Treasured Books

Alphabetical by Author Within Category

Books About God’s Love and Grace

Love Wins by Rob Bell

Rob Bell tackles the hard and troubling questions of heaven and hell, and turns upside down the traditional view. He shows biblical evidence for the loving God we’ve come to know, and emphasizes the difference between the old covenant and the new – the one Jesus came to bestow.

Repenting of Religion by Gregory A. Boyd

Boyd explains why we are called to a higher standard than judgment through “understanding the true manner in which God views humanity: as infinitely worthwhile and lovable.” (Goodreads)

Executing Grace by Shane Claiborne

Claiborne writes of our call as Christians for true justice, distinguishing between justice and retribution. He takes us into the Sermon on the Mount for an exploration of redemption and how we must view it considering our current system of mass incarceration. An eye-opening book for every Christian.

Undiluted by Benjamin Corey

If you were to encounter Jesus in a typical Western church, you might ask yourself, “Is that all there is?” Corey thinks not. He describes the Jesus we tend not to see, the real, the responsive, the radical Jesus illustrated in the Bible pages that speak his words.

The Hyper Grace Gospel by Paul Ellis

Ellis describes the real grace of God. Not the stingy, selective, conditional grace we humans hand out, but the extreme, super-abundant, immeasurable, all-inclusive, life-giving, free gift that is Jesus and the Holy Spirit grace.

Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

In this book, Keller reveals God’s expansive message of hope toward both the irreligious and the moralist. It is a challenging book for both the devout and skeptics to see our faith in a whole new way.

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott

In the latest of her series of books on grace (Traveling Mercies, Plan B, etc…), Lamott writes, “As we struggle to navigate an increasingly complex world and understand our place in it, mercy points the way forward.” Her characteristic humor intact, she helps us rediscover mercy in a chaotic world.

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

Manning insists God loves us “furiously,” without performance standards, without “tallying our failures.” He simply smiles upon us, His chosen, and loves us.

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Blue Like Jazz is Miller’s highly original perspective on his roller coaster ride with Christianity. It is passionate, doubtful, soul-searching, honest and redemptive.

The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr

Rohr describes the triune God with new love and shows us how it can transform our relationship with God and renew us as the invitation to join in the dance was intended to do.

One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian

According to Tchividjian, God’s love is scandalous, unconditional, and stunning. It is one-way because of the One who gives it. It is offensive, because it is given so generously and so radically. It frees us from reciprocity and legalism. It is given with open hands and an open heart. It frees us from searching for what we already have.

Sonshift by Mel Wild

Wild’s book challenges the conventional assumption about how we see God. He writes about how the outrageous love of our Father and the unmitigated grace of Jesus transform our hearts and minds into the Spirit-led people we are intended to be.

After You Believe by N.T. Wright

Have you ever felt out of step in your Christian beliefs and wondered where you belong? Have you’ve ever felt slightly adrift in your church and thought, “Am I following the same Jesus they are?” Has it ever seemed to you the Christians you know are speaking and acting like everyone else when Jesus told us not to conform? If so, this book is for you.

Messy Spirituality by Mike Yaconelli

Mike Yaconellli speaks to those of us who know we are religious misfits – who don’t fit into the “religious norm” of praying the “right” way, or are “good” Christians, or are simply not “religious” enough.

What’s so Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey

“True grace is shocking, scandalous. It shakes our conventions with its insistence on getting close to sinners and touching them with mercy and hope. He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church. He asks, ‘How can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear?’ ” And he challenges us to be living examples of shocking, scandalous grace.

Reading the Bible

Introducing the New Testament by D.A. Carson and Douglas Moo

Answers the “who, what, when, where and why” questions for each book of the New Testament. If your Bible doesn’t include an introduction or commentary, this is an especially valuable resource. Includes an explanation of synoptic gospels and what each book contributes to our understanding of our faith.

The Bible Tells Me So…Why Defending Scripture has Made us Unable to Read It by Peter Enns

If you truly desire an honest assessment of the book called The Bible, this is the book for you, but only if you have a truly open mind.

About Faith and Jesus

Letters from a Skeptic by Dr. Gregory A. Boyd and Edward K. Boyd

In a three-year, intimate correspondence, a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary wrestles with his atheist father’s tough questions about Christianity.

The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

The author uses his journalism degree, Master’s of Law degree from Yale Law School, and experience as legal editor of the Chicago Tribune to conduct interviews and ask tough questions about faith. In the course of his probing, Strobel, a former atheist, discovers many of his own intellectual obstacles to faith fall away.

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

As in The Case for Faith, Strobel asks penetrating questions of experts who are recognize authorities in their own field to discover the truth about who Jesus was, what he did, and who He is.

Cold Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace

Featured on Dateline, Fox News and Court TV, Wallace, a homicide detective and former atheist, writes convincingly of the evidence in the four gospels of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Simply Christian by N.T. Wright

Wright plainly and beautifully explains what Christianity is truly about to those who have no knowledge, or may have a distaste for, Christianity in particular or religion in general. He takes the reader through a step by step, question by question process, resisting the political controversies that obscure the true essence of Christianity.

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