Creating Your Personal Life Plan by Michael Hyatt
Basic United Methodist Beliefs compiled by Steve Gedon
Bible Introduction 101 by Barry E. Horner
Study Guide to Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller
Naked-Spirituality by Brian D. McLaren
MereChristianity by CS Lewis
ForgiveAndForget by Lewis B. Smedes
Screwtape-Study-Guide by CS Lewis
Screwtape Letter Study Guide 1 by CS Lewis
ScrewtapeLetters_smpl by CS Lewis
Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
Recommended Reading List
Mere Christianity by Clive Staples Lewis. A well thought out and easy to digest understanding of why spirituality matters, why we prove every day that God exists and how to live a more harmonious life. A great starting point.
The Great Divorce by Clive Staples Lewis. When people think of religion they think of Heaven and Hell. Lewis’ take on the outcome of a life lived indifferent to God and spirituality will change your perspective and motivate your heart to love not fear.
The Screwtape Letters by Clive Staples Lewis. Taking the perspective of a demon tempter, Lewis reveals how a demon seduces naive people to pursue their own destruction. Insightful and very challenging.
The King’s Cross by Timothy Keller. A solid review of the Gospel of Mark. If your new to faith matters and the Bible, or a season Christian willing to be refreshed this is a wonderful place to start.
Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright. A much more in depth look at the life of Jesus from a great writer, historian and theologian. Well worth the investment of thought and reflection.
Naked Spirituality by Brian McLaren. A life with God in 12 simple words.
When Life and Beliefs Collide Carolyn Custis James. A very practical look at life and theology. We’re all Theologians!
The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules by Carolyn Custis James. A very engaging look at a relatively obscure, yet powerful, portrait of faith.
Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? by Pete Wilson. Life Changes so get used to it. Better yet be prepared to adapt to changing times. How do you develop a Plan B.
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller
BOOKS ~ HABITS FOR GROWTH
Whitney, Donald. Simplify Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed. Teaches us how to set up disciplines to help us grow in our faith, even when we are maxed out on time.
Foster, Richard. The Celebration of Discipline. A classic book on spiritual practices that will help us create space for God to work.
Peterson, Eugene. The Message (Bible paraphrase) One of the easiest Bibles to read if you are new to reading Scripture.
Peterson, Eugene. Eat This Book. Gives us insight into what the Bible is and what can happen to us when we make the Bible a part of every piece of our life.
Willard, Dallas. Hearing God. Helps bring to light the fact that God is speaking to us and how we go about hearing Him when He speaks.
Ortberg, John. The Life You’ve Always Wanted. Learn disciplines and habits that will help to overcome the common everyday struggles.
Ortberg, John. The Me I Want to Be. Teaches us that God created us for better and gives concrete ways that we can become the “me” we want to be, which is the best version of ourselves that God has in mind.
Jones, J.K. What the Monks Can Teach Us. Talks about what we can learn from monks and how that can help us grow in our faith.
Baillie, John. A Diary of Private Prayer. A daily reading on prayer helps us focus our thoughts on God.
Job, Rueben P. and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People. A great guide containing readings and Scriptures that help us enter into a daily habit of prayer.
Stanley, Charles. The Gift of Forgiveness.
Yancey, Philip. Prayer. Helps us understand what prayer is and it’s impact on our lives.
Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally-Healthy Spirituality. Helps people get a handle on how to develop healthy spirituality that honors the various emotions we experience.
BOOKS ~ LIFE AS A MISSION
Nouwen, McNeill & Morrison. Compassion. The authors define compassion and leave us with a powerful call to be moved as Jesus was moved.
Claiborne, Shane. The Irresistible Revolution. The story of one man’s life that led to a radical community in Philadelphia.
Stearns, Richard. The Hole in Our Gospel. A call to remember the Gospel calls us to reach out to the poor and broken.
BOOKS ~ THEOLOGY
Wright, NT. The Lord and His Prayer. A scholar and pastor walks you about the model prayer that Jesus taught His followers and how it applies today.
Peterson, Eugene. Living the Resurrection. A look at the meal stories from the Gospels and how we can “live” resurrection every day.
Stassen, Glen. Living the Sermon on the Mount. A practical way to live out the teachings of Jesus found primarily in Matthew chapters 5 through 7.
Willard, Dallas. Renovation of the Heart. A look at what God does in us to transform us so that we might have “streams of living water” flowing through us as Jesus promised.
Packer, J.I. Knowing God. A readable work on who God is and what it means to know Him.
Yancey, Philip. The Jesus I Never Knew. Helps us come to understand who Jesus was and what the world He lived in would have thought of Him.
Yancey, Philip. The Bible Jesus Read. Gain an understanding of what the Old Testament is all about and how Jesus Himself.
BOOKS ~ MARRIAGE
Eggerichs, Emerson. Love and Respect. A classic book on how men and women have different needs within a marriage and how that affects the health of a marriage relationship.
Keller, Timothy & Kathy. The Meaning of Marriage. An excellent book of how to face the complexities of commitment with the wisdom of God.
BOOKS ~ CHRISTIANITY & CULTURE
Miller, Donald. Blue Like Jazz. Thoughts on how the Christian message has been applied to our culture, and how it needs to change in the future.
Willard, Dallas. The Great Omission. A strong book on how people are called to be “disciples” not necessarily “Christians” and how we can recover Jesus’ teaching on what it means to be a disciple.
WEBSITES ~ SPIRITUAL GROWTH
The Village Church Podcast (http://www.thevillagechurch.net)
Sermons from Matt Chandler at The Village Church, Highland, TX.
The Divine Office Podcast (http://www.divineoffice.org)
Worship and Scripture readings for daily devotional time.
Bible Gateway (http://www.biblegateway.com)
A great way to search the Bible and read different versions, as well as some study aids.
Blue-Letter Bible (http://www.blueletterbible.org)
A great tool for both academic study as well as devotional readings. Contains charts, lists, and other helpful guides.
An online Bible reader and journal that can be used in an iPhone application.
An online devotional aid where you can read other people’s thoughts on the Scriptures, as well as those from Dr. Wayne Cordeiro.
First United Methodist Church (podcasts)
Sermons and resources from Steve Gedon & First United Methodist Church Community in Williamstown, WV
Cross Point Church (http://www.crosspoint.tv)
Sermons from Pete Wilson at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN.
SOAP BIBLE READING PLAN
The SOAP BIBLE READING PLAN is a great way to develop the daily discipline of Bible reading and journaling.