Modern books on religion and church
The modern world is full of people looking for comfort and meaning. Lots of factors make people’s lives more comfortable than before. Today people work remotely, pay bills with just one click or have fun online on sites like luckystreet.com. When it comes to searching for meaning, I’ve found myself turning to the books that have helped me along my path. Maybe some of these will work for you too!
Jesus Feminist is a book about how the Bible treats women. It’s also about how Jesus treated women in his time, and how Jesus’ teachings are relevant to our lives today.
In this book, Sarah Bessey shows that feminism doesn’t have to be anti-Christian or even anti-male. It’s actually deeply compatible with Christianity because it helps us see that God created both men and women to be equal parts of one whole human race.
In Hallelujah Anyway, Anne Lamott urges readers to “go ahead and use the word God” and reminds them that faith is not about perfection but about grace. The book is part memoir, part advice for writers and anyone who has ever felt lost in their faith or identity. You’ll be reminded of what it means to embrace your humanity as you hear from a beloved writer whose words echo with wisdom.
Radical is a book by David Platt. It gives an introduction to the Christian faith and its call to radical discipleship, love for God and neighbor, and commitment to following Jesus. The book seeks to answer questions about what it means for Christians to live in a way that looks like Jesus did.
The Reason for God
This book is a great way to introduce yourself to the topic of faith and doubt. The author does an excellent job at explaining how we can have confidence in the existence of God as a Christian, even when things don’t seem to add up. He writes from personal experience and uses scripture extensively throughout his work. It also helps that he has written other books on similar topics which are just as helpful (particularly Counterfeit Gods).
Blue Like Jazz
Blue Like Jazz is a 2003 memoir by Donald Miller, in which he recounts his experiences as a young man coming of age and finding his faith. The book was made into a movie in 2012.
God Doesn’t; We Do
One of the most common ways to think about God is that he is a cosmic killjoy, always telling us what we cannot do and how we are not supposed to live. But if this were true, why did Jesus come? He certainly didn’t come to make life more restrictive for people; rather, he came to set us free from sin and death so that our joy would be complete.
If you have ever felt stifled by religious rules or regulations that made you feel like a second-class citizen because of something outside your control—be it race or gender or sexual orientation—you should read this book!