Resources

3 Year Bible Reading Plan

We have provided a simple reading plan for anyone who wants to read the Bible through and through. It is available here.

Books for Life

Accoring to Dallas Willard, Spiritual Formation is the “Spirit-driven process of forming the inner world of the human self in such a way that it becomes the inner being of Christ himself.”

Renovation of the Heart

Part of our growth involves the shaping and nurturing of the mind. What follows is a (non-exhaustive) selection of books which, if digested well, will nurture the “inner world of human self” and help us in our journey towards Christlikeness. If you know of a book or resource which has been particularly helpful in your own spiritual journey, don’t hesitate to drop me an email with your recommendation! – David

Christian Living

The Jesus I Never Knew – Philip Yancey
What’s So Amazing About Grace? – Philip Yancey
If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat – John Ortberg
Just Like Jesus – Max Lucado
Next Door Saviour – Max Lucado
The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
Knowing God – J.I. Packer
Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
Questions of Life – Nicky Gumbel
Basic Christianity – John Stott
Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
Leap Over a Wall – Eugene Peterson
The Jesus Way – Eugene Peterson
Christ Plays in Thousand Places – Eugene Peterson
How Now Shall We Live? – Charles Colson
The Prodigal God – Tim Keller

 

Family

Celebrating the Christian Year – Martha Zimmerman
Celebrating the Christian Feasts – Martha Zimmerman
Mystery of Children – Mike Mason
Boundaries with Kids – Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Strong Willed Child – Dr. Dobson
Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions – George Barna
The Power of a Praying Parent – Stormie Omartian
Pills for Parents in Pain – Lee Ezell
Angry Kids – Dr. Richard L. Berry
Making Children Mind without Losing Yours – Dr. Kevin Leman
A Time to Read – Mary Ruth Wilkinson

 

Marriage

Intimate Allies – Tremper Longman III & Dan Allender
Intimate Mystery – Tremper Longman III & Dan Allender
Before You Say “I do” – H. Norman Wright
Mystery of Marriage – Mike Mason
Boundaries in Marriage – Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Five Love Languages for Couples – Gary Chapman
Divorcing Marriage – Daniel Cere and Douglas Farrow, eds (this is a defence of the traditional definition of marriage in Canada)

 

Fiction

Byzantium – Stephen Lawhead
Book of the Dun Cow – Walter Wangerin Jr.
Book of Sorrows – Walter Wangerin Jr.
Till We Have Faces – C.S. Lewis
Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
Watership Down – Richard Adams
Space Trilogy – C.S. Lewis
A Soldier of the Great War – Mark Helprin
Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

 

Dealing with Cults and the Occult

Bondage Breaker – Neil Anderson
Victory Over the Darkness – Neil Anderson
The Christian in Complete Armour – William Gurnall
Kingdom of the Cults – Ravi Zacharias and Walter Martin

 

Justice

Generous Justice – Tim Keller
Good News about Injustice – Gary Haugen
Just Courage – Gary Haugen
Hole in the Gospel – Richard Stearns

 

Heaven

Things Unseen – Mark Buchanan
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven – Peter Kreeft
Heaven – Randy Alcorn

Prayer

Answering God – Eugene Peterson
Prayer – Richard Foster
Lord, Teach Us to Pray – Alexander Whyte
Diary of Private Prayer – John Baillie
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire – Jim Cymbala
Way of the Heart – Henri Nouwen

 

Suffering

Disappointment With God – Philip Yancey
Where is God When It Hurts? – Philip Yancey
A Grief Observed – C.S. Lewis
The Problem of Pain – C.S. Lewis
As I lay dying – Richard John Neuhaus
When God Doesn’t Answer Prayer – Jerry Sittser
Shaming the Strong – Sarah Williams
Wounded Healer – Henri Nouwen

 

Church Life

Being the Body – Chuck Colson
Life Together – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Purpose Driven Church – Rick Warren
Community and Growth – Jean Vanier
Deep Church – Jim Belcher

 

Devotional Classics

Imitation of Christ – Thomas a Kempis
Letters of John Newton – John Newton
Letters from Prison – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Confessions – Augustine
Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life – William Law
Interior Castle – Teresa of Avila
Table Talk – Martin Luther
Devotional Classics – Richard Foster
Religious Affections – Jonathan Edwards
On Revival – Jonathon Edwards
Testament of Devoation – Thomas Kelly

