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Hello, welcome to ReviewBox Brasil! Today we're going to talk about Christian books, a subject that interests many people. After all Christianity is one of the beliefs with more followers in the world and also the most followed in Brazil.

Below, we will explain better about the strands within Christianity, the importance of understanding them and who are the authors considered a reference on the subject. Thus, you who seek to know more about the subject, will be able to have a clearer view of this religion. Check it out!




Summary

  • There are various strands of Christianity, so it is important to check which one the author of the book fits into.
  • Christian books are suitable for believers who want to get deeper into religion and for people who like to study the subject.
  • Books with many pages are suitable for more experienced readers.

The Best Christian Books: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Christian books have always attracted a lot of attention from the public, both the faithful and those who seek to know a little about the subject. After all, the history of Christianity and the religious practice itself is associated with various historical periods.

However, there are some important aspects about Christian books that should be understood before you decide to buy a copy. So that no doubts remain on the subject, we created a Buying Guide that will help you get to know the Christian universe better. Understand more below!

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The history of Christianity and religious practice is associated with various historical periods. (Source: Andriy Popov / 123rf)

What are Christian books?

Christian books are texts that address Christian belief, i.e. the Protestant (evangelical) and Catholic (Roman Catholicism and Orthodox) strands. Therefore, they are books that deal with Biblical teachings and religious practice itself.

Others make an association between historical periods and religion or deal with biblical terms and their meanings. There are also books that deal with themes such as marriage, love, friendship and depression, for example.

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Christian books are texts which deal with Christianity. (Source: Fifaliana-joy / Pixabay)

What are the types of Christian books?

Basically the difference between Christian books is linked to the branch of Christianity in which the book is inserted. This is because, this belief is composed of 3 strands, the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and Protestants (Lutherans, Calvinists, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Baptists and Pentecostals).

Remembering that each branch of Christianity has similarities and differences with the others, so it is interesting you try to read books about all of them. So you can understand Christianity as a whole and not as a part of it.

Roman Catholic Church Orthodox Church Protestants
Suggested for Faithful and interested in the subject Faithful and interested in the subject Faithful and interested in the subject
Written by Priests Orthodox experts who study on the subject Pastors, ministers, singers and leaders in general
Subdivisions None Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, Neo-Pentecostals, Anglicans and Calvinists -
Supreme authority of the church Pope Holy Ecumenical Synod Pastor

Who are the main authors of Christian books?

Here in Brazil, Father Fábio de Melo is a reference when the subject is a Christian book from the Roman Catholic side. Besides him, Father Marcelo Rossi and Father Reginaldo Manzotti also deserve to be highlighted.

Now to understand a little about orthodox Catholicism it is essential to read G. K. Chesterton.

Going to Protestantism, the writer and minister Joyce Meyer is a reference for evangelicals, as well as Augustus Nicodemus (Presbyterian), C. S. Lewis (Anglican) and Billy Graham (Baptist).

C.S.Lewis, the author of "The Chronicles of Narnia" was a Christian and released several books on the subject. So much that nowadays, he is admired and a reference for Catholics and Evangelicals

For whom are Christian books indicated?

The Christian books that address feelings, current issues and emotional difficulties, for example, are more directed to people who already attend church or are interested in having a life according to the teachings of the Bible.

These books teach how to deal with problems the way Jesus taught.

These books teach how to deal with problems the way Jesus taught, how to have faith, how to pray and even how to have a marriage according to biblical teachings.

Now books that explain specific biblical themes or do a more in-depth study of the Bible and religion are recommended for both believers and those who are interested in learning more about religion.

After all, this subject (religion or Christianity) is related to the history of humanity and is the object of interest of many people and professionals. Students of philosophy and sociology, for example, tend to be very interested in the subject.

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Some Christian books are more directed to people who already attend church. (Source: Jcomp / Freepik.com)

Buying Criteria: What to consider before buying Christian books

Before you buy a Christian book it is important to analyze some points. These are some criteria that will help you make a more appropriate choice that meets your need.

  • Strand
  • Theme
  • Target Audience
  • Number of pages
  • Author
  • Cost-benefit

Now that you know what are the points that should be analyzed before buying a Christian book, we will explain below a little more about each one. Check them out!

Strand

The first point to analyze before buying a Christian book is which Christian strand it belongs to. If you want to learn or follow Catholicism opt for Catholic authors. There are many books by priests that will help you better understand the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Now, if you want to understand the world from a Protestant perspective, choose books by pastors, ministers and gospel singers. Thus, you will learn what this branch teaches and how to live according to its teachings.

Theme

Choosing a theme is also very important, because there is an infinite number of subjects that are addressed in this type of book. Faith, love, Christian life, marriage and the life of Christ are just some of the topics you will find.

In Christian books the authors also cover topics such as depression, the power of the mind, why pray and fast and emotional life. There are also those copies that are a practical manual of what to do in certain situations. What are you looking for? Analyse and choose based on this!

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Love, marriage and Christian life are some of the topics you will find in Christian books. (Source: Freepik.com)

Target Audience

Every book has a theme, however the way that theme is addressed varies depending on the target audience. Everything changes based on this factor, from the choice of words, to the examples and illustrations cited in the book.

For example, there are several books about faith, marriage and prayer, but Christian books for young people have a completely different approach than Christian books for adults. So it is important to analyze this point before buying, so that the book meets the phase you are living.

Number of pages

Reading is a habit that people acquire little by little, one day they are enchanted by a story and then by another and another until they become assiduous readers. However, this habit is not cultivated by everyone and, many times, people who do not read end up considering reading a boring and tiring activity.

Therefore, we suggest that if you are part of this second group, those who read little, but even so are seeking to learn more about Christianity through reading, start with smaller books and with less complex subjects. Now if you are that reader who devours books in hours or a few days, you can opt for the more dense and longer books.

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Those who read little should choose smaller books, while those who are regular readers can choose the larger ones. (Source: Freepik.com)

Author

When someone likes a book, more than the theme, they also appreciate the type of reading, the rhythm of writing and the way the author uses words. In other words, all the characteristics that belong only to a certain writer.

Therefore, we suggest that if you have already read and liked something, you read things by the same author, it is almost certain that you will like the other books. Another way to choose books by authors is to research which Christian writers are among the best sellers, you can find a lot of interesting stuff this way.

Cost-benefit

When researching books you will find those with the most exquisite and resistant material, these are the hardcover copies and with quality sheets. These books tend to be much more expensive, but they end up lasting a long time, some even last a lifetime.

On the other hand, there are those more fragile books, paperback and thin sheets, which do not last as long, but are much more affordable. Which is the best cost-benefit for you? A more expensive book, but with quality and that will last a long time, or one with inferior quality, but with an equally inferior price? Analyse and make your choice!

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