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The Wisdom Pyramid- Christian Literature

BIG IDEA- A Love for Learning Fueled by Our Love for God Leads to Wisdom

1. Christian Literature Is a Tremendous Source of Wisdom

2 Timothy 4:13 (NLT)

“When you come, be sure to bring the coat I left with Carpus at Troas. Also bring my books, and especially my papers.”

Acts 22:3 (ESV)

“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as all of you are this day.”

Acts 5:27-42 (NLT)

“But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while.”

Galatians 1:14 (NIV)

“I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.”

Colossians 2:2-3 (NLT)

“I want them to . . . have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”



Allegory/Fiction (Christian Authors)

A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards

Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Ben Hur by Lew Wallace

Literature with Christian Themes

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Theology/Philosophy/Christian Living

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture by Francis Schaeffer

The Reason for God by Tim Keller

Imagine Heaven by John Burke

After You Believe by N.T. Wright

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

The Christians Secret to a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith

Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians by James Lawson

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson

The Journal of John Wesley by John Wesley

Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright


The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom 

Confessions by Augustine of Hippo

A Passion for Souls: The Life of D.L. Moody by Lyle W. Dorsett

Views from the Mountain by James Earl Massey

Just As I Am by Billy Graham


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4. TUNE OUT one foolish sources of worldly wisdom this week