In this book, John Piper’s desire is that we would come to see that the heart and purpose of the gospel is to point us back to God himself. The good news of the gospel is not our salvation or sanctification, but that every part of it is meant to draw us closer to God and that we are promised an eternity in his love. Learn to be truly satisfied by focusing on God, the giver, rather than on the blessings he has given.
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by Eugene H. Peterson
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction is a classic book on discipleship. In our world of increasingly instant gratification, Peterson’s take on discipleship continues to be as relevant as when the book was first published. Looking to the Songs of Ascent in Psalm 120-134, Peterson encourages believers as they pursue spiritual growth along the long path of obedience.
Changes That Heal: The Four Shifts That Make Everything Better…And That Anyone Can Do by Henry Cloud
Dr. Henry Cloud’s expertise in psychology and his deep faith come together in this book to address the patterns that we must give up and the changes we need to make in our lives in order to become mature image bearers. The four steps/tasks that he gives in this book are meant to help us with healing the pain of the past and growing toward emotional and spiritual adulthood, by working on our relationships and ourselves.
Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
This is the perfect book for people who don’t feel that God is calling them to drop everything and make a massive change in their life, or who feel like they’re missing out on the “excitement” of living a life for Christ. Horton cautions readers about the dangers of burnout and disappointment when we live for the “next-best-thing.” Instead, he calls readers to find the joy of faithfully living an “ordinary” life.
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt
On the other end of the spectrum from Ordinary is Radical. While it may seem that Platt is condemning those called to a faithful, “ordinary” life, his aim is simply to remind American Christians that God calls us to a live that is visibly distinct from those around us. His focus is on the Great Commission and God’s call for his followers to make disciples of all nations as opposed to living a life of ease.
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