Hinds’ Feet on High Places by: Hannah Hurnard
This book, Hinds’ Feet On High Places, is no ordinary allegory. I was intrigued in the very beginning how all of the things Much-Afraid, the main character, was coming against seemed all too familiar. There were times that I trembled with an odd feeling inside, a birth of something inside me. I began to be apart of the journey with Much-Afraid, and this rather simple figurative tale had such a profound and unexpected impact on my life. This is not a light read, it may seem so in the beginning, but when read slowly and carefully (I suggest also writing a reflection in a journal every other chapter or whenever) it can really change your perspective on your life, the sacredness of the salvation you have with Jesus (if not hopefully you will consider haha), and the true holiness of the difficult path God has set before you to conquer.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
This book has been one of the best books that I have read, I believe that by reading it I have grown immensely in theological knowledge as well as in my relationship with Christ as I view the world and other people differently. The tone of this book is very conversational and sometimes the syntax is tricky to piece together, but it gets easier to read as you go along. All of the books within this book were originally radio broadcasts during World War 2, so the language is naturally casual and even colloquial at times. C.S. Lewis discusses four different topics (usually quite controversial) in Christianity such as: “Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe”, “What Christians Believe”, “Christian Behavior”, “Beyond Personality: Or First Steps in the Doctrine of the Trinity.” Lewis is not afraid to get on his fellow Christians about certain behavioral patterns and bring Christians down to the same level as all the rest. This book is very humbling, reminds you that you are a sinner just as any other man and therefore judgement should not be in you. I cannot say enough about this book! It covers varieties of topics in the book “What Christians Believe” such as sexual morality, marriage, forgiveness and faith. This is the kind of book where you get out as much as you give in. You cannot read it without writing in the margins and reflecting afterwards on occasion with prayer or scripture reading. I recommend it to anybody, Christian or not.