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: Lamb of God

Rediscovering the Beauty of Atonement.

A fresh new look at atonement and its implications for victorious living.

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.

James Friesen, 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.