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Okay, so this isn’t the most original title and has appeared on many blogs in recent weeks, but I thought it would be a fun way to mix things up from the usual long and often more in-depth posts. So, without further adieu…

If you could recommend 5 books that every Christian should own, what would you recommend?

I’ll start things off…

1) On the Incarnation by Athanasius

2)The Apostolic Fathers translated by Michael Holmes

3) Either Mere Christianity or The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis

4) Either Basic Christianity or The Cross of Christ by John Stott; Knowing God by J.I. Packer; The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller

5) Aside from both a good theology and a good commentary (or set of commentaries), I will also add Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Oh, and of course, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

(P.S. The Bible is assumed here, so if your first thought is the Bible, well, ‘Amen,’ but know that that is assumed in this question.)