Best Books I’ve Read on Marriage

Cherish – Gary Thomas
The One Word that Changes Everything for Your Marriage

This Momentary Marriage – John Piper and Noel Piper
A Parable of Permanence

The Meaning of Marriage – Timothy Keller
Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

When Sinners Say ‘I Do’ – Dave Harvey
Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

Sacred Marriage – Gary Thomas
What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy

No Ordinary Marriage – Tim Savage
Together for God’s Glory

The Mystery of Marriage – Mike Mason

A Severe Mercy – Sheldon Vanauken

Sex, Romance, and Glory of God – C.J. Mahaney
What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know

Best Books I’ve Read on Sexual Purity

Living in the Light: Money, Sex, Power – John Piper
Making the Most of Three Dangerous Opportunities 

Same-Sex Attraction and the Church – Ed Shaw
The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life

Sex and Money – Paul Tripp
Pleasures that Leave You Empty and Grace that Satisfies

Sexual Detox – Tim Challies
A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn

Not Even a Hint –  Joshua Harris
Guarding Your Heart Against Lust

Fidelity – Doug Wilson
What it Means to Be a One Woman Man

95 Theses of Pure Reformation – Mike Cleveland

Doing Things Right In Matters of the HeartJohn Ensor

Best Books I’ve Read on Parenting

Parenting is More Than a Formula – Jim Newheiser

How to Help Angry Kids – Lou Priolo

Age of Opportunity – Paul Tripp
A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens

You Never Stop Being a Parent – Elyse Fitzpatrick / Jim Newheiser
Thriving in Relationship with Your Adult Children

When Good Kids make Bad Choices – Jim Newheiser
Help and Hope for Hurting Parents

Come Back, BarbaraJohn and Rosemarie Miller

Like Dew Your Youth – Eugene Peterson
Growing Up with Your Teenager

Standing on the Promises – Doug Wilson
A Handbook of Biblical Childrearing

Little Lamb Who Made Thee? – Walter Wangerin
A Book about Children and Parents

Gospel-Powered Parenting – William Farley
How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting

Best Books I’ve Read on Preaching

Preaching– Timothy Keller
Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism 

Saving Eutychus– Gary Millar and Phil Campbell
How to Preach God’s Word and Keep People Awake

Preaching with Purpose – Jay Adams
Note: Changed the way I preached! A must read.

Unleashing the Word – Max McLean
Rediscovering the Public Reading of Scripture

Culture Shift – David Henderson
Communicating God’s Truth to Our Changing Worlds

The Big Idea – Dave Ferguson
Focus the Message Multiply the Impact

The Supremacy of God in Preaching – John Piper

Communicating for a Change – Andy Stanley
Seven Keys to Irresistible Communicating

Spirit-Empowered Preaching – Arturo Azurdia
Involving the Holy Spirit in Your Ministry

Best Books I’ve read on Church / Small Groups

A Loving Life – Paul E. Miller
In A World of Broken Relationships

Why We Love the Church – Ted Gluck / Kevin DeYoung
In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion

Creating Community – Andy Stanley
5 Keys to Building a Small Group Culture

Life Together – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community

Sticky Church – Larry Osborne

Why We’re Not Emergent – Kevin DeYoung / Ted Kluck
By Two Guys Who Should Be

Simple Church – Thom Rainer
Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples

7 Practices of Effective Ministry – Andy Stanley

The Wisdom of Each Other – Eugene Peterson
A Conversation Between Spiritual Friends

Why Small Groups? – C.J. Mahaney
Together Toward Maturity

Confessions of a Reformation Rev – Mark Driscoll
Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church

The Trellis and the Vine – Colin Marshall
The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything

Best Biographies I’ve Read

The Complete Thinker – Dale Alquist
The Marvelous Mind of G. K. Chesterton

John Newton – Jonathan Aitken
From Disgrace to Amazing Grace

Hero of the Empire – Candice Millard
The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill

God and Churchill – Jonathan Sandys
How the Great Leader’s Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and  Offers Hope for Ours

C.S. Lewis – Alister McGrath
A Life – Countercultural Christianity

A Place to Stand – Gene Edward Veith
The Word of God in the Life of Martin Luther

Amazing Grace – Eric Metaxas
William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

Bonhoeffer – Eric Metaxas
Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Fearless – Eric Blehm
The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom

The Heavenly Man – Brother Yun
The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Brother Yun 

Through Gates of Splendor – Elisabeth Elliot
The Event that Shocked the World, Changed a People, and Inspired a Nation

G.K. Chesterton – Dale Alquist
Apostle of Common Sense

Helen Keller – Helen Keller
The Story of My Life

Evidence Not Seen –  Darlene Deibler Rose                                                        
A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II

God’s Smuggler – Brother Andrew

The Roots of Endurance – John Piper
Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce

The Hidden Smile of God – John Piper
The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd

The Legacy of Sovereign Joy – John Piper
God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin

