Thursday, January 22, 2009


Anyone who knows me, knows I love books. Not just any books, but normally books that are very rich in theology. Most of the books I love happen to be written by very old dead guys- but not all. I have not always been a big reader- actually not until the summer after my senior year of college (2004). But since that summer, I have been addicted to books that help me see God better. Since that summer I have accumulated about 150 books on my own, and they are precious treasures to me! So my friend Brienne ( and I decided to post our top lists of books we love. I also decided to let you in on what is currently on my future reading list- I would love to finish this stack in the next 2 years or less. But we'll see....
I just finished a great book: "God's Abundant Life" by Henry Scougal modernized by Steve Hanchett. This book is an updated version of "The Life of God in the Soul of Man". The book was great but I think I'm going to read the original and just use Hanchett's version as a stepping stone. Sometimes when someone "updates" a book, things get lost and I do not want to miss out on any of Scougal's thoughts.
I am currently reading two books that I would already recommend: "The Silent and Soft Communion: The Spiritual Narratives of Sarah Pierpont Edwards and Sarah Prince Gill", by McCulley and Baker. I am also reading "Heaven A Far Better Place" by Eryl Davies.
So with no further ado Here is my top list of books I have read over the years that I would recommend: (I tried to make it a top ten list and just couldn't get it down any further) haha.

14."Living Holiness" by Helen Roseveare

13. "Rachel's Tears"- The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott

12. "A Chance to Die"- The Life of Amy Carmichael by Elizabeth Elliot

11. "Power Through Prayer" by E.M. Bounds

10. "The Pursuit of God"- by A.W. Tozer

9. "A Hunger for God"- by John Piper

8. "The Believer's Joy" by Robert Murray McCheyne

7. "Don't Waste Your Life" by John Piper

6. "Stepping Heavenward"- Journals of Elizabeth Prentiss

5. "The True Christian's Love" by Thomas Vincent

4. "True Discipleship" by William McDonald

3. "Because We Love Him" by Clyde Cranford- I have now read this book 4 times all the way through and hope to read it at least four more times before I die. Absolutley priceless to me.

2. "Knowledge of the Holy" by A.W. Tozer- by far the most effective and challenging book in the way I see God- I think every Christian should read this book.

1. "Valley of Vision" A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions by Arthur Bennett- I have also read this little book at least four times all the way through. This little treasure is what I read before I open my Bible during my time with the Lord. It is matchless in preparing my soul to meet and love God. This book is a springboard for worship.

Now here are the stacks which I hope to devour in the next two years:

I would love to hear anyone else's fav's- so feel free to leave me a comment.

"When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments." 2 Timothy 4:13


Jason said...

You got some nice books there. I might have to borrow a few. I love you!

Robin said...

ahhhhhhh...i think i'd like to borrow some of those! i'm reading bringing up boys by james dobson-almost done. as soon as i'm finished i'm starting on treasures of encouragment by sharon betters (the lady who will be leading our women's retreat this year) and then i will move to sheparding a child's heart. there's just not enough time to read all that i want to! thanks for sharing your list!

Anonymous said...

Hey! I didn't know you had a blog, and I didn't know you love books, AND I didn't know that we like alot of the same books... I'm not going to go through and list all the ones on your list that I like, because that would make this a ridiculously LONG comment. But I'll recommend "More Love to Thee" the biography of Elizabeth Prentiss (I'm reading that right now), anything by Lewis, "Pilgrim's Progress" and "Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners" by Bunyan, and the autobiography of John Paton...