These are just a few from my own library, and if you have some you think worthy of sharing, please let me know. I love to read!
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At the bottom of this page (you will have to scroll a bit) are books that have changed me.
For the heart
Whether you or I agree with how Christopher Yuan has made sense of who he is in the Lord, and how he interprets God’s call on his life, the bottom line for us all is to trust that God is loving enough, wise enough, powerful enough, and expansive enough to guide each of us into…Keep reading
Though initially daunting in size, once into the reading the chapters are page-turners. After reading the final chapter (Killebrew’s Philistines), my text had become so marked up and dog-eared, the spine cracked in several places, that the book itself is a mute testimony.Keep reading
After reading the whole book (including endnotes), I realized how important understanding food, famine, and feasting factor into the formation of people groups since time immemorial, and particularly the Israelites.Keep reading
Well-named, each essay really did take about five to fifteen minutes to read and was both engaging and informative.Keep reading
As I sat looking at my books, wondering what to review next, my eyes fell on the shelf I keep in my office, special books that have changed me. Among the dark colored spines, the light blue of The Heavenly Man stands out.Keep reading
I think I had heard about Christian mysticism, but I was not sure what it was, or what mysticism meant. Either way, I did not think of myself as a likely candidate to read mystical literature, or be interested in mystics. The irony is that the Gospel of John, the letters of John, and the…Keep reading
On Purpose offers a comprehensive look at Genesis 1-3, Ephesians 5, Passages in 1 Corinthians 11 and 14, and 1 Peter 3.Keep reading
Intimacy with God
- Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To (Anthony DeStefano)
I am a Protestant, and DeStefano is a Catholic writer, so there are some ways in which he and I do not share the same perspective, or theology. However, I found this book on prayer transforming.
- Practicing the Presence of God (Brother Lawrence)
This book is three hundred years old, yet the truths are timeless.
- The Cloud of Unknowing (Anonymous)
This book comes from the middle ages, and speaks from that Catholic perspective, yet the overall wisdom is worth gleaning.
- The Knowledge of the Holy (AW Tozer)
I included the three-volume work because the other two books are just as important, and included a couple of other Tozer books as well.
- Anything by Hildegard of Bingen
The first book is an overview. She was a mystic who lived a thousand years ago, who wrote poetry, music, and books about her visions from God.
For the mind
- Love Your God With All Your Mind (JP Moreland)
- Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth (Alister McGrath)
- Total Truth (Nancy Pearcey)
If you like science
- Reasons to Believe (website of Hugh Ross)
- The Language of God (Francis Collins)
If you’re into alternatives to traditional church
- Reimagining Church (Frank Viola)
- Pagan Christianity (George Barna and Frank Viola)
- The Rabbit and the Elephant (Tony and Felicity Dale)
- ReJesus (Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch)
And I included more very good reads from Alan Hirsch in terms of re-imagining how we live out being the church, the community of Christ.
Women and the Church
- Beyond Sex Roles (Gilbert Bilezikian)
- Good News for Women (Rebecca Merrill Groothuis)
- I Suffer Not a Woman (Richard and Catherine Clark Kroeger)
- Discovering Biblical Equality (Ronald W Pierce, editor)
- Women and Men in the Light of Eden (Bruce Fleming)
- Familiar Leadership Heresies Uncovered (Bruce Fleming)
- Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Aimee Byrd)
If you’re dealing with spiritual darkness
- The Bondage Breaker and Victory Over the Darkness (Neil Anderson)
- People of the Lie (Scott Peck)
- 12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (John Fischer)
If you like devotionals, but are getting tired of same old-same old
Stories that changed me
- The Heavenly Man (Christian Brother Yun)
- Killing Christians (Tom Doyle)
- Created for Commitment (A Wetherell Johnson)
- Christ in the Passover (Ceil and Moishe Rosen)
- Pretty much every Francine Rivers book
Commentary written for real people
- Anything written by Nijay Gupta
- Anything written by Walt Kaiser
- Anything written by Ray Stedman