Forgotten Founding Father – Stephen Mansfield
The Heroic Legacy of George Whitfield

All Things for Good – J. Stevens Wilkins
The Steadfast Fidelity of Stonewall Jackson

George Whitefield – Arnold Dallimore
God’s Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century

Spurgeon – Arnold Dallimore
A New Biography

Never Give In  – Stephen Mansfield
The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill 

Carry a Big Stick – George Grant
The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt

Hudson Taylor and Maria – John Pollack
History Makers

Traveling Mercies Anne Lamott
Some thoughts on Faith 
[Please Note: Some profanity, crudeness, poor theology]

Lone Survivor – Marcus Luttrell
The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
[Please Note: Some profanity]

Best Books I’ve Read on Prayer / Spiritual Warfare

George Muller: Delighted in God – Roger Steer

Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis

Praying the Bible – Donald Whitney

A Praying Life – Paul Miller
Connecting with God in a Distracting World

Deepening Your Conversation with God – Ben Patterson
Learning to Love to Pray

The Folly of Prayer – Matt Woodley
Practicing the Presence and Absence of God

Power Encounters – David Powlison
Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare

Fresh Encounters – Daniel Henderson
Experiencing Transformation through United Worship-Based Prayer

The Prayer Saturated Church – Cheryl Sacks
A Comprehensive Handbook for Prayer Leaders

Best Books I’ve read for Leaders / Pastors

Essentialism – Greg McKeown
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

The Advantage – Patrick Lencioni
Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else

Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive – Patrick Lencioni
A Leadership Fable

Life is Mostly Edges – Calvin Miller
A Memoir of Pastoral Ministry 

Mea Culpa –  Kyle McClellan
Learning from Ministry Mistakes

Zeal without Burnout –  Christopher Ash
Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry

The Imperfect Pastor–  Zack Eswine
Discovering Joy in Our Limitations

The Heart of a Servant –  C. John Miller
Letters from Jack Miller

In the Name of Jesus –  Henri J. M. Nouwen
Reflections on Christian Leadership

Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret –  Larry Osborne
Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail

Spiritual Leadership –  J. Oswald Sanders
Principles of Excellence for Every Believer

The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham – Myra / Shelley

The Contemplative Pastor – Eugene Peterson
Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction

Axiom – Bill Hybels
Powerful Leadership Proverbs

Making Vision Stick – Andy Stanley

Leadership Prayers – Richard Kriegbaum

Sticky Teams – Larry Osborne
Keeping Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page

The Unity Factor – Larry Osborne
Developing a Healthy Church Leadership Team

Confessions of a Reformission Rev. – Mark Driscoll
Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church

Humility – C.J. Mahaney
True Greatness

Practicing Affirmation – Sam Crabtree
God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God

Leading with a Limp – Dan Allender
Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness

Leading On Empty – Wayne Cordeiro
Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion

The Five Temptations of a CEO – Patrick Lencioni
A Leadership Fable

Passing the Baton – Colin Marshall
A Handbook for Ministry Apprenticeship

Transition Plan – Bob Russell
7 Secrets Every Leader Needs to Know

Blink – Malcomb Gladwell
The Power of Thinking without Thinking

Best Books I’ve Read on Grace/Christian Living

Defiant Grace – Dane Ortland
The Surprising Message and Mission of Jesus 

Risk is Right – John Piper
Better to Lose Your Life than to Waste It

Accidental Pharisees – Larry Osborne
Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith

Breathing Grace – Harry Kraus, M.D.
What you Need More than Your Next Breath

Good News for Those Trying Harder – Alan Kraft

The Enemy Within – Kris Lungaard              
Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin 

Ordering Your Private World – Gordon MacDonald

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction – Eugene Peterson
Discipleship in an Instant Society

Margin – Dr. Richard Swenson
Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives

When God Weeps – Joni Erekcson Tada
Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty

Beside Still Waters ~ Words of Comfort for the Soul – Roy H. Clarke
Excerpts from C.H. Spurgeon

Future Grace – John Piper
The Purifying Power of the Promises of God

Red Like Blood – Joe Coffey & Bob Bevington
Confrontations with Grace

Best Books I’ve Read on Worship & the Pursuit of God

Man is Not Alone – Abraham Joshua Heschel
A Philosophy of Religion

Knowledge of the Holy – AW Tozer
The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life

The Pursuit of God – AW Tozer

A Godward Life – John Piper
Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life

He Has Made Me Glad – Ben Patterson
Enjoying God’s Goodness with Reckless Abandon

Pleasures Evermore – Sam Storms
The Life-Changing Power of Enjoying God

One Thing – Sam Storms
Developing a Passion for the Beauty of God

Eyes Wide Open – Steve DeWitt
Enjoying God in Everything

C.S. Lewis: Readings and Meditations for Reflection – C.S. Lewis

God’s Passion for His Glory – John Piper
Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards

The Pursuit of Holiness – Jerry Bridges

Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl – N.D. Wilson
Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World

Gripped by the Greatness of God – James MacDonald