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"Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life" by Donald S. Whitney

posted Aug 15, 2018, 11:05 AM by Fccea Webmaster

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian LifeIf you feel that your Christian life is lacking, you will find help in this book. Whitney discusses all the normal disciplines – Bible intake, prayer, etc., but also has challenging chapters on fasting, silence and solitude and journalling. Well worth the time spent to absorb a good biblical presentation on the disciplines he covers.

"The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down" by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

posted Aug 15, 2018, 11:01 AM by Fccea Webmaster

The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord's Prayer as a Manifesto for RevolutionThis is a short but outstanding explanation of the Lord’s Prayer, showing how God-centered prayer is intended to be, yet how compassionate and responsive to human needs is the Heavenly Father. Answers the tough questions as well – must I forgive others to be forgiven by God? Does God really lead us into temptation? A wonderful book to focus our prayer lives.

"Faith Alone" by R. C. Sproul

posted Aug 15, 2018, 10:58 AM by Fccea Webmaster

Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of JustificationIn a clear and thorough manner, R. C. Sproul sorts out the differences between the Roman Catholic interpretation of justification by faith and the Reformed understanding which hinges on the word alone – justification by faith alone. If you wonder at the differences, this book will be very helpful and informative. 

"Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion" by Os Guinness

posted Jul 15, 2018, 2:03 PM by Fccea Webmaster

Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian PersuasionThis book is not for everyone, but for anyone who enjoys a well-structured, deeper literary and theological approach to sharing the gospel, this book is a treasure. Guinness urges that we can better share our faith if we know and love the person(s) with whom we share, sharpen our skills of persuasion and use techniques that take by surprise rather than hit head on – things such as skillful use of question and storytelling, for example. Very helpful.

"Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting" by Dave Furman

posted Jul 1, 2018, 1:39 PM by Fccea Webmaster

Being There: How to Love Those Who Are HurtingDave Furman is a pastor who suddenly and unexplainedly developed chronic, disabling, excruciating pain in his arms and hands – no cure. This book includes outstanding insights on God’s perspective on such situations, how to deal with them, and how to help others. Particularly helpful is a chapter on what not to do – and a chapter by Dave’s wife on dealing with an impossible human situation. 

"Knowing God" by J. I. Packer

posted Jun 25, 2018, 12:42 PM by Fccea Webmaster

Knowing God Study GuideThis was a recommended book many years ago that I recently re-read and want to emphasize again. This is an outstanding book that is on everyone’s list of most important books of the 20th century. And Packer is certainly among the top theologians for that time. Knowing God is a wonderful mix of theology and devotion. It clearly and carefully reflects what the Bible teaches about God, but also leads us to explore and enjoy a relationship with God. All chapters are excellent. The one on “adoption” is particularly insightful and stirring. Highly recommended.

"Men of the Word: Insights for Life from Men Who Walked With God" edited by Nathan Busenitz

posted Jun 4, 2018, 10:46 AM by Fccea Webmaster

Men of the Word: Insights for Life from Men Who Walked with GodThis book includes 15 chapters on various men of the Bible – each aimed at developing a particular Christian virtue. Easy to read and follow. Excellent resource for private devotions – especially aimed at guys from high school and up. 

"Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Sceptical" by Timothy Keller

posted Jun 4, 2018, 10:40 AM by Fccea Webmaster

Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the SkepticalThis is an outstanding work, along the lines of C. S. Lewis’ writings, demonstrating the universal need for worship, several human experiences which do not lend themselves to secular explanations, and a final appeal to the Christian faith as the most reasonable explanation for life as we find it. Excellent to helping affirm the faith of a believer – and particularly aimed at challenging skeptics to examine the basis of their beliefs. 

"Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves Us From Try-Harder Christianity Into Performance-Free Love" by Bryan Loritts

posted May 16, 2018, 2:57 PM by Fccea Webmaster

Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves Us from Try-Harder Christianity into Performance-Free LoveUsing the book of Matthew as his primary resource, Loritts shows that our natural tendency to ingratiate ourselves to God by our own efforts is exactly the opposite of the message of Jesus. Grace is the answer – the only answer. Good works are not irrelevant, but are important as the fruit of saving faith not as the source of salvation. Some fine insights into well-known parables.   

"Living Life Backwards: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us To Live In Light of the End" by David Gibson

posted May 4, 2018, 10:41 AM by Fccea Webmaster

Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the EndIf you’ve never studied Ecclesiastes, I would urge you to get a copy of this little, easy to read, book and do your own study. It shows how facing the reality of death, rather than ignoring or denying the inevitable, teaches how to really live and enjoy life now. A challenging, enjoyable and refreshing book.   

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