Book Recommendations for An Unsaved Seeker

My daughter asked me for a good book recommendation for a friend who has begun attending an evangelical church and is exploring the idea of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The only book I could think of is Josh McDowell's More Than A Carpenter.

I am not interested in hard sell, sermonic type books, but recommendations of books that clearly, scripturally, and intelligently present the plan of salvation and assurance of the same, written in modern English.

I know of classics, like, "Full Assurance," etc., but they are dated.

So please, recommend away!

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Charlie's picture

The Prodigal God, Counterfeit Gods, and The Reason for God by Tim Keller are all good for seekers. TPG highlights God's love and patient compassion. CG focuses on the bankruptcy of life without God, and TRG is a more intellectual work seeking to answer many of the objections of educated secularists. I'd recommend whichever one you think best fits your daughter's friend.

Ultimate Questions is a great short work, about 30 pages. John Piper's For Your Joy is decent as well.

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Ed Vasicek's picture

Jim Peet wrote:
[URL= ]John Stott - Basic Christianity[/URL ]

I've given this to seekers along with an [URL= ]ESV Gospel of John[/URL ]

It's been a LONG time since I read that (over 30 years). Does Stott stay away from sacraments, etc.? I think I have blurred his work in my mind with Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Can't remember who said what.

Incidentally, this gal is reading the Bible and is attending a church that has AWANA. AWANA is a good marker for me!

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Greg Long's picture

The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus

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Diane Heeney's picture

I have both and have recently read both of them again. I find Mere Christianity to be difficult.

My thought too. Probably some of this decision rests upon how much of a reader her friend is. I will say that McDowell's book was given to my father in law...a professing Catholic and avid TV watcher (read: non reader), and he finished it, cover to cover.

"I pray to God this day to make me an extraordinary Christian." --Whitefield

Jay's picture

I recently started reading Mere Christianity, and while some chapters are easier than others, I was a little surprised myself at the difficulty of the book itself. I know it was originally a series of lectures to be given over the radio, so was a little surprised at that.

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

N.F. Tyler's picture

J.I. Packer's Growing in Christ (Crossway; previously published by IVP as I Want To Be a Christian).