I read it and find myself standing in ovation in tears to what true love for Christ looks like!

Jesus Freaks by D.C. Talk. I LOVE this book. It is a collection of short stories about men, women, and children who have suffered for their faith in Jesus. We used to read a story a night to our youngest in our devotion times together. Oh my, it puts our current problems in proper perspective. You must have this book in your collection.

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is on my lap right now. I haven’t read it all but the premise of it, deny self, pick up your cross and follow Him. Bonhoeffer is an amazingly brilliant man with unquenchable faith. He died for what he believed in.

George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans by Janet and Geoff Benge. Do you need your faith bolstered? Read this book! It’ll only take you a few hours to read and you’ll want to buy another one so you can give your copy away. It’s that good, I promise!

Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China by Janet and Geoff Benge. Incredible book. I loved it.

Fiction Books:

The Final Quest by Rick Joyner. A gripping story of the last battle between light and darkness. I read it at an airport waiting for my flight. I’m surprised I heard my flight called because I was so engrossed in it! It’s a great read!

The Prisoner in the Third Cell by Gene Edwards. It is a dramatic story of John the Baptist, imprisoned by Herod and awaiting death. He struggles to understand a Lord who doesn’t rescue him out of the prison. If you are a suffering Christian, or know one, this book will bring enormous comfort and insight into God’s ways. I love this easy read and it is thought provoking.

I want to give away a few of these books. Just leave a comment telling me which book you want to read (Tortured for Christ, Final Quest or Jesus Freaks) and I’ll enter your name in the drawing for that book. Don’t forget to check back to see if you won. I’ll pick a winner Friday at 10:00 AM! May the Lord increase your wisdom and understanding in the deeper things of Him! Each winner gets just one of the books. If you want a Bible I have one to give away, just let me know!

 Proverbs 4:6-7 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding (NIV).

  • Brittanny said:

    I love this! I have never actually read Jesus Freaks and would love to add that to my collection :)

    • It's one I would never want to be without Brittanny! Blessings!

  • Diane Fetter said:

    Thanks for sharing these great books. I would be happy with any of them, but I believe The Pursuit of God would help me grow in my spiritual walk.

    • You are welcome Diane! The Pursuit of God is amazing! Blessings!

  • julie said:

    Final Quest

  • Susan Ruffa said:

    Would love to read Jesus Freaks to my children. It sounds like we could ALL learn from it!! Thanks for the chance to win!! :)

    • Susan, how old are your children? It would be easiest to understand if they are older than 10. Blessings!

  • Tetesa Kuhl said:

    Final Quest for my entry. I love the deep teachings, love the witnessing testimonies, but I need a good piece of fiction right now!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Tetesa, it's hard to find a gripping fiction book. This is an excellent one! Blessings!

  • Lisa S said:

    I would love to read Jesus Freak, that would be a great blessing!

  • Latosha said:

    I just started reading again and am currently reading Karen Ehman's book, "Let.It.Go" Thank you for sharing your favorite books.

    • Hi Latosha! Are you doing the "Let it GO" online study with Melissa Taylor through P31? Blessings my friend!

  • Jane Wilson said:

    I would love to read Jesus Freaks!!

  • Jane Wilson said:

    I would love to read Jesus Freaks!

    • Jane-I wish I had enough for everyone to win. I love giving things away, it's so much fun. Blessings!

  • Charlotte Askew said:

    I would love to read Jesus Freaks.

    Love your collection. I too am passionate about my books, especially my Bibles. I have 10 Bibles, that does not count the 4 that I have on my Kindle. I love to read different versions of The Word. I love them all but my NIV Study Version has to be my most valuable for learning.

    I am a book person, love walking into a book store and smelling the aroma of knowledge.

    • Wow you've got a lot of Bibles! The NIV Bible that I linked to is coming out in March--Published through Zondervan and Proverbs 31 Ministries did the side bar devotions! I've got a couple in there! I'm excited!

      I love the smell of books too!! Blessings!

  • CaroleSpang said:

    Thank you for the insight and opportunity to win and read one of these amazing books. Anyone would be a blessing but Jesus Freaks would be my choice. God Bless you!

  • jenn said:

    I am checking into all these, would be blessed to win Jesus Freaks.

  • Rachel said:

    The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  • Teresa said:

    I would love to read "The Final Quest". I have the "Tortured for Christ" and I have read "Jesus Freaks". Thank you so much

    • I have a extra copies of "The Final Quest" so there may be a few winners of that one:). Blessings!

