I just had the opportunity to talk to a person who was returning to Christ and the church after a hiatus. Great news and it was excited to talk to them about their revived love for Jesus. They asked for some books to read. Asking me for books to read is liking asking a bulldog to bark. Here’s what I sent them:
The ESV Study Bible
Don’t read any of those other books without reading this one at the same time. This particular study bible is full of notes and articles and maps, etc to help you understand as you read. In my opinion and I don’t say this lightly. The best English bible ever written. Very literal and accurate with the original languages, but easily read and understandable. There is a bible reading plan in the back and articles on how to read and interpret the bible. Get this book first.
Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll This is a book about what Jesus has provided for us by dying on the cross. Very good.
Living the Christ Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney. This is a very short easy book on how to make sure that our whole lives are about Jesus and His death. Highly suggested.
Stop Dating the Church. Since we talked about plugging into a church, I thought I’d add this quick simple read. It takes on why a local church is so important and how to pick a good one.
When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper. This is a little more dense, but very helpful. It takes on the issue. How do I fight for a joy in God? What if I don’t want to love God and live for him? How do I stir up that desire? Good stuff.
God As He Longs For You to See Him by Chip Ingram. This is a book on the characteristics of God. God is love. God is holy. God is sovereign, etc. Very readable and basic.