Here are a list of books that have impacted me. PLEASE NOTE: this is by no means an exhaustive or all-encompassing list. There are MANY more great books out there– some are even on my shelf. This is just a hand full of great resources to throw out.
1: The Bible– figure this one would be a given, but wanted to list it just in case. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17
(NOTE: the rest of these are NOT in order of significance.)
2: “Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life” by Donald Whitney– I didn’t read this book til I was in seminary, but I have gone through it three times since then. This is an EXCELLENT book to layout the elements of the Christian Life– i.e. prayer, worship, Bible intake, etc. Great for any level of spiritual maturity.
3: “What Every Christian Ought To Know” by Adrian Rogers– This book was assigned to Deacons & Pastors by Bro Al. This is also an INCREDIBLE book for encouraging and equipping a believer in the essential truths of the Christian faith. It is a great book to read personally, but is also a great resource for Bible Studies, Equipping Groups, etc.
4: “Vintage Jesus” by Mark Driscoll– I fell in love with this book just a few pages in. This is a great book to walk through everything about the Lord Jesus. Each chapter is a specific insight on Jesus. A Great resource to enhance your knowledge of the Lord Jesus in Scripture & culture. It’s also a great resource to walk through with non-Believers and shallow Believers.
5: “Doctrine” by Mark Driscoll– This book is also a sermon Series that Driscoll did (same as Vintage Jesus) and later published as a book. If you are looking for something to solidify or explain the main doctrines of the Christian faith in a way that you can understand, this is your book.
6: “Knowing Scripture” by R.C. Sproul– This book will make you want to put it down and grab a Bible to start ingesting. It is an incredible read to motivate you to internalize God’s Word. This book really helped me see the Bible as a specific element of my Christian walk. It will truly breathe new life into your view of the Bible.
7: “Is The Bible The Word of God?” by W. Graham Scroggie– This book was just recently recommended to me on my quest to find a book about the validity of Scripture that’s not super academic. I HIGHLY recommend this book! Unfortunately this book is now out of print. BUT I was able to find several copies online in good condition.
8: “Never The Same” by Steven James– This guy’s writing to really paint the mind’s eye is incredible. It is a modern day look at the accounts of those who met the Lord Jesus in Scripture to “Never Be The Same”. Our encounter’s with Jesus are really to us to never be the same again. Great book!
9: “How Good Is Good Enough” by Andy Stanley– This book is really a 2 fold book: for Believers AND for non-Belivers. Stanley gives us, what I believe, to be one of the best equipping tools in talking with people who have a works-based salvation mindset. The goal is for us to read it and pass it along to a non-believer. Great equipping tool and witnessing tool as well.
10: “Making Vision Stick” by Andy Stanley– As an Associate Pastor I really enjoyed this book equipping me and helping me cast a vision to our group. I have actually read this book twice now and find it’s principles to very applicable. It is a great tool to help you focus on what a vision for your ministry should be, and how to keep that in front of your group.
11: “Ask Me Anything” Vols. 1 & 2 by J. Budziszewski– These books are AWESOME! These books are laid out as insights from this college professors conversations with students about real issues in the lives of young people today. Great resource! This guy’s a stud.
12: “Dare 2 Share: A Field Guide to Sharing Your Faith” by Greg Steir– I LOVE THIS BOOK! This book, in my opinion, is the best resource for equipping for evangelism. In the first half of the book, Steir lays out a clear Gospel presentation and how to share it with others. The second half of the book is a basic layout of other religions and what they believe compared to us. We have used this book several times in the youth ministry to equip our youth.
13: “Revolutionary Parenting” by George Barna– This is a parenting book, but your ordinary parenting book. Barna found adults who are active in their faith. He interviewed them and asked what it was their parents did that helped them be active in their faith as an adult. Then he interviewed the parents and asked them what they did to invest in their children. This book is what he found.
14: “The Master Plan Of Evangelism” by Robert Coleman– A classic! I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Coleman in person recently and this guy is a stud! He lays out his study of how Jesus trained and equipped men to impact the world. Very insightful!
15: “Absolute Surrender” by Andrew Murray– This was a small yet VERY powerful book one of my Mentors gave to me years ago. WARNING: This book will cut very deep to the core to really show us how much we are bent to selfishness, pride, etc. The Holy Spirit really used this book to break me down in some areas I needed it. It’s not a one in done book. It’s definitely one to read more than once to continue to “take up your cross DAILY”.
16: “What Matters Most” by Doug Fields– A MUST read for anyone in ministry, but the application is certainly there for any man who works. In life we never get everything done we need to–at work, at home, etc. So regularly we having to decide what matters most–what takes precedence. This book helps us as Christ followers to keep it all in perspective.