Some Books that have shaped how I understand Christ, Christianity, The Church, Studying the Bible and Culture:

  • Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton
    • Deeply challenging book on how we can be healthy as godly influencers. Barton’s take on Moses alone is worth the read.
  • Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf
    • If you want to expand your understanding of the radical nature of God’s Grace then read this book.
  • Spiritual Depression by David Martyn Lloyd-Jones
    • A classic on understanding the theology of depression and how to battle for joy.
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
    • All people who are curious about some of the classic challenges to Christianity need to read this book.
  • Water from a Deep Well by Gerald Sittser
    • A very practical look at the history of Christian spirituality from early church martyrs to modern missionaries. This made church history alive and very practical for me.
  • Ethics by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • A classic unfinished work on Ethics from one of the great thinkers, pastors and martyrs of the 20th century church.
  • The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
    • Long before the protestant reformation this little classic began to change how people connected to God. Read it and re-read it.
  • Onward by Russell Moore
    • Important look at how the Christ follower needs to engage the culture, especially in a hyper charged political environment.
  • The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan
    • Unpacking the importance of Sabbath and how God has optimally created us to live.
  • Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne
    • Penetrating read to help guide those who are leading and influencing ministry in an ever changing and growing context.