So, I love using technology, whether I am on my phone, kindle or computer I am almost always on the internet or watching a TV show or movie, but I rarely sit down in the quiet and read, which could in part be due to the fact that I have a very loud toddler! In attending a church that emphasizes doctrine and being among a body of believers that are well versed in doctrine and theology has lit a fire in me to begin reading more. Now, my list of books aren’t all theological or based on doctrine, but they are all Christian books that I truly believe will help me grow in my walk with the Lord.
So, i’m going to list the 6 books that are in my “to read” list on my Kindle along with a brief description from amazon.
1. The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About The Power and Defeat of Sin by Kris Lungaard
“This book takes dead aim at the heart of ongoing sin. Drawing from two masterful works by John Owen, Kris Lundgaard offers insight, encouragement and hope for overcoming the enemy within.”
2. By His Wounds You Are Healed: How The Message Of Ephesians Transforms A Woman’s Identity
By Wendy Horger Alsup
“This study of Ephesians is for women who have tired of topical women’s Bible studies and long to go deeper into the Word. When read in context, Ephesians has much to say to women beyond just the passages traditionally thought to apply to the female gender. The whole book applies, and the extensive good news Paul presents will radically transform how we view ourselves and our daily responsibilities. This study is appropriate for individuals or groups. It is accessible, practical, and easy to read while still dealing with the deep things of the Word.”
3. Shepherding A Child’s Heart
By Tedd Tripp
“Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child’s heart into the paths of life. Shepherding a Child’s Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing.”
4. Praying Circles Around Your Children
By Mark Batterson
“Mark Batterson shares a perfect blend of biblical yet practical advice that will revolutionize your prayer life by giving you a new vocabulary and a new methodology. You’ll see how prayer is your secret weapon. Through stories of parents just like you, Batterson shares five prayer circles that will not only help you pray for your kids, but also pray through your kids.
Batterson teaches about how to create prayer lists unique to your family, claim God-inspired promises for your children, turn your family circle into a prayer circle, and discover your child’s life themes. And he not only tells you how, he illustrates why.
As Batterson says, ‘I realize that not everyone inherited a prayer legacy like I did, but you can leave a legacy for generations to come. Your prayers have the power to shape the destiny of your children and your children’s children. It’s time to start circling.'”
5. Not A Fan: Becoming A Completely Commited Follower Of Jesus
By Kyle Idleman
“Pastor Kyle Idleman doesn’t just want to be a fan of Jesus, he wants to full heartedly commit to him and be a follower of Jesus. But how can you make the leap from fan to follower? In Not a Fan Idleman uses biblical examples to show how the people who met Jesus also had to decide if they were fans or followers, and what it meant for them to then become followers. Being a follower doesn’t mean that you go to church every week, that you slap a Jesus fish on the back of your car, and that you give to charity. That’s what a fan does. What a follower of Jesus does, Idleman observes, is die to themselves each and every moment of the day because ‘you can’t say yes to following Jesus unless you say no to living for yourself.’ In this three part book Idleman helps you to discover whether you are a fan or a follower, how to recognize the invitation Jesus has given, and what following Jesus looks like in your daily life. With humor and real life examples to draw you closer to Jesus, Kyle Idleman compels each and every one of us to Not Be A Fan.”
6. Barefoot Church: Serving The Least in a Consumer Culture
By Brandon Hatmaker
“People are hungry to make a difference in their community, yet most don’t know where to start. In fact, ‘serving the least’ is often one of the most neglected biblical mandates in the church. Barefoot Church shows readers how today’s church can be a catalyst for individual, collective, and social renewal in any context. Whether pastors or laypeople, readers will discover practical ideas that end up being as much about the Gospel and personal transformation as they are about serving the poor. Here they will see how the organizational structure of the church can be created or redesigned for mission in any context. Drawing from his own journey, Brandon Hatmaker proves to readers that serving the least is not a trendy act of benevolence but a lifestyle of authentic community and spiritual transformation. As Hatmaker writes, ‘My hope is that God would open our eyes more and more to the needs of our community. And that we would see it as the church’s responsibility to lead the charge.'”
I am so excited to dig in to these books, I don’t know yet what order I will read them in but I know these are the books I would like to read, maybe even before the new year?!? We will see.
Whats on your “To Read” list?
Grab a cup of coffee, sit down for a spell and share with me the books you are eager to read.