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Newly Published Christian Books For Spiritual Growth

By Amanda Baird
Newly published Christian books discuss religion and spirituality, truth and morality, history and modern life. They can be read to educate, encourage, and inspire. Obey God by testing what you read against scripture. Pray for understanding before you begin a study session. Uncover the truth by following the instructions of 1 Thessalonians 5:21 to “test all things; hold on to what is good”. Look up related scriptures. Read a few verses before and after the quoted verse to discern the context.

The best selling book of all time is the Holy Bible. It’s published in several different translations but all translations start with ancient scrolls in Greek and Hebrew. Most Bibles printed today include study guides and topical articles. Students will also find in-depth study aids written for every book of the Bible.

It’s okay to enjoy reading while you’re searching for spiritual truth and growth. Take a look at the fiction section. There’s several novels available that deal with bible stories. Authors carefully stick to the original script, adding possible dialogue and private thoughts to explore emotional context and complexity. Historical context is brought to life in biblical fiction. Other novels focus on characters attempting to live out their faith in a conflicted world. An allegory is a story or poem that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning. It’s a modern day parable.

A summary or overview of the Old and New Testament is a good way to start any exploration into biblical studies. Read about the history of biblical times to gain a deeper and fuller understanding. For inspiration and encouragement read the personal testimonies of other Christians and converts, and biographies of the great evangelists, preachers, teachers, and martyrs of the faith. Reading stories about evangelists encourages believers to act on the great commission – to tell the world.

Devotionals, collections of readings expounding on biblical verses, help believers grow closer in their relationship with God. Reading passages and praying is a great starting point for family devotions. Devotionals are a great way to start the day, to gather the family together for prayer time, or to wind down and focus on what’s important at the end of the day.

For an in-depth look at scripture, check the theology section to find study materials on biblical interpretation. Study the questions and interpretations that define, unite, and sometimes divide the church. A study of the reasons to believe as well as philosophical discourse in defense of faith is called apologetics.

Many online stores sell newly published Christian books. There are large chain stores devoted entirely to Christian literature. Bookstores and large retail outlets will have a selection of the current bestsellers. Don’t forget the local library. Also many churches have their own lending libraries.

How do you choose which newly published Christian books to read first? A good starting place is a church study group. Christian magazines and newsletters will have reviews, recommendations, and advertisements for reading materials. Or start with a book written by your favorite pastor, teacher, TV or radio evangelist. Look online for lists of top sellers. Newly published works are often advertised and displayed prominently in larger bookstores.

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