Recommended Books

Note: Many of the books below are available in digital form on Amazon Kindle and also in audiobook form via Audible.com.

To order physical books check Christianbook.com, Lifeway.com or  Amazon.com.

 

Bible Study

Discover the Bible for Yourself – Kay Arthur

Lord, Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days – Kay Arthur

The New How to Study Your Bible: Discovering the Life-changing Approach to God’s Word – Kay Arthur

Adventuring Through the Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to the Entire Bible – Ray C. Stedman

Personal Bible Study Methods: 12 Ways to Study the Bible On Your Own – Rick Warren

New Believers Guide to the Bible – Greg Laurie

How to Study the Bible – John MacArthur’s Bible Studies

 

Church Life & Leadership

Organic Church – Neil Cole

Dying for Change – Leith Anderson

A New Kind of Christian – Brian D. McLauren

Essential Church? – Thom S. Rainer & Sam S. Rainer

The Church of Irresistible Influence – Robert Lewis with Rob Wilkins

Simple Church – Thom S. Rainer & Eric Geiger

Doing Church as a Team – Wayne Cordeiro

Church as a Team Sport – Jim Putman

So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore – Wayne Jacobsen & Dave Coleman

Real-life Discipleship – Jim Putman

Organic Leadership: Leading Naturally Right Where You Are – Neil Cole

Truth That Sticks – Avery T. Willis & Mark Snowden

 

Leadership

9 Things a Leader Must Do – Henry Cloud

The Way of the Shepherd – Kevin Leman & Wiliam Pentak

Leading on Empty – Wayne Cordeiro

Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard – Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Good to Great – Jim Collins

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

The Situational Leader – Dr. Paul Hersey

The Next Generation Leader – Andy Stanley

 

Marriage

We’re Finally Alone. Now What Do We Do?: More than 500 Thought-Provoking Questions to Energize Your Marriage – Greg Johnson

Two-Part Harmony: A Devotional for Couples – Patrick M. Morley

The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman

The Love Dare – Stephen Kendrick & Alex Kendrick

Before the Last Resort – George Kenworthy

Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Closer – Jim & Cathy Burns

 

Parenting

The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance – John Trent & Gary Smalley

 

Personality

Why You Act the Way You Do – Tim LaHaye

Your Personality Tree – Florence Littauer

 

Personal Growth & Increased Spiritual Impact

Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (workbook) – Henry Blackaby & Claude King

Visioneering – Andy Stanley

Fresh Encounter – Henry Blackaby & Claude King

Choosing to Cheat – Andy Stanley

Spiritual Leadership – J. Oswald Sanders

Wild at Heart – John Eldridge

Epic – John Eldridge

The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 – W. Phillip Keller

New Believers Guide to Effective Christian Living: First Steps for New Christians – Greg Laurie

The Best Question Ever – Andy Stanley

Think Like Jesus – George Barna

Out of the Salt Shaker and  Into the World: Evangelism as a Way of Life – Rebecca Manley Pippert

Halftime – Bob Buford

50 People Every Christian Should Know – Warren W. Wiersbe

 

Relationships

Boundaries – Henry Cloud

Caring Enough to Confront: How to Understand and Express Your Deepest Feelings Toward Others – David Augsburger

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High – Petterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler

Don’t Let Jerks Get the Best of You: Advice for Dealing with Difficult People – Paul Meier

 

Grief

Where Is God When It Hurts? –  Philip Yancey

Confessions of a Grieving Christian – Zig Ziglar

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering – Timothy Keller

When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One – David Guthrie and Nancy Guthrie

A Grief Observed – by C. S. Lewis

Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense – Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale

Also check out these websites for information about processing grief:

FocusOnTheFamily.com – Type “Grief” or “Grieving” in the search entry box on the home page for a list of resources.

FamilyLife.com – Click the magnifying glass icon to open the website search tool then type (using quotation marks) “Death of a Spouse” in the search entry box for a list of articles / resources.

 

Spiritual Warfare

The Adversary – Mark Bubeck

The Devil Goes to Church – David Butts

 

Stewardship & Finances

Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey

The Generosity Factor – Ken Blanchard & Truett Cathy

The Treasure Principle – Randy Alcorn

 

Understanding and Talking About Faith Topics and Issues

Explaining Your Faith – Alistair McGrath

Mere Apologetics – Alistair McGrath

Reasons for Believing: A Seekers Guide to Christianity – Frank Harber

Ask Me Anything: Provocative Answers for College Students – J. Budzissewski

Bible Answers for Almost All Your Questions – Elmer L. Towns

Life’s Ultimate Questions – John P. Newport

Who Made God? And Answers To Over 100 Other Tough Questions Of Faith – Ravi Zacharias and Norman L. Geisler

Why Suffering? – Vince Vitale and Ravi Zacharias

Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions – Rick Warren

Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible – Erwin W. Lutzer

Basic Christianity – John Stott

Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis

More Than a Carpenter – Josh McDowell

How the Bible was Built – Charles M. Smith & James W. Bennett

To Everyone An Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview – Beckwith, Craig & Moreland

 

Vision Expanding

The Insanity of God – Nik Ripken

The Insanity of Obedience – Nik Ripken

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire – Jim Cymbala

Fresh Faith – Jim Cymbala

Fresh Power – Jim Cymbala

The Life God Blesses – Jim Cymbala

Revolution in World Missions (The Amazing Story of the Start of Gospel For Asia) – K. P. Yohannan

Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims are Falling in Love with Jesus – Jerry Trousdale

The Hole in the Gospel – Richard Stearns

It’s Better to Build Boys Than to Mend Men – Truett Cathy

Living in Light of Eternity – K. P. Yohannan

Radical – David Platt

Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus – Kyle Idleman

Gospel: Recovering The Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary – J.D. Greear

Meeting Miss Irby – Joshua Irby

Concentric Circles of Concern – W. Oscar Thompson

What Jesus Demands from the World – John Piper

The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community – Matt Smay & Hugh Halter

Roaring Lambs: A Gentle Plan to Radically Change Your World – Robert Briner