What are the best 20th century books according to Christianity Today?

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    #1Mere Christianity

    Mere Christianity

    Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis is a theological book that tackles the pure essence of faith and the Christian doctrine. This novel is inspired by a series of radio talks between 1941 to 1944 by BBC. 


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    Anthony Woods
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I just finished reading Mere Christianity and I think it's one of the best 20th-century books according to Christianity Today. I learned a lot from reading book and got some of my questions answered. Everyone should read this book. "
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    #2The Chronicles of Narnia

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    This set contains all seven tales of C. S. Lewis' classic The Chronicles of Narnia. The series brings you to Narnia, the magical world filled with talking animals and powerful beasts that is connected to the real world through an unlikely portal.


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    Aditya Rodrigues
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Chronicles of Narnia is one of those books that gives you nostalgic feelings. Every time I read this book it makes me think of my childhood. It is a very powerful book that will open many doors into your imagination. I do not recall Christianity being tied into the book but I also was not looking for it. "
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    #3A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

    A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
    A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories is a classic Southern fiction written by Flannery O'Connor. It is first published in 1953.

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    Ridhi Pawar
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Flannery O'Connor is a really underappreciated author particularly in Christian circles. I only read this book after I converted to Catholicism, and I felt like I had a long lost friend in O'Connor, the kind of friend who wasn't afraid to be brutally honest. Her stories are surprisingly raw and will leave you thinking about the characters and their problems for days."
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    #4To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Jennifer Henry
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The history of racial prejudice comes alive in this literary American classic. It should be on the reading list of everyone. Some of us had to read it in school. However, it is probably no longer on the must-read list of too many schools nowadays even though the story is very good. It is a book that uses fiction to tell what really does happen in racial prejudice."
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    #5Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Gabriela Garza
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I think this book fits into this topic category good. I feel that you will find this book to be inspiring, and tear jerking horror stories of the concentration camps and what Anne Franks and her family went through during this horrific WWII Holocaust tragedy."
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    Orthodoxy is a classic Christian non-fiction book written by G.K. Chesterton. This spiritual theology book is first published in 1908. 


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    Matthew Collins
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Orthodoxy is an OK book. Chesterson has some good points and intriguing ideas but it felt a little forced. There are some really good quotes in this book which I have written down."
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    #7The Cost of Discipleship

    The Cost of Discipleship
    With our constantly busy schedule, what does it truly mean to be a loyal disciple of Jesus? Of His word and of His teachings? The Cost of Discipleship presents the demand for sacrifice to live the life of Christianity.

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    Jacqueline Coleman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Christianity Today finds Dietrich Bonhoeffer an intriguing and influential voice in the Christian religion. They refer to him as a Christian martyr because he was executed by Hitler for refusing to obey the policies of this horrible regime. This is a great book to read to understand his controversial and impressive actions and his rich theological legacy. If you are looking for deeper meaning in Jesus's teachings, this book written by a man who gave his life for his principles is a great read and arguably one of the most important Christian books of the 20th Century. "
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    #8The Souls of Black Folk

    The Souls of Black Folk

    The Souls of Black Folk is a non-fiction history book written by W.E.B. Du Bois. This African American classic book is firs published in 


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    Melissa Payne
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This was definitely a great read. It shines light of issues that were going on during its time but sadly are still going on to this day."
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    #9Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.Man's Search for Meaning is among the ten most influential books in America.


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    Richard Reyes
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I believe this solution is misleading. While it does provide a great 20th century book, it doesn't really pertain to Christianity. When you think of the Holocaust, you think of Jewish not Christianity. "
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    #10Celebration of Discipline

    Celebration of Discipline

    Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is a nonfiction book about Christianity written by Richard J. Foster. This was originally published in 1978.


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    Diane Hicks
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The book has great principles and it helped me to reinforce my beliefs. I found the book to be a great source of comfort and plan on reading many times. I am happy that I purchased the book and it is a good addition to my library."


Best What are the best 20th century books according to Christianity Today
1Mere ChristianityBooks 27 Paid
2The Chronicles of NarniaBooks 24 Paid
3A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other StoriesBooks 23 Paid
4To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 22 Paid
5Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 21 Paid
6OrthodoxyBooks 19 Paid
7The Cost of DiscipleshipBooks 19 Paid
8The Souls of Black FolkBooks 17 Paid
9Man's Search for MeaningBooks 15 Paid
10Celebration of DisciplineBooks 11 Paid

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