Top 5 Favorite Christian Books Among CCM Listeners – Finney’s Fast 5


The conversation with Christian radio listeners about their preferences is one of importance. We learn so much by asking!  Late in 2020 we asked, “Other than the Bible, what is the best Christian book you’ve ever read?” Here are the Top Five Favorite Christian Books among Christian Radio Listeners:

#1 – The Purpose Driven Life (2002), Rick Warren

#2 (tie) – Left Behind Series (1995), Tim LaHaye

#2 (tie) – Redeeming Love (2005), Francine Rivers

#2 (tie) – The Case for Christ (1998), Lee Strobel

#2 (tie) – The Shack (2007), William P. Young

Our no. 1, The Purpose Driven Life, was a runaway winner with twice the number of votes over our no. 2 books. Is it something about this lockdown year that has made Rick Warren’s classic even bigger than before?

Consider the variety among the books tied at no. 2. Three works of fiction but each with very different and powerful themes. And, in the middle, Lee Strobel’s amazing work of investigative journalism that led him to faith.

In case you’re curious, here are the books that just missed the Top Five list, all worthy titles that scored well, just not quite well enough to make the top titles:

Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul, Jack Canfield

The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul, John Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge

Crazy Love, Francis Chan, Danae Yankoski

Heaven is for Real, Lynn Vincent

Knowing God, J.I. Packer

The Power of a Praying Wife, Stormie Omartian     


Want more? Take a look back at how listeners ranked their FAVORITE BOOKS last year.


Chuck Finney’s had radio playing in his head since he was just a boy. Over the course of his career, he’s worked in programming, radio research, and audience connection. Chuck’s passion for words and communication is widely recognized and he’s won several industry awards.

If you ask Chuck how he’s doing, he’ll either say “Blessed, thank you,” or “I really get to do this for a living?!” He’s the President of Finney Media, a speaker and author who loves telling stories and helping you do the same.  Chuck is married and has two adult daughters. He lives with his wife, Lynda, in the Dallas area. For more information, read about Chuck at


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