Recommended Reading. 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 more deeply understand 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

Anticipating Heaven Below  Anticipating Heaven Below by Henry H. Knight III 

America is too young  America Is Too Young To Die by Leonard Ravenhill

aw  The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

by-signs-and-wonders  By Signs and Wonders by Stephen D. Elliot

celebration of discipline  Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster

Radical  Radical by David Platt

rhonda-hughey  Desperate for His Presence by Rhonda Hughey

rob  Bridging the Great Divide by Rob McCorkle

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

Love Does  Love Does by Bob Goff

Irresistable Revolution  The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne

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

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

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 Church  The 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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