  • Lisa Chandler said:

    Sharon, I had forgotten about "Jesus Freaks" and would love a copy of that book. We love Voice of the Martyrs and some of the books listed are from them as I have seen on their website and publications I receive from them. One day our family will be on the mission field in West Africa, so we love sharing stories of those around the world that suffer for their faith in Jesus. Our kids love them, too. We have 3 children - 2 daughters (ages 9 and almost 7) and a 5 year old son. As Americans living with freedom to go to church, read our Bibles, pray in public places...I think we can forget and take for granted the luxury of living in a place that allows us to do so. Thanks for sharing your favorite books list as I will keep in mind some others you have mentioned that I have not gotten to yet (Bonhoffer). Bless you, Sharon :)

    • Hi Lisa! I'm so happy you mentioned Voice of the Martyrs. I haven't looked at their recommended reading books. I'll have to visit the site! Wow, West Africa!! May the Lord give you everything you need to get there and minister the hope of Jesus! May the Lord bless you and your family.

      • Lisa Chandler said:

        Thank you, Sharon! I saw that I won "Jesus Freaks" and I never win anything and screamed out loud! And what a nice surprise in my day as sadly I am going to my cousin's funeral later today (he would have been 19 on March 4th, but committed suicide earlier this week). Here is my email: Ljchandler72@googlemail.com and here is "our" blog - really my husband writes it and you will see it's been awhile...: http://leaders4life-sierraleone.blogspot.com/ I appreciate your prayers as we are in a waiting on the Lord season and so much to say - all mentioned above really long stories I won't bore you with! ;) Peace and blessings to you - keep up the good work for God's work! Bless you, Sharon :)

        • Oh no Lisa, that's awful about your cousin!I'm so sorry. I will pray for your family today. Peace and blessings to YOU! Love, Sharon

  • Ashley said:

    I would love to read "Tortured for Christ". My One Word for 2013 is "Faith" and last year it was "Love". To hear how much other's love God and suffer for their faith will encourage me to do the same! Thank you and God bless you, Sharon!

    • Hi Ashley! It's so good to see your name! I pray all is well with you and your family. May the Lord bless you!

  • Hilda Quintanilla said:

    I'm a bookworm! I'd love to read The cost of discipleship. Thank U

    • My dear Hilda, I woke up last night thinking about your dear daddy. I haven't stopped praying for him. Love you, Sharon

  • Jeanie Kelley said:

    They all sound wonderful. The Final Quest would be my pick. Thanks so much.

  • Cindy H said:

    I would really enjoy "Jesus Freaks". Did not know they had a book, but we are big dc Talk fans. Thank you for the opportunity :) Have really enjoyed reading your blog.

    • Thank you Cindy! I don't know that D.C. Talk has any other book other than this one. It has been a huge hit for a while. Blessings!

  • Jennie said:

    I am checking into all these books, The one I be blessed to win would be Jesus Freaks, something about the title and sharing it with my family is drawing me to it!

    • Your name is entered for it! I wish I had one for everybody! blessings

  • Sharon, it sounds like you have an amazing collection of books. I would love the opportunity to read Jesus Freaks by D.C. Talk. I have the book titled, "Tortured for Christ" and can adhere to the fact that it is a must read. After listening to you at the weekly conference call on Monday, I see I need to add you to my collection of weekly blogs to read each week. Have a blessed day and God Bless You! :)

    • Aw, thank you Charolette! May the Lord bless you! Love, Sharon

  • Stephanie Townzen said:

    I love to read, and I have made my list for the bookstore based on your recomendations. Thanks a million. I have the other two so put me in for "The Final Quest"

    • You're welcome Stephanie! You name is in the drawing for "The Final Quest." Wow you've already your your list in at the bookstore! I'm impressed! Blessings!

  • Laurie said:

    I would love to The Final Quest. This is an amazing list. I am reading Undaunted by Christine Caine right now.

    • Your name is entered Laurie! What is "Undaunted" about? Blessings!

