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Tony's Bookshelf

Mile Markers: Stages of Growth Along the Journey Toward Spiritual Maturity
it was amazing
Well, I wrote this one… so of course I’m going to give it 5 stars. 🙂 But I’d love to see YOUR comments.

Why They Stay: Helping Parents and Church Leaders Make Investments That Keep Children and Teens Connected to the Church for a Lifetime
it was amazing
Dr. Parr’s "Why They Stray" is incredibly insightful. A must-read for every Christian parent. Instead of harping on reasons why teenagers leave the church after graduation, Parr focuses on research-driven reasons why some stay committed …

Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples
it was amazing
Excellent book about making disciples who make disciples. Gallaty links spiritual growth with multiplication. Both important concepts and practical insight here.

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
it was amazing
I was looking for a book that would lay down a biblical theology of work. "Every Good Endeavor" covers it nicely. Gospel saturated and biblically based, Christian readers who work in any field will walk away from this book with renewed e…

Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity
it was amazing
In this book, Pearcey unfolds a four-part worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration. Her writing style draws in the reader, while the biblical truth she expounds captivates the soul. This one comes highly recommended for everyon…

Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth
it was amazing
Practical, research-based thoughts on moving churched Christians through the spiritual growth process. A thought-provoking read for all church leaders.

Sunday School That Really Works: A Strategy for Connecting Congregations and Communities
it was amazing
I love Steve Parr’s heart for traditional "Sunday School." Whether you call it that or by a more contemporary name, small groups of Christians meeting regularly together for guided discipleship – this is the backbone of your church.

Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples
it was amazing
Practical. Biblical. Simple. This is a short read on organizing/strategizing for biblical discipleship in the church.

Why You Think the Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home
it was amazing
Eye-opening. Sunshine walks the Christian reader through changes, decisions, and events throughout history that have led the Western Culture to where we are today. If you are even remotely interested in generational thought-development f…

Essential Virtues: Marks of the Christ-Centered Life
it was amazing
Berg walks the Christian reader through 2 Peter Chapter 1, where specific virtues are built on top of one another to keep the born again believer in Christ from being "useless and fruitless" in the kingdom. Challenging and encouraging. H…

Conformed to His Image: Biblical and Practical Approaches to Spiritual Formation
it was amazing
Boa links spiritual growth (spiritual formation) with being transformed into the image of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 3:18). Not a difficult read, but encouraging and challenging for all Christians who are interested in deepening their fai…

The Cost of Discipleship
it was amazing
Bonhoeffer’s story gives such validity to his writings. Every mature and maturing disciple of Jesus Christ should spend some time in this book.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
it was amazing
"Good to Great" is a MUST-READ for every leader. Research-based and practically driven, Collins lays down some foundational concepts for leaders and leadership no matter the nature of your organization or institution.

The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ
it was amazing
Thomas has linked spiritual growth with pursuing the characteristics/virtues of Christlikeness. This is an easy to read, insightful book for every Christian to read through occasionally as the years pass.

How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
it was amazing
This is an extremely intellectual journey through what gave way to the rise of Western thought, filtered through the lens of biblical Christianity. But Schaeffer is not interested in information for information’s sake. He concludes with …

The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think?
really liked it
Careful, Christian – this book will challenge your thinking in ways you may never have considered. Blamires develops a compelling argument for how distinctively unChristian thoughts have polluted Christian minds in the 20th and 21st Cent…

Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership
really liked it
Practical and deeply biblical treatments of contemporary issues in church leadership.

I Know Him: Risking It All So That All May Know
really liked it
Rachel’s story is a great one. The Lord has used her blog #IKnowHim to share the testimonies of hundreds of men and women who have experience life change through faith in Jesus Christ. This book tells some of Rachel’s #IKnowHim story.

Spiritual Growth
really liked it
Pink’s treatment of 1 John 2:12-14 forms a solid foundation for developing biblical stages of spiritual growth.

Lila
really liked it
The third book in Robinson’s trilogy, "Lila" fills in some question marks raised by the first two books "Gilead" and "Home." Herein, Lila’s story comes to life. With Robinson’s usual genius writing style, Lila’s story unfolds throughout …

Vertical Church: What Every Heart Longs for. What Every Church Can Be.
really liked it
This book really challenged my thinking on worship in the church. It is a simple read, and highly beneficial for both church leaders and Christians in all seasons of their walk with Christ.

Spiritual Formation as If the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ Through Community
really liked it
Spiritual growth does not happen in a relational vacuum. "Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered" solidifies the necessity of church-based discipleship for every believer in Christ.

Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change
really liked it
Every Christian, on some level, is to be a counselor to Christian friends. The necessary change that God wants to produce in each of our lives is best spurred along by those who have themselves have been changed by Christ. "Instruments i…

Strategic Disciple Making: A Practical Tool for Successful Ministry
really liked it
Malphurs’ insight into church based Christian discipleship is invaluable. This book gives practical tools for Small Group ("Sunday School") leaders in multiple ministry contexts.

You Are Special: Words of Wisdom from America's Most Beloved Neighbor
liked it
Mr. Rogers has been an inspiration to countless people through the years. This book is collection of some of his thoughts and sayings. Heavily rooted in child psychology.


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