Resources

Foreword: I will say right now- not all the ideas and views expressed in the resources below are my own- think critically about what everyone says while you read or listen, and don’t just passively absorb – test all things with the Bible and through prayer and meditation, for we are all responsible to ourselves and to God for our faith and our relationship with Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:21- But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.

Links

Bible Gateway: a free multi-lingual, multi-translation online bible reference website I’ve found useful for doing research.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Cornerstone Simi Audio Podcast: a collection of free weekly sermon podcasts from Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, whose beliefs are fundamentally similar to my own.

http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/cornerstone-simi-audio-podcast/id74283811

Books (besides the Bible, of course)

The Pursuit of God  by A. W. Tozer – A page turning masterpiece written by a man consumed with a passion for his Eternal King. It is a remarkably punchy, and content laden read that will both challenge and edify you should you choose to pick it up. Apart from the bible itself, I would say this book is one that I would recommend most highly.

Grace for Shame by John A. Forrester – If you think you know what shame is, I challenge you to think again. This work was handed to me by a dear friend, and I have to admit has fundamentally reshaped the way I view the world and read my bible; my eyes have been opened and tuned to a whole new (or rather, hidden) aspect of the human experience by this academic read that delves into the anthropology, sociology, psychology, and ultimately theology of shame. We western Christians tend to downplay shame and muddle it with guilt, and a whole deep and intrinsic facet of our faith gets clouded from the beauty of Jesus’ good news. For practical living, this book will be highly transforming, if you take it seriously.

Crazy Love by Francis Chan – Recognising that God is not just about Justice and Divine Wrath, but also a deep and moving love that is inexplicable. http://www.crazylovebook.com/

Forgotten God by Francis Chan – Revealing what the Holy Spirit is all about and how He effectively works in peoples lives, challenging Christians around the world to abandon hypocrisy and lukewarm faith. http://www.forgottengod.com/

God Speaks Your Love Language by Gary Chapman – This is a fantastic read that systematically goes through the Five Love Languages (Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gifts, etc) and how God relates in them to each person on the level they receive and reciprocate love in best.

I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris – A clever book that takes a good look at common perceptions about dating and offers an alternative, with plenty of thought provoking ideas and stirring challenges.

Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris – The follow-up book to IKDG, it is written from a married perspective, giving advice and alternatives in conducting a Godly relationship with the intent of marriage, complete with examples for potential date activities for the unimaginative few of us ;).

*If you have any recommendations for books that you found personally insightful or uplifting and edifying, I would more than welcome suggestions in the comments section or by e-mail!*

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  1. Jonathan says:

    Book Suggestions:
    The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
    – Really engaging read, VERY high on information. Will take you a while to get through, but will skyrocket your knowledge of the historical case for Christ.
    The Case for the Real Jesus – Lee Strobel
    – Same as above, but roughly a decade more recent, handles new objections to the Biblical Jesus.

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