Besides the Bible: 100 Books that Have, Should, Or Will Create Christian Culture

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What Book Has Influenced You Most?

So many books, so little time. How do you decide what to read? Walking into a bookstore, a library, or looking online can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience, to say the least. With so many options and not knowing what’s best for you, it’s easy to just end up making an impulse buy or giving up on reading altogether. We barely spend as much time reading as we’d like, and then we often end up completely frustrated by what we chose to read.

The Answer

Besides the Bible is a guide to the really great books that you "should" read—ones that matter. Covering a wide array of subjects and authors, from Christian bookstore best sellers to classics of Christian history and more, you’ll find yourself agreeing with some titles, shaking your head at others, and even shocked by a few. This isn’t a dry catalog with dull summaries of books authored by a bunch of dead guys. Dan Gibson, Jordan Green, and John Pattison, along with an all-star team of today’s most interesting Christian thinkers (including Donald Miller, Derek Webb, Phyllis Tickle, Steve Taylor, and William P. Young) will re-ignite your love for reading or if you’re a little lazy, give you enough information to make it seem like you’re incredibly well read.

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About the author (2010)

Dan Gibson is a writer, editor, and researcher living in Tucson, Arizona. He is married, has two children, and manages an amateur soccer club, Sparklemotion. A Facebook group created in his honor has over 30 members. Jordan Green is from Portland, Oregon. He is the Editor-in-Chief of BurnsideWriters.com. Besides editing and writing, Jordan has also worked as a courier, a barista at a large coffee purveyor, and as a US Army Counterintelligence Agent, among other things. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Mindy and his daughter Lana Gwendolyn Rose. John Pattison is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the Burnside Writers Collective, where he serves as Deputy Editor, as well as in newspapers around the country. He is a regular contributor to Relevant Magazine and Relevant Online. He lives in Oregons Willamette Valley with his wife, Kate, and his daughter, Molly. There is a pond next to their house with fish, ducks, geese, and a mythical beaver that no human has ever seen.

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