And to love to read.
Other than the Bible (it’s # 1), what book has helped you love God more? Driven you to a higher level of spiritual growth? Inspired in you a greater passion to serve others?
Here are ten favorite books among a few of the writers at Do Not Depart (in an incredibly informal poll—sorry, no Barna statistics here).
1. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
by Richard J. Foster
A gift from her dad, this is the book that sparked Teri Lynne’s interest in spiritual disciplines and the study of Christian classics. It’s one of my all-time favorite books, too, because of its practical approach listing things we can do to grow spiritually, yet its insistence upon a total dependence on God for that spiritual growth.
2. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
by John Piper
Heather says this classic Piper book opened her eyes to a different view of God, how He desires good for us, and how our enjoyment of Him brings Him glory. I agree. It taught me through multiple scriptures that the more I love God, the more joy I have.
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It was hard to stop at just ten!
What books have influenced your faith?
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