My Bookshelf

What do I read?

My bookshelves are packed, but here are some notables below in no particular order…

The first thing I’d recommend is walking through the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the book of Acts without any commentary.

Simply read the Bible and reflect using this DivineReading template. Simply powerful!

Then, and only then, you may consider some of these…

(with affiliate links to Amazon. Thanks in advance for investing in yourself!)

Jesus Has Left the Building – Paul Vieira
Houses that Change the World – Wolfgang Simpson
Keepers of The Presence – Murray Dueck

Sacred Pathways – Gary Thomas

In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen

The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan
Spiritual Rhythm by Mark Buchanan
Keeping the Sabbath Wholly by Marva J Dawn
An Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling
Sacred Pauses by April Yamasaki

Becoming a Person of Influence by John C Maxwell
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Books and sermons on prayer that have inspired me…

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People – Jim Cymbala

Rees Howells: Intercessor – Norman Grubb

How to Listen to God – Charles Stanley

Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home – Richard J Foster

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears – Mark Batterson

Prayer – O. Hallesby

What Happens When Women Pray – Evelyn Christenson

Sermon notes from Charles Stanley on Listening to God

More books on other topics…

The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch
The Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Workplace by TD Jakes – seems to be out of print now

Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro – Since reading this book years ago while I was an institutional pastor, I am discovering how the way we have traditionally done pastoral ministry is completely unhealthy. No wonder pastors burn out regularly. When pastors are expected to do all the work rather than equip the saints, your church has aligned with the thief. These days, I prefer the freedom of equipping those who want to get in the game.

Before You Hit The Wall by Danny Lehman

Doing Church as a Team by Wayne Cordeiro – This title to me now is an oxymoron.

Follow Me: Experience the Loving Leadership of Jesus by Jan David Hettinga

Leading Kids to Jesus by David Staal
How to Be a Hero to Your Kids by Josh McDowell and Dick Day
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

How To Enjoy God All The Time: A Child’s Version of the Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence 2nd Edition by Chris Fields 

Bringing Out the Best In People by Alan McGinnis

Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey
How To Listen To God by Charles Stanley
The Sacred Romance by Curtis and Eldridge

Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend
Beyond Boundaries by Townsend

Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer
Undaunted by Christine Caine

Celebration of Discipline by Richard J Foster – this book launched me back in the 90’s!
Prayer by Richard J Foster
Crafted Prayer by Graham Cooke
The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard

Discipleship Counseling by Neil Anderson
Helping Others Find Freedom in Christ by Neil Anderson

Can You Hear Me? by Brad Jersak
Children, Can You Hear Me? by Brad Jersak

Gifted to Lead by Nancy Beach
Lifesigns by Henri Nouwen
Freedom of Simplicity by Richard J Foster
How People Grow by Cloud & Townsend
Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It by Jerry Jenkins
Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler
Everybody’s Normal Till You Get To Know Them by John Ortberg
He Chose The Nails by Max Lucado
Reclaiming Friendship by Ajith Fernando

A Mentor’s Fingerprint by Griffiths & Inglis
The Coach Model by Keith Webb
Stuck! by Terry Walling

Speak Up With Confidence by Carol Kent

Sifted by Wayne Cordeiro, Francis Chan and Larry Osborne
The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg
The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg

You can find most of them on Amazon such as this book…

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