Thursday, November 25, 2010

Top 5 Books for Christmas Giving

If you are considering getting thoughtful gifts for important people in your life, then you might want to consider giving them some books to make them think. Here are my top five recommendations with reasons.

Who Made God? Searching for a Theory of EverythingWho Made God? Completely readable – completely excellent. Actually, one of my favorite reads this year. I thought, I could give this to anyone and they would understand it, enjoy it, and be challenged by it. Full of wit, humor, and sharp thinking. This definitely makes it to the top of my list. (review here)

Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New AtheistsIs God Just a Human Invention? Another book with a question for a title – but questions are good, and this book tackles about 18 of them that are being asked the most these days. Written by Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow, with contributions from a ton of excellent specialists, this book is a phenomenal resource and doesn’t have to be read in any particular order. (an interview with the authors here)

Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and ScienceEvidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science is another book loaded with great content – 50 essays! – with contributions from a ton of top-notch apologists. A close competitor with the previously mentioned book that happens to be a great resource.

On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and PrecisionOn Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig is excellent for personal study or group studies. Weighty material that is clear, precise, and put together really well. I’d give this to Christian young people in high school and college who want to strengthen their apologetics foundations. (review here)

Pocket Handbook of Christian ApologeticsAnd finally, here’s the stocking stuffer of the bunch: Kreeft and Tacelli’s Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics. The reason? Again, lots of material packed into a small book, organized and presented well.

All these books would be my top 5 candidates for apologetics books for giving this Christmas. Of course, you could always give them a Kindle and load it full of books. You can now also “gift” Kindle books to anyone with an email address (for reading on the Kindle, or the Kindle software – PC/Mac/iPhone/Android)

What books do you recommend?


  1. emmzee November 25, 2010

    Great choices, "Who Made God?" is definitely on my reading list!

    Can I make a somewhat unorthodox suggestion for an apologetics reading list … "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan. Part of being a winsome apologist is living a life that reflects Christ (Greg Koukl / STR would call this "character"). Sometimes a person's poor character will obscure the truth of their message. Crazy Love certainly spurred me to start living that kind of life … highly recommended.

  2. truth4taiwan November 25, 2010

    Easy recommendation: Douglas Groothuis – "Jesus in an Age of Controversy". He writes very clearly, concisely, and convincingly about all the different "Jesus" characters. Awesome!

  3. Thanks for the suggested books. "On Guard" is already on my Christmas list.

    And to comment emmzee's comment, I wouldn't use "Crazy Love". It seems at times in that book that Francis Chan blends justification and sanctification. I know someone who read it who left questioning his salvation because he wasn't living out his faith well enough.

  4. withalliamgod December 16, 2010

    On Guard

    Though Craig did not cover Ontological Argument in this wonderful book, On Guard is one I would recommend to a friend.

    Super Read-friend, easy to read, easy to follow the argument, easy to memories.

  5. Jill December 16, 2010

    Since none are available here in Malaysia i'll opt for "Who Made God."

  6. Patrick December 16, 2010

    'Evidence for God' looks extremely good!

  7. Nick December 16, 2010

    Brian. I follow on Facebook, and I hope I've entered right, but I would choose "On Guard."

  8. jirvin December 16, 2010

    I volunteer as a Youth group teacher and they inundate me with tough questions, which is good. The review for "On Guard.." sounds like it would be a great source.

  9. Kurt December 16, 2010

    I would be very interested in "Who Made God?"

  10. Chad December 16, 2010

    Evidence for God!

    Thanks Brian!

  11. e.d.s. December 16, 2010

    Tough choice, but to make a choice, how about "Who Made God?"

  12. December 16, 2010

    "Evidence for God" sounds like a book I'd like to read.

  13. jeremy December 16, 2010

    I agree that _Jesus in an Age of Controversy_ is well worth picking up though not on this list. It's the best on all the weird Jesus incarnations out there along with Ben Witherington's _What Have They Done with Jesus?_.

  14. Bryan December 16, 2010

    It is a tough choice. I'd take "Evidence for God."

  15. Ana December 16, 2010

    Well Brian, your comment for Who Made God has me deciding that's the one I'd like to get my hands on!

  16. Curby December 16, 2010

    I would chose "Who Made God?" since it come highly recommended and I don't have it in my library yet.

  17. Anthony December 16, 2010

    Another fantastic book by Groothuis (which is just under 100 pages) is "On Jesus" about Jesus's qualifications as a philosopher. This would make a great stocking stuffer!

  18. Erin December 16, 2010

    I need the most readable book out of the five for a family member. So I'd choose "Who Made God?"

  19. Go to: December 16, 2010

    On Guard, Merry Christmas and thanks!

  20. David December 16, 2010

    I would go for On Guard: Defending your faith with reason and precision. I've mostly been involved only in Apologetics online, so it would be nice to read from a different format for once.

  21. Dr. Matthew R. Perry December 16, 2010

    I would thoroughly enjoy "Who Made God?" because I teach 11th grade apologetics at a local school, and am finding out how many even in that setting are influenced by a secular worldview.

  22. Teresa Carns December 16, 2010

    I would like to win Evidence for God, 50 arguments for Faith.
    thanks for the chance to win.

  23. Dan Waterman December 16, 2010

    "Who Made God" appears to be a fascinating read. Thanks for recommending it!


  24. Curby December 16, 2010

    I would chose "Who Made God?" since it is a highly recommended apologetics book that I don't have yet.

  25. Delightful Whimsy December 16, 2010

    I choose "Evidence for God" …

    thanks for the entry
    this would be a gift for my husband
    Teresa Carns

  26. Joanne December 16, 2010

    Since reading your blog, I have prayed to have more conversations with people. I recently had my first with my 23 year old step-son. It was fun. I am giving my copy of "Who Made God" to Nicc for Christmas, so I would love to win a copy for myself – especially since I haven't yet read it. Sure hope I win! Joanne Nitkowski

  27. Nick December 18, 2010

    On Guard is the one for me. I Just finished Tactics by Greg Koukl, and On Guard was next on my list.

  28. 志军 December 18, 2010

    Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith—–is my pick.

  29. Matt December 18, 2010

    I'm glad I finally got around to following this blog. If I'm drawn I'd like On Guard.

  30. MWM December 20, 2010

    I'd be really interested in Craig's "On Guard" =D

  31. J. Minlal H. Mate October 31, 2012

    Please ON GUARD… I really,really enjoy reading Bill.. God bless

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