 

Devotional and Bible Study Aids

My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers
Living the Message – Eugene Peterson
Search the Scriptures – Alan Stibbs
Experiencing God- Henry Blackaby
How to Read the Bible For All It’s Worth – Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart
How to Read the Bible Book by Book – Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart

 

Theology and History

Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places – Eugene Peterson
Eat this Book – Eugene Peterson
The Jesus Way – Eugene Peterson
Christian Theology: An Introduction – Alister McGrath
Shadow of the Galilean – Gerd Thiessen
The Canon of Scripture – F.F. Bruce
Turning Points – Mark Noll
The Story of Christianity – Justo Gonzalez
Christian Theology – Millard Erickson
Church History in Plain Language – Bruce Shelley
Zondervan Handbook to the History of Christianity – Jonathon Hill

Growing in Your Faith

Your God is Too Safe – Mark Buchanan
Spirit of the Disciplines – Dallas Willard
Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster
Divine Conspiracy – Dallas Willard
Spiritual Classics – Richard Foster
Christian Basics – John Stott
Renovation of the Heart – Dallas Willard
Shaped by the Word – M. Robert Mulholland

 

Finding Direction and Guidance

The Call – Os Guinness
Listening to the God Who Speaks – Klaus Bockmeul
Listening to God in Times of Choice – Gordon Smith
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Courage and Calling – Gordon Smith

 

Apologetics

Reason for God – Timothy Keller
The Faith – Charles Colson
Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
Case for Faith – Lee Strobel
Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
Case for a Creator – Lee Strobel
How to Stay Christian in College – J. Budziszewski
What We Can’t Not Know – J. Budziszewski
Ask Me Anything – J. Budziszewski
Darwin’s Black Box – Michael Behe
Defeating Darwinism – Phillip Johnson
Jesus as God – Murray Harris
Can Man Live Without God? – Ravi Zacharias
If You Could Ask God One Question – Paul Williams and Barry Cooper
Searching Issues – Nicky Gumbel
Humble Apologetics – John Stackhouse Jr.
Not the Way It’s Suppose to Be – Cornelius Plantinga Jr.

 

Bible Reference

Zondervan Guide to the Bible (Zondervan)
New Bible Dictionary (Intervarsity Press)
NIV Complete Concordance (Zondervan)
New Dictionary of Theology (Intervarsity Press)
New Bible Commentary (Intervarsity Press)
Bible for Everyday Life. George Carey

 

Guide to Bible Translations

The Message by Eugene Peterson (fresh and wonderfully readable, but take note that this is a paraphrase, not a translation)
New Living Translation (very readable and reliable)
New International Version (most popular translation)
Today’s New International Version (changes in the area of gender usage – i.e.: “mankind” becomes “humanity”, etc.)
King James Version (beautifully written, but not the latest manuscripts used – Seventeenth century)
New King James Version (none of the beauty of the KJV and all the mistakes)
New Revised Standard Version (used by mainline churches mostly)
English Standard Version (what the NRSV should have been)
New American Standard Version (quite “wooden” in flow, but helpful for study purposes)

 

Types of Bibles

Student Bible – Best Bible for new Christians! It helps people with no background to gently wade into God’s Word Study Bible – very dependable and helpful if you would like to learn some of the background meanings of passages.
Life Application Bible – Kind of like the Study Bible, but with more practical application.
Quest Bible – Helpful for new believers to learn how to “search the scriptures” for answers.
Serendipity Bible – Has a series of questions for every passage of Scripture. Quality of the questions ranges from poor to good. Especially helpful for Bible Study leaders.
Toddlers’ Bible – Great for …um… toddlers.
Picture Bible – Classic “comic” version of Scripture.
New Adventure Bible – Excellent kids Bible especially from ages 8-12 years old.
NIV Teen Study Bible – Quite helpful for teens (though a Student Bible is probably just as good).
NLT Hands-on Bible – Highly recommended for kids between 8-12 years old.

Who I Am In Jesus

This excerpt from The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson is a scriptural reminder of who we are in Christ. You can download the pdf here.

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