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When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. Erasmus

I’ve always had a love affair with books. When I was a child, I’d sneak them under the covers in bed to read by flashlight. I don’t read by flashlight any more but I still take books to bed. Here are just a few recommendations. I’ll be adding more later.

You can click on the book covers and it will take you to the Amazon website where they are sold. As a matter of disclosure, let me say that clicking on these links to buy a book will garner me a small percentage of the sales price. It doesn’t affect the price you pay but it helps support my ministry. 

In addition, I invite you to check out my own book, If I’ve Been Forgiven, Why Do I Still Feel Bad?

The book recommendations are organized according to five main growth goals: Christ, Community, Character, Calling, Competency. These are the five main goals we address in Christian discipleship and leadership training. You can download a brief discipleship guide here

Growing in Christ means growing deeper in relationship with and dependency on God. This is a life-long pursuit. Paul the Apostle’s desire to grow in this area never flagged. Near the end of his life he wrote to friends, “I want to know Him.”

Unless we rely on God’s power within us; we will yield to the pressures around us. Opekkt

Growing in Community means growing in capacity to relate well to people in your biological family, your spiritual family, your co-workers or fellow students and to people that are not yet in your circle of relationships.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. African proverb

Growing in Character means growing in the fruit of the Spirit which is the character of Christ. It also means overcoming brokenness from the past that keeps us anchored in the flesh. Character is not something you can fake. It is the overflow of who you are inside. For that reason, character formation must never be approached as behavior management. The Pharisees tried that and Jesus was not impressed.

Trying to become virtuous merely by excluding vice is as unrealistic as trying to cultivate roses soley by eliminating weeds. Donald DeMarco

Growing in Calling means growing first in awareness of God’s overall purpose in the universe and second in our awareness and ability to fulfill our unique role in that overall plan.

Growing without purpose is the disease we call cancer. Julio Olalla

Growing in Competency involves growing in both the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill your purpose. Being a good believer is no excuse of doing poor work.

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings. They will not serve before officials of low rank. Solomon