For the past 30+ years, Pastor Joe has been reading on average 3-5 books per month. If you do the math… that’s a LOT of books. And for the past decade he’s been keeping track of his favorite reads on a variety of topics like parenting, apologetics, prayer, theology and more. Check out the full list of his reading recommendations below. If you see a book you’re interested in, swing by our book store in the atrium or our library in the lower level, or click the link to purchase on Amazon.com.

Theology
  1. Erasing Hell – Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle
  2. Heaven – Randy Alcorn
  3. The Cross of Christ – John Stott
  4. Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis
  5. The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler
  6. Systematic Theology – Wayne Grudem
Prayer / Word
  1. Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? – Philip Yancey
  2. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with GodTimothy Keller
  3. Power Through Prayer – E. M. Bounds
  4. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth – Gordon D. Fee
  5. Creature of the Word – Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger & Josh Patterson

Grief / Anxiety
  1. A Grace Disguised: How The Soul Grows Through Loss – Jerry L. Sittser
  2. A Grief Observed – C. S. Lewis
  3. The Problem of Pain – C. S. Lewis
  4. Anxious for Nothing – John MacArthur Jr.
  5. Overwhelmed: Winning the War against Worry – Perry Noble
  6. Always True: God’s 5 Promises When Life Is Hard – James MacDonald
  7. Dark Night of the Soul – St. John of the Cross
Christian Living
  1. Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart – J. D. Grear
  2. The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness – Timothy Keller
  3. Love Does – Bob Goff
  4. Knowing God – J. I. Packer
  5. Not A Fan – Kyle Idleman
  6. Radical – David Platt
  7. When The Game Is Over, It All Goes Back In The Box – John Ortberg
  8. The Hole in Our Holiness – Kevin DeYoung
  9. What’s So Amazing About Grace? – Phillip Yancey
  10. Ruthless Trust – Brennan Manning
  11. The Spirit of the Disciplines – Dallas Willard
  12. Money, Possessions, and Eternity – Randy Alcorn
  13. The Screwtape Letters – C. S. Lewis

Marriage / Sexuality
  1. Meaning of Marriage – Timothy Keller
  2. Sacred Marriage – Gary L. Thomas
  3. Love and Respect – Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
  4. Sheet Music – Kevin Leman
  5. Intended for Pleasure – Ed & Gaye Wheat
  6. Date Your Wife – Justin Buzzard
  7. Is God Anti-Gay? – Sam Allberry
  8. What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? – Kevin DeYoung
  9. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert – Rosaria Butterfield
Children / Parenting
  1. Grace Based Parenting – Tim Kimmel
  2. Choosing To Cheat – Andy Stanley
  3. Shepherding A Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp
  4. Visionary Parenting – Rob Rienow
  5. Ministering To Gay Teenagers – Shawn Harrison
  6. Raising A Modern Day Knight – Robert Lewis

Social Justice
  1. Tales of the Ones Led Out – Beth Guckenberger
  2. Bloodlines – John Piper
  3. Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life – Robert D. Lupton
  4. Toxic Charity – Robert D. Lupton
  5. Just Courage – Gary A. Haugen
  6. Let Justice Roll Down – John M. Perkins
  7. How Should We Then Live? – Francis A. Schaeffer
  8. Counter Culture – David Platt
  9. Woke Church – Eric Mason
Apologetics / Evangelism
  1. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – Nabeel Qureshi
  2. From A to Z to Narnia with C.S. Lewis – Louis Markos
  3. Jesus + Nothing = Everything – Tullian Tchividjian
  4. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus – Ann Spangler & Lois Tverberg
  5. The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
  6. The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics – Ed Hindson & Ergun Caner
  7. Smooth Stones – Joe Coffey
  8. Jesus Among Other Gods – Ravi Zacharias
  9. Finding Common Ground – Tim Downs
  10. Let the Nations Be Glad! – John Piper
  11. Tactics – Greg Koukl
  12. Saving Truth – Abdu Murray

Christian Fiction / Biography
  1. Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – David Gregory
  2. Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  4. Surprised By Joy – C.S. Lewis
  5. Bonhoeffer – Eric Metaxas
  6. Seven Men – Eric Metaxas