Recommended Books


If you are interested to know which books have been influential for our preaching team, take a look at the list of recommendations below. Our pastors do not endorse everything written in these books (there may be multiple points of disagreement). Nonetheless, these books have influenced our theological understanding. If you’d like to discuss any of the books listed, send us an email! We will update these lists periodically.


Brandon Barker

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller

This book offers biblical guidance for prayer, including specific prayers for certain situations (grief, loss, love, and forgiveness). Learn to make your practice of prayer more personal and more powerful.

Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God by Rankin Wilbourne

Nothing is more practical for living the Christian life than union with Christ. This book will grow you understanding of why the gospel is such good news and help to answer some foundational questions about our identity, destiny, and purpose in Christ.

The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness by Kevin DeYoung

What does it mean to be holy? Why should we care? And how can we change? This is a book about God’s power to help us grow in personal holiness and to enjoy the process of transformation.


Dods Pengra

Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression by Zach Eswine

This gentle and poetic unmasking of Spurgeon's inner turmoil may be a soothing balm for your soul. If you don't struggle with depression yourself, it will help you to love those who do!

When People are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man by Ed Welch

Are you overly concerned about what people think of you? Welch uncovers the spiritual dimension of people-pleasing and points the way through a true knowledge of God, ourselves, and others.

Covenants Made Simple: Understanding God's Unfolding Promises to His People by Jonty Rhodes

The covenants carry the Bible's story from start to finish and give root to the gospel. Discover (or rediscover) the Bible's unified covenantal story and its unfolding message throughout Scripture.


Drew Knowles

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality by Nancy Pearcey

Addressing issues such as abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, and the hookup culture, this book boldly yet compassionately shows the manner in which secularism denigrates the body and undermines the basis for human rights.

The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

This series of four fantasy-adventure novels from singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson follows three siblings (Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli). They quickly find themselves at the center of a great mystery that will change their lives forever.

The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization by Vishal Mangalwadi

This book shows how the Bible formed and transformed the social, political, and religious institutions that have sustained Western culture for the past millennium.

Sojourn Academy Courses

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Christian Parenting

Sat, Feb 1, 9am–Noon

Instructor: Shelly Wildman

Shelly Wildman is the author of First Ask Why: Raising Kids to Love God through Intentional Discipleship, and she is coming to Houston to teach a parenting seminar for Sojourn’s current parents, future parents, and anyone else interested.


The Enneagram

Sat, Mar 28, 9am–3pm

Instructor: Dods Pengra

The Enneagram is a helpful tool for self- and others-awareness. Through this course, you will gain insight into how the Lord has “wired” you and how best to serve and relate to friends, family, spouses, and the members of your Neighborhood Parish.

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Union with Christ

Sat, May 30, 9am–1pm

Instructor: Brandon Barker

Union with Christ is "the central truth of the whole doctrine of salvation” (John Murray). This course will explore the mysterious reality that Christians are saved, not just by Christ, but in Christ. We live and move and have our being in living union with Christ.

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Kids & Technology

Sat, Aug 22, 9am–1pm

Instructor: Street Grace

This course will help parents to navigate and discuss with their children topics such as phone safety, social media, pornography, gaming, and sextortion. There are also opportunities for parents to impact local schools and legislation.

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Ethics & Politics

Sat, Sep 19, 9am–1pm

Instructor: Christi Williams

Faithful Christians have diverse political convictions, but it does not have to be a source of division. Christi Williams, a philosophy PhD and Sojourn member, will help to clarify the Bible’s essential teaching on pressing ethical/political topics.


Christianity 101

Sat, Nov 7, 9am–1pm

Instructor: TBD

This course explores fundamental questions such as: Is the Bible reliable? Who is God? What happened at the cross? And what is the Church? This is a course for everyone, whether exploring the faith or simply looking to grow and learn more.


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2020 Discipleship Intensives

Each year, Sojourn hosts a number of 36-week discipleship intensives for covenant members who are looking to take a deep dive into Scripture and grow in their knowledge and observance of the teachings of Jesus. These intensives call for a high level of commitment, but they are not to be in competition with the Neighborhood Parish. Please approach this opportunity prayerfully, and seek the wisdom of others in your Parish, especially your Parish Leaders.

Intensives begin March 5th, 2020, and the registration deadline is February 6th. If you have any questions, please email Drew Knowles.


Parish Bible Studies


We encourage every Neighborhood Parish to organize a Bible Study. In some cases, two or more Parishes may collaborate in facilitating these studies. The Elders request that Neighborhood Parish Bible Studies choose from a list of approved study guides. Click the button below to see the current list.