Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Important Books (To Me)

Other than the Bible, what books have had a profound influence on you, shaping the way you live and act as a Christian, the way you believe, do ministry, and relate to others? Five books have been especially significant to me (in no particular order).
  1. Knowing God, J.I. Packer
  2. Overcoming the World, Joel Beeke
  3. A Passion for Prayer, Tom Elliff
  4. Every Man's Battle, Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker
  5. Ministering Like the Master, Stuart Olyott
What books have had a profound influence on you and your walk with Christ?


selahV said...

Sit Walk Stand by Watchman Nee,
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, Don't Take My Grief Away, Healing for Damage Emotions, Making it Right When You Feel Wronged by Jeff Wickwire, Secrets of the Vine, Life God Rewards, Streams In the Desert by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman.

Thanks for asking. Blessings upon you and your little bunnies, Tony. selahV

Tony said...

Thanks for stopping in! Anything by Nee is good and of course Chambers is excellent. You and I have talked about him before.

Secrets of the Vine was OK; I'm a little biased against Bruce Wilkinson because of that little hermenuetical nightmare Prayer of Jabez. I skipped A Life God Rewards. Haven't heard of the other book, but if you recommend it, it ought to be good.

My bunnies are doing GREAT! Especially the littlest one. Spoiled. Absolutely spoiled. Its shameful, that's what that is.

Anonymous said...

Powerful and Prayerful Pulpits, E.M. Bounds
The Sermon Maker, Calvin Miller
The Craft of the Sermon, W.E. Sangster
Celebration of Discipline, Richard J. Foster
The Leadership Lessons of Jesus, Bob Briner, and Ray Pritchard

Tony said...


Thanks for dropping in. That seems like a fine list. I am not familiar with the one by Briner and Pritchard but with your recommendation, I may check it out.

fightingpreacher said...

Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
Present Future by Reggie Mcneal
7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley
It Can Be Done by Tod Bell
End Time Warriors by John Kelly The
Church in the New Testament by Kevin Conner

The Interlinear Bible by Hendrickson
The New Englishman's Greek Concordance and Lexicon by Wigram-Green
Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon by J.H. Thayer
The New Englishman's Hebrew Concordance by Wigram
The New Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew-English Lexicon by Brown-Driver-Briggs
The Full Life Bible Commentary to the New Testament: How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by Fee
The IVP Bible Background Commentary both Old and New Testaments

Love and Respect by Eggerichs
Cracking the Communication Code by Eggerichs
The 5 Love Langauges by Gary Chapman
His Needs, Her Needs by Harley Fall in Love, Stay in Love by Harley
Every Womans Desire by Arterburn and Stoeker
Rekindling the Romance by Rainey Intimate Issues by Dillow and Pintus
Intended for Pleasure by Wheat
The Total Money Make Over by Dave Ramsey

What's so Amazing about Grace by Phillip Yancey
Grace Walk by Mcvey
Grace Rules by Mcvey
Raggamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Grace by R.T. Kendall
More Jesus Less Religion by Arterburn and Felton
A Scandalous Freedom by Brown
The Divine Romance by Gene Edwards

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Leader in You by Dale Carnegie
Bringing Out the Best in People by Alan McGinnis
The Making of a Leader by Frank Damazio
Doing Church as a Team by Corderio
Developing the Leaders Around You by John Maxwell
Developing the Leader in You by John Maxwell
25 Ways to Win with People by John Maxwell
Whale Done by Ken Blanchard Visioneering by Andy Stanley

Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
No More Christian Nice Guy by Paul Coughlin

EM Bounds on Prayer by EM Bounds
Partners in Prayer by John Maxwell
Intercessors and Pastors by Alice Smith
Prayer Shield by Peter Wagner
Warfare Prayer by Peter Wagner
The Power of Prayer by R.A. Torrey
The Ministry of Intercession by Andrew Murray
Intercessor by Grubb Prayer Evangelism by Silvoso

Beyond the Cosmos by Hugh Ross
The Genesis Question by Hugh Ross
Creation and Time by Hugh Ross
The Creator and the Cosmos by Hugh Ross
The Fingerprint of God by Hugh Ross
Darwins Black Box by Behe
Darwin on Trial by Johnson

Spiritual Authority by Watchman Nee
Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee
The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee
Where's God When it Hurts by Phillip Yancey
Rumors of Another World by Phillip Yancey
Bait of Satan by John Bevere
Thus Saith the Lord by John Bevere
Surprised by the Voice of God by Jack Deere
Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deere
UnLearning Church by Slaughter
The Present Future by Mcneal
The Unstoppable Force by McManus Revolution by Barna
The Three Battlegrounds by Frangipane
Simply Strategic Growth Simply Strategic Volunteers
That None Should Perish by Silvoso
A Lifestyle of Worship by David Morris
Called to Radical Devotion by David Morris
101 Ways to Reach Your Community by Sjogren
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
The Apostolic Revelation by John Alley

Tony said...


Man, that is an impressive list. I only have one question: Where in the world do you find time to read??!!??

I don't read nearly as much as I would like. I'll keep this list handy though. There are some titles I have been considering, some i have already read, and some I might not make it to. :)

Thanks for sharing that list.

fightingpreacher said...

Tony I am self-employed. I make my own schedule adn reading is a passion much like fighting. I have often said the perfect conversation to me is talking about the Bible or fighting. If I am lucking I get to talk about both. So I make time to read. I am reading quite a few books right now. It also helps that when I was in college (not so much now) I was reading over 1000 words a minute with 90% comprehension.