Best Books for New Believers

Start Growing in Your New Life in Christ

If you've just accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life, you're probably brimming with enthusiasm, ready to follow him anywhere. You have a strong desire to grow into a deeper walk of faith, yet perhaps lack the tools to get started down the road of discipleship. These books for new Christians are certain to help you grow in your new life in Christ.

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Books of the Bible
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The single-most important book recommendation I can make to new believers is a good study Bible. The ESV Study Bible, NLT Study Bible, and NLT or NIV Life Application Study Bible are all on the top of my list. With study notes that are simple and practical, and translations that are easy for new believers to read and comprehend, these Bibles are great for helping new Christians understand and apply God's truth.

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The Victory Bible Reading Plan
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Secondly, I recommend choosing a good daily Bible reading plan. Most study Bibles, including the ones I've recommended above, come with one or more Bible reading plans contained in the study resources. Using a reading plan is a great way for new believers to break down an overwhelming task into a manageable, organized and systematic adventure.

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Spending Time With God
Spending Time With God by Danny Hodges. Image: © Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg

This simple little booklet (written by my pastor, Danny Hodges, of Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg in Florida) is a seven-part series of practical teachings on developing a devotional life with God. Each lesson presents practical, everyday applications in a down-to-earth and humorous style which is sure to encourage new believers in their Christian walk. I've published the complete text of the booklet here:

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Practicing Basic Spiritual Disciplines
Practicing Basic Spiritual Disciplines by Charles Stanley. Image Courtesy of Thomas Nelson

This book examines the essential disciplines for growing in godliness and developing a strong and consistent life of faith. Drawn from the solid and ageless foundation of Scripture, Charles Stanley teaches new believers the ten hallmarks of spiritual strength and the four R's of spiritual growth.

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New Believer's Guide to Effective Christian Living
New Believer's Guide to Effective Christian Living by Greg Laurie. Image Courtesy of Tyndale House

Evangelist Greg Laurie has led thousands to faith in Jesus Christ, so he's familiar with the problems new believers encounter and the common questions new Christians tend to ask. This uncomplicated guide will clearly explain who Jesus is, what salvation means, and how to live an effective Christian life.

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How to Study Your Bible
The New How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur, David Arthur, Pete De Lacy. Image Courtesy of Harvest House Publishers

Most new believers struggle with questions about how to effectively understand and personally apply God's Word. Well, Kay Arthur's inductive study method (known as Precepts) is one of the best ways to acquire the skills of observation, interpretation, and application to transform the complexities of Bible study into a dynamic, fresh, and life-changing exploration of Scripture.

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Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Image Courtesy of Pricegrabber
Crazy Love challenges Christians, both new and old, to think intensely about God's love for us—how the Creator of the Universe demonstrated crazy, passionate love through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. In each chapter, Francis Chan asks a thought-provoking, self-examining question to help readers carefully consider their beliefs and actions toward God and about the Christian faith.

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The Normal Christian Life
The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee. Image Courtesy of Tyndale House

This book is a Christian classic and required reading for most Bible students. Although last on my list, The Normal Christian Life has made a significant impact on my Christian walk, probably more than any other book aside from the Bible. Watchman Nee, a leader in the Chinese house church movement, spent his last 20 years in a Communist prison. Through this book, he presents the eternal purposes of God with clarity and simplicity, reflecting on God's great plan of salvation, the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the mighty working of the Holy Spirit, the servanthood of believers, the basis for all ministry, and the goal of the gospel.