More and more people in our church are starting to use e-readers like the Kindle, NOOK, and apps like iBooks. Even our seniors are snatching up e-ink devices because of their clear display, adjustable font size, and portability.
Though I’ve shared before why I still love libraries, I’m also a big fan of e-readers. E-books are convenient. They’re affordable. They’re searchable. And they take up almost no space. With my laptop and iPad, I can tote thousands of books around with me every day.
For those who have recently purchased an e-reader, but aren’t sure where to begin, here are my top recommendations. This list includes a wide variety of genres, so there’s something for everyone. (Prices are subject to change).
The Holy Bible (ESV)
Description: An essentially literal Bible translation that combines word-for-word precision and accuracy with literary excellence, beauty, and depth of meaning.
Free on Kindle Free on NOOK
The MacArthur Study Bible (ESV)
Description: An essential resource for growing Christians. Combines the ESV text with John MacArthur’s verse-by-verse approach to the Bible, made clear in extensive study notes. Includes maps, charts, and short articles to better understand and apply the Bible. In my opinion, this is the first book you should get after your Bible!
$9.99 on Kindle $25.64 on NOOK (NASB Edition)
$39.99 on Logos
The ESV Study Bible
Description: The ESV Study Bible features more than 2,750 pages of extensive, accessible Bible resources, including completely new notes, full-color maps, illustrations, charts, timelines, and articles created by an outstanding team of 93 evangelical Christian scholars and teachers.
$8.54 on Kindle $9.99 on NOOK $39.95 on Logos
The Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul Enns (Theology)
Description: Enns leads the beginner into the appreciation and understanding of this essential field of study. It introduces the reader to the five dimensions that provide a comprehensive view of theology: biblical, systematic, historical, dogmatic and contemporary.
$15.38 on Kindle $15.66 on NOOK
$29.95 on Logos (this is the first edition)
The Gospel According to Jesus: What is Authentic Faith? by John MacArthur (Theology)
Description: MacArthur tackles the idea of ‘easy-believism,’ challenging Christians to re-evaluate their commitment to Christ by examining their fruits. MacArthur asks, ‘What does it really mean to be saved?’ He urges readers to understand that their conversion was more than a mere point in time, that, by definition, it includes a lifetime of obediently walking with Jesus as Lord.
$10.99 on Kindle $10.99 on NOOK
Ten Lies About God: And How You Might Already Be Deceived by Erwin Lutzer (Theology) Description: The clearer we see God, the clearer we shall see ourselves. With this conviction firmly in mind, Dr. Erwin Lutzer examines ten lies about our Maker that have crept into spiritual thought in postmodern times. And he notes that these deceits are prominent not only in non-Christian minds but in the professing church as well.
$9.99 on Kindle $9.99 on NOOK
$9.74 on Vyrso (compatible with Logos)
Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, and Roots by J. C. Ryle (Inspirational)
Description: A classic work on personal holiness in the Christian life. Should be read once a year by every Christian.
$.99 on Kindle $5.09 for Abridged Version on NOOK
$14.95 on Logos
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper (Inspirational)
Description: God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives.
$7.99 on Kindle $10.19 on NOOK
End of the Spear by Steve Saint (Biography)
Description: Steve Saint was five years old when his father, missionary pilot Nate Saint, was speared to death by a primitive Ecuadorian tribe. Decades later, that same tribe asks Steve to move back to the jungle and help them. There, Steve learns long-buried secrets about his father’s murder, confronts difficult choices, and finds himself caught between two worlds.
$9.39 on Kindle $10.52 on NOOK
$8.44 on Vyrso (compatible with Logos)
A Table in the Presence by Lt. Carey Cash (Biography)
Description: In April 2003, the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, faced with the task of seizing the presidential palace in downtown Baghdad, ran headlong into what Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North called, “the worst day of fighting for U.S. Marines.” But when the smoke of the eight-hour battle cleared, only one Marine had lost his life. Some said the 1st Battalion was incredibly lucky. But in the hearts and minds of the Marines who were there, there was no question. God had brought them miraculously through that battle.
