There’s a saying that says reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body – and this is especially true of our faith. With this in mind, here is a list of the TOP 5 books I believe will move you a step closer to Jesus, and why.

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This is an amazing book! This the first book I read that taught me about the Jewishness of Jesus and transofmed the way I read the scriptures. It’s easy-to-read, is jam-packed with compelling insights and is very practical.

Lois Tverberg has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and she may not realize this, but has also become a mentor to me. She has a contagious passion for teaching the scriptures.

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This book is written by a Jewish rabbi from Chicago who believes Jesus is one of the most influential rabbis in Jewish literature. Rabbi Evan Moffic understands Jewish midrash and culture at its deepest level, and uses this knowledge to give unique insights into the Gospels.

This book should be in the bookshelf of every Christian who wants to understand Jesus in the context he lived in.

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In this book, author Athol Dickson outlines his experience as a Christian learning the bible in a Torah class at a local synagogue. His journey is full of interest and excitement as he learns how Jewish culture has shaped the language and stories of the bible.

This is an easy-to-read book that provides an immense about of insight.

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Through the use of thought-provoking questions and humor, theologian Peter Enns provides a compelling argument about the infallibility of the bible.

This book is a page-turner, as Enns asks ans answers many of the questions we all have about the Bible – whether we believe in Jesus or not.

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-4-20-14-pm5. Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life

This is the second book by Lois Tverberg and continues her mission to teach people about the Jewishness of Jesus, and how this cultural insight can shape our faith.

Tverberg knows as much about the cultural context of Christianity as anyone, but this is not an academic book. This book is practical and will help you take a next step in your spiritual journey.

So, have you got a book you would recommend? What are some of the books that have helped shape and grow your faith? Share them in a comment below.