  • Joy said:

    Well my friend....I want to race out and purchase all the ones listed that I haven't read! And...how on earth to choose which title from those 3 you suggested?? Your enthusiasm over all of them stirs my heart to long to read each one. I think I'll leave it like this, should I be blessed enough that the Lord would cause you to draw my name, I would also let Him choose (via you) which book He thinks would be His choice for me. I love that I fully trust that if He thinks I need one right now, I rest in the knowledge it will come my way. :-)

    I love you my friend...and thanks for your precious message yesterday. You always bless and encourage my heart. God gave specific direction to me again today in His Word and though difficult, I am following. May He keep me strong.
    Hugs and prayers,

    • Hi Joy! Have you read any of the three yet? I love you and have prayed for you today! Love and hugs, Sharon

      • Joy said:

        THANK YOU for your prayers....that is worth far more than any book. Nothing blesses or humbles me more than to know that someone has taken time to pray for me.

        No, I hate to admit I haven't read any of those three. I have a ceiling to floor, wall to wall library packed with books, books in boxes, boxes in bins, 99% non fiction (I don't tend to purchase fiction, I can borrow those from the church library). A book is a "friend" to me and I underline, write in the margins, and read them over again. After working 12 years in a library, and working for a Christian Bookstore, nothing is a sweeter treat to me than a book.

        You've made me think about this: http://ponderinginhispresence.blogspot.ca/2009/11/never-ending-story.html I wrote it over 3 years ago. My life is a book. Words wait to be written. An award winning novel, a best seller, a captivating love story between a Princess and her King. Our lives are the most beautiful stories being written. I surrender to His plot. Trust His conclusion. I'm guaranteed it will be happily every after!

        • Joy, I just read your blog post, I LOVED it!! You're an amazing writer! That was beautiful and perfect use of scripture! Thank you for sharing that. Love and hugs, sharon

          • Joy said:

            Thanks for reading...and for your encouragement. HAHAHA...I loved your second comment too *smile*, but you're never "anonymous"...especially to God....He knows you by name. :-)

  • Pat McGlinchey said:

    Jesus Freaks sounds like a wonderful read. Actually all three sound so great that even if I don't win, they will be on my bookshelf anyway:)

    • Hi Pat! Your name is in for Jesus Freaks! I'm thrilled that you're planning to have all the books mentioned! Blessings! Sharon

  • Vickie said:

    Would love to read Jesus Freaks

    • Your name is entered Vickie! Check back tomorrow for the winners names! Blessings!

  • Divya Nanu said:

    Dear Sharon,

    Request you to add my name in any of them.. I stand alone for christ in my family, I would love to be encouraged to stand on faith irrespective of challenges which I go through.

    Thank You..

    • I will gladly add your name to the drawing Divya!Lord, we ask that you increase Divya's faith, give her confidence and Your peace. In Jesus' Name Amen. Blessings, Sharon

  • megan might said:

    Hi Mrs. Glasgow, I'm afaid I've been trying to track down a copy of The Final Quest for some time now, and this was too good to pass up. On a dIfferent note, I have a copy of Jesus Freaks that I desire to give to you for one of these wonderful people- there's so many that desire to read it that I can't just keep it to myself! So if you don't mind, could you add it as an additional copy for your drawing? Thank you and may God continue to richly bless your work!
    Yours in Christ,
    Megan Might

    • Wonderful! Thank you Megan!I'll take you up on that copy and enter your name for The Final Quest! Love, Sharon

  • Karla H. said:

    I would love to read Jesus Freaks. They all sound great! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Kristin said:

    Thank you for sharing your personal reading list. What a great resource. I'd welcome the opportunity to read any of them, but feel like DC Talks' collection of short stories in Jesus Freaks would be a huge blessing for me right now. God bless you and your sweet family.

  • Beth Lindgren said:

    I would LOVE to read Jesus Freaks! I work at a christian preschool and the staff begins everyday with devotions for 30 mins. So I would love to be able to share from this book during my next devotion! Sharon, I would love to have YOU come speak to us!

  • The winners of the books are below. Send me your mailing address. Send by email to sharon@sharonglasow.com

    Jesus Freaks- Brittany posted at 8:11AM Thurs
    Lisa Chandler
    Beth Lindgren
    Divya Nanu
    Tortured for Christ- Ashley posted at 12:16

    Final Quest- Laurie posted at 6:57PM
    Tetesa Kuhl

  • Beth Lindgren said:

    I cannot get my email with address to go thru to Sharon's email. So here's my address:
    46 Forge Valley Dr
    Mills River, NC 28759

    Thank you, Beth Lindgren

    • Thanks Beth! I'll send it out today! Blessings!!

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  • Regina Birdwell said:

    I read Jesus Freaks a few years ago and it is an eye opening account of what is really going on in the world around us. I borrowed it from my daughter who said it was a must read, and I have to agree.