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Top 7 Life-Changing Christian Books Besides the Bible

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Ever walked into the Christian section at a Barnes & Noble and realized there are more books than the number of times “do not be afraid” is mentioned in the Bible?

Well, be afraid no more. We’ve created a list of our top seven life-changing Christian books other than the Bible and included a few of our favorite quotes from each.

The 5 Love Languages 

by Gary Chapman

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•   “Love doesn’t keep a score of wrongs. Love doesn’t bring up past failures. None of us is perfect. In marriage, we do not always do the right thing. We have sometimes done and said hurtful things to our spouses. We cannot erase the past. We can only confess it and agree that it was wrong. We can ask for forgiveness and try to act differently in the future. Having confessed my failure and asked forgiveness, I can do nothing more to mitigate the hurt it may have caused my spouse. When I have been wronged by my spouse and she has painfully confessed it and requested forgiveness, I have the option of justice or forgiveness. If I choose justice and seek to pay her back or make her pay for her wrongdoing, I am making myself the judge and her the felon. Intimacy becomes impossible. If, however, I choose to forgive, intimacy can be restored. Forgiveness is the way of love.”

•   “Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment. It is a choice to show mercy, not to hold the offense up against the offender. Forgiveness is an expression of love.”

Mere Christianity

by C.S. Lewis



•   “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

•   “When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall.”

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

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by Francis Chan



•   “…when we love God, we naturally run to Him-frequently and zealously. Jesus didn’t command that we have a regular time with Him each day. Rather, He tells us to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ He called this the ‘first and greatest commandment’ (Matt. 22:37-38). The results are intimate prayer and study of His Word. Our motivation changes from guilt to love.”

•   “God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.”

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

by Bob Goff



•   “I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”

•   “Failure is just part of the process, and it’s not just okay; it’s better than okay. God doesn’t want failure to shut us down. God didn’t make it a three-strikes-and-you’re-out sort of thing. It’s more about how God helps us dust ourselves off so we can swing for the fences again. And all of this without keeping a meticulous record of our screw-ups.”

•   “Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those “we’ll go there next time” deferrals. The sad thing is, for many there is no “next time” because passing on the chance to cross over is an overall attitude toward life rather than a single decision.”

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

by Rick Warren



•   “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

•   “Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. ‘My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.‘ Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is ‘T-I-M-E.'”

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No

by Henry Cloud



•   “Setting boundaries inevitably involves taking responsibility for your choices. You are the one who makes them. You are the one who must live with their consequences. And you are the one who may be keeping yourself from making the choices you could be happy with.”

•   “Just as homeowners set physical property lines around their land, we need to set mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual boundaries for our lives to help us distinguish what is our responsibility and what isn’t.”

•   “Proactive people show you what they love, what they want, what they purpose, and what they stand for. These people are very different from those who are known by what they hate, what they don’t like, what they stand against, and what they will not do.”

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

by Lysa TerKeurst



•   “The mind feasts on what it focuses on. What consumes my thinking will be the making or the breaking of my identity.”

•   “No, it’s not wrong to need people. But some of our biggest disappointments in life are the result of expectations we have of others that they can’t ever possibly meet.”

•   “To love God is to cooperate with His grace. And since I’m so very aware of my own need for grace, I must be willing to freely give it away. Each hole left from rejection must become an opportunity to create more and more space for grace in my heart.”

There are plenty more that should be on this list, but we think these are a great place to start. It’s a beautiful day to change lives.

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