PASTOR JEFF'S READING LIST

 

SECULAR

BONHOEFFER BY ERIC METAXAS (INSPIRING BIO)

JOHN ADAMS BY DAVID MCCULLOUGH (GREATHISTORY OF EARLY AMERICA)

1776 BY DAVID MCCULLOUGH (DITTO, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING)

AMERITOPIA BY MARK LEVIN (SOBERING)

1984 BY GEORGE ORWELL (AMAZINGLY PROPHETIC; READ AND SHIVER)

ANIMAL FARM BY GEORGE ORWELL (HOW TOTALITARIANISM HAPPENS)

OUR ORIENTAL HERITAGE BY WILL DURANT (DON'T AGREE WITH WORLD VIEW, BUT WELL DONE WORLD HISTORY)

FIRST THINGS FIRST BY STEVEN COVEY (GOOD, PRACTICAL ADVICE ON PRIORITIES)

ATHEIST DELUSIONS BY DAVID BENTLEY HART (EXCELLENT AT EXPLODING MYTHS ABOUT THE "DESTRUCTIVE" INFLUENCE OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES, AND OF THE MYTHS SURROUNDING THE CRUSADES)

 

RELIGIOUS

WHEN A NATION FORGETS GOD BY ERWIN W. LUTZER (SOMBER WARNING FOR AMERICA PULLED FROM NAZI GERMANY)

THE SEARCHERS BY JOSEPH LOCONTE (PLAYS OFF OF STORY OF ROAD TO EMMAUS IN LUKE. BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN)

THE INFERNO BY DANTE (I WAS CURIOUS; INCREDIBLE IMAGINATION!)

GEORGE WHITEFIELD (2 VOLUME SET) BY ARNOLD DALLIMORE (COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN)

APOSTATE BY KEVIN SWANSON (GRIM LOOK AT HOW WE GOT WHERE WE ARE AS A NATION) LECTURES TO MY STUDENTS BY CHARLES SPURGEON (TIMELESS ADVICE FOR PASTORS)

C.H. SPURGEON AUTOBIOGRAPHY--2 VOLUME SET (CHRONICLES LIFE OF PROBABLY THE GREATEST PASTOR/PREACHER THE WESTERN CHURCH HAS EVER PRODUCED. I LIKED ITS HONESTY)

MERE CHRISTIANITY BY C.S. LEWIS (AND SEVERAL OF HIS OTHERS)

HEARING GOD BY DALLAS WILLARD THE DIVINE CONSPIRACY BY DALLAS WILLARD (BRILLIANT! THIS BOOK ROCKS ON SERMON ON THE MOUNT)

THE TWELFTH IMAM BY JOEL ROSENBERG (THOUGH I RARELY READ NOVELS, THIS WAS A GOOD ONE)

WHERE IS GOD WHEN IT HURTS BY PHILIP YANCEY (GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS)

 

A NOTE: I GO THROUGH BOOKS, BOTH SECULAR AND RELIGIOUS, LIKE A CHAIN SAW, SO THIS IS ONLY A SAMPLING. HAVING BEEN A LOVER OF BOOKS FROM CHILDHOOD, I DEVOUR HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY, BIOGRAPHIES, THEOLOGY, AND OTHER VARIOUS AND SUNDRY THINGS THAT CATCH MY INTEREST (ALMOST ALL NON-FICTION). WITH EACH ONE I UNDERSTAND BETTER HOW WE AS A NATION AND CHURCH HAVE GOTTEN WHERE WE ARE TODAY. YOU WILL FIND ALL THESE REFLECTED IN THE LIST. I'M SURE I'VE FAILED TO MENTION OTHERS THAT YOU MAY HAVE LIKED. WILL TRY TO KEEP IT UPDATED! -PASTOR JEFF