Best book to give a unbeliever or new believer?

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Puritan Board Freshman
Hi! Looking for some of the best books to give a unbeliever or new believer. Looking for books that are fairly simple, too the point and fairly short. This way I can buy lots of copies to hand out and also so no intimidating to read. One that I think especially useful for unbelievers in Greg Gilbert: What Is the Gospel? and for believers John Stott: Basic Christianity. Any recommendations?

For His Glory- Matthew


Staff member
The Case for Christ worked on me. (Mostly it was a Bible study on Romans, however.)


Puritan Board Sophomore
Luther's commentary on Galatians.
(Even for "advanced" believers.)
(Especially for "advanced" believers.)

Ed Walsh

Puritan Board Junior
Hi! Looking for some of the best books to give a unbeliever or new believer.
Don't forget to check out Ligonier Ministries. They have many materials designed for new Christians and a variety of authors as well.


Wretched Man

Puritan Board Freshman
RC Sproul’s “Holiness of God.”
I actually gave that book to a coworker, in particular because he is a very intellectual and philosophical, which I think RC Sproul caters well to, particularly with his Holiness book. My coworker expressed much appreciation for it after he read it... though not sure it had much of an impact.

C. M. Sheffield

Puritan Board Senior
Truth for All Time by John Calvin

John Calvin knew that if the biblical truths rediscovered at the Reformation were to spread throughout the world, they would have to be presented in a form that ordinary people could understand. So, during the winter of 1536-37, the 29-year old Calvin wrote, in French, his Brief Outline of the Christian Faith. This is Calvin’s striking but concise attempt to define the Christian Faith for ordinary people! Here you have the very core of Protestant belief and feel the warmth of its ardent love for God and men.—From the preface by Stuart Olyott


Puritanboard Amanuensis
Less is more. Don't overwhelm him with the complete works of your favorite 17th century writer. Start with something small. Lewis is good.


Puritan Board Junior
Please check with this new believer and make sure that he/she has a very good Bible, and perhaps a good concordance if he/she does not have one.

W.C. Dean

Puritan Board Freshman
I think the Shorter Catechism would be something to go over with this believer, alongside with perhaps a weekly Bible study together. I would advise you to keep any portions from Scripture or the Catechism on the shorter side. As for a book to let them consume on their own, essentially anything from Dr. Sproul's Crucial Questions series would be helpful. Short, well-written, easy to understand essays on the core doctrines of our faith.

Edit: I now realized this post was not about a specific new believer, just in general. Crucial Questions remains my advice.
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