The 27 Top Christian Books Of All Time (By Bestseller Status)

POSTED ON Oct 11, 2023

Sarah Rexford

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Great writers read great books, so if you want your manuscript to hit the top Christian books list, this article is for you. Over the decades, Christian publishers have put countless books on the New York Times bestseller list. 

However, some books became popular long before bestseller lists existed. No matter where you find yourself in your knowledge about Christian faith publishing, use this article to find the top books you should read today. 

Whether you want to learn how to write a book about Christianity, hire a Christian ghostwriting service, or simply read an inspirational book, I’ve got you covered. Let’s dive into the top Christian books and then discuss some key questions surrounding this genre.  

Top Christian Books

Below is a list of the top Christian books: ones that have hit the New York Times bestseller list, as well as titles that have sold millions of copies since their publication. 

These titles cover a variety of topics, a few of which include:

  • Mental health
  • Social justice
  • Apologetics 
  • Relationships 

No matter what genre you decide to write, learning from the bestselling authors of today and from the last centuries will help equip you to write your best work.

While you never want to copy another author's work, use these bestselling titles to:

  • Inspire ideas
  • Provide insight on author voice
  • Expand your understanding of writing
  • Learn what works (and what doesn't)

Here is a list of top sellers in Christian books.

  1. Shaken, Tim Tebow
Shaken - Tim Tebow

2. Uninvited, Lysa TerKeurst

Uninvited - Lysa Terkeurst

3. The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp

The Broken Way - Ann Voskamp

4. The Reason For God, Timothy Keller

The Reason For God - Timothy Keller

5. Jesus Calling, Sarah Young

Jesus Calling - Sarah Young

6. The Case For Christ, Lee Strobel 

The Case For Christ - Lee Strobel

7. The Search For Significance, Robert McGee

The Search For Significance - Robert Mcgee

8. Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas

Sacred Marriage - Gary Thomas

9. Fault Lines, Voddie T. Baucham Jr.

Fault Lines - Voddie T. Baucham Jr.

10. Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity - C.s. Lewis

11. Parenting, Paul David Tripp

Parenting - Paul David Tripp

12. Spiritual Depression: Its Causes And Its Cure, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Spiritual Depression - Lloyd-Jones

13. Gay Girl, Good God, Jackie Hill Perry

Gay Girl, Good God - Jackie Hill Perry

14. How Does God's Law Apply To Me?, R.C. Sproul 

How Does God'S Law Apply To Me - R.c. Sproul

15. Crazy Love, Francis Chan

Crazy Love - Francis Chan

16. More than a Carpenter, Josh McDowell

More Than A Carpenter - Josh Mcdowell

17. Knowing God, J.I. Packer

Knowing God - J.i. Packer

18. Kingdom Marriage, Tony Evans 

 Kingdom Marriage - Tony Evans 

19. The Applause of Heaven, Max Lucado 

The Applause Of Heaven - Max Lucado

20. Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer

Knowledge Of The Holy - A.w. Tozer

21. The Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee

The Normal Christian Life - Watchman Nee

22. Holier Than Thou, Jackie Hill Perry

Holier Than Thou -Jackie Hill Perry

23. Desiring God, John Piper

Desiring God -  John Piper

24. Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth, Thaddeus J. Williams, John M. Perkins

Confronting Injustice Without Compromising Truth -Thaddeus J. Williams, John M. Perkins

25. Good Boundaries and Goodbyes, Lysa TerKeurst

Good Boundaries And Goodbyes - Lysa Terkeurst

26. Find Your People, Jennie Allen

Find Your People - Jennie Allen

27. America, a Redemption Story: Choosing Hope, Creating Unity, Tim Scott

America, A Redemption Story - Tim Scott

As you read through these top Christian books, did you discover any titles you’ve read? Maybe some of the classics, like Mere Christianity or The Case for Christ, already exist on your have-read list. Perhaps you realized you should brush up on a few of the newer titles.

Additionally, if you are an aspiring Christian author and speaker, you would benefit from reading books by Jackie Hill Perry and Jennie Allen. Both of these women are avid writers as well as speakers.

You can use the above list to help you stay on top of current trends, know what type of writing sells, and learn what most resonates with readers.

C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity is widely known as one of the top Christian books of all time. Widely read, Lewis made a name for himself in both the fiction and nonfiction genres. The list of top Christian books continually keeps Lewis on it. Universities use his writing as textbooks for classes today. 

What are some good Christian books to read?

The 27 books listed above are a great place to start building your reading list. In these titles you’ll find tips on how to write a motivational book to how to write about perseverance.

Because these books sold so well, you can draw inspiration from the topics and various styles of writing.

A good place to start for fiction: C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. A good place to start for nonfiction: Any of the 27 titles mentioned above. 

Who is the #1 Christian author?

Sarah Young, bestselling author of Jesus Calling, was widely considered one of the top Christian books authors. At her passing in September of 2023, she had sold over 45 million copies of her books worldwide. 

John Bunyan, famous for Pilgrim’s Progress, was born in 1628. This fictional account of Christian’s journey has sold over 250 million copies

What Christian book has sold the most copies?

The Bible is by far the leader of the top Christian books. Guinness World Records says it’s likely sold between five and seven billion copies since its standardization about 1500 years ago. 

Besides the Bible though, which titles rank as the top Christian books in sales? It’s estimated that the Book of Common Prayer has sold over 300 million copies since its original publication in 1549. 

A further list of top Christian books includes the following, with estimated sales:

  • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, John Foxe, 150 million
  • The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, 142 million
  • Steps to Christ, Ellen White, 60 million
  • Ben Hur, Lew Wallace, 50 million
  • In His Steps, Charles Sheldon, 30 million
  • The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren, 30 million

If you want your book to land in the top Christian books list, you may want to start by reading the six titles above. Spanning across centuries, these authors made a name for themselves that has stuck to this day. 

While no writer starts their manuscript knowing their book will be the next bestseller of all time, reading titles that still do well today can help. 

The Purpose Driven Life provides a more straightforward, daily read. You can always watch The Hobbit movies to help you better follow the book. And Ben Hur is an all-time classic that will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Top Christian Books By Authors At SelfPublishing 

Many of the authors here at SelfPublishing wrote Christian books that garnered many positive views and sales. These authors stand as an inspiration to aspiring writers and can encourage you as well. 

No matter if you are at the beginning stages of your book or close to publishing, look through authors who succeed in putting their book into the world.

Here are a few of our authors in top Christian books:

You may be the next writer to add your name to our author list! 

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