Paul's Christian Book Reviews

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When I began to write Christian book reviews of my favorite books, I naturally considered the Bible to be in a class by itself. Because it is inspired by God, it reveals truth that cannot be discovered. I approach the Bible as a voice from heaven, not a user's manual. It is not a book that was once written -- it is a voice that is speaking here and now. I encourage you to make the Bible your first reading priority.

Authors are Mentors

Christian books have also shaped my life and have offered me a form of Christian mentoring. They have taught me how to apply principles found in scripture. In addition to helping me understand God himself, these books have given me the courage to address distorted views of myself and unhealthy ways of relating to others. I highly recommend:

Knowing God, by J. I. Packer

    Of all the books which an ordinary person could read to help him or her know who God is and what He is like, this is my favorite. It is both reverent and personal. It simultaneously opens your eyes and warms your heart. If you have never read it, buy it today.

Right Here Right Now, by Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford

    This book is about everyday mission for everyday people. It is one of the most practical books I have read on what it takes to think like a missionary in the 21st century. The concepts are simple and easy to understand. You will learn how to think of the church more as a movement and less as a place.

Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice, by Dallas Willard and Jan Johnson

    I love the practical spiritual insight of this book! Willard and Johnson combine their gifts to describe in plain English what it takes to become more like Jesus. This is one of the best books I have ever read on personal transformation and heart change.

AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church, by Hugh Halter & Matt Smay

    A fresh encouragement to followers of Jesus no matter what size church you attend. This book invites us to focus on the priorities of both gathering and scattering. You'll be inspired by how simple it is begin exploring ways to send the gathered church of Jesus.

The Pursuit of God, by A.W. Tozer

    An excellent description of the desires, motives and priorities God wants. I have personally read it once every year for the past 30 years.

The Indwelling Life of Christ, by Major W. Ian Thomas

    Christianity is a Living person in...a living person. That is the way Major Thomas defines Christianity. Major Thomas also provides a wonderful summary of the gospel: Jesus died for us, lives in us and works through us. Many books explain how to become a Christian, few books explain how to be one. Discover the adventure of letting Jesus live his life in you. Get it today!

Read my favorite Tozer quotes.

The Holy Spirit-Power from on High, by A.B. Simpson

    Discover the presence of God's Spirit in every book of the Bible.

Total Forgiveness, by R.T. Kendall

    A tremendous summary of what forgiveness is and is not.

The Anointing, by R.T. Kendall

    The pain of being irrelevant, the pain of loneliness, and the pain of having to wait -- feelings every leader knows. This character study
    of Saul, Samuel and David offers direction and hope.

My favorite R.T. Kendall quotes.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, by Peter Scazzero

    The missing piece of Christian discipleship. Honest advice on how to become an emotionally healthy adult. A must read!

Choose the Life, by Bill Hull

    The church culture in North America has largely accepted the idea of "non-discipleship Christianity." Hull explains how this came to be and what to do about it.

Organic Church, by Neil Cole

    Refreshing and simple! The best book I've read on getting and spreading the DNA of Jesus.
The Three-fold Secret of the Holy Spirit, by James McConkey

    The presence, fullness and power of the Holy Spirit made clear. This out of print classic can be found at Rare Christian Books in Dixon, MO.

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, by Jim Cymbala

    Cymbala provides the diagnosis and cure for the powerless religion that plagues many individuals and churches.

A thought-provoking Cymbala quote.

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