These are books that I have read, am reading, or planning to
Ministerial Ethics, Second Edition – Joe E. Trull and James E. Carter
Great read about the moral and ethical standards a person in ministry should maintain. Whether a staff pastor or as a lay minister, all persons in leadership should hold themselves to high standards.
The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics – C. S. Lewis
|Book One – Mere Christianity|
|Simply a classic read.|
|Book Two – Screwtape Letters and Screwtape Makes a Toast|
|Had never completed this book but had started a few times, interesting look into how the spiritual world may work behind the scenes.|
|Book Three – Miracles|
|Interesting book on proving the fact that Miracles can and do exist.|
|Book Four – The Great Divorce|
|Life after death does exist and if we have lived a good life we have a decision to bound to our past and live in a slummy realm or follow a spirit guide who will lead us on to our reward in paradise. Many are too scared to go with the guide to eternal bliss and are therefore lost forever, while others follow timidly to their reward. The divorce then is the separation of what we know to what we do not know. Divorced from life we can decide to be banished to an outcast state or live in paradise.|
|Book Five – The Problem of Pain|
|The author questions why we, as Christians, endure pain? Does God send us pain? Should non-Christians have more pain? Do we endure pain just to become stronger? Do animals sense pain the same way that man does? All of these questions are answered by the author to his point of view. Sin brought pain into the world and until we are removed from this sinful world we will have to endure pain, though God may assist the Christian with comfort.|
|Book Six – A Grief Observed|
|In the book the author is reviewing notes that he had jotted down during the period of grief following the loss of his wife to cancer. He reviews the notes and writes about what he must have been feeling at the time of the creation of the notes. The book is four chapters long and represents each of the four notebooks into which the author had jotted down his thoughts of grief. He ends the book with the Latin phrase, “Poi si torno all eterna fontana” which means “And then she returned to the Eternal Fount”, which are the last words of Dante’s Divine Comedy, when Beatrice returns to heaven.|
Great American Short Stories – various authors
The Book of Man, Readings on the Path to Manhood – William J. Bennett
Being the Church in a MultiEthnic Community: Why it Matters and How It Works – Gary L. McIntosh
A great book about the dynamics of the church in the multicultural world and how diverse congregations may flourish or fail.
Ministering Cross-Culturally: A Model for Effective Personal Relationships – Sherwood G. Lingenfelter
How to build cross-cultural relationships to help build a diverse Christian community and congregation.
The Practice of Godliness – James Bridges
This was a good read about how we in the Christian body should work to live a life of Godliness.
The Pursuit Of Holiness – James Bridges
This is an awesome book with teachings on how we might live out a life of holiness.
Making Peace – A Guide to Overcoming Church Conflict – Jim Van Yperen
Through examples in ministry and the different styles of conflict management with people, the author spells out ways to interpret ourselves and the members of a church body. In doing this tools and appropriate planning are discussed for dealing with and handling conflicts in a Godly manner.
Ministerial Ethics: Moral Formation for Church Leaders – Joe E. Trull, James E. Carter
The two authors of this book go to great lengths in discussing the appropriate moral standards that church leaders must develop and adhere to in all facets of their lives. Church leaders are called by God to be morally pure in everything that they do and say.
God Is For Real – David Drury
Wild Goose Chase: Rediscover the Adventure of Pursuing God – Mark Batterson
Play the Man: Becoming the Man God Created You To Be – Mark Batterson
In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day – Mark Batterson
The God Chasers – Tommy Tenney
All In: You Are One Decision Away From A Totally Different Life – Mark Batterson
Bo’s Cafe – Bill Thrall
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God – Francis Chan
Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams And Greatest Fears – Mark Batterson
I Was Wrong – Jim Bakker
No Wonder They Call Him The Savior – Max Lucado
And The Angels Were Silent – Max Lucado
He Still Move Stones: Everyone Needs a Miracle – Max Lucado
He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart – Max Lucado
A Gentle Thunder: Hearing God Through The Storm – Max Lucado
Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis
The Source of My Strength: Relying on the life-changing power of Jesus Christ to heal our wounded hearts – Charles Stanley
God Came Near – Max Lucado
In the Eye of the Storm – Max Lucado
On the Anvil – Max Lucado
Broken Windows of the Soul: A Pastor and Christian Psychologist Discuss Sexual Sins and the Prescription to Heal Them – Arnold R. Fleagle