Book Recommendations

Recommended for Small Group Study

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
The God of the universe is crazy about you!  His love is the most powerful thing in the world and He wants to give it to you, so you can live for Him.  If you have made a commitment to follow Christ, then read “Crazy Love” to be reminded and challenged in your walk.  Sharing from his own life struggles and sacrifices, author Francis Chan issues a call for selfless, Christ-like living.  Let the love you have received from God impact your life like never before.

In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado
Can anything separate you from God’s love?  Does He really love you, no matter what?  How does He feel when you snap at anything that moves?  When you’ve failed as a parent?  When your thoughts are gutter-level?  When your tongue is sharp?  Have you drifted too far?  Waited too long?  Slipped too much?  The answer is found in one of life’s sweetest words – grace.  God lovingly holds you in the eternal grip of His grace. Good deeds won’t help.  Perfect performance isn’t required.  Best-selling author Max Lucado proclaims the grace of God to be “the greatest discovery of my life.”  Share in his discovery by taking a journey through the mountaintop truths found in Paul’s letter to the Romans, “the grandest treatise on grace ever written.”

Knowing God by J. I. Packer
J. I. Packer’s Knowing God has become a classic of the Christian faith.  Why?  While it gives us information about God with clarity and grace, it does much more – it aids us in actually knowing him, in building our relationship with him, and helps draw us closer to him in love and worship.

Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus’ Name
by Bryan Chapell
Christians often say “In Jesus’ name” to close their prayers.  But is this truly a desire of the heart or a perfunctory “Yours Truly” to God? Bryan Chapell says we should begin our prayers in Jesus’ name – we should be Praying Backwards.  In this practical and inspiring book, he shows readers that to truly pray in Jesus’ name is to reorder one’s priorities in prayer – and in life – away from oneself and toward Jesus and his kingdom.  It is to pray believing in the power and the goodness of the One who hears, and thus to pray boldly, expectantly, and persistently.  Readers seeking to transform their prayer lives will find wonderful direction in this book.

Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
What does holiness look like?  For starters, it doesn’t look anything like perfection.  And it doesn’t necessarily look like victory.  Mostly, it consists of effort, prayer, grace, and obedience.  “Scripture speaks of both a holiness we have in Christ before God, and a holiness we are to strive after,” writes Bridges.  We can ignore neither Christ’s role nor our own if we are to successfully pursue holiness.  It is as simple as refusing to smudge the truth on a tax return or as complicated as forgiving the person who has most viciously hurt us.  Bridges takes holiness out of the realm of the impossible and brings it into the real world of your daily life and decisions.  Whether you’re continuing your pursuit of holiness or just beginning, the principles and guidelines in The Pursuit of Holiness will challenge you to obey God’s command of holiness.  *Kevin Delaney has copies available.

Reason for God: Belief in God in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
How could a loving God send people to hell?  Why does he allow suffering?  Can one religion be “right” and the others “wrong”?  Responding to the questions of open skeptics and ardent believers, Keller draws from literature, philosophy, reason, and real-life conversations to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief.

Tender Warrior by Stu Weber
As a man, God created you to be a leader, protector, friend, and lover. Now revised and updated with chapters on “finishing the course” God has set before you, Weber’s bestselling book paints a dramatic and compelling picture of balanced manhood.  Written in a warm, personal style, you’ll explore the characteristics of a tender warrior and learn to speak the language of women, watch out for what lies ahead, foster friendships, and be an obedient and blessed servant of the Lord!

Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges
Funny how the riches of God’s grace seem to run out the moment we’re saved!  From then on, we tend to base our relationship with him on our accomplishments rather than on his unconditional acceptance.  In “Transforming Grace” Bridges addresses the “performance treadmill” and what can happen when we forget how generous God’s grace is.  Come back to the love that’s waiting for you, and learn to trust His grace every day.