Monday, January 08, 2007

What Book?

Someone I know asked me for some book recommendations and after reading what I sent him, I thought it would be useful to share it here.

I’ve read a fair number of books in the last 10 years or so since I’ve taken my spiritual journey with Christ and to be honest it’s difficult to remember all of them, as well as that our home library hasn’t been set-up yet and there are some books that are still in boxes somewhere. However here are three books that have been tremendously inspirational and helpful in my own spiritual development that I would recommend without hesitation to anyone looking to be serious in knowing and growing in their relationship with God.

Discipleship by David Watson – This brother speaks from the heart in terms of what it is to be a disciple and the cost of it. I had this book and can’t find it, but if I could I’d purchase it again I would do so in a heartbeat. Brilliant, challenging, deep and gets to the heart of what we’re called to be as believers without compromise.

The Contemporary Christian by John Stott – When I was going through a rough patch in my journey this book proved to be such a great eye-opener as to how to apply the fundamentals of what we believe to the challenges of the world I live in. Despite being written over 15 years ago it is still so relevant that I recently re-read it and nodded my head at some of the truths coming from it. Again it leaves the believer in no doubt of who they are to be in society and how important it is to remain connected to God through prayer, the Word and His Spirit to live victoriously individually and corporately.

Desiring God by John Piper – I’ve read some heavy books in my time, but this one is
seriously heavy. Indeed I wouldn’t recommend it to a Christian just starting out on the journey because some of the concepts might not be that easily understood. After a fair grounding in the things of the Spirit, this book would be a great read to maintain a hunger and thirst for God. It puts things into perspective in terms of the role of emotions in our spiritual walk as well as the larger issue of what should be the driving motivating factor in our lives. Highly recommended without reservation.

One of the good parts of being in this job is that it does call me to be even more rigorous and grounded in what I believe and so I’m tending to support my bible studies with other material as well which I’m hoping to recommend to others, so as I get them I hope to let you know. Soon, hopefully, I’ll also develop a list of useful web-sites to check.

4 His Name’s Sake
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