A Spiritual Formation Primer by Richella Parham

A Spiritual Formation PrimerSummary: A brief overview of the role of spiritual formation in the Christian life.

One of the areas that I think that many Evangelicals have missed is the concept of spiritual formation.  It is not that Evangelicals don’t do many of the things that make up spiritual formation.  They pray, they read their bibles, they share the gospel, they study theology, etc.  But there is a concern among at least some, that working on spiritual formation is a form of works righteousness.  (In other words, it is a way of earning our salvation.)

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The Emotionally Healthy Church, Expanded Edition: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives by Peter Scazzero with Warren Bird

The Emotionally Healthy Church, Expanded Edition: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives by Peter Scazzero with Warren Bird - $3.99

241 pages, 77 of 85 reviews are 4 or 5-star

The Emotionally Healthy Church, Updated and Expanded Edition, the newly updated and expanded edition of the groundbreaking bestseller The Emotionally Healthy Church, features a fuller, deeper look at the six principles contained in the original and includes a crucial, additional chapter: Slow Down to Lead with Integrity. New Life Fellowship in Queens, New York, had it all: powerful teaching, dynamic ministries, an impressive growth rate, and a vision to do great works for God. Things looked good—but beneath the surface, circumstances were more than just brewing. They were about to boil over, forcing Peter Scazzero to confront needs in his church and himself that went deeper than he’d ever imagined. What he learned about the vital link between emotional health, relational depth, and spiritual maturity can shed new light on painful problems in your own church. In this revised and expanded edition of his Gold Medallion Award–winning book, Scazzero shares refreshing new insights and a different and challenging slant on what it takes to lead your congregation to wholeness and maturity in Christ.

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Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Tim Keller

Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Tim Keller - $3.99

400 pages, 74 of 78 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Today many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology. How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context?

In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City. This book outlines a theological vision for ministry – applying classic doctrines to our time and place – organized around three core commitments: * Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do. * City-centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry. * Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.

‘In this important book, Tim Keller unpacks the gospel and gently but firmly reminds us that it is nonnegotiable. At the same time, he enables us to think through how we can responsibly interact with the culture, how we can – indeed, must – appreciate good things within it, and how we can firmly and faithfully apply the gospel to it.’ – D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes by Geoff Surratt

Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes by Geoff Surratt - $3.99 – Bookwi.se Review

209 pages, 18 of 21 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Based on interviews with pastors of growing churches, as well as personal experience, this book identifies the most common mistakes pastors make that keep otherwise healthy churches from reaping the harvest God has prepared. Each chapter spotlights a common mistake, gives real-life examples, uses a generous dose of humor, and provides a practical course of action to recover from the error.

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Neb The Great: Shadows of the Past (Deliverance Trilogy) by AK Fralley

Neb The Great: Shadows of the Past (Deliverance Trilogy) by AK Fralley

399 pages, 2 of 2 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

Neb the Great was raised to conquer and conquer he did until he met a woman who challenged his heart and enslaved him in a way he never thought possible. From their union is born two sons, one who would change the course of history by becoming the father of a new generation which wiould lead to the birth of Aram, while the other would descend into further corruption by embracing his grandfather’s name and his gods.

Patterns of Swallows by Connie Cook

Patterns of Swallows by Connie Cook

288 pages, 3 of 3 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled

“In later years, Ruth couldn’t have explained why the swallows had become a symbol. But she was afraid that the moment her father had knocked down their nest, leaving one baby bird at the bottom, that act had become her symbol in her mind for her father.”
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Set in the 1950s in rural British Columbia, Patterns of Swallows follows the fictional life of Ruth Chavinski. Ruth’s father deserted her and her mother when Ruth was scarcely old enough to remember him. That event set the pattern for a life of loss and seeming-tragedy. Yet, on a deeper level, her life’s pattern was woven on a loom of unfailing love and grace, the threads held firmly in the hands of One who makes no mistakes.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael ChabonSummary: Two cousins in New York City get in on the ground floor of comic books.  The book follows them for 15 years through their highs and lows.

Michael Chabon is one of those writers that has been recommended to me and I have been meaning to read for a while.  I didn’t really know anything about it, but The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000 so it seemed like a good choice when I saw it on sale a while back.

Joe Kavalier escapes out of Prague just before World War II breaks out and moves in with his Aunt and cousin Sam Clayman in New York City.  Sam finds out that Joe is an artist and together with Sam primarily writing and Joe primarily drawing, they become the great comic book writing duo of Kavalier and Clay.

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Christianity Today is having a sale on subscriptions for their magazines.  I have been a subscriber of Books and Culture for most of its existence and regularly read articles from the others.

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Indescribable: Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman

Indescribable: Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman

182 pages, 75 of 79 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free
Putting this powerful message into print for the first time, visionary pastor Louie Giglio and songwriter Matt Redman team up to write a heart-stirring book about the mysteries of God’s creation. Indescribable takes readers on a journey through the vastness of outer space and into the depths of the soul.

Modern science allows viewers to see farther into space than ever before, and every step draws them closer to the God who breathed each star into existence. In Indescribable, the authors intertwine devotional insights with remarkable scientific facts that awaken both mind and spirit. As Giglio and Redman write, God turns wonderers into worshipers.

Above all, Indescribable is a call to worship—an invitation to know and be known by the God of all creation and to become more passionate worshipers of Jesus Christ.

