Readings

Reading Recommendations

Here is a list of recommended readings. Include your thoughts in our comments section.

The Practice of the Presence of God

Brother Lawrence

I can honestly say that this particular book began my spiritual life with such intensity that I never looked back. There are many editions to the book and most have a Foreward written by various people.

It is perhaps the easiest, shortest yet most intense book I’ve ever read. Basically, Brother Lawrence was a 17 century lay-monk who developed a pattern of life that no matter what he was doing all day long, he was talking with God about it.

I hope as you read and study, there will be a book in your life that just grabs the very fiber of your heart muscle and wouldn’t let go. That’s what this book did for me. If I’ve read it once, I’ve read it over 100 times.

Kisses from Katie

Katie Davis with Beth Clark

I am endorsing this book because I believe that it was spiritually inspired and the personal story of Katie Davis is wonderfully selfless. But, mostly, I endorse this book because Katie takes every day occurrences and askes herself what God is trying to teach her. More often than not, I believe that her analogies are right on the money. It’s a truly wonderful and inspiring read especially if fostering or adopting are anywhere in your life.

In His Steps

Charles M. Sheldon
Originally published in 1897

I’m not much on fiction reading. In fact, when I read non-fiction books I scrutinize them with such intensity that I have to convince myself that the author was truly inspired by the Holy Spirit or I wouldn’t continue with it. This book, however, is one of those easy reading books that inspire the mind. From the book came the acronym W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do).

I enjoyed the book so much that I actually preached a sermon series on the various ethical dilemma’s faced by it’s characters. One might say that it’s an easy to read enjoyable novel. However, if you give thought and prayer to it’s actual content, it might actually change the way you do things.

If You Want To Walk On Water
You’ve Got To Get Out Of The Boat

John Ortberg
Copyright 2001

This entire book is centered around Matthew’s gospel dealing with Peter walking on water. Here again, it’s one of those books that I felt the power of the Holy Spirit jumping off the pages. The majority of the book deals with fear and our approach to it. The book, however, included so much more than that and I highly recommend it.

Extraordinary

John Bevere
Copyright 2009

I will tell you upfront that I do not agree with every conclusion that John draws in this book. I did believe that it was divinely inspired and is an excellent book for anyone wanting to improve their daily Christian walk.

To me, one of the greatest aspects of the book actually came at the beginning. For whatever reason, western church’s are not preaching enough of 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.)

Whereas, the 21st century western church has come a long way in preaching Grace, grace is unmerited favor that we can not earn. What we don’t preach is that that does not mean that there will be no reward for our works on earth. Verses 14-15 tell us exactly how this will happen and I applaud all efforts to teach God’s people that their efforts will be rewarded. Not just placement in Heaven (which is Grace) but by exactly where in Heaven we will be spending eternity.