Some of these
books are new books by current authors and some are old books by
authors who have been read by many Christians through the ages.
- Wide Awake - by Erwin Raphael
McManus. There is a future that need to be created. We are challenged to
shake off the slumber that holds us back and discover the potential within
- Love Beyond Reason - by John Ortberg
In a world that cries out to be loved, even Christians have doubts about
God's unconditional love. John reveals what we have always hoped for, that
God's love really is a Love Beyond Reason.
- When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back In the
Box - by John Ortberg.
It is this writing style that makes Ortberg one of my favorite authors. No
matter how skillfully you play it or how many tokens you acquire, a time
arrives when the game of life comes to an end. Now what? In this 2007 book
John helps look at life with an eternal perspective and that keeping our
eye on the true prize - the one that unlocks the gate to the kingdom of
God. No matter how skillfully you play it or how many tokens you acquire, a
time arrives when the game of life comes to an end. Now what?
- Faith & Doubt - by John Ortberg
Doubt may seem like the enemy of faith, but they are alike in may ways. I
must have doubt to have faith. Without doubt I would just be another one
of those suckers that P. T. Barnum said was born every minute. Ortberg
bares his soul in many of his writings and this one is no exception. As he
puts forth facts that show for the non-believer no choice at all, is a bad
choice. He shows me how much my own life is filled with doubt and that my
life, as I live it, is my true creed. The long Lifesong by Casting Crowns
reminds me of the premise that is put forth for Christians in this book.
- God Is Closer Than You Think - by
A keen desire to sit at the feet of Jesus arose in me as I read this book.
Ortberg shows us how God is not some distant power, but a Spiritual Person
who wants to have a relationship with us. He is constantly reaching out to
humanity to draw us to this close relationship.
- The Life You've Always Wanted - by
What does true spiritual life really look like? Have you suspected that
there was more to Christianity than you are experiencing. In this book
Ortberg shows us a road of transformation and spiritual renewal that
anyone can take.
- If You Want to Walk on the Water, You've Got to
Get Out of the Boat - by John Ortberg
This was the first book I read by John Ortberg and I knew he was a writer
with insights from the Spirit of God that few writers have. The title of
this book says it all. What you can not tell form the title is the
relationship a "water walker" has with God, few other believers
know of. One look at the life of Peter and you can see this in action. The
author causes the reader to listen for the voice of the Master saying,
"Come." This is one of the most uplifting and challenging books
you will read.
- Experiencing God
- by Henry T. Blackaby & Claude V. King
This book has profoundly changed the lives of millions of
Christians who are looking for a more intimate
relationship with God.
- Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire -
by Jim Cymbala
- Fresh Faith - by Jim
- The Life God Blesses
- by Jim Cymbala
- Fresh Power - by Jim
Pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Cymbala tells how to
bring people to God and build the Church through prayer,
faith and power, not programs. All of these books carry
one theme, when Christians get serious about the Kingdom
of God and begin to pray in unity and expectation God
will move and do more than we expect. It sounds so easy,
but getting a a body of believers together for serious
sessions of prayer may just be one of the most difficult
things to do in our churches today. These books can
change your life. They sure changed mine!
- The God Chasers - by
God is manifesting his presence in ways and times that
most in the church today do not even hear about, much
less experience. Those who "Chase" God are
those who seek his face more than his hands. Moses had
seen many acts of the hands of God, but the most
important thing he could ask for was to see God's face,
His Glory. I borrowed this book to read and once I
finished it, I soon went to buy my own copy so that I
could reread it.
- God's Favorite House
- by Tommy Tenny
God's favorite house was the Tabernacle of David. There
everyone could see the worshipping of God twenty-four
hours a day. It's worship was open and could be seen by
all. He has said he would rebuild it one day. Not the
Tabernacle of Moses or the Temple of Solomon, but the
Tabernacle of David. Read this book and see why Tenny
thinks this is so.
- The God Catchers - by
Tenny is telling the Church that the most important thing
above everything is seeking God's face and worshipping
- Chasing God, Serving Man
- by Tommy Tenny
In his new book Tenny compares Mary and Martha and how
their attitudes toward Jesus are important for the Church
- Secret Sources of Power
- by Tommy and T.F. Tenney
Most Christians want power with God and this book
contains many examples from scripture of things in our
lives which will keep God from responding to us. And some
actions and directions which will get us on God's track.
- The Name -
by Franklin Graham
I was often spellbound by the open and frank discussion
of how the whole world is relating to the Name of Jesus.
Some relate positively, but many are so offended by the
name of Jesus that much of what goes on in the world
today is set in motion by this Name. This is a great
- Needless Casualties of War -
John Paul Jackson
Insight on dealing with the powers of darkness that
considers the dangers Pastors & laymen must know.
