Faith has changed the world. That is undeniable.
The impact of faith, however, is up for debate. Organized religion has had many positive effects on society, and also many negative ones. It’s hard to know how to feel about something that has caused devastation, while also spreading messages of love and peace. Widespread corruption, misconception, and discrimination have tainted the sanctity of religion for many around the world, making it easy to forget the virtue of having faith.
It’s interesting to see how faith has deeply affected so many lives, and how it continues to shape the world we share. Whatever your beliefs may be, check out the books on theology below to expand your knowledge and broaden your horizons – they’re positive and enlightening, regardless of your personal opinion on the matter.
In this stunning biography, Lyndal Roper looks deep inside the heart of Martin Luther: the man behind the Ninety-five Theses, which contained ideas that boldly challenged the Catholic Church, and spread like wildfire. Roper looks beneath the surface of Martin Luther’s story to uncover who he really was and paint a full portrait of his complex personality, without shying away from his flaws.
Daring to Hope
Katie Davis Majors; Foreword by Ann Voskamp
When Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda, she had no idea that she would start a widely successful organization, or become the adoptive mother of thirteen girls. But when she began to invest herself in the new world around her, she fell in love with the people she met, and found herself a family. After an unexpected tragedy, Katie began to question the existence of God. In her doubt, God spoke to her heart and strengthened her belief. This book serves as a reminder that after even the darkest of times, there’s always light.
Reza Aslan, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot, takes readers on a journey through the history of religion, and explores our understanding of the divine. Aslan argues that since the beginning of time, we have humanized God, and made God the central figure of nearly every religion. Aslan seeks to understand why we have this desire to humanize, with the goal of developing a universal spirituality. Whatever your beliefs may be, God: A Human History will challenge the way you think and help you to examine the role of divinity in our everyday lives.
What the Qur’an Meant
In What the Qur’an Meant, Wills embarks on a journey to understand the meaning of the Qur’an, leading readers through perplexing passages with incredible insight. He compares the Qur’an with other sacred books, like the Old Testament and the New Testament, to demonstrate the similarities between them, and to dispel inaccurate beliefs. What the Qur’an Meant is the start of an important conversation that needs to be had, especially in today’s world.
Mother of the Unseen World
In this moving book, Mark Matousek documents his exploration of spirituality through his encounters with Mother Meera, who is believed by her devotees to be an embodiment of the Divine Mother. Mark was a nonbeliever until he met Mother Meera in 1985, but in her presence, he experienced miraculous events that changed his perspective. Mark seeks to understand who Mother Meera is, and answer the long-asked question: is divine incarnation possible?
Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods: Early Humans and the Origins of Religion
E. Fuller Torrey
There has been a long-standing belief that a God, or several gods, created humankind. Atheist, humanist, and materialist critics argue that religion is a human invention, and therefore, was not responsible for the origin of humanity. In this book, E. Fuller Torrey draws on modern neuroscience research to propose a startling theory, arguing that religious belief is a by-product of evolution.
From the bestselling author of Circle Maker comes a new book that teaches people how to listen to God. Mark Batterson seeks to introduce readers to the seven love languages of God – Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain – and help them to decipher each language. Mark argues that doing this will help you to follow God in everything you do, and help you to lead a more fulfilling life.
God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life
Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller
Pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller uses the Book of Proverbs – God’s book of wisdom – to teach readers what it really means to lead a Christian life. Timothy offers inspiring lessons for every day of the year, and provides a deeper understanding of morality. God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life is a book that readers will be able to turn to every single day for help and encouragement, whenever they need it.
The Buddha before Buddhism
The Aṭṭhakavagga, or “Book of Eights,” is believed by scholars to be among the earliest of written Buddhist texts. It reveals the key aspects of Buddhism, along with the Buddha’s simple teachings, free of corruption or complication. Gil Fronsdal’s translation and commentary reveal the text’s ultimate lesson: Joy comes from recognizing and letting go of the material things that create suffering.
Higher Is Waiting
Tyler Perry – actor, producer, director, philanthropist, and the creator of Madea – shares his life experiences in Higher is Waiting to inspire readers to climb higher in their own lives through faith. Perry writes about how his faith in God has helped him in hard times, humbled him in times of success, and enriched his life. Perry’s dreams, achievements, and aspirations are all centered on his unrelenting faith, which is something he wants to share with every reader around the world.
7 Lessons from Heaven
Mary C. Neal, M.D.
In this New York Times bestseller, Dr. Mary Neal shares never-before-seen stories about her personal encounters with Jesus after death. Yes, you read that correctly. Dr. Mary Neal experienced a fatal kayaking accident in 1999, and what happened next is truly surreal – Dr. Mary Neal says that she went to heaven, and came back. This book explores how the knowledge of heaven has changed Mary’s life, and offers insight on how we can experience God every day.