Jamie's Recommended Reading List
AND THE LAMB WINS: Why the End of the World is Really Good News – Simon Ponsonby
There is a growing collective interest in the end times. But with that interest comes a barrage of confusing and sometimes misleading ideas and messages. Simon Ponsonby takes an eye-opening look at what the future holds. Cutting through today's cultural commotion, he examines provocative topics including biblical indicators of the end times, Jesus Christ's return, the tribulation and rapture, the future of Israel, and the role of the Antichrist. As each event is examined through the lens of solid scripture, readers will gain a firm foothold on how they can realistically and positively react to these revelations in their lives. Ultimately, they'll find that whatever the future has in store, hope lies beyond this world; because no matter the end, the Lamb wins.
GRACE – Max Lucado
Grace. We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means. But bestselling author Max Lucado says we've settled for a wimpy grace, a goldfish grace that sits in a bowl on the shelf and never causes trouble or demands a response. This book reminds us that there's more to grace than we've ever imagined. Lucado challenges readers to not only receive grace but also to be changed by grace. Shaped by grace. Strengthened by grace. Emboldened by grace. Softened by grace. Snatched by the nape of their neck and shaken to their senses by grace.
HOLY FIRE: A Balanced, Biblical Look at the Holy Spirit's Work in Our Lives – R.T. Kendall
The Holy Spirit: Greater than your theology, bigger than denominations, beyond all we can imagine, God s gift to the church and to you. Debate about the Holy Spirit has been around for a long time. In Holy Fire, best-selling author and respected theologian R T Kendall sets the record straight about the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives and in the life of the church. If you want to increase your knowledge of this most misunderstood member of the Trinity, or if you long to experience His presence in your life in a deeper way than ever before, this book is for you. Are you charismatic? He is bigger than your signs-and-wonders events. Are you Reformed? He will not be limited by your theology. As Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, He blows where He will.
HONOR'S REWARD: How to Attract God’s Favor and Blessing – John Bevere
In Honor’s Reward, bestselling author John Bevere unveils the power and truth of an often-overlooked principle - the spiritual law of honor. Bevere explains that understanding the vital role of this virtue will enable readers to attract blessing both now and for eternity.
I AM A CHURCH MEMBER – Thom Rainer
Best-selling author and ministry leader Thom S. Rainer drew an exceptional response when he posted a 500-word declaration about church membership to his daily blog. "I Am a Church Member" started a conversation about the attitudes and responsibilities of church members – rather than the functional and theological issues – that previous new member primers all but ignored.
Thoughtfully expanded to book form, I Am a Church Member begins to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members, addressing without apology what is expected of those who join a body of believers. When a person's attitude is consistently biblical and healthy, matters of giving, serving, and so forth will fall into place more naturally.
IDENTITY THIEF - Robby Dawkins
Since the Garden, our true identities have been hijacked - stolen by Satan. We've fallen prey to the subtle, believable lies of the enemy that we are inadequate, powerless, ineffective. As a result, God's purposes for our lives are short-circuited. Robby Dawkins, a most engaging storyteller, shows how the enemy has shattered our understanding that we are made in the image and likeness of God. When we grasp the truth of who we are in Christ, we can walk with him into the realm of power reserved for each of God's children. We can do the things Jesus commanded us to do--heal the sick, rout demons, deliver the captives. The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Don't let him. Reclaim your true identity and live a life of purpose, passion, and power.
MIRACLE WORK - Jordan Seng
Really, the question isn’t how to get God to do miracles, as if he were a fussy giver, but how to grow in the miracle-working power that God makes readily available to us." In this world, God chooses to partner with us to get things done – even the supernatural things. He provides the miracle power, but we do the miracle work. And the work is both glorious and gritty. With good-humoured intellect, seasoned wisdom and eye-opening stories, Miracle Work explains how to develop in God’s supernatural power for healings, deliverances and prophecies and provides deeply practical guidance for how to go about doing them. More than that, it makes us understand why God has set things up in the way he has. We learn not just how to do supernatural ministries, but why we must become supernatural people.
#STRUGGLES: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centred World - Craig Groeschel
#Struggles by New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel helps readers who are desperate to take back their lives as Christ followers. He shows them how cut through our selfie-centered world and rediscover the biblical values-such as authenticity, compassion, contentment, rest, and more-that bring us closer to Jesus.
THE CIRCLE MAKER: Praying Circles around your Biggest Dreams & Greatest Fears - Mark Batterson
"Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn't just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It's a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us." Do you ever sense that there's far more to prayer than what you're experiencing? It's time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker - a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his impossible prayer for his people. What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart's deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.
THE UNSTUCK CHURCH – Tony Morgan
Acclaimed church leader, blogger, founder and chief strategic officer of The Unstuck Group, Tony Morgan unpacks the lifecycle of a typical church, identifies characteristics of each phase, and provides practical next steps a church can take to move towards sustained health. Think about your church for a moment. Is it growing? Is it diminishing? Is it somewhere in between? Acclaimed church leader, blogger, and founder and chief strategic officer of The Unstuck Group, Tony Morgan has identified the seven stages of a church's lifecycle that range from the hopeful and optimistic days of launch, to the stagnating last stages of life support. Regardless of the stage in which you find your church, it carries with it the world's greatest mission-to "go and make disciples of all the nations . . ." With eternity at stake the Church should be doing most everything within its power to see lives changed forever. The Church should strive for the pinnacle of the lifecycle, where they are continually making new disciples and experiencing what Morgan refers to as "sustained health." In The Unstuck Church, Morgan unpacks each phase of the church lifecycle, and offers specific and strategic next steps the church leader can take to find it's way to sustained health . . . and finally become unstuck. The Unstuck Church is a call for honest an assessment of where your church sits on the lifecycle, and a challenge to move beyond it.