Early in my Christian life, one of my Bible study leaders said that a disciple is someone who is a learner. That doesn’t catch the fullest meaning of the word, but practically speaking, as long as we continue to learn about what it means to be a Christian and to follow Christ, we are His disciples. He said that the day we cease to learn, we cease to be disciples. I like that. One elderly gentleman, Mr. Arnold, in a Sunday School class that I used to teach knew more about practically every topic that I spoke on. But, invariably, he would tell me after class what he learned or what he wanted to apply to his life. He was a learner until the day he died.
I like to hear about what others are reading. In this last Coaching Tip of the year, I provide some suggestions for summer reading. About a month ago, I asked our Catalytic team leaders to tell me about their most recent favorite book and why. I thought you would enjoy reading how it benefitted them. Not everyone responded and some could not narrow it to one. I didn’t try to fill out the categories, but here is a beginning list of books from theological development, to ministering to the lost, to developing your walk with the Lord.
Key: Book/Author Referred by Comments
Resident Aliens/Stanley Hauerwas Pat McLeod–Good treatment of the importance of body life (embodied/faithful witness)
The Logic of Evangelism/William Abraham Pat McLeod Theology of evangelism that begins with the kingdom of God motif
Body Politics/John Howard Yoder Pat McLeod Distinct/defining practices/politics of Christ and his followers
Soul Tsunami/Leonard Sweet John Lancaster Makes you think about change
Don’t Waste Your Life/John Piper John Lancaster Convicting and motivating to keep pursuing Christ
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs/John Foxe John Lancaster Stories of the saints who have gone before us
The Treasure Principal/Randy Alcorn Trent Murray Worldview possession of material items is challenged in a very real way
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask)/Eric Metaxas David Moles
Blue Like Jazz/Donald Miller David Moles
Pursuit of God/A. W. Tozer David Moles
From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya/Ruth Tucker David Moles Choose Life/Bill Hull David MolesEpic/John Eldredge David Moles Searching for God Knows What/Donald Miller John Mitchell Thinking in new ways to love our neighbors as Jesus taughtThe Invisible War/Chip Ingram Kathryn Taylor Balanced look at spiritual warfare from a very biblical perspective
Divided by Faith/Emerson and Smith Brian McCurry Evangelical religion and race in America, particularly black/white relations in church context
Lost Women of the Bible/Carolyn Custis James Kerri Louck How God created women and how hearts were changed when they encountered
God Heaven/Randy Alcorn Kerri Louck Theological view of Heaven and what it might be like
Now, Discover Your Strengths/Buckingham and Clifton Adam Huminsky Identifying and utilizing specific gifts in student leaders and working with them in those strengths.
Divine Conspiracy/A. W. Tozer Sam OsterlohThe Pursuit of God/A. W. Tozer Jason Dewar DevotionalA Faith Worth Sharing/Jack Miller Scott Moffatt Evangelism
Amazing Faith/Bill Bright Scott Moffatt Evangelism
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God/J. I. Packer Scott Moffatt Evangelism
Revolution Within/Dwight Edwards Scott Moffatt Discipleship
Calvary Road/Roy Hesson Scott Moffatt Discipleship
Renewal as a Way of Life/Richard Lovelace Scott Moffatt Discipleship
Our God is Awesome/Tony Evans Jeffrey Scholten Attributes of God with stories and illustrations that bring out the richness of understanding God
Prayer/O. Hallesby Jim Layman (out of print but available online, used)
Revival/Brian Edwards Rick Pridey Major revivals throughout history
Renovation of the Heart/Dallas Willard Rick Pridey How to pursue lasting life changes
The Way of the Heart/Henri Nowen Rick Pridey Priorities for cultivating a reflective life
Too Busy Not to Pray/Bill Hybels Rick Pridey Prayer priorities. Listening for God’s voice
Total Money Makeover/Dave Ramsey Rick Pridey Practical tools and challenge on sound financial management and debt free living
The Calvary Road/Roy Hession Rick Pridey Personal revival classic
Revival: A People Saturated with God/Brian Edwards Rick Pridey A compelling review of revival movements throughout history that is informative and challenging to your prayer life.
Sacred Companions “The gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction”/David Benner Tom Virtue Pictures how Christians helps others see the presence and work of God in their lives. (Has been used as a textbook for spiritual direction classes in seminaries)
Love Your God With All Your Mind/J. P. Moreland Buz Amason Challenges believers not to neglect the importance of the mind and reason in your relationship with God.
My personal favorite was A Work of Heart/ReggieMcNeal. An insightful look at how God shapes leaders.
As I mentioned, this is the last tip until August. I will, however, add a favorites page on this blog and post my favorite the top 25 tips starting next week.
I have enjoyed writing these tips. I value your gracious feedback. It means a lot to receive your own submission of ideas and resources. And I count it a privilege to labor together with you as we seek to reach every student on every campus for Christ. I hope you have a good summer. And I look forward to sharing some of the best thinking, strategies and practical tools from our best practitioners again next year.