What If I Could Only Have 25 Books in My Minister's Library?

Thom Rainer headshot

I recently gave away thousands of my books in my library. I only have a few left. In the exercise of deciding which few books I would keep, I asked myself a hypothetical question: What if could keep only 25 of the books?

I began the process thinking it would be a simple exercise. I was wrong! I had great trouble narrowing the list to 25. Here are some of the parameters I used.

I didn't hesitate to choose books that were simply personal preferences.

I decided at the onset I would strive to choose a variety of issues and topics, rather than just the 25 best books.

I was sufficiently lacking in humility, and put two of my own books on the list.

I really struggled eliminating many commentaries of individual Bible books.

With those caveats in mind, here are the 25 books in alphabetical order. I have little doubt you readers will engage in some interesting conversations!

What do you think of my 25 book choices? What books would you include that I did not include? Let me hear from you.

This article was originally posted here.

Dr. Thom Rainer is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Free Religious Freedom Updates

Join thousands of others to get the FREEDOM POST newsletter for free, sent twice a week from The Christian Post.

Most Popular

Free Religious Freedom Updates

A religious liberty newsletter that is a must-read for people of faith.

More In Opinion