Recommended Reading

This page more or less a representative bibliography of works I often cite from. The following books have added, stretched, and confirmed many aspects of theology for me.

I cannot say I agree with these authors and their books 100%, but I do recommend them as helpful guides to understanding Jesus and the message of the Bible.  This is not an exhaustive list, and I’m sure with time this list will only continue to grow.

  • The Knowledge of the Holy.- A.W. Tozer
  • Counterfeit Gospels.- Trevin Wax
  • Counterfeit God. – Timothy Keller
  • The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. – Dallas Willard
  • The Secret Message of Jesus. -Brian D. McLaren*
  • Christian Attitudes Toward War and Peace. -Roland H. Bainton
  • The Politics of Jesus. – John Howard Yoder
  • The Irresistible Revolution. -Shane Claiborne
  • This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God. – Rick McKinley
  • Jim & Casper Go to Church. -Jim Henderson & Matt Casper
  • Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith. -Rob Bell
  • The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice. – Mark Labberton
  • A Theology for the Social Gospel. -Walter Rauschenbusch**
  • The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation. -Barbara R. Rossing
  • Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional -Jim Belcher
  • The Complete Book Of Discipleship -Bill Hull
  • Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative -Robert E. Webber
  • Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate -Jerry Bridges
  • The Imitation of Christ -Thomas à Kempis

*I cannot recommend any of his other books, but his theology of the Kingdom of God in this book is great.
**He is a very liberal theologian, and makes several assertions I disagree with. This book is not for the weak in faith. However, he really illuminated the difference between social gospel and individual gospel, and the call to social justice.

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