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Vantage Point: Books Worth Rereading

By Ken Horn
June 6, 2010

Each summer since 2005, our staff has provided you with a few suggestions for Christian books that make good summer reads. These are almost always current titles. There are many excellent Christian authors and top-notch books being published.

But as we make these suggestions in this issue, I also want to mention a few older books that pack a lot of punch and are worth reading more than once.

Humility by Andrew Murray is one of the few books I reread on a regular basis. It challenges me every time I dip into it. Humility is a great reminder and can also act as a gateway to Murray’s many other anointed writings.

Another book I frequently reread is Leonard Ravenhill’s Why Revival Tarries. Read it if you want your passion for revival rekindled. But don’t read it if you aren’t prepared to do some serious soul searching. Anything by Ravenhill is spiritual gold.

Ditto for A.W. Tozer. Tozer’s books are not light reading, though the language is simple and direct. The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy are perhaps his best.

Everyone should read books on prayer. I put Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds at the top of the list. But reading about prayer is not enough. The Hour That Changes the World by Dick Eastman was a milestone in my prayer life, clearly showing how easy it can be to spend an hour with God. Eastman peppers his writing with trenchant quotes from great people of prayer. This is an exceptionally practical aid for the serious practitioner of prayer or the believer longing for more out of his or her prayer life.

Everyone needs to read Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. And The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a must-read for those willing to be challenged.

So read the new books, but don’t miss those that have stood the test of time. Your spiritual life will benefit.

Ken Horn

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