Amazon is holding their “The Big Deal” which goes through February 2nd and offers up to 85% off over 600 books. When my brother told me about it, I was hesitant. I’m trying to pair down my library – but ebooks do take up less space than physical books…so maybe I’d take a peak.
I knew that if I did get any books I only wanted the best I knew I wanted to read. Everything else could wait – I’m really trying to only get the books I am going to read and read soon. So, here is my list…of those I bought as well of those I thought looked quite interesting (and actually, I left a huge number off my list, b/c I didn’t want to type all day).
I Bought It…
- If I find myself without work, my plan is to take a few years and be a hobo – so I couldn’t pass by Paul Stutzman’s Biking Across America: My Coast-to-Coast Adventure and the People I Met Along the Way.
- Thom S. Rainer’s I Am A Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference. This book was recommended to me and since I have already tried (and didn’t like) Thabiti M. Anyabwile’s What Is a Healthy Church Member?, this seemed like a good option as a potential textbook for membership classes.
- J.D. Greear’s Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary – b/c I always need to be teaching myself the gospel, it has lots of five star reviews, and Timothy Keller wrote the foreword.
- Peter Haas’ Pharisectomy: How to Joyfully Remove Your Inner Pharisee and Other Religiously Transmitted Diseases. B/c I need more grace and gospel.
- Ravi Zacharias’ Has Christianity Failed You? because I’ve been through a lot of crap, and sometimes it feels like God has failed me (please read Job first and then you may make any criticisms you wish of that statement, e.g. “You shouldn’t say that!”).
- John R. Bisagno’s Pastor’s Handbook b/c I’m a pastor and sometimes I wish I knew how other people did x b/c as Piper wrote, “brothers, we are not professionals.”
- Carl Gallups’ The Magic Man in the Sky: Effectively Defending the Christian Faith – b/c I find it better than the other options I’ve explored, but that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes struggle with understanding, explaining, and accepting my faith (I’m more interested in this book for defending the faith to myself than defending it to others).
- J. Clif Christopher’s Whose Offering Plate Is It?: New Strategies for Financial Stewardship b/c the way the church supports itself and carries out its purpose is changing.
- Gary Thomas’ The Sacred Search: What If It’s Not About Who You Marry, But Why? I’ve read a good bit of Gary’s Sacred Pleasures book and it has been a good read. His Sacred Marriage has also come to me highly recommended, but I haven’t had a chance to read it.
- Lee and Leslie Strobel’s Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage – b/c a lot of folks find themselves in a marriage without shared spiritual beliefs.
- Paul David Tripp’s Forever: Why You Can’t Live Without It. What I’ve read by Tripp (though only a little) I’ve enjoyed and he comes highly recommended to me.
- Susan C. Pinsky’s Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized. I already have enough tips and tools I think…but for those who haven’t explored how to cope with ADD, this might be a good option.
- David Hawkins’ Breaking Everyday Addictions: Finding Freedom from the Things That Trip Us Up. Because this seems to me to be one of the biggest challenges facing the contemporary church.
- Jay Adams’ How to Help People Change: The Four-Step Biblical Process and A Theology of Christian Counseling: More Than Redemption. I’m not a Jay Adams devotee, but I have read some of his works and find his thoughts interesting and well-organized.
- Everett Ferguson’s Church History, Volume One: From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context. It is really that last portion “in its cultural, intellectual, and political context” which makes this volume sound appealing.
- Jim Wallis’ On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good.
- Shane Claiborne’s Jesus for President.
- Brian Dollar’s I Blew It!: The Biggest Mistakes I’ve Made in Kids’s Ministry…and How You Can Avoid Them…b/c kids are important.
- Scott Wilson’s Read, Set Grow!: Three Conversations That Will Bring Lasting Growth to Your Church. If anyone at CCC wants to get one of these and then share with the rest of us what they say – that’s cool. I just don’t have time to read more books on this topic – though I wish I could…
- Robert Schnase’s Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. See above for reason.
- Gene Mims’ The Kingdom Focused Church: A Compelling Image of an Achievable Future for Your Church. See above for reason.
- Dr. John Kaiser, et al.’s Winning On Purpose: How to Organize Congregations to Succeed in Their Mission. See above for reason.
- Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner and Mary Lynn Dell’s The Elephant in the Church: What You Don’t See Can Kill Your Ministry. See above for reason.
- Rory Noland’s The Heart of the Artist: A Character-Building Guide for You and Your Ministry Team – On growth for those who lead the more creative elements of our church services (e.g. worship).
- John Burke’s Soul Revolution: How Imperfect People Become All God Intended. I already own a physical copy.