With so many teachers telling us all about binding and
loosing, this is one that cautions us about some of the
consequences about treading blindly into spiritual
realms. A necessity for anyone going to teach on the
- The Sacred Romance -
by Brent Curtis & John Eldredge
God calls us to an intimate relationship with him. There
is a void in our Christian lives until we move into this
"sacred romance". This is a powerful book about God's love for
us and a call to an intimate relationship with God.
- The Journey of Desire
- by John Eldredge
John writes, "We all share the same dilemma-we long
for life and we're not sure where to find it.....Our days
come as a riddle, and the answers aren't handed out with
our birth certificates. We must journey to find the life
we prize." This is a follow-up book to The Sacred
Romance. Eldredge tells us we must come to grips with our
God-given desire. We must dream a dream of life filled
with a desire which moves us. Out true dream is to walk
to a relationship with God which puts us in God's
presence, in God's heart. Everybody should read these two
- Wild At Heart - by
This is a book just for men. It is a very provocative
book that looks at Christian manhood. Eldredge challenges
men to abandon passivity and actively pursue the dreams
God has given them.
- Waking The Dead - by John Eldredge
Many Christians have been half-alive far too long. John challenges and
guides us to wake up and be all that Jesus died in order that we could
become. When Jesus touched people the blind could see and the dead came to
live. We have been promised abundant life and a life of power. But Jesus
warned that that way is a narrow way and I think true to his warning it
appears to me that many Christians today never find it and do not know
that they do not have what God intended for them to have.
- Walking With God - by John Eldredge
God intended for man to walk with him daily. Just look at the creation and
Adam in the garden. John points out that walking with God means constant
fellowship and prayer. Praying about every situation in our lives can
change the way things turn out. I am reminded of the verse in Romans which
is misquoted more than any verse I know of. How that many say that Got
works all things out for our good. If you read the verses before it, the
thought is plain. God works things out for good by our prayer. And it is
our praying in the Spirit, what ever you believe or have been taught
"praying in the Spirit" is, that causes things to work out for
good. It is not just some unconditional promise of the Father.
- My Heart's Desire
- by David Jeremiah
Simply said, we must experience God in genuine, daily
worship, if we want to make him real to us and if we
expect to see his directing our life. This is one book
you do not want to miss!
- Absolutely Sure
- by Steven J. Lawson
I would sum this book up in a few words; if you are
truly born again that will show in the way you live your
life. It reminds me of "The Gospel According to
Jesus" by MacArthur. Any person who reads this book
should know whether they are saved or not.
- Made In Our Image
- by Steven J. Lawson
This book will make you think about how God has been
"down-sized" by much of the church today. It is
great in its understand of the God with whom we have to
deal. Lawson, who pastors Dauphin Way Baptist Church, has
written a classic and a "great read".
- The Gospel According to
Jesus - by John F. MacArthur
This book sent shock waves through many dominational
churches and preachers several years ago. In it MacArthur
uses the four Gospels to lay out the Gospel. He states
firmly that no person is a saved believer if he or she
has not made Jesus Lord of their lives. That a simple
statement of belief in facts and a confession of belief
will not bring about salvation. What a person must do is make
a commitment to God and to make Jesus Lord of his or her
life. This is not a works-based salvation, but sort of a
"I'll show you my faith by my works" salvation.
Some opponents have labeled this "Lordship
Salvation". A title which MacArthur seems to accept
and counters it with the label of "Easy-believeism
Salvation". Where ever you stand you should read
- The Freedom & Power of
Forgiveness - by John F. MacArthur
Jesus said to forgive seventy times seven. This was
actually a representation of an uncountable number.
Where there is true forgiveness, I believe, there exists
a heart that has been touched by God and a person that
God will bless.
- The Three Battlegrounds
- by Francis Frangipane
We know as Christians we should be engaged in spiritual
warfare. The balanced views we need are difficult for me
to find. The areas in our lives which are attacked by the
powers of darkness are covered in this book. The author
tells us what we can be on the lookout for and what we
can do about it. By reading Frangipane and John Paul
Jackson, I have leaned a great deal.
- The Power of One
Christ-like Life - by Francis Frangipane
The first time I read this book, I could hardly put it
down. It stirred so many things in me, I had to read it
again. It is all about how we feel toward sinners and
their destructive ways. This book will make you drop the
stones you want to throw and fall to your knees. There is
no doubt in my mind the "Church" needs more
people who will intercede with the love and mercy of God.
The best word for this book is: Wow!
