Must Watch / Books

Melk Abbey Library, photo from Wikimedia Commons: source.
Truth, truth, truth.  It is the most important thing, knowing what the truth is.  How can we know the truth?  By learning.  Despite the post-modernists who would have us throw away our books and trust them that "absolutely everything is relative" that is the making of ignorance.  I refuse to be ignorant.  And I love learning.  

There is truth.  There are objective truths.  I know that.  The journey is not in vain.  Learning, journeying, wandering, it's magical.  I love studying, I love reading, I love watching videos, listening to audio presentations, and on and on and on.

I don't know about you, but I'm an audio-visual learner.  As much as I love reading books, I probably love presentations like these even more!  

Let's be frank right from the start: Many of us need to get educated.  We haven't been educated well, especially in public education.  So we've got to educate ourselves.  Thankfully we live in the Information Age.  It's all at our fingertips on the internet.  Thank God for that! 

These nine videos are "must watch" in my humble opinion.  There is some very eye opening information in these presentations.  Plenty of hard truth to take in about the world around us.  And plenty of hope too.  

Just as important as video learning are books.  At the end of this page I've included a long list of books I highly recommend as well.  

Enjoy!  Learning is fun.  Don't let the high school nightmare or college dissuade you from private study.  I love learning, I love studying topics that interest me.  Cultivate that interest in yourself.  Dig in and enjoy, ideas are incredible!

Why I'm Not an Atheist at Princeton University Ravi Zacharias
One of the most prestigious universities in the world, with one of the most gifted communicators in history.  Great place to start to explore God, Christianity, History, Science, and Logic.   


The Atheist Delusion Movie, Ray Comfort
This documentary is simply fantastic.  The presentation of apologetics, psychological input and finally gospel description is brilliant.  Please share this one, people need to see it!
 

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Ben Stein
This was a very eye opening experience to learn about the Darwinian dictatorship operating in the United States academic establishment.  Once again we see the mainstream media feeding the status quo, and the academic establishment absolutely shutting out any mention of intelligent design.  Fascinating, definitely a must watch!


Why are we in Decline? Cultural Marxism by Various
This documentary is all politics, but it's vital to understanding why the USA has gotten away from Christian values and how we can help bring it back.  It's very important for Christians to understand how far the USA has drifted from the Constitution and how marxism is being smuggled in through culture.  Please forgive the image of Miley Cyrus, but it's certainly a stark reminder of how the morals and values of the USA have dissolved in the past 30 years.


Evolution vs. God Documentary by Ray Comfort
Have we been indoctrinated into evolutionary beliefs without really understanding what "evolution" is or if it's even a credible theory?  Ray Comfort digs into evolution and God.  



The Resurrection Argument that Changed a Generation of Scholars
A very powerful and comprehensive examination of the evidence for the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ by the renowned scholar Gary Habermas.

God of Wonders: Scientists Prove God's Existence through Science
An excellent documentary on evidence for God in nature.  This documentary takes a more Christian perspective starting off and approaches nature's complexity and wonder as signs of God's presence in the natural world.
 

Creation Seminar, Kent Hovind
Fascinating seminar by the controversial young earther Kent Hovind.  I debated as to if I ought to include this presentation by Kent Hovind.  But I wanted to make sure I included the "young earth" view.  In any case, Kent Hovind is a powerful presenter and makes excellent arguments through the Creation Seminar.
 

Zeitgeist Refuted
With the popularity of the Zeitgeist movement, it's important to take a look at the claims in that documentary in regard to religion.  Do modern scholars agree on certain things about the manuscripts of the Bible?  Did the Zeitgeist movie make a lot of claims that can't be substantiated in fact?  Find out for yourself.



A Christian Manifesto by Francis Schaeffer
This powerful presentation by the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer is an oldie but a goodie.  Dr. Schaeffer could see the decline of America as it was happening in the 1970s and 1980s.  He rung the warning bells to the future generations, but sadly his cries were not acted upon and we now find ourselves in the desperate situation we're in today economically, politically, and spiritually. 



Recommended Books
This recommended reading list includes books on philosophy, Christian apologetics, theology, worship, science, intelligent design, logic, political theory, politics, God, psychology, and society.  I highly recommend these books for personal study for the intelligent Christian of today.


