Recommended Reading. Written words should stir passion in our spirit. Reading should challenge a person to immerse themselves more deeply in a given topic. Good literature causes one to think through preexisting notions, establish rhythms for effective living, and further explain why we believe what we do about God and life. The following list  changes from time to time; nonetheless, from classics to contemporary works, these are some of my favorites:

Fresh Wind Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala

aw The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

celebration of discipline Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

rhonda-hughey Desperate for His Presence by Rhonda Hughey

rob Bridging the Great Divide by Rob McCorkle

Kingdom Come Kingdom Come by Reggie McNeal

Pastor- A Memoir The Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene Peterson

Love Does Love Does by Bob Goff

Irresistable Revolution The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne

Compassion Compassion by Henri Nouwen, D. McNeill, and D. Morrison

 Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley

Forgotten God Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Knowledge of Holy The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

Church Unique Church Unique by Will Mancini

The-Gospel Pluralist-Society The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Lesslie Newbigin

Theology of Love A Theology of Love by Mildred Bangs Wynkoop

What so Amazing About Grace What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey

Cost of Discipleship The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Externally Focused ChurchThe Externally-Focused Church by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson

New Creation The New Creation by Theodore Runyon



  1. Pastor Brian, Im interested in if youve read “Radical” by David Platt, and if so your thoughts. It seems to go along with the parable of the rich young ruler.

  2. I have read or am in the process of reading five of those you have listed. I will need to look up the others! God bless you Brian. Thankful for your words of challenge and encouragement in your blog posts.

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