Recommended Reading

1. You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions by Tim Chester

In this book, Tim Chester explores biblically how change actually happens. He explores the following questions: What would you like to change? How are you going to change? When do you struggle? What truths do you need to turn to? What desires do you need to turn from? What stops you from changing? What strategies will reinforce your faith and repentance? How can we support one another in changing? Are you ready for a lifetime of daily change? This is the best book I have read all year.

2.  Good News for Anxious Christians: 10 Practical Things You Don’t Have to Do by Phillip Cary

The author contends that there are beliefs in the evangelical church that we believe and hold others to, but in fact they have no basis in Scripture and are relatively new in the history of Christianity. These beliefs do not bring the liberty that the gospel promises to bring, but in fact make anxious Christians. Because these beliefs are so deep rooted, this book will cause a stir, but it is definitely worth reading and reflecting on. The things that we don’t have to believe include: Why you don’t have to hear God’s voice in your heart or how God really speaks today; Why you don’t have to “let God take control” or how obedience is for responsible adults; Why you don’t have to “find God’s will for your life” or how faith seeks wisdom; Why you don’t have to be sure you have the right motivations or how love seeks the good; Why you don’t have to worry about splitting head from heart or how thinking welcomes feeling; Why you don’t have to keep getting transformed all the time or how virtues make a lasting change in us; Why you don’t always have to experience joy or how God vindicates the afflicted; Why “applying it to your life” is boring or how the gospel is beautiful; Why basing faith on experience leads to a Post-Christian future or how Christian faith needs Christian teaching. He concludes the book how the gospel of Christ is good news for us. Highly recommended!

3.  The Pastor in Prayer by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

These are the richest and most encouraging prayers I have ever read.

4.  God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? by John Lennox

Does science undermine belief in God? This is what the new atheists would have us to believe. Dr. John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, counters this idea brilliantly. This very readable book will strengthen your faith.

5.  Tactics: A Game Plan For Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Greg Koukl

“THE authoritative treatment of how to employ various strategies in conversations with unbelievers about the Christian faith” (J.P. Moreland). Tactics teaches you how to maneuver comfortably and graciously as you share your faith with others. Learn how to navigate the mine fields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables and – most importantly – get people thinking about Jesus.

6.  Reason For God DVD: Conversations on Faith and Life by Tim Keller

The “C.S. Lewis of the 21st century,” Tim Keller models how to engage in spiritual conversation with intelligent and friendly non-Christians. They cover a variety of relevant subjects such as: Isn’t the Bible a myth? What gives you the right to tell me how to live my life? What about other religions? How can God send good people to hell?

7.  Closing the Window: Steps to Porn Free Living by Tim Chester

Pornography is everywhere. Too many Christians regularly use it and are addicted to it. Chester says that we can be captured by a better vision – a liberating confidence that God offers more than pornography does. Very helpful for yourself or someone you love.

8.  The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story by D.A. Carson (Book or DVD)

There are so many stories and different types of literature in the Bible. How does it all fit together? What is the overarching story? One of the most respected Bible teachers in the world clearly covers the high points of the Bible and the relevance of the Biblical story in clear and understandable language so that the non-Christian, the new believer, and the mature Christian will all benefit.

9.  Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief by Bruce Milne

Understanding and appreciating who God is and what he has done for us is at the center of the Christian faith. Right belief is the first step to getting everything else right–from home to work, from worship to witness, from self-understanding to service. In this concise handbook Bruce Milne summarizes in masterly fashion what the Bible teaches in the major areas of Christian doctrine (the Bible, God, humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church and the last things). He explains the historical understanding and development of these truths from the early church to the present. Each section concludes with a thorough listing of Scripture passages and questions to stimulate further reflection. Here is a helpful and thorough resource for all who want to understand the essential Christian faith.

10.  A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories that Stretch and Stir by Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge

“I am so glad that this book is appearing now, as a witness to how God has worked in the church in the past and what he can do in the future.” (Tim Keller).

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