Books We Recommend


Pursuing “knowledge about God” without knowing God Himself does not save us.   True Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord (Prov 1:9) and overflows in love for God and others (2 Cor 8:2-3).  Therefore, begin your study in relationship with God, douse your study in prayer, and apply your study with love to a hurting world.  And, as always, test all that you may learn against the eternal and living Word – God’s Holy Bible.

 

The following titles have impacted us deeply in one way or another.

* indicates more academic titles or more difficult reads

 

Laying Foundations (Start Here!)

Basic Christianity – John Stott

Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster

Simply Christian – NT Wright

 

Discipleship and Evangelism

Gospel-Centered Discipleship – Jonathan Dodson

Master Plan of Evangelism – Robert Coleman

Mere Christianity – CS Lewis

Multiply – Francis Chan

Reason for God – Tim Keller

Radical – David Platt

 

Spiritual Disciplines

Celebration of DisciplineRichard Foster

Devotional Classics – anthology edited by Foster & Smith

Prayer – Richard Foster

Spirit of the Disciplines – Dallas Willard

 

Christian Life and Practice

Desiring God – John Piper

Dwell: Life with God for the World –  Barry D. Jones

Pursuing JusticeKen Wytsma

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger – Ron Sider

The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Revolution – Tim Challies

The Meaning of Marriage – Tim Keller

What’s so Amazing About Grace – Phillip Yancey

When Helping Hurts – Steve Corbett and Brian Fickert

 

Systematic and Biblical Theology (Study)

God of Promise, Life of Faith – Scott Hafemann

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth – Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart

Knowing God – JI Packer

Future Grace – John Piper

*Kingdom Prologue –Meredith Kline

*Resurrection and the Son of God – NT Wright

*Systematic Theology – Wayne Grudem

*Theology of the New Testament – George E. Ladd

 

Culture, Worldview, and Missions

Christ and Culture Revisited – DA Carson

More to be Desired than Gold – Ralph Wilson

Perspectives – Edited by Winter, Hawthorne

Screwtape Letters – CS Lewis

Total Truth – Nancy Pearcy

 

Biography

Heavenly Man – Brother Yun

*Jonathan Edwards: A Life – Mardsen

Through the Gates of Splendor – Elizabeth Eliot

 

Pastoral Call and Leadership

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals – John Piper

In the Name of Jesus – Henri Nouwen

The Art of Pastoring – David Hanson

The Pastor – Eugene Peterson

*The Reformed Pastor – Richard Baxter

Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership – Ruth Haley-Barton