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Christian Literature Classics

By Gary Thomas

Editor’s Note:  On March 20-22, 2017, author Gary Thomas was interviewed on FamilyLife Today® about his book Cherish. During the interview, he mentioned to host Dennis Rainey, and co-host Bob Lepine that some Christian classics have helped shape his thinking about grace.

As promised on FamilyLife Today®, here is Gary’s personal list of favorite Christian literature classics that address humility and virtue. Please note, these are not all evangelical books:

  • Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen
  • The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
  • A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law
  • The Spiritual Combat by Lorenzo Scupoli
  • Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross
  • Christian Perfection: Devotional Reflections on the Christian Life  by  Francois de Salignac de La Mothe Fenelon
  • A Treatise Concerning Religious Affection by Jonathan Edwards

Meet the Author: Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas' books have been translated into eleven languages, and include The Beautiful Fight, Sacred Influence, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage (finalist for the 2006 ICRS Book of the Year Award), Devotions for Sacred Parenting, Sacred Parenting, Authentic Faith (which won the 2003 Gold Medallion Award), Sacred Marriage (which now has over 200,000 copies in print), The Glorious Pursuit, Sacred Pathways (chosen by World magazine as one of the top ten books of 1996), and Seeking the Face of God.

Gary graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Western Washington University, and he holds a master's degree with a concentration in systematic theology from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., where he studied under Dr. J.I. Packer. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Western Seminary (Portland, OR), in 2006.

He has had over 100 articles published by numerous national magazines, including Christianity Today, Decision, Moody, Marriage Partnership, New Man, Discipleship Journal, Charisma, and World, among others.

Gary has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs, including Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today, and he speaks internationally on the nature of the spiritual life. He is married, has three children, and lives in Houston, TX where he is a Writer in Residence at Second Baptist Church.



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