10 Christian Classics Everyone Should Read

10 Christian classics everyone should read

When we think of the classics we tend to think of Jane Austen, Christian Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Harper Lee, among others. There are also Christian classics. Such as C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien. They might not be as widely known as some popular classic novels but they are just as good nevertheless.

How do I determine if a book is a classic? They were one time or are still a bestseller and was published before 2000.

So without further ado, here are 10 Christian classics everyone should read:

**Just click on the title below to be taken to Amazon to read the synopsis and purchase if desired. I didn’t want to make this post too long! ;)

Voice In The Wind by Francine Rivers

Published: 1998

Voice in the Wind was one of my absolute favorites last year. This book absolutely tore me to pieces. It was heartbreaking but I also loved the underlining messages in this book. I do think they should make a TV Series from this series - I think it would do very well if the right director picked it up.

You can read my full review —-> HERE

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Published: 1991

Another classic by Francine Rivers. This was Francine River’s first book when she transitioned into Christian fiction. It is also one of her best sellers and is often recommended and referenced in the Christian fiction genre. This book was also going to be turned into a movie but alas it couldn’t get the funding the director wanted ($30 million) to make it a success.

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Published: 1950 - 1956

We all probably have seen the movies or have heard the synopsis of this book. But I think everyone should at least read this series once. It’s a classic and you can’t beat a good fantasy!

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Published: 1945

Another classic by C.S. Lewis. The Great Divorce is about a man on a bus with others that start to reflect their own life and how they died. It’s one of those books that will make you think and remember well after reading it. It’s also a very popular book used in Christian Bible studies, Church Groups, etc.

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Published: 1678

This is probably the oldest book mentioned here. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature. It has been translated into more than 200 languages and has never been out of print. What’s unique about this book is that it’s a continuative narrative with no chapters. There are also 11 editions total. I remember reading this in High School (I took a literature class) and I remember finding it very interesting despite it being a little hard to read.

Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

Published: 1979

This was probably the very first Christian historical fiction I have read. It’s one of my top favorites to this day. I also adore the movie even though some don’t like how it’s different from the book. It’s a beautiful story that reminds us about how God gives us second chance at love and how to forgive as well.

When Calls The Heart by Janette Oke

Published: 1983

As with Love Comes Softly, When Calls the Heart was another first. Janette Oke was probably my favorite author during my late teen years (18-20). This series is now a TV show on the Hallmark Channel and the 6th season will be premiered this weekend. Who also loves this show?!

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Published: 1932-1943

Who else loved Little House On The Prairie growing up? I remember reading the series as a young child and then watching the TV series as I grew older. It’s just one of those heartwarming series that’s fun to watch/read! I think it’s a must read!

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Published: 1995

If you are married this is a must! It’s such a useful tool and recommended so many times by therapists, church leaders, etc. The concept of this book is that each of us have a specific love language and once we know what our love language is (and others) we can communicate and love more easily.

Lies Women Believe by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth

Published: 2001

Ok, this was published after 2000 but I think it’s one of those books that’s recommended everywhere. It’s also one of my favorite Christian non fiction books. It really will transform how you think as a woman after you are this!

What Christian classics are your favorites? Share in the comments below!

the caffeinated bibliophile