The following is a list of books that, up to now, I have read and consider worthy of recommending to others. I may not agree with all of the contents or style, but they were so good that I am not only keeping them, but reading them all again.
The Bible I recommend here is the New Revised Standard Version, with Apocrypha. It’s a solid version and the Apocrypha is sadly absent from most other modern editions.
1) The Call to Discipleship, by Karl Barth. An excellent short work for deep devotional reading. Considerations of what it means to live a life of true discipleship.
2) Reflections on the Psalms, by C.S. Lewis. Not only a review of the Biblical psalter, but also a clear explanation of Mr. Lewis’ approach to the inspiration of Scripture, known as “partial inspiration.”
3) Dogmatics in Outline, by Karl Barth. The heart of neo-orthodox doctrine in a relatively brief format.
4) Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel, by Luke Timothy Johnson. A reasonable approach to the what the canonical New Testament has to say about the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth.
5) The Openness of God, by Clark Pinnock and others. This work lays out the basis for open theism from several perspectives. Open theism essentially holds that God does not know exactly what will happen in our future, as it is still “open” by His decree. In other words, one of the ways God has limited Himself with regard to creation is concerning knowledge of the future.
6) The Inescapable Love of God, by Thomas Talbott. A remarkably well-reasoned defense of universalism from philosophical and biblical angles.
7) How I Found Freedom in An Unfree World, by Harry Browne. This excellent text truly serves as “A Handbook for Personal Liberty.” Not Christian in orientation, but parallels to a biblical viewpoint can be found, and this book should not be overlooked by anyone looking to live optimally.