11 Novels Every Christian Should Read

Nov 19, 2014

Film Fisher, my favorite site for movie reviews, runs a regular segment called “Undefended” in which they list the “best” of a category without defense or explanation. Simple and direct, it serves as a great debate-starter. Another site I frequent is hosted by Dr. George Grant –Eleventary. On it, he lists, not ten or twelve, but eleven of something – Chesterton quotes, must-eat-at restaurants in London, favorite books by dead authors, whatever.

So, here I’m combining the two, offering a list of eleven books that every Christian should read…undefended! I will say, however, that this list will not include anything you can purchase at LifeWay. In fact, part of the reason I am making the list is that too many Christians would overlook them. Here they are, in no particular order.

1. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
2. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor (not a novel, but who cares, it’s undefended!)
3. The Rector of Justin by Louis Auchincloss
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
6. The Giver by Lois Lowry
7. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
8. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
9. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
10. The Complete Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton (also not a novel – see #2)
11. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Brian  Phillips

Brian Phillips

Dr. Brian Phillips is the Director of CiRCE Consulting & the Headmaster of the CiRCE Academy.  He also serves as a pastor in Concord, NC, where he lives with his wife and their four children.

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