Recommended Reading

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

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.
( be aware that for many, this is a difficult book to read )

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.

Mulholland, Shaped by the Word (1985, 2000)

A classic work on spiritual formation that is wonderfully refreshing and highly accessible. 

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 Small:  A great book on clarifying your image of God.

Mark Buchanan: Your God is Too Safe

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.