My Favorite Resources
(an ever-evolving list)
John Piper said somewhere at some point, “It’s not books that change people; it’s sentences.” I’ve never forgotten that (even though I can’t remember where I read it). The resources listed below contain sentences that the Lord has used to fan the flame of my own faith walk over the years. Some sentences I’ve gone back to again and again. Others were for a shorter season of reflection. But all of them have held value for me. And it’s for that reason I want to pass them along to you.
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Grow My Faith
ESV Study Bible by…God
I’ll start here because, well, it’s the foundation. People often ask me which version/type of the Bible that I use in my own personal study, so here it is. I really like this translation. And the notes in the ESV study Bible are theologically solid. I highly recommend it.
Kill The Spider by Carlos Whitaker
Do you have things in your own heart that you keep. on. struggling. with? Well then, this book is for you. Carlos Whitaker rocked my world when he wrote this book. Reading it led me on a journey to identify and “kill a massive spider” in my own life — a.k.a. a lie that kept stealing life from me. For that I’m so thankful.
Prayer by Timothy Keller
Timothy Keller is one of my favorite authors. And his book on prayer would be helpful to you if you’ve ever thought, “I’d really like to have a more powerful prayer life.” He can share deep truths in a way that leaves you wanting more and more of the Lord.
The Calvary Road by Roy Hession
Do not read this book if you want to stay the same. Because y’all. This is one of those that I go back to again and again when I need a good soul-slaying. No really. Reading its sentences is like a fresh dose of the gospel every time. A classic book to have continually within arms reach.
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Reading of those who have walked out their love for the Lord even in excruciating circumstances causes an endurance to arise in me. Corrie ten Boom’s story of her experience during the Holocaust — helping Jews escape and then surviving concentration camps — will set your own faith ablaze. I dare you to step into her amazing story of faith and hope in a never-changing God.
HELP! I’m a Parent
Parenting by Paul David Tripp
This book will turn your view of parenting upside-down. Well, it will if you’ve ever struggled to want to control or “fix” your children. Tripp presents the freeing gospel truths in the parenting framework. And I promise. Truly grasping what he says will transform your home.
The Talk: 7 Lessons…Biblical Sexuality by Luke Gilkerson
I always recommend this book when people ask me what they should use to talk to their kids about sexuality. It takes us parents by the hand and gives us the exact words to say to introduce biblical sexuality to our kids. Yes, it’s an awkward topic. But we press on, fake a totally cool demeanor, and say all the things because if we don’t teach them, the world most definitely will. This is ideal for ages 8-12ish.