Occasionally I’m asked for my recommendation of good books to help grow our relationship with God. So I’ve compiled a list of my top picks. I am not a voracious reader (that would be my wife Karen!) but I do read! These suggestions are just my personal faves – no more, no less. Borrow or purchase for yourself – these books rock. They have all been influential in my life.
??My top ten – in no particular order:
??•?The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg??o?With great humor and in a very down to earth style Ortberg outlines some basic practices you can engage in to develop your relationship with God.
•?The Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God by Larry Osborne??o?Extremely insightful – answers the questions that you thought you were the only one asking about life as a Christian – perfect for those of you who sometimes feel like you’re just not cut out to be a Christ follower.
•?10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe by Larry Osborne??o?Bang! Bang! Osborne unceremoniously shoots down stuff people commonly believe about God, the bible and life – but it just ain’t true! Especially great book for the new believer and others without much of a bible background.
•?The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer??o?An absolute classic – best for those who sense that something is missing – but desperately want more! A deep read but worth it – I promise!
•?The Prayer God Longs For by James Emery White??o?Awesome encouragement for developing your prayer life – White unpacks the Lord’s Prayer unlike any other author.
•?Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels??o?Basic, practical steps to sharing the good news of Jesus with those around us – it simply begins with a walk across the room. Very helpful.
•?Out of the Salt Shaker by Rebecca Pippert??o?A practical guide to sharing your faith without coming off like a freak. Pippert gives you the confidence that you can do it!
??•?The Celtic Way of Evangelism by George Hunter??o?A look at how St. Patrick impacted a pagan Ireland for Christ in the 5th century and the proposal that the same strategy could help us to reach the post-Christian, post-modern world in which we live. Fascinating.
•?Just As I Am by Billy Graham??o?No one has shared the gospel with more people in their lifetime than Billy. He is a personal hero of mine and his life of faith is very inspirational. A big book that goes down like soft-serve vanilla ice-cream. You will love it.
??•?The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer??o?A study of the attributes of God. Tozer asserts that the most important thing about you is what you believe about God. Seeing God in his glory, as who He truly is – will change your life indeed.
Have you already read any of them? What other suggestions would you give someone