Which Christian books should you read in 2021? In this post, I’ve put together a list of books for you to consider reading this year. Although you may not be able to read every book in 2021, they are books for you to keep on your radar as the year goes by.
10 Christian Books to Look Out for in 2021
1. Hope in Times of Fear: The Resurrection and the Meaning of Easter by Tim Keller
Tim Keller is one of my favorite authors. I’ve learned so much from his writings, sermons, and interviews. In this book, Keller writes about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and how the resurrection provides hope for believers. Tim, as I write these words, is battling cancer. In one of his social media posts, he said something like going through cancer has made him think more about this subject. This is definitely a book to keep on your radar, and please pray for Tim.
Tisby’s first book, The Color of Compromise, was quite successful, selling over 100,000 copies since its release in 2020. Tisby looks to make another splash with the release of his second book, How to Fight Racism. This is a needed resource for obvious reasons. When we talk about racism, one question people often ask is, “What can I do?” Well, now we have a book that tells us.
3. Providence by John Piper
I heard Justin Taylor say on multiple occasions that this is John Piper’s magnum opus— significant words for a prolific author who has made weighty contributions to the field of evangelical Christian publishing. This 700+ page book is, in the words of D.A. Carson, “perhaps his most important book so far.” Providence is one of my favorite doctrines, and it’s hard to imagine a better candidate to write on the subject than Piper.
This looks like a good book for a pastor to read together with his wife. Hill’s writing is polished, and she herself is a pastor’s wife.
5. When Prayer Is a Struggle: A Practical Guide for Overcoming Obstacles in Prayer by Kevin Halloran
This is the debut book for Kevin Halloran who seeks to help Christians overcome obstacles in prayer. The title is intriguing. It’s hard not to relate to struggling in prayer, at least at some point in your Christian life.
6. God of All Things: Rediscovering the Sacred in an Everyday World by Andrew Wilson
A beautiful cover design. Wilson wants his readers to fixate on God not only on Sundays but all throughout the week in the ordinary, everyday things of life.
7. Work That Makes a Difference by Daniel Doriani
This book is the follow-up volume to Doriani’s first book on the subject aptly titled, Work. Before accepting the call to the pastorate of which I currently serve, I sat down with Doriani one-on-one to get his thoughts on what I should do. His advice was extremely helpful. It’s a sweet gift that I have first-hand benefited from his ideas on work, but others can do the same through his books.
8. Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption by Vaneetha Rendall Risner
This is a memoir from Vaneetha Rendall Risner who has endured a tremendous amount of suffering.
9. Gospelbound: Living with Resolute Hope in an Anxious Age by Collin Hansen and Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
There are many fears living as a Christian in the 21st century — fears like attacks on the church, attacks on higher Christian education, and so on. How are Christians able to stay focused on honoring God with these increased pressures? This is, in part, what the authors of this volume set out to answer in Gospelbound. With everything going on in society, I won’t be surprised to see more and more books like this one.
10. 40 Questions About Pastoral Ministry by Phil Newton
This looks like a good book to get for pastors. It’s part of the 40 Questions Series by Kregel.
I hope you enjoyed checking out these Christian books set to release in 2021. Below are some more book lists for you to consider.
Other Book Lists
My Top 7 Systematic Theology Books. If you like reading systematic theology, David Steele shares his top seven books on the subject in this post.
7 Best Theology Books for Beginners. Here are some introductory books on Christian theology.
30 Books Every Christian Should Read Before Turning 30. These are books to consider reading before turning 30.