Why Reading Is Essential to the Christian Life

I love books! One primary reason I love books is because the more I study God the deeper my affections grow for Him. As I observe the books that line my shelves I see old friends who have helped through difficult trials or guided me along the road as I have wrestled with deep theological questions that I couldn’t find answers to. As Descartes once said “the reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds.” I have found this to be so true in my life.

You may not think of yourself as much of a reader. There are many who find the act of reading to be a tedious and exhausting task. Although reading does not come naturally to everyone, I do believe that reading is a necessity for the Christian. The culmination of glorifying God, the purpose for why we exist  on this earth, is enjoying Him. If we are to truly enjoy Him, we must not settle for mere emotionalism. The joy that is truly enduring is joy that is found only in having true views of who God truly is, not who we’ve imagined him to be. Therefore, reading and studying and thinking about God are extremely important.

It is my hope and prayer that, as you join us on this blog, we can encourage you in sharing a love for the written word. But even more than that, that your love for words would be far exceeded by your love for who those words are about.

Since books are so important to the authors of Citizen’s Press, we decided to create a Recommended Reading List for you. We hope that this list can help you navigate through some of life’s most challenging questions and bring you to a place of loving and adoring your savior more than ever before.

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Alyssa Poblete

Alyssa Poblete is a wife, mother, and writer. She is the Administrative Assistant at Reverence Bible Church where she also serves alongside her husband, Chris, in their Young Adult's Ministry. Alyssa and Chris have been married since 2012 and just recently became the parents of Geneva.


  • Reply April 28, 2014

    Michelle Childers

    Congrats on your online magazine! What a blessing! I look forward to upcoming articles.

    • Alyssa Poblete
      Reply April 30, 2014

      Alyssa Poblete

      Thanks so much Michelle!

  • Reply April 29, 2014

    Michelle Ruder

    Congrats, Alyssa! I look forward to seeing the articles for Citizen’s Press. Persevere!

    • Alyssa Poblete
      Reply April 30, 2014

      Alyssa Poblete

      Thank you so much Michelle!!

  • Reply May 6, 2014


    Yay, Alyssa! I’m so glad I found this (via Cami)! When I click on “Recommended Reading List”, it doesn’t go anywhere. Am I missing something?? I can’t wait to see what you recommend!

    • Alyssa Poblete
      Reply May 6, 2014

      Alyssa Poblete

      Hi Rachel! Thank you so much for catching that error. I just updated the error. Hope our list can serve you well. 🙂

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