The essential books

This is a “living post” and will be updated over time. You’ll find a curated list of books here that have proven themselves life-changing and helpful over time.

  • How to be filled with the Holy Spirit by A. W. Tozer. A deeply biblical yet accessible work that avoids much of the popular hype surrounding the charismatic gifts, while embracing fully the person and work of the God the Holy Spirit.
  • The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. A definitive work on spiritual growth and the spiritual disciplines.
  • The Meaning of Marriage  by Tim Keller. Probably the best overall book on marriage from Christian perspective out there. Read my full review.
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Where you want to start if you’re questioning Christianity on any level.
  • Worship Old & New by Robert Weber. Academic, but important for understanding the meaning and development of Christian worship over time.
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Undoubtedly one of the most profound devotional works of all time.

Meditation made simple

Learn Christian meditation in 15 minutes or less per day for 21 days, and make it a life-giving habit that lasts.

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. – C. S. Lewis

Learn to to become silent, to be still, to practice solitude. Learn to become truly self-aware. Learn to listen to God. Experience joy and peace and community that lasts.

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Beginning with the Common English Bible

I started reading through the Common English Bible today.

This is a controversial translation, to be sure (well, two or three verses, anyways). Sponsored by mainline Protestants but taking advice from both evangelicals and Roman Catholics, it aims to be a truly ecumenical translation.

This is part of the attraction for me, even though there are SO MANY English translations out there; all of them good. Nevertheless, I dig the ecumenical vibes and I appreciate the boldness of the translation while simultaneously missing the familiar English idioms that carry over from the KJV to ESV.

God willing I’ll read the whole thing this year.

http://www.commonenglishbible.com/explore

Skye Jethani’s IMMEASURABLE is a book I’d like to give every person just starting out in ministry

I’m very grateful to be part of the launch team for Skye Jethani’s brand new book Immeasurable: Reflections on the Soul of Ministry in the Age of Church, Inc. As part of the launch team, I got this book for free in exchange for a fair review. I signed up on a whim; but I’m really glad I did.

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