There’s nothing quite like a good book. As any avid bookworm could tell you, literature has the unique ability to shape us into better people. Stories (both real and imaginary) help us to see the world through a different set of eyes. They challenge our preconceptions, reveal new truths through stunning displays of wit and beauty, and occasionally convict us of our sins. These are qualities all humans need to grow.
Like all things however, the world of literature is not without its share of controversy. Every year, many books are challenged or outright banned from public spaces because of their content. It’s a thorny subject, and one Christians can have a difficult time navigating as they seek to balance holiness (Philippians 4:8) with practical wisdom.
The seven titles below have all been banned at one point or another, but here are the compelling reasons why Christians should still read them anyway: