I thought this might be fun. Name the top 3 books, other than the Bible, that influence you as a Christian. Here are mine.
1. "My Religion: What I Believe" by Leo Tolstoy. (This book really slapped me in the face for having the audacity to claim Christ as my Savior, and yet deny His teachings by my lifestyle. Tolstoy cleared up dozens of "contradictions" in the Gospel for me, and really got to the heart of Christ's message, which is love. This book was pivotal for me in a time of spiritual confusion.)
2. "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo. (The story of the saintly convict, Jean Valjean, was probably one of the first things that pointed me to Christ while in college. At the time I was searching for a meaning to life, and this book answered ALL of my questions for me. It was after a while of pondering Hugo's message that I realized something: everything that I loved about the story of Les Miz was preached by Christ while He was on earth. Helping the helpless, turning the other cheek, giving one's cloak, loving one's enemies, and forgiveness. To this day, I consider this the greatest work of Christian-themed fiction ever published.)
3. "The Visitation" by Frank Peretti. (I consider this novel to be a masterpiece. Peretti takes a satirical, hilarious look at the church of today, which is about as personal and warm as a guillotine. The basic storyline is about a man, claiming to be Jesus in the flesh, who appears in a town full of small churches. The people go running after him like a herd of lemmings, refusing to listen to reason. All this is observed by a cynical former pastor with a deadpan sense of humor. I suppose that I identified with the guy, and it really helped me feel like someone was out there who understood me and felt the same as I did about churches these days.)
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Edited by Walt1093, 21 August 2013 - 01:53 PM.