The Confessions of St. Augustine: Modern English Version

The Confessions of St. Augustine: Modern English Version

228 pages, 11 of 13 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

Confessions is one of the most moving diaries ever recorded of a man’s journey to the fountain of God’s grace. Writing as a sinner, not a saint, Augustine shares his innermost thoughts and conversion experiences, and wrestles with the spiritual questions that have stirred the hearts of the thoughtful since time began. Starting with his childhood in Numidia, through his youth and early adulthood in Carthage, Rome, and Milan, readers will see Augustine as a human being, a fellow traveler on the road to salvation. Though staggering around potholes and roadblocks, all will find strength in Augustine’s message: when the road gets rough, look to God! Previously released in 1977, this book invites readers to join Augustine in his quest that led him to be one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the history of the church.

Awakening: A Christian Romance Novel by JoAnn Durgin

Awakening: A Christian Romance Novel by JoAnn Durgin

262 pages, 82 of 88 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

A God-fearing man. A God-seeking woman. For Sam Lewis and Lexa Clarke, it proves a combustible combination. Lexa Clarke signs up for a TeamWork Missions summer assignment expecting adventure in a far-off, exotic country. Instead, she’s sent to sweltering San Antonio to help rebuild homes destroyed by sudden flooding.

She survives the four-hour bus trip from Houston, dust in the lungs, a flat tire, a tool-throwing incident and a spitting goat – not to mention an inquisition from a distractingly handsome cowboy – all before reaching the work camp. TeamWork director Sam Lewis isn’t sure what to think of his newest volunteer. She’s feisty, witty, and incredibly pretty, but looks more prepared to board a cruise ship than build houses. Burned by a past betrayal, he’s got a job to do, a reputation to uphold. Sam can’t afford to be distracted by a woman who attracts animals, defies his rules, finds trouble at every turn and questions God’s purpose. But when she tumbles from the top beam of one of the houses into his arms, Sam suspects his life will never be the same. 

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming

On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian FlemingSummary: Ernst Bloefeld (of SPECTRE) is back and has come up with a new scheme.

When I was a kid I loved James Bond movies.  And I still mostly like new James Bond movies.  But as I re-watch old ones the cartoonish villains bug me. Lasers to shoot down rockets, stealing all the gold in Fort Knox, etc. are just a bit silly.

I stumbled on the movie of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service sometime last year and made it through 20 or 30 minutes.  The set up is a bit ridiculous.  The bad guy has a lair in the Alps where beautiful girls go to get rid of their allergies.  James Bond sneaks in find out what is going on.

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What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? by David Platt

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? by David Platt

65 pages, 107 of 114 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

You may think you are a Christian—but are you sure? Jesus’ call to follow him is more than an invitation to pray a prayer. It is a summons to lose your life and find new life and ultimate joy in him. In David Platt’s book Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live he asks the question, “What did Jesus really mean when he said, ‘Follow me’?” What if we really listened to Jesus’ words and heard what he is saying? When people truly engage with Jesus’ personal invitation to follow him, everything changes, for he is worthy of all our trust and affections.

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? builds on the message of Follow Me to motivate readers to experience our grand purpose: to exalt the glory of God by spreading Christ’s gospel—to make disciples who are making disciples. This booklet is a great resource to share with others to discuss crucial faith questions in a personal and grace-filled manner and engage others to be disciple-makers in obedience to Jesus. Ideal for small groups or personal and mass evangelism.

Splintered Oak by TL and Tammy Gray

Splintered Oak by TL and Tammy Gray

409 pages, 57 of 57 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

A Broken Man… Jake Matthews understands loss. In just one year, he lost his mother, his first love, his career and now his cousin and best friend. Desperate to find some sense of peace, Jake falls into an agreement that could destroy what’s left of his floundering life. 

A Transformed Woman… Naomi Bennett spent the last year finding herself. Running away to Portugal was more than just a trip to find culture, but also an escape from the first man she ever gave her heart to. Now home, the last thing Naomi wants is to catch the eye of notorious playboy, Jake Matthews. But Naomi soon discovers that Jake is not the same person she once knew. 

Drawn to his pain, Naomi gets swept up in a whirlwind of circumstances that will shake the very fabric of of her precisely planned future and cause her to question every idea she ever had on love. 

When two paths collide, demons resurface and grace abounds, leaving everyone’s lives forever changed.

The Promise of Security by Beth Moore

The Promise of Security by Beth Moore

64 pages, 22 of 23 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Drawn from passages and Scriptures Beth Moore brings to light in her New York Times best-selling book, So Long, Insecurity, this 64-page booklet will prompt women to find their soul-deep security in God. Divided topically by common insecurities women face, The Promise of Security provides a portable boost of hope and confidence that will encourage women to continue on in their quest for soul-deep security.

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Whole Bible Story, The: Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English by William Marty

Whole Bible Story, The: Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English by William Marty

304 pages, 50 of 63 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

Sometimes readers just want to know what happens next. Dr. William Marty presents the entire narrative of the Bible in chronological order from creation to the New Testament Church. The action moves smoothly from story to story without slowing down for law, poetry, prophecy, or instruction. The Whole Bible Story is perfect for new Christians looking to understand the overall flow of the Bible or seasoned believers wanting a refresher course. It can be read straight through or used as a reference tool for better understanding of specific biblical events.

Woman of Flames by Kim Stokely

Woman of Flames by Kim Stokely

520 pages, 21 of 22 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled

Based on the life of a Jewish prophet, Woman of Flames is a sweeping epic of how faith, lust, and revenge can drive nations into war. 

As a child, Deborah must convince those around her that her visions are a gift from the Hebrew God, whom she is called to serve. As she matures, Deborah battles the prejudices of her people to achieve the position God has ordained, that of a spiritual leader for Israel. Growing in confidence and power, Deborah accepts God’s promise to use her to free the Israelites from their oppressors. One man stands in her way‒Sisera, general of the Canaanite army. 

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