Suggested Reading


All of the below books are available in the Timberline Book Store

Who is God?
Being a lover of God assumes we have a right understanding of who He is
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
Simply Christian, N.T. Wright
Know the Truth (Third ed.), Bruce Milne

How do I read and understand the Bible?
Being a lover of God requires we understand what He has communicated
Knowing Scripture, R.C. Sproul
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart
How to Read the Bible Book by Book, Fee & Stuart
A Brief History of Ancient Israel, Victor Matthews
Making Sense of the Old Testament, Tremper Longman III
Making Sense of the New Testament, Criag Blomberg

What’s the essential message of the Gospel?
Being a lover of God means grasping His mission—the Gospel
Basic Christianity, John Stott
The Prodigal God, Timothy Keller
The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard

How do I best communicate the message of Jesus?
Being a lover of God means that we effectively live as ambassadors of Jesus
The God Conversation: using stories and illustration to explain your faith,
J.P. Moreland & Tim Muehlhoff
Tactics: a game plan for discussing your Christian convictions, Greg Koukl
The Unexpected Adventure: taking everyday risks to talk with people about Jesus, Lee Strobel & Mark Mittelberg

How do I defend my faith against the common cultural objections?
Being a lover of God requires understanding how to give well reasoned answers
On Guard, William Lane Craig
The Reason for God, Tim Keller
Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Peter Kreeft & Ronald Tacelli
Reasonable Faith (3rd ed.), William Lane Craig
To Everyone an Answer, eds. Beckwith, Craig, Moreland.

How do I make wise decisions?
Being a lover of God involves making godly, wise decisions
Step by Step: Divine Guidance for Ordinary Christians, James Petty

What does it mean to ‘worship God’?
Being a lover of God produces a life of worship
Worship By the Book, D.A. Carson
I Am Not, but I Know I AM, Louie Giglio
For All God’s Worth, N.T. Wright
Who Stole My Church?, Gordon MacDonald

What does spending time with God look like?
Being a lover of God involves our spiritual transformation by His Spirit
Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster
The Spirit of the Disciples, Dallas Willard
Renovation of the Heart, Dallas Willard
Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God, Brennan Manning
Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, Richard Foster
Practicing the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer

How do I maintain soul health?
Being a lover of God means working toward a well-ordered interior life

o On Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
o A Grief Observed, C. S. Lewis

o Happiness is a Choice, Frank Minirth & Paul Meier
o Telling Yourself the Truth, Marie Chapian & William Backus
o Healing for Damaged Emotions, David Seamands
o The Lost Virtue of Happiness, J. P. Moreland & Klaus Issler

o Codependent No More, Melody Beattie
o Healing the Shame that Binds You, John Bradshaw

o I’ll Quit Tomorrow, Vernon Johnson
o Adult Children of Alcoholics, Janet Woititz
o Alcoholics Anonymous: Big Book 4th Edition
o Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, AA

Sexual Addiction…
o Every Man’s Battle, Stephen Arterburn (see also “…Young Man’s Battle”)
o Out of the Shadows, Patrick Carnes
o The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality, Joe Dallas & Nancy Heche
o The Game Plan: The Men’s 30-Day Strategy for Attaining Sexual Integrity, Joe Dallas

How do I build healthy relationships?
Being a lover of God includes seeking health through relationships

In marriage…
Love Must Be Tough, James Dobson
o The DNA of Relationships, Gary Smalley
Love & Respect, Emerson Eggerichs
His Needs, Her Needs, Willard Harley (affair-proof marriage)
Boundaries In Marriage, Henry Cloud & John Townsend

In parenting…
o Parenting with Love and Logic, Foster Cline & Jim Fay
(see also Parenting Teens…)
o How To Win As A Stepfamily, Emily & John Visher (blended families)
The Smart Stepfamily, Ron Deal (blended families)
o The Blessing, Gary Smalley & John Trent
Boundaries With Kids, Henry Cloud & John Townsend
(see also …With Teens)

In friendship…
o Safe People, Henry Cloud & John Townsend
o Boundaries, Henry Cloud & John Townsend
(see also Boundaries In Dating, etc.)

All of the above books are available in the Timberline Book Store

Click here for an extensive reading list from the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview

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