- The House of the Lord
- By Francis Frangipane
I believe this book is right on target as it explains the
reasons we can not reclaim our cities and communities
from the power of darkness. One of the main ones is lack
of unity amoung the individual churches and denominations.
If we are to bring healing and salvation to our cities we
must lay aside individual differences and doctrines and
come together united in prayer, worship and warfare.
- Recapturing Biblical
Intercession - by Dr. Rob Finley
This book drove me to intercession and prayer opening my
spiritual eyes to a power lacking in my daily life.
- The Power of Crying Out
- by Bill Gothard
This book is small, but filled with examples from the
scriptures and modern times of when prayer was answered
only when it changed from simply "prayer", to a
desperate "crying out" to God. Bruce Wilkinson
said, "This book can change your life." He is
- God Meant it for Good
- R. T. Kendall
This book truly is a fresh look at the life of Joseph.
He had to go through a lot of injustice and humiliation
to make him into the man who could rule Egypt and
completely forgive his brothers. What do we have to go
through to change us from an exalted one to one who can
be mightily used by God? This is a very helpful book you
will want to read.
- Evidence That Demands a Verdict
- by Josh McDowell
New Evidence That Demands a
Verdict - by Josh McDowell
I would classify the new book as a more complete version
of the first containing maybe a second which I think was
titled More Evidence That Demands a Verdict. These
present a timely defense to modern arguments against the
- A Tale of Three Kings
- by Gene Edwards
A study in Brokenness, Submission, and Authority based on
the three Biblical figures of Saul, David, and Absalom.
This is a very moving book.
- The Prisoner In The Third Cell
- by Gene Edwards
A story which looks into what John the Baptist may have
thought about being put in prison. It looks at what John
must have thought about Jesus being the messiah. If you
like C.S. Lewis, you will love Edwards.
- The Word, The Name, The Blood
- by Joyce Meyer
- Battlefield of the Mind
- by Joyce Meyer
The enemy attacks our mind with doubt, worry, confusion,
depression, anger, and condemnation. It is difficult to
rise above our thought life. We can only have victory
when we know we are being attacked and learn to live in
the power of Jesus to defeat the enemy.
- The Battle Belongs To The
Lord - Joyce Meyer
We can access God's power and peace through worship. Many
of the battles I will face can only be won if I am
willing to worship God instead of battling or begging. A
- Power Through Prayer
- by E.M. Bounds
- The Weapon of Prayer
- by E.M. Bounds
- The Complete Works On Prayer
- by E.M. Bounds
This book contains all eight of Edward McKendree Bounds
books on prayer. He was born in 1835, but his writing is
so timely and powerful almost every Christian should read
this book. It tells of communion with God as few of will
ever experience it. It will may humble you, challenge
you, and give you hope for fellowship with our Lord such
as you have never known.
- For God's Sake, Grow Up
- by David Ravenhill
Is the church failed to be what it could because
Christians are not mature sons and daughters of God? This
is a carefull, through, kind and challenging call to
- Abba's Child - by
A study in the unconditional love of God and how we as
Christians have trouble understanding and living in the
total love of God. This is a very moving book as it talks
of the God's love and acceptance and how he wants us to
run to him and just love him.
- The Ragamuffin Gospel
- by Brennan Manning
Grace. It is all about grace. So many Christians profess
with their mouths that they know this, but their hearts
and actions say otherwise. This book has changed how
thousands of people wiew God's grace toward them.
- Ruthless Trust
- by Brennan Manning
Once we realize we are Ragamuffins with unlimited Grace
poured out on us and Abba's Child who is truly loved by
the Father, then we can learn to trust God. It is easier
for most people to trust "Law" than it is to
- Letters to the Thirsty
- by Edward Miller
Seventy letters written to answer some of our deepest
questions, fears, and hopes about walking with God. Think
"Screwtape Letters" by Lewis, except written to
a Christian by a wise and trusted mentor. One of the more
enjoyable reads you will find.
- The Cost of Discipleship
- by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
This book was written just before Bonhoeffer was killed
in a Nazi death camp. The church has told people today
that salvation is free, and so it is. But there is more
which we are not telling, and that is that discipleship
often has great costs.
- Spiritual Authority -
by Watchman Nee
A look at what the Scriptures say about Spiritual
Authority from both sides. That is what it means to
submit to authority and the blessings which result. What
happens if one does not submit and the problems it
brings. Also what a great responsibility goes with that
authority. What blessings and curses result from proper
or improper handling of the authority God gives. I am
quite sure from my personal observations this is a little
known, little taught, and greatly misunderstood doctrine
in most churches today. Some Christians would have a
problem submitting as it is laid out in the Scriptures.
