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Who doesn’t love to snuggle up to a good read on a cold day? Perhaps you’re a book worm, always having a bookmark in several different volumes.
On the other hand, maybe you’re an on-and-off reader; you only read the essentials and the books that have been recommended to you.
Whether you’re the bookworm or the on-and-off reader, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve thought through several books that have highly impacted our spiritual lives, and here they are for your eyes to behold.
First and foremost, the two of us would highly commend the Bible to you. Never neglect your reading of the very Word of God.
All the books listed in this blog have helped us to further understand the Word of God and to further thirst for the Word of God.
First, here are six books from Lauren:
1. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
2. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
“God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.”
3. Forgotten God by Francis Chan
“If it’s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple, then shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?”
4. The Reason for God by Tim Keller
“The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.”
“If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.”
5. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
“Love is a choice you make everyday.”
6. For Men/Women Only by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn
These books are designed to help you understand the opposite gender in the way they think, act, and perceive love. Written by a Christian perspective, they give practical advice on how to have a Christ-centered relationship with your significant other.
Second, here are six books from Drake:
1. Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
(NOTE: This book was written from the perspective of a devil writing to another devil. The following quotes should be read through that lens.)
“I do not expect old heads on young shoulders.”
“All extremes, except extreme devotion to the Enemy, are to be encouraged.”
“He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles. Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger, than when a human, no longer desiring, but intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”
2. Radical by David Platt
“We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.”
“But then I realize there is never going to be a day when I stand before God and He looks at me and says, ‘I wish you would have kept more for yourself.’ I’m confident that God will take care of me.”
“My biggest fear, even now, is that I will hear Jesus’ words and walk away, content to settle for less than radical obedience to Him. ”
“If we were left to ourselves with the task of taking the gospel to the world, we would immediately begin planning innovative strategies and plotting elaborate schemes. We would organize conventions, develop programs, and create foundations… But Jesus is so different from us. With the task of taking the gospel to the world, he wandered through the streets and byways…All He wanted was a few men who would think as He did, love as He did, see as He did, teach as He did and serve as He did. All He needed was to revolutionize the hearts of a few, and they would impact the world.”
3. Desiring God by John Piper
“Faith is born and sustained by the Word of God, and out of faith grows the flower of joy.”
“God is calling us to live for the sake of Christ and to do that through suffering. Christ chose suffering; it didn’t just happen to Him. He chose it as the way to create and perfect the church. Now He calls us to choose suffering. That is, He calls us to take up our cross and follow Him on the Calvary road and deny ourselves and make sacrifices for the sake of ministering to the church and presenting His sufferings to the world.”
“But to enjoy him we must know him. Seeing is savoring. If he remains a blurry, vague fog, we may be intrigued for a season. But we will not be stunned with joy, as when the fog clears and you find yourself on the brink of some vast precipice.”
4. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
“Desire that your life count for something great! Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don’t coast through life without a passion.”
“My joy grows with every soul that seeks the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Remember, you have one life. That’s all. You were made for
God. Don’t waste it.”
“But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.”
5. The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
“To admit the existence of a need in God is to admit incompleteness in the divine Being. Need is a creature-word and cannot be spoken of the Creator. God has a voluntary relation to everything He has made, but He has no Necessary relation to anything outside of Himself. His interest in His creatures arises from His sovereign good pleasure, not from any need those creatures can supply nor from any completeness they can bring to Him who is complete in himself.”
6. Gospel by J.D. Greear
“Without love even the most radical devotion to God is of no value to Him. Let me make sure that sinks in… You can gain all the spiritual gifts in the world. You can take the most radical steps of obedience. You can share every meal with the homeless in your city. You can memorize the book of Leviticus. You can pray each morning for four hours like Martin Luther. But if what you do does not flow out of a heart of love – a heart that does those things because it genuinely desires to do them – it is ultimately worthless to God.”
“My identity and my security are not in my spiritual progress. My identity and my security are in God’s acceptance of me given as a gift in Christ.”
“It is one thing to understand the gospel but is quite another to experience the gospel in such a way that it fundamentally changes us and becomes the source of our identity and security.”