Our problem is not a shortage of books but our inability or unwillingness to read. As Ralph Waldo Emerson put it: "Tis the good reader that makes the good book”. Nowhere is this more of an issue than in our ability as Christians to understand the world we live in. There is no short cut to such awareness; it can only come through reading. As E.M.Forster once wrote, “Books have to be read (worse luck it takes so long a time).  It is the only way of discovering what they contain.  A few savage tribes eat them, but reading is the only method of assimilation revealed to the West.”

Here, in the tenth of our lists of books worth reading, we offer some suggestions to help. The message of the Kingdom that has been entrusted to the Church calls for engagement with a whole culture. These books (and others in the “Must Read” category) help us to see what the Bible says about different areas of life.

Top Ten Church & Culture

Gary DeMar: God and Government (3 Vols) - A Biblical view of the role of the State

Charles Colson:  Kingdoms in Conflict  - Christian faith in the political arena

Christian Overman: Assumptions that affect our Lives  - The foundations behind worldviews

Francis Schaeffer: How should we then live?  -  The rise and decline of western thought and culture

David Chilton: Productive Christians - A Biblical response to poverty

George Grant: Bringing in the Sheaves - A Biblical response to poverty

E.Calvin Beisner: Prosperity and Poverty - Biblical principles of economics

Smith & Carlson: A Gift of Music - A Christian perspective on the great composers

David Chilton: Paradise Restored - A vision of the progress of the Kingdom on earth

Goheen & Bartholomew: Living at the Crossroads - An introduction to Christian Worldview