The Top 10 Books to Get Started in Apologetics

For people in Mexico, the word “Christian” can equate to meaning “ignorant.” Considering that the average Mexican reads only one book per year, I can’t blame them. Can you believe it? Only one book is read by each person annually (compared to the United States where twelve books are read on average annually, according to the Pew Research Center). This statistic is not much different in other parts of Latin America. Thank God, He transforms us! I rejoice in testimonies of people who tell me that they didn’t like reading at all until they gave their lives to the Lord. After finding faith in Christ, we want to know the truth, and to do so we must search for it, which will eventually lead us to use books in our quest. Ahhh… there are so many wonderful books!

In that quest for truth, many are discovering the amazing world of Christian apologetics. So, where do you start? Here are my top ten recommendations for what I consider to be good, basic apologetic books. When I say “basic,” I mean books that are easy to read and will introduce you to terminology designed to help you progress in apologetic studies.

Ready for the list? Let’s read!

  1. The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel (Zondervan, 2016).

This book is certainly one that could be read more than once. The author, Lee Strobel, narrates his journey as an atheist/journalist who sets out to prove Christianity is false and discovers the truth of Christ in the process. What is interesting about this book, aside from his testimony of finding faith through this research, is that he shares excerpts from interviews conducted to expose the truth. The reader feels like a co-pilot in his journey, reaching their own conclusions about the most debated religion in the world, but also, the only true one.

In this fascinating book, you will find interviews with William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, Craig Blomberg, among many others.

  1. Why Does God Allow Evil? Clay Jones (Harvest House Publishers, 2017).

Everyone should read this book. I mean, EVERYONE! The problem of evil has been studied for an exceedingly long time now, as we all have questioned how evil and God can coexist. So, it is not news that this is a major problem, and it is primarily caused by humans. But atheists use the existence of evil against the existence of God. This is why Professor Clay Jones tackles the matter in his book. Jones helps the reader understand that the problem of evil does not pose a threat to God’s character. Evil does exist, however, it doesn’t show that God is in any form evil. Jones shows us that God is kind enough, loving enough, and will always be with us in the midst of our suffering. The book also answers basic questions regarding evil: why it exists, is it fair, and why do bad things happen to good people.

This book argues strongly that the existence of evil and a good God are not opposed. It’s brilliant, graceful, and academic.

  1. Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Josh and Sean McDowell (Thomas Nelson, 2017)

You will find this book in several editions and with a slight change in its title. Some past editions include “New Evidence…” or “Evidence that Demands…” The most recent edition (2017) is the one I recommend.

This is a reference book, which means that it does not need to be read chronologically or all at once. It is a resource that you will return to for any topic you are researching. It has information on how the Bible was written (materials, authors, time, etc.), the evidence of Resurrection, and how the Bible lines up with historical evidence based on archaeological findings. Without a doubt, it’s a book that you will use repeatedly; it will always be helpful.

  1. I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, Norman Geisler, Frank Turek (2004).

Norman Geisler will be named twice on this list, so pay attention – have you learned his name yet? Good! Because Normal Geisler is known to be the ‘father of modern apologetics’. He recently departed with the Lord but left us a tremendous legacy.

In this book, you will learn of the fallacies atheists use to argue against Christianity. The authors explain why being an atheist requires more faith than believing in God. One would think that being an atheist is a simple worldview, but it turns out that is not the case. It takes a lot of faith to believe in their theories. This book needs to be read with markers, post-its, or even a notebook in hand. Believe me, you will need them.

  1. Is God A Moral Monster? Paul Copan (Baker Books, 2011).

You probably have heard people think that God is evil, full of hate and anger, unjust, and basically, a moral monster. Thankfully, He isn’t what atheists make of Him!

In this book, you will learn that God is righteous in both the Old and New Testament. Answers will be provided to accusations of Him being arrogant, jealous, guilty of ethnic cleansing, violent, and sadly, many more. The good thing is that these challenges against God can be debunked. Thank God for Paul Copan, who uses sound reasoning and good arguments to defend God’s character.

  1. When Skeptics Ask, Norman Geisler, Ron Brooks (Victor Books, 1990).

We are back to recommending another Norman Geisler book, and this time, his co-writer is Ron Brooks. It is an in-depth book but easy to read, and it addresses common challenges against God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ. This book contains the answers to commonly asked questions by skeptics. It is also a reference book, so don’t forget your markers! It includes a study guide, which will help you apply the concepts practically.

  1. Tactics, Greg Koukl (Zondervan, 2019).

There is no better book on HOW TO answer people in conversations about apologetics than this one. Once you learn all the theory, this book is the guidance you’ll need on how to engage in conversations. Trust me, it will be necessary!

However, it’s important to know that apologetics is a form of pre-evangelism, so when talking with people about faith, we must do it with gentleness and respect. This book has the tools to stay grounded, detect traps from unbelievers, recognize tricky questions, detect flaws in their logic, and teach when to be silent. Some books should be on the bookshelf of every apologist, whether seasoned or a beginner, and this is definitely one of them.

  1. Cold-Case Christianity, Jim Warner Wallace (David C. Cook, 2013).

A famous cold case atheist detective, tired of being invited to church by one of his co-workers, decides to attend. But the pastor is talking about Jesus in a way that the author has never heard before. Now he is curious! So, he goes home and uses the same tools and methods he implements as a detective and begins to investigate the Gospels.

Long story short, he becomes a Christian and writes this fabulous book that takes you step-by-step on how to know if the Gospels are true, if the Resurrection is a fact, and if Christ is God.

The book uses visuals and stories from some of the cases he’s solved throughout his career, which keeps you on edge of your seat as you read. You’re then given an invitation to be a Bible detective. Will you take the case?

  1. Why I Still Believe, Mary Jo Sharp (Zondervan, 2019).

This book is the real deal. It presents the struggles that new, born-again Christians go through as they start in their faith. She addresses battles against legalism and old behaviors some Christians might still have (none of us are perfect) and that most of us can relate to. Her struggles might be your struggles, too.

Mary Jo discovered apologetics in her way out of a legalistic environment and this was a breakthrough in her life. As she tells her story of being an atheist to being a Christian apologist, we’ll be able to learn how to react when our paths cross with legalistic people. This is an interestingly-frank book.

  1. Another Gospel?: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity, Alisa Childers (Tyndale Momentum, 2020).

By now, you may know the term “Progressive Christianity.” You might have crossed paths with a progressive Christian yourself. If not, what does this even mean? Alisa Childers tells us in her new book which is a bravely honest story of her own path, and a sound argument that speaks against it.

Progressive Christianity is a liberal doctrine that falls into relativism and takes out of context many of our most important core beliefs. It questions if the Bible is completely true, if Jesus is only love, and if the problems in the world are not due to sin, among other progressive ideas. This is one book you cannot miss out on; trust me, you’ll need it. Progressive doctrine is pervasive everywhere.

I could include more books, however, I limited it to the top ten because they are a treasure trove of knowledge mixed with meekness. It is not easy for everyone to fall in love with reading, but these books give you the desire to read as they are well-written and will assist in your pursuit of the truth of Christianity.

Disclaimer: All views expressed by those associated with this ministry or on our platforms do not necessarily represent the opinions of Women in Apologetics, Inc. or its individual team members.

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