Rector's Recommended Readings
A number of parishioners have indicated interest in looking at some of the books I have been reading for my ongoing studies at Fuller Seminary. I have listed below a selection of some of the readings which I think would be most helpful to people generally. Look over the list and see if anything jumps out at you. I would be happy to speak with you or answer an email about any of the below to help you decide which books are best for you. We want to read things that help us become better followers of Jesus- not every book works for every person. Think and pray about what you should invest your time in and may God bless you and give you joy in your studies!
A Kempis, Thomas. The Imitation of Christ. Westwood, NJ: The Christian Library, 1984.
De Sales, Francis. Introduction to the Devout Life. Garden City, NJ: Image Books, 1972.
Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1978.
Lawrence, Brother. The Practice of the Presence of God with Spiritual Maxims. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2009.
Merton, Thomas. The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century. Norfolk, CN: New Directions Books, 1960.
Nouwen, Henri J.M. The Way of the Heart: Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry. Minneapolis, MN: The Seabury Press, 1981.
Taylor, Jeremy. The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living. New York, NY: Harper & Row Publishers, 1970.
Willard, Dallas. The Divine Conspiracy: Discovering Our Hidden Life in God. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 1998.
Willard, Dallas. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 1988.
Hart, Archibald. The Anxiety Cure: You can find emotional tranquility and wholeness. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2000.
Hart, Archibald. Thrilled to Death: how the pursuit of pleasure is leaving us numb. (Includes 7-step recovery process). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2007.
MacDonald, Gordon. A Resilient Life: You Can Move Ahead No Matter What. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2004.
Schwarz, Christian A. The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality: How do you most naturally connect with God? St. Charles, IL: Church Smart Resources, 2009.
Cloud, Henry and John Townsend. Boundaries in Marriage. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1999.
Hart, Archibald D. Me myself and I: How Far Should We Go in Our Search for Fulfillment? Ann Arbor, MI: Vine Books, 1992.
Hart, Dr. Archibald A. and Dr. Sharon Hart Morris. Safe Haven Marriage: Building a Relationship You Want to Come Home To. Nashville, TN: W Publishing Group, 2003.
Hart, Dr. Archibald D. The Sexual Man: Masculinity Without Guilt. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1994.
McNeal, Reggie. A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2000.
Other great books by Reggie McNeal... Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders, The Heart of Change, The Present Future, and Missional Renaissance.
Colson, Charles. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2001.
Boundaries, Henry Cloud & John Townsend.
Whole Church: Leading from Fragmentation to Engagement by Mel Lawrenz
The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others by Scot McKnight
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on ChristianLeadership by Henri Nouwen
The Soul of Ministry: Forming Leaders for God'sPeople by Ray Anderson.