The list author says: "A list of my most repeatedly re-read Christian-themed books (and a few movies/CDs). Not all the main characters are Christians* but each brings to life one or more central aspects of Christianity. A common theme to all these works is an absense of self-pity and a purposeful other-directedness.
* By "Christian" I mean "self-identified Christian.""
"A readable version of the bible that isn't dumbed or watered down and doesn't have lots of distracting "extras" within the text. I've only read parts, but the Gospel of John is a personal favorite. Go with the (more portable) e-book version. Unfortunately it is released in two works for Kindle - old and new testament. Hopefully it will be re-released all in one."
"A practical guide to taking the path down the road of Christian living through discipline and love. There used to be an beautiful musical interpretation of each chapter which is a nice companion to this book."
"Though this is a YA novel I first read it as an adult and re-read it every year or few. It is a story of steadfast loyalty of a father, son, and dog with none wasting a moment on self-pity despite the hardship they live and tragic events that transpire. I pretty much start crying the moment I look at the cover all the way through to the last page."
"This is a true story of a man dying of a horrible disease and living a peace and joy-filled life, with his major concern being to help Mitch (who authored the book) get back onto a better life path. One of the themes in this book is that the life we live is largely that of our own making, despite the circumstances we are thrust into."
"This book was written by my great, great uncle in Belgium. The translation is well done and the humor (both Italian and Catholic) comes through clearly. This non-fiction novel is written at about a high school reading level, so quite an easy read. It captures well how St. Francis was at once a holy man and so very human."
"This is my first novel and intertwines themes from several other books on this list. Francis, a St. Francis type character, sees right from the start through Jo's false bravado to the caring soul she is desperate to deny. It is a story of healing through relationship with animals, one man, and God and turning one's life around. Contains adult language and themes."
"This book is a series of letter interchanges between a junior and senior demon on the progress of leading a human astray. Given my own personal struggle with "the cares of this world," this short novel is especially relevant and enjoyable."
"I love books that seem plausible and get you thinking about what lies beyond our years on earth. This short novel by C. S. Lewis describes "hell" as the conscious and deliberate decision to live separate from God. The descriptions of the physical after-world are amazing."
"This is a story of a prisoner on death row for truly despicable crimes and the unconditional love a nun shows towards him despite who he is and what he's done. Get ready to fast forward the violent and disturbing (R-rated) black and white flashbacks. A real tear jerker."
"Another movie portraying unconditional love (PG-13). The boy in this movie goes from a beautiful, vibrant, creative being to being trapped in a vegetable-like state struggling to even breath or swallow. The father's love for and dedication to him is complete and unwavering. He never seems to see or treat his son any differently as the disease robs and transforms him."