Book List

People often ask us for books that we would recommend to learn and grow. So here are few:


Commentaries: (for general study

•Bible for Everyone Series, by NT Wright

•How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, by Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart

•How to Read the Bible Book by Book, by Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart

•The Theology of the Book of Revelation, by Richard Bauckham


Creation Care

•Serve God Save the Planet, by Matthew Sleeth

•Creation Care, by Floresta

•What are People For, by Wendell Berry


Discipleship

•Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard

•Making All Things New, by Nouwen

•This Beautiful Mess, by Rick McKinley

•Dissident Discipleship, by David Augsburger


Emotional Health

 •Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, by Peter Scazzero

•To Be Told: Know Your Story, Shape Your Future, by Dan B. Allender

•How People Grow, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

•Boundaries, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

•Caring Enough to Confront, by David Augsburger


Forgiveness

•Free of Charge: Giving & Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace, by Miroslov Volf

•No Future Without Forgiveness, by Desmond Tutu

•Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime & Punishment, by Christopher D Marshall •Unconditional?: The Call for Radical Forgiveness, by Brian Zahnd

•The Little Book of Restorative Justice, by Howard Zehr

•Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace, by L. Gregory Jones & Celestin Musekura


General Theology/Christianity: 

•Simply Christian, by N.T. Wright

•Mere Christianity, by CS Lewis

•The King Jesus Gospel, by Scot McKnight

•Embracing Grace, by Scot McKnight

•Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile, by Rob Bell and Don Golden

•Theology: The Basics, by Allister McGrath

•Coffee Shop Theology and More Coffee Shop Theology, by Frank Moore

•After We Believe: Why Christian Character Matters, by NT Wright

•Theology for the Community of God, by Stanley Grenz

•The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, by Scot McKnight


Heaven: 

•Surprised by Hope, NT Wright


Justice/Urban Ministry: 

•Strength to Love, by Martin Luther King, Jr. 

•Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life, by Dr. Bob Lupton

•Toxic Charity, Dr. Bob Lupton

•Making Neighborhoods Whole, by Perkins & Gordon

•The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne

•A Framework for Understanding Poverty, by Dr. Ruby Payne

•Dangerous Presence: Following Jesus into the City, by Jason Butler

•Reconciling All Things, by Katongole & Rice

•Just Generosity, by Ronald Sider


Kids: 

•How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your Family, by Dan B. Allender

•Habits of a Child’s Heart: Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines, by Valerie E Hess & Marti Watson Garlett

•Raising Resilliant Kids, by Robert Brooks & Sam Goldstein

•Wouded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive & Foster Families, by Jayne Schooler, Betsy Keefer Smalley and Timothy J. Callahan

•Children Matter: Celebrating Their Place in the Church, Family, and Community, by Scottie May

•Real Kids, Real Faith: Practices Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Lives, by Karen Marie Yust

•Living Simply With Children (a simplicity guide), by Marie Sherlock


Marriage: 

•Beyond Companionship: Christians in Marriage, by Diana S. Richmond Garland & David E Garland

•The Mystery of Marriage, Mike Mason

•Marriage at a Crossroads: Couples in Conversation about Discipleship, Gender Roles, Decision Making & Intimacy, by William & Aida Spencer and Steve & Celestia Tracy

•Boundaries in Marriage, by Henry Could & John Townsend

•Partners in Marriage & Ministry: A Biblical Picture of Gender Equality, by Ronald W Pierce


Misc. Topics: 

•Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table by Jennifer Halteman Schrock

•unchristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity... and Why It Matters, by David Kinnaman •The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

•Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission, by Amy Simpson

•Nonviolent Community: A Language of Life, by Marshall Rosenberg

•The Powers that Be, by Walter Wink


Mission/Missiology

•The Open Secret, by Leslie Newbegin

•The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, by Leslie Newbegin

•Exiles, by Michael Frost


Politics

•The Myth of a Christian Nation, by Greg Boyd

•Jesus for President, Shane Clairborne

•Resident Aliens, by Stanley Hauerwas & William H Willimon

•The Upside Down Kingdom, by Donald Kraybill

•Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, by Ronald Sider


Practical Ministry: 

•In the Name of Jesus, by Henri Nouwen

•A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good, by Miroslov Volf

•Refuse to do Nothing, by Moore & Yim •The Hole In Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns

•Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture, by Brandon Hatmaker

•Purple Fish, by Mark Wilson


Sabbath

•24/6, Dr. Matthew Sleeth

•The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel

•Sabbath as Resistance, Walter Brueggemann

•Keeping the Sabbath, by Marva J. Dawn


Singleness

•Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must be Reinvented in Today’s Church, by Christine Colon and Bonnie Field


Spiritual Disciplines: 

•Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster

•Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline, by Lauren Winner

•The Spirit of the Disciplines, by Dallas Willard

•Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

- Becoming Whole and Holy, by Brown, Dahl, and Reuschling


Spirituality

•Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians, by Lawrence Kushner

•Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Richard Rohr

•Immortal Diamond: The Search for our True Self, by Richard Rohr

•The Way to Love, by Anthony DeMello

•The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life, by Henri Nouwen

•Life of the Beloved, by Henri Nouwen

•The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen

•The Ragammufin Gospel, by Brennan Manning

•Love Does, by Bob Goff

•Experiencing God, by Henry & Richard Blackaby


Suffering & Doubt

•Know Doubt: The Importance of Embracing Uncertainty in your Faith, by John Ortberg

•Losing God: Clinging to Faith through Doubt & Depression, by Matt Rogers

•Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the idol of Certainty, by Greg Boyd

•Naming the Silences: by Stanley Hauerwas

•Praying our Goodbyes, by Joyce Rupp

•Learning to Walk in the Dark, by Barbara Brown Taylor


Vocation: 

•Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer


Women & Church: 

•Jesus Feminist, by Sarah Bessey

•The Year of Biblical Womanhood, by Rachel Held Evans

•Discovering Biblical Equality, by Ronald W Pierce & Rebecca Merrill Groothuis

•Good News for Women, by Rebecca Merrill Groothuis

•Beyond Sex Roles, by Gilbert Bilezikian

•10 Lies Men Believe, by J. Lee Grady      


Race & Reconciliation:

-Race: A Theological Account, by J Kameron Carter

-The Soul of Black Folk, by W.E.B DuBois

-God and Race in American Politics, by Mark Noll

-Race Matters, by Cornell West

-Divided by Faith, by Michael Emerson & Christian Smith

-Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys, by Richard Twiss