Here is a list of book recommendations.  I enjoyed these books and found them to be thought stimulators.  My recommendation is not an endorsement of everything written within them.

Some books are bigger than a single category and some books don’t fit in any category at all. Nonetheless, I have attempted a meager organization of the recommendations.  Happy reading.

Spiritual Formation

Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster

Celebration of Discipline: The Path To Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster

The Good and Beautiful God: Falling In Love With The God Jesus Knows by James Bryant Smith

The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting On the Character of Christ by James Bryant Smith

The Good and Beautiful Community: Following The Spirit, Extending Grace, and Demonstrating Love by James Bryant Smith

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri Nouwen


Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission by David Bosch

Christianity Rediscovered by Vincent Donovan

The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative by Christopher Wright 

The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected by Nik Ripken

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikket

Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation by Jason Mandryk

Transformation: How Glocal Church Transform Lives and the World by Bob Roberts

Glocalization: How Followers of Jesus Engage a Flat World by Bob Roberts

The Multiplying Church: The New Math for Starting Churches by Bob Roberts


The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman

Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan

Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship by NT Wright

Growing Disciples Through Preaching by Nolan Howington, Alton McEachern, and William Pinson

Fishers of Men by William Barclay

As You Go: An Honest Look at the First Followers of Jesus by Hulitt Gloer


The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity and Diversity by Roger Olson

The Moral Vision of the New Testament: A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics by Richard Hays

The Theology of the Book of Revelation by Richard Bauckham

Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by NT Wright

The Cross of Christ by John Stott

Theology for the Community of God by Stanley Grenz

A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament by Bruce Birch, Walter Brueggeman, Terence Fretheim, and David Petersen

Introducing the New Testament: It’s Literature and Theology by Paul J. Achtemeier, Joel Green, Marianne Meye Thompson

The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann

Biblical Studies

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart

How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart

The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narrative in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke by Raymond Brown

The Death of the Messiah: From Gethsemane to the Grave (Vol 1 and 2) by Raymond Brown

An Introduction to the New Testament by Raymond Brown

An Introduction to the Bible by Clyde Fant, Donald Musser, and Mitchell Reddish

The Prophets by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey by Craig Blomberg

A Survey of the Old Testament by Andrew Hill and John Walton

Preaching from the Minor Prophets by Elizabeth Achtemeier

Four Gospels, One Jesus? A Symbolic Reading by Richard Burridge

Pastoral Studies

The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society by Henri Nouwen

In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership by Henri Nouwen

The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer edited by Isabel Best

The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction by Eugene Peterson

Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness by Eugene Peterson

Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work by Eugene Peterson

Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity  by Eugene Peterson

Lectures to my Students by Charles Spurgeon

Finally Comes the Poet: Daring Speech for Proclamation by Walter Brueggemann


The Pastor by Eugene Peterson

Thy Will Be Done: A Biography of George W. Truett by Kieth Durso

Too Great A Temptation: The Seductive Power of America’s Super Church by Joel Gregory

Night by Elie Wiesel

Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Marsh

Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter by Randall Balmer

Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin

Wooden: A Coach’s Life by Seth Davis

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr by Martin Luther King Jr.

The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

1984 by George Orwell

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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