Listed below are some of my favorite books. I have linked them to their corresponding Amazon page for your convenience. The books listed here have helped to shape me spiritually. In fact, if it is listed here, it has changed me. They are not listed in any particular order. Happy Reading!
Dispatches from the Front by Tim Keesee *NEW*
–This is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. If you want strengthen your faith and bolster your courage for the persecution to come, then get a copy of this book. His true stories of how the gospel is changing people in the heart of hostile lands is encouraging, awe-inspiring, and faith-building. I couldn’t recommend this higher.
The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds by E.M. Bounds *NEW*
–If you go to a Christian bookstore, you will find many, many books on prayer. However, most of those will not be from a biblical viewpoint, but from a new age perspective, encouraging the mystical, contemplative, mantra type of prayer. Be careful what you read on this all-important subject! E.M. Bounds has written the most comprehensive and helpful book on prayer that exists (to my knowledge). Read it and be challenged! You cannot go wrong by buying this book (and because it’s an old classic, the Kindle version is only $1.50! –as of 5/14/15)
Fool’s Gold by John MacArthur
–Packed full of wisdom on how to discern in this confusing time of the church age. Very good principles that I have found quite helpful. It may go without saying, but I have a very high opinion of anything John MacArthur writes–he is humble, learned, absolutely dedicated to the Word of God, and has a long history of integrity.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
–This is probably the one most important book I read regarding raising children. This book is a great help in raising godly kids and certainly gave us some good solid principles and thoughts to build upon. Highly recommend!
The Price of Neglect by A.W. Tozer
–This was one of the first Tozer books I read, so that’s why I listed it here. Really, I have read many, and I would recommend them all. It never fail to amaze me how much things haven’t changed since he wrote them at least a half a century ago. We think Christians are only becoming worldly now or that the church is falling away in deception only recently. But Tozer’s books show us that it started a long time ago. I find him so thought-provoking and helpful for my growth in Christ and for learning to discern the Truth.
Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life by John Calvin
–This is just a small book that challenged me in my walk with Christ. How does my Christian life look? How should it look? It is a very worthwhile and quick read. I highly recommend it!
The Attributes of God by Arthur W. Pink
–Of all books I have ever read, I think this one was most helpful to me in understanding Who God is. And let’s be honest– unless we understand Who God is, we can’t really understand salvation or the Christian life completely. I wish every Christian would read this book.
Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot
–This book is about what self-discipline should look like in the life of a Christian. It is very challenging.
George Muller: Delighted in God by Roger Steer
–How big is your God? This biography was wonderful! George Muller relied on God to meet the needs of “his” orphans and God did not disappoint! Read this and be amazed at the way God meets needs. Sometimes, here in America, we are so independent and without need, that we forget how big our God is.
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt
–What are you doing for Christ? Really? How is your relationship with Him changing what you do with your time? This book will challenge you to your very core.
Loving God With All Your Mind by Elizabeth George
–Most sin, if not all, begin in our minds. We have a thought and instead of refusing it, we nurse it. This book was so very challenging to me on so many different levels. Do you struggle with worry? With bitterness? With discouragement? If so, this is a great book for you.
Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn
–I have never read a missionary book that has touched me more. It is the story of a young couple who are in China just as the communist regime is taking over. Due to the dynamics surrounding that takeover, they end up friendless in the middle of that vast country with no escape. They have to rely on God for everything–food, medical care, and their personal safety. And God meets those needs. It is an amazing story of a wonderful couple caught in the whirlwind of a major political change in a country hostile to Christianity. It is my favorite missionary biography.
Soul-Depths and Soul-Heights by Octavius Winslow
–This book is a challenge and encouragement to all who find themselves in despair, discouragement, or in the midst of a trial. It is a veritable treasure trove of scriptural encouragement and exhortation as we face painful circumstances.