Many leaders in our churches today would be reluctant,
hesitant, or fearful to accept the responsibility
which goes with God given authority.
- The Normal Christian Life
- by Watchman Nee
This series of sermons recorded here on the book of
Romans is great. It shows how few of us actually have the
type of Christian life that the Bible would classify as
- A God Moment Principle
- Alan D. Wright
Just as God commanded the Israelites to build monuments
to many of the great acts which He had done for them, it
is also important for us to look back at all of the times
God has in some way showed His presence to us in a
special way. The reason for the Israelites was stated so
that they would remember. Not so the rest of the world
could see the monuments, but those of the nation who had
experienced it or benefited from it later. So it is with
us. Many times our faith springs from what we have seen
God do in the past. It is important that we keep mental
monuments and maybe share them with some of those closest
to us. A great principle and a great book.
- A Childlike Heart
- Alan D. Wright
Jesus said one must become as a little child. Wright does
a great job of telling us some things this means.
- Beginner's Guide to
Intercession - Dutch Sheets
This book can make faith rise up in you so much, that you
will want to stop reading and pray.
- The Pilgrim's Progress
- by John Bunyan
This Christian allegory is not only a Christian classic,
but required reading for anyone who wants a view of life
on the way to eternity.
- Hind's Feet on High Places
- by Hannah Hurnard
This is another Christian allegory. It answers the
question of why our lives are full of problems and
troubles after we become a Christian. We see the main
character, named Much Afraid, changed by experience to
one able to minister to others through the strength
gained by overcoming troubles and problems.
- Mountains of Spices -
by Hannah Hurnard
Maybe not as good as Hind's Feet, but worth the read. It
is a continuation of that story.
- Watchmen On The Walls
- by Hannah Hurnard
This book originally published about 1950, is mostly the
journal of Hurnard in the late forties when Israel became
a nation. She was living and working in Jerusalem then.
It is very interesting.
- There Were Two Trees In The
Garden - by Rick Joyner
A look at the Tree of Live and the Tree of the Knowledge
of Good and Evil. The partaking of these two trees still
determine our lives today. The world wants to eat of the
Tree of Knowledge, we must forsake it and our
relationship to God must rely on the Tree of Life.
- More Than A Savior
- by Robert Crosby
Here we are told of a life changing relationship with
Jesus which begins by experiencing Him not only as
Savior, but as friend. We must pursue this relationship
if we are going to live a satisfying Christian life.
- Surprised by the Voice of God
- by Jack Deere
As a professor at Dallas Seminary, he could have given
you all the reasons why prophecies, dreams, and visions
disappeared once the Bible was complete. With sensitivity
and a profound understanding of scriptures Deere tells us
personal ways God still communicates with us today. He
uses writings and examples from some of our greatest
preachers in the last hundred years or so, on how and
when God spoke to them. This book will put a craving in
your heart to hear from God, not only for yourself, but
that you might minister to others who need to hear also.
- Surprised by the Power of the
Spirit - by Jack Deere
This former Dallas Theological Seminary professor went
from a cessationist position to a man who knows the
miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit are being given
today. He discovered his arguments were based more on
prejudice and lack of personal experience than on what
the Bible has to say. Everyone I know who laid down their
own prejudice and read this book said it was great and
could not put it down. Must reading for all
- On Experiencing God's Power
- by Derek Prince
I believe this book actually nine smaller books combined
into one. Each chapter covers different aspects of the
- Vanquishing the Enemy
- by Ron M. Phillips
This book is on spiritual warfare with the enemy. On how
he attacks and how the Christian can effectively stand
against Satan. The author uses the scriptures to show how
the power of the Spirit is available and necessary to
stand and over come the enemy when he attacks.
- Holy Spirit Revivals
- by Charles Finney
This really a biography of Finney. It is estimated that
over 250,000 souls were converted as a result of his
preaching. Whatever you may think or say about the
theology of those many in the church today label
"Revivalist", we must give credit to one man
used mightily by God. He was not converted until he was
thirty years of age, but followed God so closely he was
used in an unbelievable way. Even his enemies of that
day became co-labors in the cause of Christ when they saw
the power and anointing of God that was manifested when
- The Spirit Filled Life
- by Charles Finney
A collection of some sermons preached by Finney at
Oberlin College between 1845 and 1861.
- God In You
- by Charles Finney
This deals with the doctrines which Finney preached that
turned much of the Northeast on its head in the mid
1800's. As he delves into the Scriptures he reveals how
we can experience more of God's love and power in our
lives. Finney does not have a wait and see what happens
attitude, but rather one that says find out what God
wants you to do and do it without hesitation or waiting.
Moving with God requires something from us and that is
just that, doing whatever God shows us.