$9.99 on Kindle $11.39 on NOOK
$11.99 on Vyrso (compatible with Logos)
The Begotten by Lisa Bergren (Christian Fiction)
Description: At the height of the Inquisition, a secret half a millennium old is about to be exposed-a lost letter said to have been written by Paul and part of what was to become the foundation of the Christian canon. It speaks of men and women-the Gifted-with mysterious spiritual gifts that struck fear in the heart of the Church. Now the letter has surfaced. The Gifted ones are coming together. Their prophecy is coming true.
$11.99 on Kindle $11.99 on NOOK
Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins (Christian Fiction)
Description: Torn from the front lines of medical debate and the author’s own experience with Lyme Disease, Over the Edge is riveting fiction, full of twists and turns—and powerful truths about today’s medical field.
$9.99 on Kindle
The Great Divide by Davis Bunn (Christian Fiction)
Description: When attorney Marcus Glenwood resigns from a prestigious corporate law firm to retreat to a small town in North Carolina and rebuild his life after a devastating personal tragedy, he suddenly finds himself in the biggest and most emotionally difficult case of his career.
$12.99 on Kindle $12.99 on NOOK
A Lasting Impression by Tamara Alexander (Christian Fiction)
Description: Trading an unwanted destiny for an unknown future, Claire finds herself in the middle of Nashville’s elite society and believes her dream of creating a lasting impression in the world of art may finally be within reach.
$8.54 on Kindle $10.19 on NOOK
$9.74 on Vyrso (compatible with Logos)
The New Moody Atlas of the Bible by Barry Beitzel (History/Geography)
Description: This well written work contains a host of full color maps detailing Israel’s geography, topography, weather patterns, history and other vital information. The author’s text is well-written and clear.
$20.62 on Kindle
A History of Israel by Walter Kaiser (History)
Description: The Old Testament was written within a particular historical period that many people are not familiar with. Keeping the people, places and dates clear is necessary to properly understand the Old Testament text. The author provides an excellent and readable text covering the history of Israel, particularly in relation to the world events around her in the ancient time.
$16.99 on Kindle $19.24 on NOOK $34.99 on Logos
Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Reference)
Description: Study the meaning of biblical words in the original languages-without spending years learning Greek or Hebrew. This classic reference tool has helped thousands dig deeper into the meaning of the biblical text. Explains over 6,000 key biblical words. Includes a brand new comprehensive topical index that enables you to study biblical topics more thoroughly than ever before.
$19.99 on Kindle
Christian History Made Easy by Timothy Paul Jones (Church History)
Description: This fantastic book summarizes the most important events in Christian history from the time of Jesus to today in 12 easy chapters. This bestselling book presents key events and people every Christian should know, time lines, worksheets, websites, photos, maps and illustrations. The study guide in the back makes this book an excellent study for any group, including new believers’ classes. It also tackles topics popularized by today’s media: the reliability of the Bible, the accurate transmission of the biblical text throughout time, and sensationalized attacks on the Gospels.
$9.68 on Kindle
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs (Inspirational)
Description: This Puritan classic applies the scalpel of God’s Word to our hearts, peeling back layer after layer of pride and discontentment that most of us didn’t even know we had. He is deep and profound, yet surprisingly easy to read.
$.99 on Kindle $2.99 on NOOK
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (Christian Fiction)
Description: Join Pilgrim on his exciting journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. Written while in Prison, Bunyan’s book has remained in print for 350 years and has sold more copies than any other book apart from the Bible.
FREE on Kindle $3.99 on NOOK
For even more book recommendations, see…
“50 Books for Every Christian”
“CHBC Book Recommendations”
“A Classical Reading List”
“Master Craftsmen: Good Christian Fiction”