Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summer Reading - Growing in Grace

If you live in Colorado, it may not feel like summer outside just yet, but summer is almost here, which means it is time to get caught up on some good books. To help you with this, each week, I will post a few suggested books on various topics. On this week’s list are some of my favorites on spiritual growth. Next week, I will post some suggestions on how to make the spiritual disciplines (prayer, Bible reading, worship, etc.) a part of your life.

1.      The Transforming Power of the Gospel by Jerry Bridges. Jerry is a member of Village Seven, but he was one of my favorite authors before I ever met him. This book will teach you how to apply the gospel to your life so that you are growing in grace every day. Also, Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges. This is a very brief “gift book” size book that summarizes how the righteousness of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit are key elements in your spiritual walk. Other

2.      Holiness by Grace by Bryan Chapell. This is a book that I refer back to time and time again.  It is readable and practical, teaching you how to live by grace in all that you do.

3.      Desiring God by John Piper. Piper calls us to live a life of pure hedonism where we find our pleasure and delight in God. When I first read this book, it gave me a glimpse of what it meant to follow Christ out of delight rather than mere duty.

4.      The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by Walter Marshall. While this book is short, not everyone will find it easy to read. Written by Marshall, a Puritan, during the 17th century, this book does an outstanding job of showing how the gospel leads to holiness and joy.

5.      The Prodigal God and Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller. Easy to read and life changing. Read Prodigal God first. It will transform your view of God and His grace.

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