Each year, please choose at least one book from the list below and submit your 3 favorite quotes:
Total Church - 224 pages - Chester and Timmis envision a church where programs, big events, and staff-driven ministry take a backseat to sharing lives, reaching out, and learning about God together. This book applies the dual focus of Gospel and Community to evangelism, social involvement, church planting, world missions, discipleship, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, apologetics, youth and children's work. This is a must read for all Sojourn leaders.
Everyday Church - 191 pages - We live in an increasingly post-Christian culture. Less and less people have any intention of ever attending a church event. What used to work doesn’t work anymore and we need to adapt. This book offers practical ideas and personal stories for engaging with Western society. Find out how to effectively reach people in the context of everyday life and take hold of the opportunity to develop missional communities focused on Jesus.
When the Church was a Family - 240 pages - Spiritual formation occurs primarily in the context of community, but in our radically individualistic society, many Christians grow lax in their relational accountability to the church. This book calls Christians back to the wisdom of the first century, examining the early Christian church from a socio-historical perspective and applying the findings to the church in America today. Hellerman believes that Jesus' original vision for authentic Christian community will deeply satisfy our relational longings.
Prayer - 336 pages - Prayer powerful way to experience God, but few Christians receive instruction or guidance in making prayer genuinely meaningful. Keller offers biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each person.
A Praying Life - 288 pages - This book shares insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance. Miller's down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better. This is an honest look at the difficulties of prayer, unanswered prayers, and successes in prayer.
The Conviction to Lead - page 224 - Cultures and organizations do not change without strong leadership. While many leadership books focus on management or administration, the central focus of this book is on changing minds. Using his own experiences and examples from history, Mohler demonstrates that real leadership is a transferring of conviction to others, affecting their actions, motivations, intuition, and commitment.
Outgrowing the Ingrown Church - 176 pages - This is a book for pacesetters, church leaders who desire to help us break free from all that turns the church inward. This book is a mix of biblical principle, objective analysis, and personal experience. In his own discovery of the power and presence of God, Miller discovered the tendency of the church to live by its own power and resources. He challenges us to be evaluated, revitalized, and used by God for the work of ministry.
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering - 384 pages - The question of why God would allow pain and suffering in the world has vexed Christians and non-Christians for millennia. Keller takes on this enduring issue and shows that there is meaning and reason behind our pain and suffering, making a forceful and ground-breaking case that this essential part of the human experience can be overcome only by understanding our relationship with God. He uses biblical wisdom and personal stories to bring a much-needed, fresh viewpoint to this important issue.
A Meal with Jesus - 144 pages - This book brings to light God’s purposes in the seemingly ordinary act of sharing a meal—how this everyday experience is really an opportunity for grace, community, and mission. Chester challenges contemporary understandings of hospitality as he urges us to evaluate why and who we invite to our table. Learn how you can foster grace and bless others through the rich fare being served in A Meal with Jesus.
Dangerous Calling - 240 pages - This book reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy—an environment that actively undermines the well-being and effectiveness of our church leaders and thus the entire church body. Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the all-important war that rages in our churches today.
Money - 34 pages - Andrew Murray was a South African pastor and a widely read author of Christian literature by all denominations. Murray wrote over 200 books, including Christian classics such as Abide in Christ and Absolute Surrender. In Money, Murray argues that in pursuing earthly wealth, our souls are truly longing for the riches of intimacy with Christ. This short book will open your spiritual eyes to see the depth of your attachment to earthly riches.
If You Bite & Devour One Another - 192 pages - Conflict in churches is a pervasive problem we know all too well. This is the only book of its kind, examining all the biblical passages on conflict and outlining key scriptural principles for handling various kinds of conflicts among Christian, whether personal disputes, issues of Christian liberty in lifestyles, congregational matters, or disagreements about important doctrines. The book emphasizes Spirit-controlled attitudes and behaviors through solid Bible exposition and true-to-life stories of Christians handling real-life conflicts in a Christ-honoring way.
Reason for God - 310 pages - This book addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring to religion. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand against the backlash toward religion spawned by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.
Counterfeit Gods - 256 pages - This book highlights how harsh economic realities are casting new light on the pursuits of sex, money, and success for happiness: careers, fortunes, marriages, and retirement security have collapsed. Many feel lost, disenchanted, and resentful. In this inspiring new book, Timothy Keller, one of the country's most popular spiritual guides, reveals the unvarnished truth about faith, our hearts' desires, and the pursuit of happiness-and where all of it can ultimately be found.
The Prodigal God - 192 pages - This book takes an intellectual approach to understanding Christianity and uses the parable of the Prodigal Son to reveal an unexpected message of hope and salvation. Within that parable, Jesus reveals God's prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God - 122 pages - If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all? J. I. Packer shows that both of these attitudes are false. In a careful review of the biblical evidence, he shows how a right understanding of God's sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it. This is truly a classic that should be read by every Christian.
Community - 256 pages - Community within the church today is hemorrhaging. Attention spans are dwindling, noise levels are increasing, and we can't seem to find time for real relationships. The answer to such social fragmentation can be found in small groups, and yet the majority of small groups are often not the intentional, transformational community we really want and need. Somehow we need to get our groups off life support and into authentic community. Brad House helps us to re-imagine what gospel-centered community looks like. With wisdom and candor, he challenges us to think carefully about our own groups and to take steps toward cultivating communities that are able to glorify Jesus, bless one another, and participate in the mission of God.
Christian Beliefs - 160 pages - God doesn’t call every Christian to go off to seminary, but there are certain matters of doctrine that every Christian simply must know. This readable guide to twenty basic Christian beliefs is a condensation of Wayne Grudem’s book on systematic theology. The book boils down the essentials of Christian theology for the average layperson, making them both clear and applicable to life. You will learn about the Bible, the characteristics of God, what it means that we are created in the image of God, what God has done for us in Christ, the purpose of the church, and much more.
Church Discipline - 144 pages - This book helps us face the endless variety of circumstances and sins for which no scriptural case study exists, sins that don’t show up on any list and need a biblical framework to be corrected appropriately in love. Here is a contemporary and concise how-to guide that provides a theological framework for understanding and implementing disciplinary measures in the local church, along with several examples of real-life situations and the corresponding responses.
Is God Anti-Gay? - 88 pages - Christians, the Church, and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. There is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view. So is God homophobic? What do we say, and how do we relate, to both Christians and non-Christians who experience same-sex attraction? In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the Scriptures. He offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.
Marks of a Messenger - 128 pages - Many think evangelism is rooted in a method. But it's much deeper than that. Mack Stiles has lived the life of a healthy evangelist in homes and coffee shops, at universities and farms. He has preached the gospel to Kenyans, Koreans, Arabs, and North Americans. What he has learned is summarized here in a few basic truths that can shape any of us into faithful people who bring good news to needy and hurting friends. The gospel changes all of who we are and all of what we do. Our evangelism needs a context. We must show the unity of witness and justice. We must demonstrate love. We must build community.