The following are books that I highly recommend. Some of them are for the Christian layperson striving to be a good spouse, worker, or student. Others are invaluable material for those preparing for ministry or currently in the pulpit.


Apart from weekly sermon preparation, I attempt to read books that are outside of my generation. These books are typically from authors who wrote before the dawn of the twentieth century, or about men who lived and led before the turn of the twentieth century. The reason for the discipline is simple; We live in one small segment of human history, and current media overload allows us to believe we’ve more knowledge than anyone else in human history. Yet, sadly, the majority of our shared information is recycled, shallow, and without depth of logic (ie. 140 characters). Thus, by expanding our literary explorations, we receive a wider view of God, Satan, heaven, hell, His bride, and His plan. And, with this view comes greater confidences.


Reading is magnificently beneficial because to pursue attainment, one must forego entertainment. It is impossible to truly study while a television is blaring nonsensical re-runs of Big Brother, thus the very essence of opening a book is the essence of denying foolish laziness. Most people fear reading because they view reading as a 2-3 hour enterprise. Yet, just like any muscle, it’s okay to hit the mental gym for 30 minutes to start. John Piper did the totals and documented that 20 mins per day, six days per week, for an entire year, totals the completion of 11 significant books (including the big ones). Imagine that? Just 20 minutes per night this year, and you’ll have engaged with the Puritans, the Reformers, Edwards, Lewis, and Tozer! Do not be dissuaded by Satan any longer, Christian, it is your time to walk with the giants.


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Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children. More @AnthonyGeneWood

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