Pastor Dean's Top Twelve Books

Blue Like Jazz

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Miller shows more than tells us what it looks like for ordinary Christians to develop meaningful relationships that can be bridges for the gospel
   
Decision Making and the Will of God by Garry Friesen & J. Robin Maxson
 An extremely helpful book that can help us make wiser more biblically-based decisions.
   
The Drama of Scripture by Craig Bartholomew & Michael Goheen
 A wonderful overview of the grand narrative of Scripture.
   
Free for the Taking by Joe Cooke
 A thoughtful study of grace by one who learned some profound lessons through difficult life experiences and deep reflection on Scripture.
   
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
 A classic on the attributes of God. This book (and the next one by Tozer) will deepen your appreciation for God and lead to heartfelt    worship and more zealous obedience.
   
Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
This is similar to Knowing God, but much shorter. The 3 to 5 page chapters can easily be read as part of morning or evening devotions.
   
Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper
I've enjoyed virtually everything I've read by Piper. This is one of my favorites. He builds a solid biblical foundation for missions that is rooted in the glory of God.
   
Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
A wonderful meditation on God's grace by a former Franciscan priest.
   
Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal
A thought-provoking reflection on forgiveness by a survivor of the holocast.
   
The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness By Jerry Bridges
How do we pursue godliness without becoming legalistic and uptight? How do we fully enjoy grace without becoming complacent? Bridges shows us how to zealously pursue God, but on the foundation of grace, in the context of grace.
   
The Reason for God by Tim Keller
This has been likened to Mere Christianity by CS Lewis - it's that good. You might say it's a Mere Christianity for postmoderns.
   
What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey
Vintage Yancey. As always, readable, thought-provoking, and potentially life-changing.