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Age of Opportunity
A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens By: Paul David Tripp
This book is written with the intention of helping parents shepherd and nurture their teenage children. However, it is far more than a manual on parenting. It is also a Biblical explanation of how a parent cultivates his own heart for Christ, and how he disciples and leads his own children out of the overflow of his own vibrant walk with Christ. This is an outstandingly helpful resource for all parents and all people who seek to shepherd and disciple others of all ages.
This is the foundational book of Piper's writings. It explains the Biblical truth that "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him," and shows how that relates to some of the most basic parts of our lives, like conversion, worship, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions and ministry, and suffering. As he says, if you only are going to read one of his books, read this one. It, along with several other of his books, is also available to be read for free online at: http://www.desiringgod.org/library/onlinebooks_index.html.
This book, along with Piper's other writings, has had a profound impact on Pastor Terry's life.
The Life and Mission of William Carey By: Timothy George
Carey is called "the Father of modern missions," and this book is an excellent place to begin in understanding his life and ministry. This book is most helpful for its theological perspective of Carey’s life -- George does a good job of interpreting Carey's life in view of Biblical principles. This edition also includes Carey’s work “An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians,” which was a fundamental work in leading not only Carey to the mission field, but many other missionaries as well.
Living the Cross Centered Life
Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing By: C. J. Mahaney
Mahaney himself describes the importance of this book: "If there's anything in life we should be passionate about, it’s the gospel. And I don't mean passionate only about sharing it with others; I mean passionate in thinking about the gospel, reflecting upon it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world and all of life." A simple, direct, and very helpful book.
Simplify Your Spiritual Life
Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed By: Donald S. Whitney
Do you feel overwhelmed and inadequate for the spiritual life? Or is the busyness of your day crowding your time to cultivate your spiritual life right out of your schedule? Then this book may be for you. Ninety two-page devotionals that are centered around key spiritual disciplines (Scripture, prayer, journaling, your mind and heart, time, and ministry) will help you re-orient your life around the most important things. As Whitney notes, "simplifying is not so much about doing fewer things as it is about doing the right things."
(Go to http://spiritualdisciplines.org/sysltoc.html to see sample chapters on Whitney's web site.)
By: J. Oswald Sanders
There are many books on leadership, and even spiritual leadership. This is the best. Though brief (160 pp.), Sanders considers all the significant Biblical passages, and relates them well to the central concerns of anyone who leads. Though it is hard to find, if at all possible, purchase the 1967 edition (the first one, before it was edited).
Also highly recommended is John MacArthur's book, The Book on Leadership.
Stop Dating the Church
Fall in Love with the Family of God By: Josh Harris
This short but powerful book challenges believers today to take the church seriously: by committing to a local body of believers. John MacArthur states: "Instead of asking what they can give or how they can serve, too many churchgoers are only interested in what they can get. The church deserves far more than the halfhearted commitment or apathetic neglect it so often receives. In fact, as Harris astutely observes, the Christian life can never be lived to its fullest apart from a genuine passion for the church. It’s time for believers to take the church seriously, which is why the message of this book is so essential." We highly recommend it.
Talk Thru the Bible
By: Bruce Wilkinson and Kenneth Boa
This nearly 600-page volume provides background information on each book of the Bible including authorship and date of each book, discussions of key verses, chapters and themes, and comprehensive outlines and charts of each book. It is a very helpful tool for both new and mature believers; it is both "scholarly" and yet very readable.
When I Don't Desire God
How to Fight for Joy By: John Piper
Apart from his classic, Desiring God, this latest book from Piper is by far his most important and significant. The book is focused on answering the question of how to stimulate yourself to delight in God when you really don’t feel like living that way. Piper says it this way: “What do you do when you don’t desire the Word of God? Or when you read it and don’t see anything that gives you joy? Or when your joy is weak and disintegrates before the allurements of the world? What do you do if you are not satisfied in the God of the Bible, but prefer the pleasures of the world?” [p. 137] This book answers those questions.
This is a book for those who are discouraged and prone to give up on God and spiritual living. And it is a book for those who have ever been in a spiritually dry valley and need help climbing back to the mountains of happy fellowship with God.