Pastor’s Recommended Reading List

These recommendations are in no particular order.  When time permits I’ll organize them a bit better, expand the list, and perhaps add an overview of each book.  These are books that challenge me to stretch my faith and to grow in Christlikeness.  If you are going to read only one book besides the Bible this year, read either Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Church, Leper Priest of Moloka’i, or The Barbarian Way.   

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Church by Dean Merrill; encourages the church to live the love of Christ in practical ways.

Leper Priest of Moloka’i:  The Father Damien Story by Richard Stewart; biography of a priest who sacrificed his life serving the Hawaiian leper colony at Molokai.  Yes, he was a Catholic priest.  Yes, his example is an outstanding one for  Protestants.

Hearing God’s Voice by Henry and Richard Blackaby; practical teaching for those seeking to hear God.

Turning the Local Church into a House of Prayer by P. Douglas Small; a vision for prayer-centered ministry, with powerful encouragement and training for church leaders and intercessors.

A Kingdom of Priests by P. Douglas Small; what the church is called to be.

Visioneering by Andy Stanley; the mechanics of developing your God-given vision.

The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus; this will challenge many of your assumptions about living a life of faith.

Ever Increasing Faith by Smith Wigglesworth:  elevate your faith.  The version I’ve linked to is a free online version.  The text is now in the public domain according to the website, so I don’t believe there are any copyright issues.  Enjoy!

Preparing Your Son For Everyman’s Battle by Stoeker and Arterburn: for parents of boys approaching puberty; this gets right down to the nitty gritty.  Not for wimps.

With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray: a classic on learning how to pray.

Intercession by Andrew Murray

Maximized Manhood by Edwin Louis Cole:  An exhortation to Christlike living for fathers, husbands, and single men. 

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis:  Christian Apologetics in laymen’s language.

The Lost Link by R. G. Spurling; the founding document of the Church of God.  The thesis is that the church needs to return to the Law of Love.  There is a link to the online version of this book in the Blogroll.


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