Reading is an essential part of growing in your faith. In a world of videos, podcast, pictures and such it seems reading has started to take a backseat. But reading is required to grow in our faith.
Reading is required to exercise your mind. Reading is required to grow in your faith. As a Christian we should make time to read! I want to state the obvious, You should be, must be, reading the Bible. If you have trouble getting into the Bible, I recommend checking out Keith Ferrin. Keith has dedicated his life to helping people fall in love with God’s Word. He offers tips and approaches to reading the Bible. He can even quote entire books of the Bible and teaches how anyone can memorize not just small verses but entire stories. Along with reading the Bible it is highly recommended that you should read spiritual books as well. These will help you to fill your mind with good things and enhance what God is already doing in you. The 5 books listed have been recommended by our leader and Pastor, Mickey Brackin. Pastor Mick has a passion and calling to lead the church to a deeper and more meaningful walk with Christ. Please consider setting a goal to read at least one of these great books. Here is the list.
1. Forgotten God by Francis Chan
“God put His Spirit in us so we could be known for our power. Sadly, most believers and churches are known for talent and intellect rather than supernatural power. What’s worse is that we’re okay with it. In Forgotten God, breakthrough author Francis Chan returns us to the Holy Spirit as the Bible describes Him and invites us to understand, embrace and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives.” – http://www.forgottengod.com/
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2. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
“Every experience God gives us . . . is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see.”—Corrie ten Boom
Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps.
3. When God Doesn’t Make Sense by James Dobson
An immensely practical book for those who are struggling with trails and heartaches they can’t understand. This Book deals unflinchingly with life’s most troubling question—- the awesome “WHY” Dr. Dobson gives hope to those who have almost given up, he also helps believers avoid “the betrayal barrier” the sense that God is abandoning them amidst the storms of life.
4. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Often rated as important as the Bible as a Christian document, this famous story of man’s progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Set against realistic backdrops of town and country, the powerful drama of the pilgrim’s trials and temptations follows him in his harrowing journey to the Celestial City.
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5. Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer
No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it’s not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged.
In conclusion, we would love to hear from you. What books are you currently reading? What books would you recommend? Post a comment below and let us know.