Christian Classics: (Required Reading!)

The Bible
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan 
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

How Should we then Live? by Francis Schaeffer
The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
The Reformation Study Bible 

Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
The Cross of Christ by John R.W. Stott

The Apologies of Justin Martyr
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
 
Christian Apologetics:
I don't have enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norm Geisler  

Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig
Has Christianity Failed You?  by Ravi Zacharias
The Language of God by Francis Collins

The Devil's Delusion by David Burlinski
Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias
On Guard by William Lane Craig
The Reason for God by Tim Keller
Who made God?  by Ravi Zacharias
Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias
The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Can Man Live without God? Ravi Zacharias
Jesus among Secular gods by Ravi Zacharias & Vince Vitale

Science/Inquiry, Philosophy & Worldview:
The Young Earth by John Morris

Unraveling the Origins Controversy by David DeWitt 
Seven Men who Rule the World from the Grave by Dave Breese
Icons of Evolution by Jonathon Wells
Darwin's Doubt by Stephen Meyer
Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer
Seven Days that Divide the World by John Lennox
God and other Minds by Alvin Platinga
The Truth Project DVD series by Del Tacket, Focus on the Family
Why Jesus? by Ravi Zacharias
The Courage to Be by Paul Tillich
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias

Politics:
The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin
Lies the Government Told You by Andrew Napolitano
The Soul of the American University by George M. Marsden
The Dying of the Light by James Tunstead Burtchaell
God & Government by Charles Colson
The Sky is Not Falling by Charles Colson
Righteous Indignation by Andrew Breitbart
The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom
Plunder and Deceit by Mark Levin
A Time for Truth by Ted Cruz
Liberty Defined by Ron Paul

The Creature from Jekyll Island by G Edward Griffin
The Naked Communist by Cleon Skousen
Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert
 

Men in Black by Mark Levin
The Constitution in Exile by Judge Napolitano
Constitutional Chaos by Judge Napolitano
The Revolution: a manifesto by Ron Paul
End the Fed by Ron Paul
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm by George Orwell 

1984 by George Orwell 
Christ and the Media by Malcom Muggeridge

Biographies:
Walking from East to West by Ravi Zacharias
The Auto-Biography of Martin Luther King Jr.
John Adams by James McCollough
7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
Gifted Hands by Ben Carson
Something Beautiful for God by Malcom Muggeridge
The Last Lion by William Manchester
Just As I am by Billy Graham
Team of Rivals by Doris Goodwin
Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas

Growth, Addiction, & Help: 
Caring for People God's Way by Tim Clinton

The Life Recovery Study Bible NLT
12 Steps and 12 Traditions by Bill Wilson

The AA Big Book
The Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text
The Message Bible by Eugene Peterson

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norm Peale
The Lies We Believe by Chris Thurman
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
Love is a Choice by Robert Hemfelt
Happiness is a Choice by Frank Minirth
The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson

Pain and Pretending by Rich Buhler


Christian Theology:
Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology by Gregory Boyd
Theology for Today by Elmer Townes
New Testament Survey by Ed Hindson
Reforming Mercy Ministry by Ted Rivera

Other:
The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler
What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary by Paul D. Meier
The Story of Christianity by Justo L Gonzalez 
Steps to Christ by Ellen White
Inside the New Age Nightmare by Randall Baer
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement by Ralph Winter

Christianity in Action by Henry Gariepy (On the Salvation Army)
 
Recommended Support Groups:

  1. Celebrate Recovery Group Locator - for support with addiction, mental health, sexual health, eating disorders, etc.
  2. Alcoholics Anonymous - for support for people struggling with alcoholism. 
  3. Al-Anon - support groups for those affected by alcoholic family or friends.
  4. Narcotics Anonymous - support for people who struggle with drug addiction
  5. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - mental health support groups
  6. Gamblers Anonymous - support for those with gambling addiction.
  7. Nicotine Anonymous - support for those who struggle with nicotine addiction

1-800-QUITNOW (for tobacco)

Others include Emotions Anonymous, Smart Recovery, and many others!  Inquire locally.
 
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