Top 10 Books - Christian Living

The following is a list of some recommendations in the area of practical Christian living, offered in no particular order. It is far from exhaustive and covers a variety of subjects, but provides many trustworthy options.

KNOWING GOD
J.I. PACKER

From the publisher: “Written in an engaging and practical tone, this thought-provoking work seeks to transform and enrich the Christian understanding of God. Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to him, Packer divides his book into three sections: The first directs our attention to how and why we know God, the second to the attributes of God and the third to the benefits enjoyed by a those who know him intimately. This guide leads readers into a greater understanding of God while providing advice to gaining a closer relationship with him as a result.”

A SCANDALOUS FREEDOM
STEVE BROWN

From the publisher: “Freedom is dangerous, but the alternative is worse -- boxing ourselves up where we cannot celebrate our unique gifts and express our joy in Christ. Each of the book's eleven chapters explores a common pharisaic, freedom-stifling tendency, then opens the door to the fresh air of a remedial liberty. A reader's delight, A Scandalous Freedom sometimes shocks with challenges to prevailing wisdom, but it follows up with compelling validations of our need to celebrate real, unstinted freedom in Christ.”

BECAUSE HE LOVES ME: HOW CHRIST TRANSFORMS OUR DAILY LIFE
ELYSE FITZPATRICK

From the publisher: “Fitzpatrick shows how a genuine transformation of identity leads to a transformation of our daily lives. Those who struggle with either legalism or lawlessness will find encouragement to return to God’s love, the source of authentic and lasting change. Study questions and invitations to further discovery conclude each chapter.”

OBJECTS OF HIS AFFECTION: COMING ALIVE TO THE COMPELLING LOVE OF GOD
SCOTTY SMITH

Excerpt: “To see our sins, wounds, idols, and failures apart from God's is simply too much. We will either minimize our condition, thus marginalizing our need of grace, or we will run away in hopeless despair to the arms of a lesser love or to the worship of lesser gods. But . . . God pursues us in our restlessness; receives us in our sinfulness. holds us in our brokenness, and frees us from our lovelessness.”

WHEN GOD’S WAYS MAKE NO SENSE
LARRY CRABB

From the publisher: “In this powerful exploration of God's often mysterious and counterintuitive ways, Dr. Larry Crabb challenges readers to seize the opportunities for growth and maturity that come our way when we experience troubles and failures. Rather than pushing back against adversity, he invites us to look closer at what God is doing in our lives when it feels like he is far from us. Unpacking the stories of two very different prophets, Crabb lights the way to a life of resting in the goodness of a God who is always working out his plan for our lives.”

EVERY GOOD ENDEAVOR
TIMOTHY KELLER

From the publisher: “With deep conviction and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about work today. In fact, the Christian view of work—that we work to serve others, not ourselves—can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship—not just of self-interest.”

SUFFERING: GOSPEL HOPE WHEN LIFE DOESN’T MAKE SENSE
PAUL DAVID TRIPP

From the publisher: “Weaving together his personal story, pastoral ministry experience, and biblical insights, best-selling author Paul David Tripp helps us trust God in the midst of suffering. He identifies traps to avoid in our suffering and points us instead to comforts to embrace. This raw yet hope-filled book will help you cling to God's promises when trials come and move forward with the hope of the gospel.”

THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS
JERRY BRIDGES

From the publisher: ““Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Navigator author Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do—and what we should take responsibility for ourselves. As you deepen your relationship with God, learn more about His character, and understand the Holy Spirit’s role in holiness, your spiritual growth will mature.”

NOT GOD ENOUGH
J.D. GREEAR

From the publisher: “What if your view of God is holding you back from the greatest experience of your life - from genuine, confident, world-transforming faith? In Not God Enough, Pastor J.D. Greear reveals how to discover a God who is big enough to handle your questions, doubts, and fears; is not silent; is worthy of worship; wants to take you from boring to bold in your faith; has a purpose and mission for you on earth; is pursuing you right now.”

THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER
DAVE RAMSEY

From the publisher: “Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There’s one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that’s with The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition.”