Beloved Books!

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I have always loved a pile of books waiting to be opened next to me…like special friends that have secrets to tell, lives lived beyond my own. I like to dare to dissolve so that I have room to encounter new ideas and bring myself to horizons that stretch farther and offer a chance for my heart to brew in the author’s message.

These list below reflects some books that have been special reading adventures of the past several years. There is always more to discover and there are also times for quiet reception, just for meditation upon a few words from Scripture with all the other books put away until your heart is fed. You will find your balance.

I begin with the Book that cannot be compared to others because it is said to be “God-breathed”. It is The Gospel.

The Holy Bible 

A noted Pastor of the 20th Century Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones (Dec 20 1899 – March 1 – 1981) that was the minister of the Westminster chapel in London said:

“We must have confidence and assurance! In what? In the Bible as the Word of God. Why? Because it is God’s Word, because it is God’s revelation; because it is not the theories and the ideas of men with respect to the truth; because it is not what men have discovered and arrived at as the result of their great study and scholarship and meditation.

It is what the living God has revealed to men, has shown them, and has commanded them to preach. Let us remember Martin Luther’s contrast between philosophy and revelation. He puts it like this: “Philosophy has to do with what can be known by human reason. Theology has to do with that which is ‘believed,’ with that which is apprehended by faith.”

This is God’s Word, this is God’s truth. This is from heaven, not from men and it is therefore invincible. We must learn to say what this great apostle said in his Epistle to the Galatians in the first chapter: “Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed’ (verse 8). “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of God unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ” (verse 6). ‘I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ’ (verses 11-12). “A dispensation of the gospel,’ he says to the Corinthians and to others, has been ‘committed unto me’ (1 Corinthians 9:17).”

Mere Christianity by C.S.Lewis

Miracles of Mercy by Timothy Keller

We Would See Jesus by Roy and Revel Hession

The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

Tangible by Chris Sicks

Powerful Evangelism for the Powerless by C.John Miller

Unspeakable Joy by Martin Lloyd Jones

Jesus through the Eyes of the Middle East by Kenneth E. Bailey

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Keeping in Step with the Spirit by J.I. Packer

E.M. Bounds on Prayer by E.M. Bounds

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Knowing Christ by Mark Jones

Joy in Your Heart by Charles Spurgeon

Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

The Heart of a Servant Leader by C. John Miller

Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian

Prayer, experiencing intimacy and awe with God by Tim Keller

The reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller

The Word of the Lord by Nancy Guthrie

A Thousand Gifts by Ann Voscamp

Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore

The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard

The PaPa Prayer by Larry Crabb

The Cry of the Soul
(how our emotions reveal our deepest
feelings and questions about God) by Dr. Dan B. Allender
and Dr.Temper Longmand 3rd.

To be Told
(learning how our empathic
emotional life story teaching
us about God’s message to us
for the future) by Dan B. Allender PHD

How Long O Lord? by D.A. Carson

Holiness by Grace by Bryan Chapell

Joy Unspeakable by Martin Lloyd-Jones

Living in Christ’s Presence by Dallas Willard

The Knowledge of The Holy by A.Z. Tozer

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey

Bold Love by Dr. Dan B. Allender

Encouragement, the Key to Caring by Dr. Larry Crabb and Dr. Dan Allender

The Kingdom Life, a Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation by Dallas Willard, Bruce Demarest, and Bill Hull

Hoping for Something Better by Nancy Guthrie, a Study of Hebrews

Outgrowing the Ingrown Church by C. John Miller