A few months ago my book, The Gospel in Ten Words, joined an exclusive club of books that have received 100 five-star reviews on Amazon. In recognition of this achievement, Amazon sent me a gold-framed certificate, a gift voucher, and a personal note from Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos.
Actually, none of that happened. But it should have. Come on Amazon. Get with the program!
Anyhoo, the 100 five-star reviews prompted two thoughts. First, it reminded me of how grateful I am to all of you who have taken the time to post a review of my book on Amazon. You guys made this happen, so thank you!
Second, and in the hopes of promoting the message of grace, I thought it might be fun to see what other grace books had received 100 five-star reviews. So I did something I haven’t done for far too long – I made a list.
How I made this list
To get on the list of five-star grace books, books had to satisfy two criteria:
• The book must be mainly about the gospel of grace – it should be foundational, not fictional
• The book must have received at least 100 five-star reviews on Amazon as at 31 December 2013
Inevitably, I had to make some judgment calls. For instance my list excludes some excellent grace-based novels like The Shack and the classic children’s book You Are Special. But the list does include the partly-fictional book The Cure.
On the other hand, I decided to include books that say little about grace but a lot about God’s unconditional love (eg: Wayne Jacobsen’s He Loves Me). My thinking is that if you know the unconditional love of God you know about grace.
To my surprise, the final list was small. Just eleven books (see below). But the list is surely incomplete. No doubt I have missed some books. This is where you come in. If you can think of any books that meet the two criteria above, let me know and I will add them in due course. I expect this list will grow and I plan to update it each year.
Why did I compile this list?
Two reasons. First, I hope this list will promote discussion. For instance, you may ask, “Why have you neglected this great author?” And I will reply, “I haven’t heard of him (or her). Thank you for telling me. Which books of their’s do you think should be added to the list below?”
Or you may say, “Where is Bob George’s Classic Christianity? or Andrew Wommack’s Grace: The Power of the Gospel? Those are awesome grace books!” And I will reply, “Neither book has yet received 100 five-star reviews – so go write a review and push them onto this list.” [2015 update: Classic Christianity has now made the cut.]
Second, I compiled this list to promote the gospel. You may say, “I haven’t heard of this book on your list. Is it any good?” And I will reply, “At least 100 people think it so. Why don’t you read it and decide for yourself.”
Ultimately I wrote this list to encourage you to read the books on it. All of the books below will help you grasp the good news of God’s unconditional love and grace. All of them will bless the socks off you.
Five-star grace books (2013)
Without further ado, here is a list of all the five-star grace books available on Amazon as of 31 December 2013 (listed in order of publication date). The links below will take you to my review of each book:
- What’s So Amazing About Grace, by Philip Yancey (Feb 2002)
- The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning (June 2005)
- Destined to Reign, by Joseph Prince (July 2007)
- He Loves Me, by Wayne Jacobsen (Aug 2007)
- The Naked Gospel, by Andrew Farley (Aug 2009)
- Unmerited Favor, by Joseph Prince (Feb 2010)
- The Cure, by Lynch et al. (Dec 2011)
- Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater than We Imagine, by Max Lucado (Sep 2012)
- The Gospel in Ten Words, by Paul Ellis (Sept 2012)
- Jesus Is, by Judah Smith (Feb 2013)
- The Power of Right Believing, by Joseph Prince (Oct 2013)