Recommended Reading

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Walking His Trail: Signs of God Along the Way

by Steve & Ginn Saint

Steve is the son of the martyred Nate Saint, one of the five missionaries to the Auca Indians. Like his famous parents, he and his wife have truly lived a life of adventurous faith, and it’s encouraging to read the ways God has met them.

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Hunger Pains

by Cynthia Moe

Cynthia’s very transparent testimony on her forty-day fast. You’ll be inspired and get lots of questions answered.

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The Contented Soul

Lisa Graham McMinn

Dr. McMinn was chair of sociology at Wheaton College.

A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer

by John Piper

Today in Western Christianity, there is a renewed interest in and emphasis on fasting. However, this discipline remains confusing to many Christians. Some question whether it has any relevance at all. A Hunger for God was written to help Christians understand the biblical nature and purpose of fasting and prayer. In this book, John Piper looks at the phenomena of religious, political, and health-based fasting, which occur around the world, and explains what makes Christian fasting unique. He then discusses the reasons and ways the Bible commends fasting to us. Ultimately, Piper asserts, fasting is a way of expressing to God that He is the supreme hunger of our hearts, that we are starving for Him.

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Safely Home

by Randy Alcorn

This is a gripping story of the persecuted church in China. Powerful and so encouraging. You will be glad you got it! Royalties go to the persecuted church.

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To Be Told: God Invites You to Coauthor Your Future

by Dan Allender

You have a unique story, for God not only created you but has orchestrated the circumstances of your life. The author shows you how to find deeper meaning in your story and be able to share it in a way that will strengthen others.

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A Grace Disguised

by Jerry Sittser

Pain doesn’t go away, but our souls are enlarged through it. Life still has great value and meaning after loss.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

by Lisa See

A poignant story of two women who were close friends in 19th-century Japan—when women were oppressed, treated like slaves, and had their feet broken and bound because small feet were sexually alluring to men. Women developed a secret writing (nu shu) so that they could communicate their deepest hearts to their closest women friends without fear of repercussion. See is a gifted writer and the story will make you thankful for Jesus, who elevated the status of women.

Just Walk Across the Room

by Bill Hybels

Evangelism can be as simple as that—just walking across the room and being warm to someone. This is a very freeing and impacting book—practical, funny, and so encouraging.

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Lost Women of the Bible: The Women We Thought We Knew

by Carolyn Custis James

James has the insight of a woman combined with the scholarly research of a seminarian. Her opening chapter and the chapter on Tamar are worth the price of the book. She sees Esther clearly, too—it always amazes me how many scholarly men make light of that “beauty contest,” but a woman can see the abuse that was taking place. James makes us proud to be women.

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You’re Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation

by Deborah Tannen

Another great book by this linguist to help us better our mother-daughter relationships.

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The Psalms for Prayer

by T. M. Moore

The Psalms, with simple guidelines for praying through them. Wonderful. The great saints down through the ages have prayed through the Psalms. Your prayers will be more powerful.

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The Bible Knowledge Key Word Study: The Gospels (Bible Knowledge Series)

by Darrell L. Bock

Great resource.

Girl Meets God

by Lauren Winner

The daughter of a Jewish father and a lapsed Baptist mother has a fresh and wonderful testimony. A sample (from page 57) of her very good writing: “Sometimes, as in a great novel, you cannot see until you get to the end that God was leaving clues for you all along. Sometimes you wonder, How did I miss it? Surely any idiot should have been able to see from the second chapter that it was Miss Scarlet in the conservatory with the rope.”

Crooked Little Heart

by Anne Lamott

Anne is a controversial Christian—her language is often shocking, and yet this book will grab you. It’s about a beautiful young girl who cheats in tennis tournaments. It reminds one a little bit of Christian novels by great Russian writers like Dostoevsky, whose novels show man’s depravity. We all have a crooked little heart, and how we all need the grace of God!

Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon

by Bryan Chapell

For anyone who wants to teach the Word, or as a gift for your pastor or priest, this is wonderful. R. C. Sproul calls it “the best book on preaching.”

The Divine Embrace

by Ken Gire

Gire compares our love relationship with Jesus to a dance. Beautifully done, and heartwarming to find from a male author. He recalls dance scenes from movies and parallels them to our walk with the Lord. Delightful.

God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It

by Jim Wallis

I challenge you to read this one. Wallis is the editor of Sojourners and has a great bumper sticker: God is not a REPUBLICAN (or a Democrat). If you disagree, you’d better read this book. We have such a tendency to shape Scripture to our political persuasion instead of letting Scripture shape our political persuasion. This book may also serve as a conversational bridge to people who have a very different philosophy from yours.

A Thorn in My Heart

by Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz has successfully brought the biblical Rachel and Leah into 18th-century Scotland!

Fool-Proofing Your Life

by Jan Silvious

Do you have an extremely difficult person in your life who causes enormous pain? Recognizing a fool on the basis of the wisdom of Proverbs will give you the help you desperately need, especially if that fool is someone you love and with whom you must be “up close and personal,” such as a spouse, child, or parent. It is a serious thing to call someone a fool, and it should not be done in anger or without prayerful reflection.

Crossing to Safety

by Wallace Stegner

This story of the lifelong friendship of two couples, based on truth. Stegner won a Pulitzer Prize for his writing. Not overtly “Christian,” but very moving and imbued with Truth.

What’s So Amazing About Grace?

by Philip Yancey

This is one of the favorites by Yancey. It is so relevant to everyday life. It is hard to give grace when you have been badly hurt, but this book makes it more likely that you will.

David’s Treasury of the Psalms

by Charles Spurgeon

No commentary on the Psalms can compare to this one.

A Severe Mercy

by Sheldon Vanauken

Eloquent and true love story of a couple who came to Christ through the friendship of C. S. Lewis. This has long been a favorite love story. Reader’s Digest made it a book choice, and it was a great financial success for Shaw Publishing long ago. To the faithful He shows Himself faithful.

The Return of the Prodigal Son

by Henri Nouwen

Rembrandt’s painting of the Prodigal Son profoundly impacted Nouwen’s life. An intriguing book that gives you an appreciation not only for the parable, but for art.

Boundaries Face to Face: How to Have That Difficult Conversation You’ve Been Avoiding

by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

If you want to improve your ability to lovingly and confidently confront people, then read this book. What a change you will see.

Jonathan Edwards: A Life

by George Marsden

A well-written biography of an amazing man, whom God used in the Great Awakening. His cousins were massacred by Indians, and their family prayed daily for others who were captured. He was and only son and had ten sisters. You will be inspired by his marriage and his life.

Through the Looking Glass

by Kris Lundgaard

Very practical and readable nonfiction on ways to behold Jesus. When you behold Jesus, you become like Him.

The Jesus Storybook Bible

by Sally Loyd-Jones

This is absolutely the best children’s storybook Bible. Amazing depth—in words for little children.

Books on Marriage and Family

The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley
The New Dare to Discipline by James Dobson
. . . And Marries Another by Craig S. Keener (Clear exposition on divorce and remarriage)

Great Summer Reading

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Song for Sarah by Paula D’Arcy
The Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier