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Pastor Joe’s Book List

For the past 30+ years, Pastor Joe has been reading on average three to five books per month. If you do the math… that is a LOT of books. And for the past decade, he has been keeping track of his favorite reads on a variety of topics like parenting, apologetics, prayer, theology, and more. Check out the full list of his reading recommendations below. If you see a book you’re interested in, swing by our Resource Center on the lower level of campus, or click the link to purchase on Amazon.com.

Theology
  1. Erasing Hell – Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle
  2. Heaven – Randy Alcorn
  3. The Cross of Christ – John Stott
  4. Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis
  5. The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler
  6. Systematic Theology – Wayne Grudem
Prayer / Word
  1. Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? – Philip Yancey
  2. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God – Timothy Keller
  3. Power Through Prayer – E. M. Bounds
  4. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth – Gordon D. Fee
  5. Creature of the Word – Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger & Josh Patterson
Grief / Anxiety
  1. A Grace Disguised: How The Soul Grows Through Loss – Jerry L. Sittser
  2. A Grief Observed – C. S. Lewis
  3. The Problem of Pain – C. S. Lewis
  4. Anxious for Nothing – John MacArthur Jr.
  5. Overwhelmed: Winning the War against Worry – Perry Noble
  6. Always True: God’s 5 Promises When Life Is Hard – James MacDonald
  7. Dark Night of the Soul – St. John of the Cross
Christian Living
  1. Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart – J. D. Grear
  2. The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness – Timothy Keller
  3. Love Does – Bob Goff
  4. Knowing God – J. I. Packer
  5. Not A Fan – Kyle Idleman
  6. Radical – David Platt
  7. When The Game Is Over, It All Goes Back In The Box – John Ortberg
  8. The Hole in Our Holiness – Kevin DeYoung
  9. What’s So Amazing About Grace? – Phillip Yancey
  10. Ruthless Trust – Brennan Manning
  11. The Spirit of the Disciplines – Dallas Willard
  12. Money, Possessions, and Eternity – Randy Alcorn
  13. The Screwtape Letters – C. S. Lewis
Marriage / Sexuality
  1. Meaning of Marriage – Timothy Keller
  2. Sacred Marriage – Gary L. Thomas
  3. Love and Respect – Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
  4. Sheet Music – Kevin Leman
  5. Intended for Pleasure – Ed & Gaye Wheat
  6. Date Your Wife – Justin Buzzard
  7. Is God Anti-Gay? – Sam Allberry
  8. What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? – Kevin DeYoung
  9. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert – Rosaria Butterfield
Children / Parenting
  1. Grace Based Parenting – Tim Kimmel
  2. Choosing To Cheat – Andy Stanley
  3. Shepherding A Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp
  4. Visionary Parenting – Rob Rienow
  5. Ministering To Gay Teenagers – Shawn Harrison
  6. Raising A Modern Day Knight – Robert Lewis
Social Justice
  1. Tales of the Ones Led Out – Beth Guckenberger
  2. Bloodlines – John Piper
  3. Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life – Robert D. Lupton
  4. Toxic Charity – Robert D. Lupton
  5. Just Courage – Gary A. Haugen
  6. Let Justice Roll Down – John M. Perkins
  7. How Should We Then Live? – Francis A. Schaeffer
  8. Counter Culture – David Platt
  9. Woke Church – Eric Mason
Apologetics / Evangelism
  1. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – Nabeel Qureshi
  2. From A to Z to Narnia with C.S. Lewis – Louis Markos
  3. Jesus + Nothing = Everything – Tullian Tchividjian
  4. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus – Ann Spangler & Lois Tverberg
  5. The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
  6. The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics – Ed Hindson & Ergun Caner
  7. Smooth Stones – Joe Coffey
  8. Finding Common Ground – Tim Downs
  9. Let the Nations Be Glad! – John Piper
  10. Tactics – Greg Koukl
  11. Saving Truth – Abdu Murray
Christian Fiction / Biography
  1. Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – David Gregory
  2. Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  4. Surprised By Joy – C.S. Lewis
  5. Bonhoeffer – Eric Metaxas
  6. Seven Men – Eric Metaxas