Books that have inspired my faith.
by C.S. Lewis
In 2000, Mere Christianity was named by Christianity Today as the most influential Christian book of the Twentieth Century. It is a great book for those who have questions about faith and especially Christianity. C.S. Lewis is brilliant and I would highly recommend everything he has written.
"Mere Christianity brings together what C.S. Lewis saw as the fundamental truths of the Christian religion. Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, C.S. Lewis finds a common ground on which all those who have Christian faith can stand together, proving that 'at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks the same voice.'" -GoodReads.Com
by David Platt
Radical challenged my faith and forced me to confront my own complacency in regards to living out the Gospel. It is a refreshing and invigorating book that challenges the reader to live a passionate and radical life of faith.
"David Platt invites you to encounter what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, and then obey what you have heard. He challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel to fit our human-centered preferences. Platt calls into question a host of comfortable notions that are common among Christ's followers today. Then he proposes a radical response: live the gospel in ways that are true, filled with promise, and ultimately world changing."
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The Ragamuffin Gospel
by Brennan Manning
As one who grew up in the Church, I often find myself viewing God through a "religious" and inaccurate lens. The Ragamuffin Gospel is a refreshing look at the true, gracious character of a God who embraces us with love and joy.
"Many believers feel stunted in their Christian growth. We beat ourselves up over our failures and, in the process, pull away from God because we subconsciously believe He tallies our defects and hangs His head in disappointment. Brennan Manning reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth. The Father beckons us to Himself with a “furious love” that burns brightly and constantly. Only when we truly embrace God’s grace can we bask in the joy of a gospel that enfolds the most needy of His flock—the 'ragamuffins.'" -Amazon
by Francis Chan
Crazy Love calls us out of religious complacency and into the incredible realization that we are passionately loved by the God of all creation. Crazy Love is an exciting read that draws you into the genuine, passionate heart of God.
"God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Have you ever wondered if we're missing it? It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe—the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor—loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Whether you've verbalized it yet or not, we all know something's wrong.
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts—it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, you will never be the same. Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything." -Amazon
by Bob Goff
Love Does is a whimsical book in which Bob Goff shares stories from his incredible life and what those stories have taught him about God, faith, life, and love; stories that challenge the reader to break out of the ordinary. Love Does is a quick read that'll bring you joy, encouragement, and inspiration.
"As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren't good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.
Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world's best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it's not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob's love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.
When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don't want to miss. Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob's life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too." -Amazon
Bob Goff is an attorney, professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene Univeristy, the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States, and the founder of Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda and India.
by Sarah Bessey
Jesus Feminist left me encouraged, inspired, refreshed, and, with tears in my eyes, hopeful. Like a breath of fresh air, like a burst of wind under my wings. Jesus Feminist is one part personal narrative, as Sarah Bessey shares her personal experiences with faith, the Church, gender equality (or lack of it), being a woman, and motherhood; one part theology, analyzing Biblical texts and looking at how Jesus, and the Bible, treats and affirms women; and lastly, one part exploring and illustrating Biblical ideas of faith, family, womanhood, women's roles in Church, empowerment and equality, and the Kingdom of God. By the end of Jesus Feminist, Bessey establishes a thoroughly Biblical basis for gender equality and the validity and importance of women's involvement in the Church, community life, and ministry.