Books for Growth

What does living a Christian life look like practically? We've broken our reading list down into categories, to make it a little easier to find books on the topics you're interested in. Can't find what you're looking for? Email Maria at for further assistance.


Beliefs and Worldviews Prayer
Christian Community/ The Church Scripture
Discipleship and Christian Living Serving and Leading
Evangelism Spiritual Disciplines
God Worship
Money Miscellaneous Classics



Beliefs and Worldviews

  • Basic Christianity by John Stott
  • Evangelical Truth by John Stott
  • Know What You Believe by Paul Little
  • Know Why You Believe by Paul Little
  • Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  • Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  • Pensées by Blaise Pascal
  • Reason Enough by Clark Pinnock
  • Simply Christian by N. T. Wright
  • The Universe Next Door by James Sire

Christian Community/ The Church

  • The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch
  • God’s Forgetful Pilgrims by Michael Griffiths
  • Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity by Mark Noll


  • Basic Discipleship by Floyd McClung
  • The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
  • The Fight by John White
  • Fully Devoted: Living Each Day in Jesus’ Name by John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson, and Judson Poling
  • The Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight
  • Joseph: How God Builds Character by Paul Borthwick
  • A Life Worth Living by Nicky Gumbel
  • Mark: Follow Me by James Hoover
  • My Heart – Christ’s Home by Robert Munger
  • The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons
  • Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
  • Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper
  • The Sermon on the Mount by John Stott
  • Surprised by Hope by N. T. Wright
  • What God Wishes Christians Knew About Christianity by Bill Gillham


  • How to Give Away Your Faith by Paul Little
  • The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman
  • Out of the Saltshaker & Into the World by Rebecca Pippert
  • Reaching Out: Sharing God's Love Naturally by Bill Hybels
  • Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Worship Evangelism by Sally Morgenthaler


  • Desiring God by John Piper
  • Knowing God by J. I. Packer
  • Knowing God’s Will by M. Blaine Smith
  • The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
  • The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge


  • Debt-Proof Your Holidays by Mary Hunt
  • Debt-Proof Your Marriage by Mary Hunt
  • Degunking Your Personal Finances by Shannon Plate
  • Good $ense Program (Willow Creek)
  • Money and Marriage by Matt Bell
  • Money, Purpose, Joy by Matt Bell
  • The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom by Michelle Singletary
  • Simplify by Paul Borthwick


  • Daring to Draw Near by John White
  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala and Dean Merrill
  • Hearing God by Dallas Willard
  • Prayer by Ole Hallesby
  • Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster
  • Prayers from the Heart by Richard Foster
  • Prayers that Avail Much by Germaine Copeland
  • Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels


  • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
  • How to Read Slowly by James Sire
  • The Symphony of Scripture by Mark Strom
  • Holman Old and New Testament Commentaries

Serving and Leading

  • Building Below the Waterline by Gordon MacDonald
  • Built to Last by James Collins
  • Excellence in Leadership by John White
  • Gifts: The Joy of Serving God by John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson, and Judson Poling
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns
  • In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen
  • The Outward Focused Life by Dave Workman
  • The Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley
  • Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton
  • Student Power in World Missions by David Howard
  • Volunteer Revolution by Bill Hybels

Spiritual Disciplines

  • The Attentive Life by Leighton Ford
  • Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
  • Opening to God by David Brenner
  • The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
  • Rooted in Good Soil by Tri Robinson
  • The Spirit of Disciplines by Dallas Willard
  • Spiritual Disciples Handbook by Adele Calhoun
  • Spiritual Rhythms in Community by Keith Meyer
  • The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen


  • The Dangerous Act of Worship by Mark Labberton
  • Names of God by Nathan Stone
  • Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman
  • Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
  • The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
  • A Sacred Sorrow by Michael Card

Miscellaneous Classics

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  • Confessions by Saint Augustine
  • Devotional Classics and Spiritual Classics: Renovaré Resources for Spiritual Renewal edited by Richard Foster
  • The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor by Flannery O’Connor
  • The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • The Trilogy of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein
  • The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis