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An excellent book that I read in the past year- or more than one.
It is not surprising to anyone that I love reading books. As I said in two of my previous posts (you can read the first one here and the second one here), I believe we can all learn from each other. Indeed, no one is an isolated island, and we should appreciate the wisdom and the revelations God gave to His children.
Leaders are readers— someone well known once said. So, if you are a leader or wish to become one, my recommendation is: start reading as much as you can! Interesting, the average CEO in the USA reads five books a month. We can learn something from this! Nevertheless, do not neglect reading your Bible with the purpose of applying it to your life. I cannot stress this enough!
Most importantly, I want to challenge you to change your mind about books and start investing money and time reading excellent books. You will do that for yourself, not for me or anyone else. And soon, people will see a change in your way of thinking and behaving.
So, which are the five excellent books I would recommend for reading?
1. An excellent book to read is Wild at heart by John Eldredge.
My friend, Andrew Bliesner told me first about John Eldredge when we went to his conference for men this year in Wales, UK. Needless to say that it was one of the best times I had in 2018! It was a time for inner healing, repentance, renouncing masks, forgiving, and experiencing the Father heart of God afresh.
I highly recommend John Eldredge’s book and the workbook that goes with it. Every man should read this book as we all need more restoration in our masculinity and learn what it means to be a man. Make sure you read it!
2. An excellent book to read is Heaven’s calling by Leanne Payne
Dallas Willard said about this book
“In this book a great soldier for Christ, wearing the armour of ages, allows us to see God’s faithful dealings with a soul given to Him, and her tender and intelligent responses to heaven’s call.”
Heaven’s calling is Leanne Payne’s autobiography. And I
3. An excellent book to read is Undercover by John Bevere
I remember the evening when I had a chat with my friend Andrew and him telling me enthusiastically about this book. Andrew could not resist and send me the book before I managed to buy it.
Honestly, this book was one of the most significant revelations I received this year. I cannot say enough about it and how it challenged and changed my view and understanding about the authorities over us. Consequently, I have spent much time repenting and asking God’s forgiveness for my sinful attitudes, words, and behavior towards the people God raised as an authority over my life.
If you are a leader or if you are under some godly or ungodly authority and want to learn how to walk in fear of the Lord, please read this book. It might save you from making big mistakes in life.
4. An excellent book to read is Clean by Douglas Weiss
An expert in his field, Douglas Weiss did a fantastic job writing this book. I know God’s people are under massive attacks of the enemy and many of us fail to keep our lives clean.
This book is an answer to the prayers of many men. It is a must-read for anyone who seeks more freedom and healing in the area of sexuality. And if you don’t think you need it, buy one as a gift for someone else. You can thank me later for my recommendation!
5. An excellent book to read is To the Jew first by Darrell L. Bock…Mitch Glaser
This book is a compilation of essays written by some excellent Bible scholars with many gold nuggets in it. If you are interested in topics like Jewish Evangelism, The future of Israel, The Holocaust and its implications for Jewish Evangelism, The ongoing importance of Messianic prophecy, etc.— then read this book.
I am sure you will learn many new things— things that will complete your view over Israel and the Jewish people, from a Biblical perspective.
Before I finish I have two more bonuses for you:
Bonus #1: A FREE e-book by J. W. McGarvey
This is a scholarly commentary for the Gospels. If you want to gain a better understanding of the Gospels, or if you need to prepare a message for your Congregation and need some fresh insight— this book can be a treasure. Moreover, it is free! You can download it from here.
Bonus #2: The cradle, the cross and the crown by Kostenberger, Andreas, Scott Kellum, and Charles Quarles
I had to read this for my New Testament Studies course at the Seminary. Any minister or future minister should have a book like this one in his library. It is a survey into the New Testament with brief commentaries over the New Testament texts, guidelines for how to study, interpret and apply the Word of God and so much more.
The insights the authors brings are precious. It is a little expensive, but it is worth it again, especially if you sense a calling towards preaching and teaching the Word of God.
Hope you are blessed by my recommendations. Let me know what you have read in the last half of 2018. And remember— do not forget to read your Bible! You cannot find a more excellent book than God’s Word!