Newly Published Christian Books For Spiritual Growth

By Amanda Baird

Read newly published Christian books to educate, inspire, encourage, and entertain. There's a wealth of information out there, information on religion, spirituality, biblical history, morality, truth, evangelism, and Christian living. Before you read any Christian materials, fiction or non-fiction, pray for wisdom in your understanding. You will know you are reading truth if you "test all things; hold on to what is good" as instructed in 1 Thessalonians 5:21. This means to compare what you read with scripture straight from the Bible. The Bible should always win any argument.

The best selling book of all time is the Holy Bible. It's published in several different translations but all translations start with ancient scrolls in Greek and Hebrew. Most Bibles printed today include study guides and topical articles. Students will also find in-depth study aids written for every book of the Bible.

Fiction stories may focus on a biblical story or historical times, expanding the scene and dialogue to give readers the feel for the times and the emotional context. Other fiction focuses on modern life, with fictional characters and stories that will resonate with the readers lives, problems, dreams, and concerns. Some fiction is allegorical, using symbolic figures, actions, or representations to present truth, in other words, a modern day parable.

If you're a new believer your focus should be an overview of scripture. Then you might want to read about everyday life - what it means to live life as a follower of Jesus. Evangelism guides expound on ways all of us can spread the gospel. Historical collections explain the background of biblical times and the history of the church. Biographies give a glimpse into the lives of the great teachers, preachers, evangelists, as well as the martyrs of the faith.

For daily reflection and meditation, look for a devotional, a collection of readings focusing on a biblical verse per day. A devotional is also a great starting place for family devotions. With family or alone, prayer and meditation is a great way to start the morning, gather with family, and/or end the day. It keeps you and your family focused on relationship and spiritual growth.

Look for books in the theology section if you want an in-depth understanding of God and God's relationship and interaction with the world. Believers are told "to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you." (1 Peter 3:15). To present a reasoned defense of your faith, look for books on apologetics.

Many online stores sell newly published Christian books. There are large chain stores devoted entirely to Christian literature. Bookstores and large retail outlets will have a selection of the current bestsellers. Don't forget the local library. Also many churches have their own lending libraries.

Check online venues and Christian newsletters and magazines, for reviews, advertisements, and lists of top selling, newly published Christian books. Bookstores usually have a special section for new editions. Church study groups often focus a study series on recently published materials. Or choose something written by your favorite pastor, teacher, or evangelist.

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