Recommended Reading

This list will be uploaded on NLF’s website soon, but I thought I’d give another sneak peak.  As you can see, it’s categorized according to our Rule of Life!

Which books would you recommend?

Recommended Reading List

Prayer

  • Be a lover of God, seeking to live in the love of Christ above all else
    • Simply Christian by NT Wright
    • Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
    • Knowing God by JI Packer
    • Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God by Brennan Manning
    • Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster
    • The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
    • The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
    • The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer
    • The Reason for God by Tim Keller (Advanced)
  • Befriend silence.
    • Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life by Henri Nouwen
    • Thoughts In Solitude by Thomas Merton
    • The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen
    • Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
    • Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton
  • Allow Holy Scripture to shape and form Christ in me.
    • How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
    • The Last Word by NT Wright
    • Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading by Eugene Peterson
    • Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals by William Webb (Advanced)
    • Abusing Scripture by Manfred Brauch (Advanced)
  • To integrate contemplative practices and rhythms
    (e.g. Daily Office, Sabbath-keeping) to slow down my life.

    • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero
    • Begin the Journey with the Daily Office by Pete Scazzero
    • A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God – by Norman Shawchuck (Editor), Rueben P. Job (Editor)
    • Tradition of the Ancients by Martha Ford
    • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster
    • Sabbath-Keeping by Lynne Baab
    • The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle
    • Sabbath:Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives – by Wayne Mueller
    • John Cassian: The Conferences (Ancient Christian Writers) (Advanced)
    • Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community – Harper, San Francisco

Rest

  • Value my own dignity as a human being made in God’s image through self-respect and self-care.
    • Surrender to Love by David Benner
    • The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery – by David Benner
    • Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning
    • Not the Way it’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary on Sin by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. (Advanced)
  • Ruthlessly eliminate hurry.
    • The Attentive Life by Leighton Ford
    • The Life You’ve Always Wanted By John Ortberg
  • Remember God’s history of faithfulness with each new challenge.
    • Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster
    • The Healing Path:  How the Hurts in Your Past Can Lead You to a More Abundant Life by Dan Allender
    • Surprised by Hope by NT Wright (Advanced)
    • The Source by James Michner (Novel)
    • Whose Religion is Christianity? by Lamin Sanneh
    • The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzalez
    • Water from a Deep Well by Gerald Sittser
    • Longing for God by Foster and Beebe

Relationships

  • Love my neighbor as I love myself giving first priority to my spouse and children as my first neighbors, or embracing my singleness while bonding with others and bearing fruit for God.
    • The Thrill of the Chaste by Dawn Eden (for Single Women, in particular)
    • The Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason
    • Twelve Hours to a Great Marriage by Markman and Stanley
    • Celebration of Sex by Douglas Roseneau
    • The Mystery of Children by Mike Mason
    • Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman
    • Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • Walk in community while respecting each person’s uniqueness.
    • Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
    • No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton
    • From Brokenness to Community by Jean Vanier
    • Sacred Companions by David Benner
    • Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer
  • Apply emotionally healthy practices in order to love well.
    • The Emotionally Healthy Church by Pete Scazzero
    • A Grace Disguised by Gerald Sittser
    • Changes that Heal by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
    • The Cry of the Soul: How Our Emotions Reveal Our Deepest Questions About God by Dan B Allender Ph.D. and Tremper Longman
    • Extraordinary Relationships by Roberta M. Gilbert
  • Listen more than I speak.
    • Difficult Conversations by Stone, Patton, Heen, and Fisher
  • Live in truth, asking the hard questions.
    • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
    • I Quit by Geri Scazzero (to be released in 2010)
    • Glittering Images by Susan Howatch
    • The Dark Side of Leadership by Sam Rima
    • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover (Novel)
    • People of the Lie by Scott Peck
  • Bridge racial, cultural, economic and gender barriers for Christ.
    • Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf
    • Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf
    • More than Equals by Perkins and Rice
    • Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark Demayz
    • The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah
    • Gender & Grace by Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen
    • Malcolm X by Alex Haley (Biography)
    • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (Novel)

Work/Activity

  • Savor the sacred in all I do — at work, rest or play.
    • Doing God’s Business by R. Paul Stevens
    • The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity and Caring by Parker Palmer
    • Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
    • The Call by Os Guinness
  • Remember the poor and marginalized.
    • With Justice for All by John Perkins
    • Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider
  • Share my gifts, talents and resources, in and beyond our community.
    • The Will of God as a Way of Life by Gerald Sittser
    • In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen
    • Culture Making by Andy Crouch
    • The Total Money Makeover by David Ramsey
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One response to “Recommended Reading

  1. Ah, thank you so much for this comprehensive list! It kinda makes me overwhelmed at first, but there are some real gems in here… I would add “Walking On Water” by Madeleine L’Engle (under sharing my gifts), and “What’s So Amazing About Grace” by Philip Yancey and “Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning (under be a lover of God).

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