Matt’s Top 5 Books You Should Read [Not Including the Bible]

Here is a list of books that I would recommend to any Christian to read along with the Bible. The Bible should be your go-to book, period! But what should you read next?

In this list, I have included five books that I would recommend, without reservation, to a new and/or growing Christian. You will find that I am recommending some of these books because I want to whet your appetite for a few prolific authors of our day. For each book, I’ll give a brief summary and why I choose this book for my list. I will also include an Amazon link so you can order the book or download it on your Kindle device. 1. The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Tim Keller has given us a great book on the parable of the Prodigal Son. In it, he shows us the lostness of both brothers and the heart of God, our Father, for lost sinners. He shows us how this parable speaks against self-righteousness and religious moralism, both of which are strong cultural currents today.


I recommend this book because it is so relevant to our culture and a great tool to challenge your thinking. And you can share it with others; it is a short book of about 150 pages. I also want you to experience a significant Christian writer and thinker of our time. This is a rich book worthy of your time. You might just become a Tim Keller Fan.


“The hearts of the two brothers were the same. Both sons resented their father’s authority and sought ways of getting out from under it. They each wanted to get into a position in which they could tell the father what to do. Each one, in other words, rebelled—but one did so by being very bad and the other by being extremely good. Both were alienated from the father’s heart; both were lost sons”

2. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer


A.W. Tozer has given us a classical study of our inner life and the thirsting of our hearts after God. David says, “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.” — Psalm 42:1 Tozer leads us to the streams of a deeper walk with our God. He writes with a longing heart and powerful words.


I recommend this book because we often make Christianity into a religion and we need to lead with our hearts. Tozer calls us to look at WHY we are pursuing God, and to renew our calling and refresh our souls with the living water. He calls us to move away from our stodgy religion to a heart-driven passion for God.