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Books That Changed My Life

The book nerd is back – with a new list of amazing reads you should probably delve into this year.

Now the bible’s pretty sweet, but how great is it that God speaks through secondary means such as preachers and authors?

Under each book listing I’ve written my personal experience of how the book interacted with my life.

These three books are very easy (and enjoyable) to read – but I’ve also added an extra book at the end for more advanced readers. Enjoy the list.

 

1. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – Donald S. Whitney

This is a stunning, well-written book by an author whose focus is biblical spirituality.

Whitney condenses the writings of many authors in history and guides readers through the disciplines of bible reading, worship, silence and solitude, journaling, and more.

I have benefited from this book so much since reading it two years ago, and am reading for the second time now. In fact, J.I. Packer recommends you read it three times – it’s simply that helpful to a Christian’s life.

If you’re someone who wants to take your spirituality seriously (I know, calling it ‘spirituality’ sounds weird), read this book.

Thank me later (well, thank God).

 

2. PROOF – Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Jones

The grace of God is something we need to marvel at, not just debate about.

This book has brought me and many others to tears as the authors help us realise what exactly it means for God to show us grace. The authors have helped me to feel the grace of God upon my life, truly.

Compressed and renamed within this book are the historic 5-point doctrines of grace which believers today ought to know about.

Three years ago I used this book to develop a seminar series for some people at RICE Twelve as well as for my local church. According to feedback, they loved it. I’m sure you will too.

 

3. Ordinary – Michael Horton 

Talk about a life-changer, this has everything to do with Christian living!

This book is a breath of fresh air amidst all the ministries that are being thrown at us every second week.

Horton (who just so happens to be my favourite theologian) provides a timely refresher to the Christian, showing how we can find joy in the ordinary rather than relying on the extraordinary to give us a ‘spiritual high’.

Ordinary has immensely shaped the way I do ministry, especially when it comes to the running of church services, youth group, and random other stuff.

If this is something you’re interested in, please consider reading Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation – James K.A. Smith. Out of all the books I’ve read throughout my lifetime, none have shaped me more than this book.

Contained within is a practical discourse about how things in a person’s life train their worship and spiritual formation. He talks about how we are creatures driven by love and why this is important for Christian education. 

 

Here’s a nice quote:

The book you don’t read won’t help. –Jim Rohn

 

Which book will you read this year?

peace

 

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