The Reason for God by Tim Keller
By far the first book I would recommend for any person who is seriously curious about the Christian faith. Tim Keller masterfully answers some of today’s most common questions like: How can there only be one way to God? or How can there be a good God with evil and suffering in the world? If you want a book that will make you think yet communicate clearly this book will satisfy your inquiry. I think it is powerful for both the seeker and the Christian. In my opinion it is a must read for all believers.
Is God a Moral Monster? by Paul Copan
Ever curious about those difficult passages in the Old Testament? Why would God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son? Why would God command the Israelite to seemingly wipe out the inhabitants of the promise land? Why on earth would God command things that seem to be immoral or so harsh? Paul Copan in a light, yet logically sound fashion connects the reader with the historical, cultural, linguistic, and spiritual context of these Bible passages. He provides some of the most intellectually and morally satisfying answers as to why these things occurred and why they seem so foreign to us now.
There is a God by Anthony Flew
Written by long time atheist Anthony Flew, the reader gets a rare glimpse of intellectual honesty of the greatest kind. For six decades Flew defended and promoted the atheist position with incredible persuasion. He penned the most widely printed philosophical article of the 20th century “Theology and Falsification,” and debated the great Christian thinker C.S. Lewis and is thought to have won that debate. In 2004, due to his commitment to “follow wherever the evidence leads” (Socratic method), he turned towards belief in a God. Most of his belief was founded in the tremendous discoveries of science. Although not a Christian, Flew provides tantalizing thoughts about his journey towards theism and his lack of faith in atheism and naturalism.
The Language of God by Francis Collins
Written by the lead scientist in the human genome project, this book is his outlook on the discovery of the human genome and his belief in how this points towards the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible. As a Christian he is a firm believer in Theistic Evolution or as he terms it, “BioLogos.” Collins provides the most persuasive arguments for BioLogos with much sincerity and humility. For anyone wrestling with the subject of evolution and its implications for God, this is a good book to start with.
Other recommended reading:
The Way to God and How to Find It by D. L. Moody
Let The Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible by Dan McCartney and Charles Clayton
More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
Radical by David Platt