This reading list is organized by subject, often identifying the specific editions of the books Dallas used, with links to versions of the books currently available. Dallas extensively studied a wide range of subjects and developed a keen insight into them and the authors who best represented them. These books contributed to his understanding of those subjects in a meaningful way.
A Place for Truth: Leading Thinkers Explore Life's Hardest Questions
Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2010. This is a collection of talks given at Veritas Forums and edited by Dr. Willard.
Biographies/Autobiographies - Examples to Follow
Letters by a Modern Mystic
Frank C. Laubach
Foreword by Alden H. Clark. Edited and compiled by Constance E. Padwick. Syracuse, N.Y.: New Readers Press, 1955. First published in 1937. The Association of Christian Schools International brought the book back into print in 2007 with a new Foreword by Dr. Willard (Colorado Springs, CO: Purposeful Design Publications).
The Life of God in the Soul of Man
This is really a magnificent piece: One of the most influential pieces of writing on the Evangelical side of modern religion. Many of the great modern Evangelicals point back to this book as a landmark in their lives. Read it if you want to really understand the heart of Evangelicalism as a historical movement. Many editions available.
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview
J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig
Intervarsity Press, 2003. This is an excellent discussion by the finest of scholars and philosophers, who are also Christians. Good as an introduction to Philosophy and Theology for those with limited background and a desire to dig deeper. (Winner of a 2004 Gold Medallion award in the Reference category from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.)
Kingdom Living and Spiritual Formation
Man of Prayer: Selected Writings of a World Missionary
Frank C. Laubach
From "The Heritage Collection" (Within that especially Letters by a Modern Mystic and Game With Minutes.) Laubach Literacy International, 1990.
Habits of a Child's Heart: Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines
Valerie E. Hess and Marti Watson Garlett
Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2004. An excellent resource for teaching children and teens about spiritual disciplines.
The Four Gospels