28th March, 2006
Do you like reading? There’s books, and there’s great books! Some books are helpful…useful…interesting, but then there’s books that are highly impacting, life-changing, and you remember where you were when you read them! Below are some books I’ve found to be exceptional and which made a difference to my life.
There’s nothing like a good preachers’ biography! (for preachers anyway!). Spurgeon by Arnold Dallimore is an excellent biography of the ‘Prince of Preachers’ – Charles Spurgeon It does justice to this remarkable man. Be Myself is Warren Wiersbe’s autobiography and is a thoroughly enjoyable read, with Wiersbe’s wit showing through. The Memoirs and Remains of Robert Murray McCheyne by Andrew Bonar is first class.
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges is an excellent book, and one that could be given to any new Christian. It’s one of the best explanations on how to live the Christian life. Holiness by Henry Blackaby is also very good, and a challenge to the modern church. He points out that holiness is the highway over which God brings revival.
Home Cell Group Explosion by Joel Comiskey is a superb book that can change the way a man or woman leads a cell group and approaches cell group ministry. I’d recommend it to every home group leader and every pastor and elder.
Books on leadership abound, and people have their favourites. The ones I’ve found most helpful are Ablaze for God by Wesley Duewel and Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders. The Book on Leadership by John MacArthur is also good, as is Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels.
If you want a good dose of encouragement, I’d recommend Fresh Faith by Jim Cymaba. But even better, in my opinion, is his book The Life God Blesses. It’s excellent. That book really blessed me when I was going through a difficult time. Jim Cymbala is easy to read, and yet his writings have depth and his discernment shows through.