People are busy these days. Most don’t have time, or inclination, to wade through the mountain of Christian books to find the gems. Therefore, below, I’ve made a list of the most important Christian books I know of after the Bible. My goal for this list is to thoroughly cover the fundamental teachings of Christianity in the most accessible and succinct manner possible.

Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves (135 pages)
Nothing is more important than God, and this is the best practical and accessible book on the triune God I know of.

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Jesus Christ by Mark Jones (76 pages)
Deep and devotional book about Jesus, focusing on Jesus himself instead of what he does for us, though Jones covers that as well.

The Drama of Scripture by Bartholomew and Goheen (213 pages)
An introduction to the Bible story and our place in it.

Creation Regained by Albert Wolters (143 pages)
Presents a Christian view of the world organized around the Bible story of creation, fall and redemption.

Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be by Cornelius Plantinga (202 pages)
Why sin is bad. Very important as secular forces influence our lives more and more.

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief by John Frame (1280 pages)
This book presents the most important subjects in Christianity in one place in an understandable and devotional way. This one blows my page limit out of the water, but it’s so good I had to include it. Besides, you don’t have to sit down and read through the whole thing; you can dip in at different points.

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney (304 pages)
Knowledge is important, but the goal is a changed life and right worship. This is the best book on spiritual growth I’ve read, sound and intensely practical.

Honorary mention: Thinking in Tongues by James K A Smith (192 pages)
Presents a Pentecostal worldview in a sound way, but didn’t make the main list because it is a difficult read. But if you feel you are up for the challenge go for it.