Reading List

I want to give you a reading list of books by category. These are all books that I have enjoyed through my study at Multnomah and internship assignments. There isn’t really any one format that I’m putting these into but they are alphabetical by author (I’m always listing more as I read so check back to see any changes). I’m also providing links to blogs where I have reviewed these materials or used them as references.


 From Creation to the Cross by Albert H. Baylis

Fee, Gordon, The First Epistle to the Corinthians (NICNT).  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987.

Garland, David, 1 Corinthians (BECNT).  Grand Rapids:  Baker, 2003.

Hawthorne, Gerald. Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. InterVarsity Press.


Heaven by Randy Alcorn

 Love Wins by Rob Bell

Jesus Christ by Donald G. Bloesch

God the Almighty: Power, Wisdom, Holiness, Love by Donald G. Bloesch

Journey to the Common Good by Walter Brueggeman

Erasing Hell by Francis Chan

“What About Those Who Have Never Heard?” Edited by Gabriel Fackre, Ronald H. Nash, and John Sanders

The Millennial Maze: Sorting Out Evangelical Options by Stanley J. Grenz

Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger, Exploring Ecclesiology: an evangelical and ecumenical introduction, (Grand Rapids, Brazos Press, 2009.)

Christian Theology: An Introduction (4th Edition) by Alister E. McGrath

Tozer, A.W. Knowledge of the Holy, (San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1961)

“The pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer

Volf, Miroslav, After our likeness: The church as the image of the trinity (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1998.)

Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf

Evil and the Justice of God by N.T. Wright

Social Justice

Just Spirituality by Mae Elise Cannon

Social Justice Handbook by Mae Elise Cannon

When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Ourselves by Brian Fikkert

Jesus in the Margins by Rick McKinley

Justice: Rights and Wrongs; Nicholas Wolterstorff

Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things by Ken Wytsma


The Fourth Wave by Ron Boehme

Darrell Guder, Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations by Kimball, Dan.

Philosophy and Ethics

Eastman, Roger, ed. The Ways of Religion: An Introduction to the Major Traditions. 3rd edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Stanley J. Grenz & Roger E. Olsen, 20th Century Theology. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1992.

Children’s Ministry

Barna, George. Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions. Ventura: CA, Regal Books, 2003.

Strudler, Gary. Go Fish: Casting a Ministry That Hooks Kids for Jesus. Self-published, 2002.

Youth Ministry

Uncommon Youth Ministry: Your Onramp to Launching an Extraordinary Youth Ministry by Jim Burns and Mike Devries. 

Clark, Chap & Kara E. Powell. Sticky Faith. Zondervan. Grand Rapids. 2011.

Shaping the Spiritual Life of Students: A Guide for Youth Workers, Pastors, Teachers & Campus Ministers by Richard R. Dunn

Your First 2 Years in Youth Ministry by Doug Fields

Spiritual Formation

Anderson, Neil T. The Bondage Breaker. Harvest House (2000). 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together. New York: Harper and Row Publishers, Inc., 1954.

When God Says, “No”- Reshaping Prayer and Learning to Listen, by Thomas R. Hauff.

Ingram, Chip. The Invisible War.  Baker (May 2003).

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis 

This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God by Rick McKinley

Kingdom Called Desire: Confronted by the Love of a Risen King by McKinley, Rick

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Miller, Donald.

Nouwen, Henri. In the Name of Jesus. New York: NY, Crossroad Publishing Co, 1999.

Turn My Mourning into Dancing by Nouwen, Henri J.M.

“Hope for the Brokenhearted: God’s Voice of Comfort in the Midst of Grief and Loss” by John L. Terveen

Whitney, D. S. (1991). Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian life.


Cloud, Henry and John Townsend. How People Grow. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001.

Collins, Gary R. Christian Counseling, A Comprehensive Guide 3rd Edition: Revised and Updated. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2007. 

Scazzero, Peter and Warren Bird. The Emotionally Healthy Church, Expanded Edition: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.

Wilhoit, J & Dettoni, J (1995).  Nurture that is Christian:  Developmental Perspectives on Christian Education.  BridgePoint Books.


Teaching to Change Lives by Howard Hendricks

Jensen, Eric. Teaching With Poverty in Mind: what being poor does to kids’ brains and what schools can do about it. ASCD. Alexandria, VA. 2009.

The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer

“The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School” by Neil Postman

Cultural Engagement

Haynes, C. C. & Oliver Thomas. Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Education. First Amendment Center. 2002.

Jones, Steven P. & Eric C. Sheffield. Eds. The Role of Religion in 21st-century Public Schools. Peter Lang Publishing. New York. 2009.

Metzger, Paul Louis. Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Perspectives. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012.

Paul Louis Metzger, Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007. 

Newbigin, Lesslie. The Gospel in a Pluralist Society. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1989.

Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in popular Culture by William D. Romanowski 


Leading with a Limp: Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness by Dan B. Allender

Walking the Small Group Tightrope by Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson

Radical Together by David Platt

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath




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