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Episode #8: Must-Have Books for Your Home Library

Updated: May 19, 2020

What's the difference between buying books and building a home library? In this episode, I answer this question and help you systematically build a library for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren!

The books children grow up with live on in their lives. Give them the very best!

Here's a list of over 75 books to get you started building your home library:

Foundational Classic Books

Complete Works of Shakespeare

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Dangerous Journey

Emma by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer by C.S. Lewis

Wee Sir Gibbie of the Highlands by George MacDonald, Michael Phillips

The Parish Papers by George MacDonald

Gifts of the Child Christ by George MacDonald

At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald

Lord Peter Whimsy novels by Dorothy Sayers

Father Brown crime stories by G.K. Chesterton

Vanity Fair by Thackeray

Henry James

Edith Wharton

Howards End by E.M. Forster

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Oh Pioneers! by Willa Cather

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell


Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

The Boy's King Arthur by Sidney Lanier

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

David Balfour by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Christian Classics

Strong's Concordance

Vine's Expository Dictionary by W.E. Vine

Book of Common Prayer

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Phillips Translation of Bible

ESV Bible

Amplified Bible

KJV Bible

What the Bible is All About by Henrietta Mears

Operation World by Johnstone

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

The Emotionally Healthy Church by Peter Scazzero

Your God is Too Small by J.B. Phillips

The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen

How to Study the Bible by R.A. Torrey

The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller The Seeking Heart by Francois Fenelon

Let Go by Francois Fenelon

Christian Biographies

John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace by Jonathan Aitken

Father ten Boom by Corrie Ten Boom

Give Me This Mountain by Dr. Helen Roseveare

Tramp for the Lord by Corrie ten Boom

A Passion for Souls by Lyle Dorsett

Seeking the Secret Place by Lyle Dorsett

Dream Big: The Henrietta Mears Story by Henrietta Mears

Teacher: The Henrietta Mears Story by Marcus Brotherton

When God Says Go: The Amazing Journey of a Slave's Daughter by Lorry Lutz

And God Came In by Lyle Dorsett

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson

Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill by Stephen Mansfield

Trailblazer books

Susanna Wesley: Servant of God by Sandy Dengler

Women of Faith by Bethany House Publishers

Men of Faith by Bethany House Publishers

Chuck Smith: A Memoir of Grace by Chuck Smith Jr.

The Word for Today App

The Hidden Smile of God by John Piper

The Swans are Not Silent Series by John Piper

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