Recommended Books for Everyday Faith
Everyday God – Paula Gooder
We live in a culture that revels in the special, the extraordinary, the new, the unusual. This book explores the 33 weeks in the liturgical year where no great dramas occur and how to live ordinary life in an extraordinary way. Paula’s reflections on 33 biblical texts reveal how God transforms everyday life into the most extraordinary existence possible.
Apprentice to Jesus
Discipleship is central to a life of faith – and the Bible model of discipleship is more like apprenticeship than simply learning. This book is designed to help you not simply learn about what Jesus knew, but become more like Jesus by doing what he did. At the heart of this resource is a self-assessment process, called the ‘Disciple-Making Tool’, which helps you discern your ‘shape’ as a disciple: whether your strengths lie particularly in your hands, in contributing, creating and leading; in your heart, in loving, appreciating and belonging; or in your head, in knowing, thinking and understanding.
Crazy Love – Francis Chan
God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Crazy Love is a challenging book that urges Christians to move from a lukewarm Christianity to live as Jesus would have us live, willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of the gospel as committed disciples of Jesus. Chan will help you evaluate how you are living and challenge you to live a life of love for Jesus.
The Deeply Formed Life – Rich Villodas
New York pastor Rich Villodas says we must restore balance, focus, and meaning for our souls. The Deeply Formed Life is a roadmap to live in the richly rooted place we all yearn for: a place of communion with God, a place where we find our purpose. The Deeply Formed Life lays out a fresh vision for spiritual breakthrough following five key values: Contemplative rhythms, racial justice, interior examination, sexual wholeness, missional presence
The Imperfect Disciple – Jared Wilson
Jared Wilson shows readers how the gospel works in them and in their lives when – they can’t get their act together – they think God is giving them the silent treatment – they think church would be better without all the people – they’re not happy with the person in the mirror – and much more
Wilson seeks to free readers from the self-doubt and even the misplaced self-confidence they may feel as they walk with Jesus down the often difficult road of life. The result is a faith that weathers storms, lifts burdens, and goes forth to make more imperfect disciples.
The Pursuit of God – A. W Tozer
This book will cause you to pursue Jesus and draw nearer to our loving Father in a practical way. In each chapter Tozer strikes upon an aspect of our pursuit of God–and how God actually wants to be found! Like a Father playing hide and seek with his child–God won’t hide very long from you. May this book change the way you live―not merely increase what you know.
Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster
This bestselling classic explores the practicalities of discipleship including fasting, silence, simplicity, community, and indeed all spiritual disciplines, putting them all into context with each other and with the walk with God. Foster’s honesty about his own personal struggles and areas of challenge on the way encourage the reader to reassess or start to explore ways of approaching God through life style choices in our modern world with all its opportunities and temptations.
The Radical Disciple – John Stott
In John Stott’s final book, he looks at eight characteristics of Christian discipleship, namely: nonconformity, Christ-likeness, maturity, Creation care, simplicity, balance, dependence, death. He encourages Christians to live out an authentic, meaningful Christian life as disciples, i.e. “under discipline,” to follow Christ’s teaching, irrespective of the cost. Stott provides a clear and compelling rationale for why Christians should desire to become Christlike and that it cannot be done on one’s own but requires the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Following Jesus – N. T Wright
The twelve exhilarating meditations in this volume explore what it truly means to follow Jesus today. Part One outlines the essential messages of six major New Testament books–Hebrews, Colossians, Matthew, John, Mark, and Revelation. Part Two examines six key New Testament themes–resurrection, rebirth, temptation, hell, heaven, and new life–and considers their significance for the lives of present-day disciples.
Discipling in a Multicultural World – Ajith Fernando
People from all over the world are coming to Christ from a variety of backgrounds. This requires more people who are willing to commit to the effort and sacrifice it takes to invest in new believers. Rooted in over four decades of multicultural discipleship experience, Ajith Fernando offers biblical principles for discipling and presents examples showing how they apply to daily life and ministry. He addresses key cultural challenges, such as the value of honour and shame, honouring family commitments and dealing with persecution, which helps us think realistically about the cost and commitment required for productive cross-cultural ministry.
The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most important theologians of the twentieth century, illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus in this classic book on living as a Christian. What can the call to discipleship mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the labourer, or the government worker? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.”
Radical – David Platt
David Platt explores what Jesus actually said about being his disciple and invites us to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus. Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment –a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.
Blessed, Broken, Given – Glenn Packiam
Glenn Packiam wants to empower readers to find great joy, purpose, and passion in their daily living. While bread may be one of the most common items on our dinner tables, Jesus chose to take it at the Last Supper and invest deep, wonderful, and transcendent meaning in it. Like the bread that was blessed, broken, and given; readers will see how God uses ordinary experiences to cultivate their mission and their brokenness to bring healing to the world. The ordinary is not the enemy; it is the means by which God accomplishes the miraculous. Through clear biblical teaching and practical steps, Packiam leads the reader into a more purposeful, directed, hopeful future.