Books Related to Christian Formation

This is a growing library of books I would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about Christian Formation. Each link provides a summary of the book and a few comments about its value.

Forming Workbook

David Takle: Forming: Change by Grace (workbook), 2012

This is the companion workbook for the Forming course.

David Takle: Forming: A Work of Grace

A comprehensive introduction to Christian spiritual formation, and how to participate with God for transformation.

David Takle: Transformation by Design

A Multi-Dimensional Model of Inner Healing and Spiritual Formation

Whispers of my Abba

David Takle: Whispers of my Abba: From His Heart to Mine

A mentoring approach to conversational prayer.

David Takle: The Truth About Lies and Lies About Truth, Revised 2017

An in-depth analysis of how truth changes lives, and why so much of the time we encounter truth without much change at all.

The Divine Conspiracy

Dallas Willard: The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God

This is the “Mere Christianity” of our day. Probably the best description of Kingdom Life in print.

The Spirit of the Disciplines

Dallas Willard: The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives

Discusses how spiritual practices change us and what makes the difference between a dead practice and one that brings life.

Dallas Willard: Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Prayer Life

Probably the best apologetic for conversational prayer.

The Renovation of the Heart

Dallas Willard: The Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ

Analyzes various aspects of transformation including will, thoughts, emotions, body, relationships, and soul.

Outsmarting Yourself

Karl Lehman: Outsmarting Yourself (2012)

Best book on why we get triggered, and what to do about it.

Anatomy of the Soul

Curt Thompson: Anatomy of the Soul (2012)

Best book on neuro-theology ever written.

Healing Troubled Hearts

Bill Day: Healing Troubled Hearts (2012)

For those who still question whether God does inner healing or are not sure how this differs from New Age.

Surrender to Love

David Benner: Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Christianity

Helps us discover ‘whose’ we are.

The Gift of Being Yourself

David Benner: The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery

A wonderful book on Christian identity.

Jan Johnson: When the Soul Listens

An invitation to contemplative prayer.

Steve McVey: Grace Walk: What You’ve Always Wanted in the Christian Life

A classic on the need for grace in the Christian life and how to escape the trap of legalism.

  J.B. Phillips: Your God is Too SmallA great book on clarifying your image of God.
Change Your Heart Change Your LIfe

Gary Smalley: Change Your Heart Change Your Life

How spiritual practices can change your life.

The Good and Beautiful God

James Bryan Smith: The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows

The best book I know of on the nature of God.

Share Immanuel

Jim Wilder and Chris Coursey: Share Immanuel

How telling our stories of healing can lead to further healing.

Invitation to a Journey

M Robert Mulholland, Jr: Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation (1993)

One of the best descriptions of Christian formation from the early 1990’s.

He Loves Me

Wayne Jacobson: He Loves Me! Learning to Live in the Father’s Affection

Discovering how much we are loved, and why that matters.

The Life Model

James Friesen, The Life Model: Living From the Heart Jesus Gave You

An invitation to the Life Model and how God intended for us to grow up in all things.