At LifeWay Books, we believe one book can change the course of a life, and we aim to cultivate a greater love of books for all types of readers. We regularly sit down with authors to find out about the books that have most impacted them and that they would recommend to fellow readers. We recently asked Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN and author of Jesus Outside the Lines, Befriended, From Weakness to Strength, and Irresistible Faith, about the books that have most impacted his life.
One book that shaped my imagination as a kid was The Hardy Boys series. These books kindled my sense of adventure as a young boy, and introduced me to the virtue of taking risks for causes bigger than myself.
One book that helped me return to reading, or help sustain me as a reader, was East of Eden by Steinbeck. I found this book to be a masterful allegory of the Cain/Abel narrative, and a chilling while in some ways hopeful portrait of the human condition.
One book that was pivotal in my faith journey was Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. As far as I’m concerned, there is no better, more timeless book than this one as a compelling, well-reasoned, deeply felt case for faith.
One book I’ve read lately that introduced a powerful new idea was How to Think by Alan Jacobs. A helpful reminder, especially in times such as the one we are in now, to examine all sides of an issue before forming an opinion, versus leaning on a one-dimensional tribe or echo chamber or cable news channel to do our thinking for us.
If I could make any book magically become a bestseller it would be Can I say Irresistible Faith or Jesus Outside the Lines? 😉 If not, then Every Moment Holy by Douglas McKelvey. Every page of this book of liturgies is a needed reminder that God’s truth and beauty can be found in any and every place, and in any and every life experience.