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Crucial Questions Series by R. C. Sproul

These easy to read booklets are free on Kindle and approx 2.50 for paperback.

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Reading Level: Easy


Spiritual Slavery to Spiritual Sonship – Many Christians live like orphans because they have never made it past their fears and into a place of rest and safety. Are you one of them? Lay aside your orphan mindset. Discover your true identity-and your true home-as a beloved son/daughter of the Father.

Author: Jack Frost

Reading Level: Easy

ISBN 10: 0768423856

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Hearing God in Conversation: How to Recognize His Voice Everywhere – If Christianity is a relationship with God, how many of us would say we have a strong, meaningful connection with him? After all, it’s widely accepted that the foundation of any good relationship is communication–and conversation with God often seems to be one-sided at best. We may long to hear his voice, but does God still talk with us today? Should we even expect him to?

Sam Williamson gives us good news: God is always speaking–we’ve just never been taught how to recognize his voice amid the clamor. Williamson shares the secrets of finding God’s voice everywhere–in Scripture, of course, but also in the checkout line, on the job, in a movie theater, and even in silence. He delves into what it really means to pray without ceasing, how we can brainstorm with God, how to discern God’s voice from the rest, and how to hear God’s voice for others–without letting your own feelings get in the way.

Author: Samuel C. Williamson

Reading Level: Intermediate

ISBN 10: 0825444241

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The Dangers of a Shallow Faith – In The Dangers of a Shallow Faith, renowned theologian A.W. Tozer warns believers in Christ against the great danger of spiritual lethargy. He urges Christians to be aware of the times in which they live and to recognize how attempting to live a life for God on autopilot will actually undermine their faith. For Tozer, the risks are so significant that “breaking out from the tyranny of spiritual lethargy–whatever the cost–should be the number-one priority of every Christian.”

Author: A.W. Tozer

Reading Level: Intermediate

ISBN 10: 0764216163

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The Cost of Discipleship – What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.” “Cheap grace,” Bonhoeffer wrote, “is the grace we bestow on ourselves…grace without discipleship….Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know….It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.”

Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Reading Level: Advanced

ISBN 10: 0684815001

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Life Together – In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, renowned Christian minister, professor, and author of The Cost of Discipleship recounts his unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany. Giving practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups, Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.

Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Reading Level: Advanced

ISBN 10: 0060608528

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Knowing God – Stemming from Packer’s profound theological knowledge, Knowing God brings together two important facets of the Christian faith― knowing about God and also knowing God through the context of a close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Written in an engaging and practical tone, this thought-provoking work seeks to transform and enrich the Christian understanding of God. Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to him, Packer divides his book into three sections: The first directs our attention to how and why we know God, the second to the attributes of God and the third to the benefits enjoyed by a those who know him intimately. This guide leads readers into a greater understanding of God while providing advice to gaining a closer relationship with him as a result.

Author: J. I. Packer

Reading Level: Easy

ISBN 10: 0340863544

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The Purpose of Man – A.W. Tozer earned a legendary reputation as a prophetic voice, and he continues to be a bestselling author half a century after his death. A preacher at heart, he found his greatest joy in practicing the presence of God. Worship was his focus and his passion. His sermons were such a strong declaration of what he discovered during private prayer and worship of the triune God that he had both the ability and the Spirit’s anointing to move his listeners to wrestle with what God was saying to the Church. His writings carry the same message to a new generation of worshipers.

The Purpose of Man is the perfect introduction to Tozer. Drawn from messages he called his best teaching, this book will also delight those already familiar with, moved by, and changed by his other classics. What Tozer offers on the subject of worship here in The Purpose of Man will challenge you to reconsider your life’s priorities while at the same time hold out a cup of Living Water for your soul.

Author: A. W. Tozer

Reading Level: Intermediate

ISBN 10: 0764216236

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Grace & Forgiveness – In this book John and Carol Arnott show us how the topics of grace and forgiveness are seamlessly intertwined. We can only truly understand grace once we understand God’s love towards us. But once we grasp the fundamentals of His love and grace, then we must come to understand that forgiveness is an essential, non-negotiable element of life in Christ.

This is a book that teaches us how to live in grace and practice forgiveness regularly, and it also warns us of the dangers of trying to execute “justice” ourselves when people wound us. Throughout the book we read the amazing testimonies of those who decided to leave justice in the hands of God and live in grace, forgiving those who had hurt them, and we see that freedom and healing, sometimes physical, is the result.

Author: John & Carol Arnott

Reading Level: Easy

ISBN 10: 1905991363

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The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts – In The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts, Sam Storms will help you answer basic and foundational questions about the what, why, and how of the unique gifts God gives to each of His children. You will discover the purpose of spiritual gifts in the Church and learn how to identify your special mix of gifting. In addition, you will find out how the Holy Spirit uses the supernatural manifestation of gifts to demonstrate God’s presence and power among His people.

Author: Sam Storms

Reading Level: Easy

ISBN 10: 0830746501

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Leadership


The Making of a Leader – After examining the lives of hundreds of historical, biblical, and contemporary leaders, Dr. J. Robert Clinton gained perspective on how leaders develop over a lifetime. By studying the six distinct stages he identifies, you will learn to:

  • Recognize and respond to God’s providential shaping in your life
  • Determine where you are in the leadership development process
  • Identify others with leadership characteristics
  • Direct the development of future leaders

This revised and updated edition includes several new appendixes and expanded endnotes, as well as an application section at the end of each chapter.

Author: J. Robert Clinton

Reading Level: Intermediate

ISBN 10: 9781612910758

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The Master Plan of Evangelism – For more than forty years this classic study has challenged and instructed more than 1.5 million readers in reaching the world for Christ. With a foreword by Billy Graham and now repackaged for a new generation of readers, The Master Plan of Evangelism will show every Christian how to minister to the people God brings into their lives.

Instead of drawing on the latest popular fad or the newest selling technique, Robert E. Coleman looks to the Bible to find the answer to the question, What was Christ’s strategy for evangelism? Through a thorough examination of the gospel accounts, Coleman points out unchanging, simple, yet profound biblical principles of how to emulate Christ to others.

Author: Robert E. Coleman

Reading Level: Easy

ISBN 10: 0800788087

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Marriage


The Meaning of Marriage – Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.

Author: Timothy Keller

Reading Level: Intermediate

ISBN 10: 9781594631870

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This Momentary Marriage – Reflecting on forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant for all the best reasons. Even in the days when people commonly stayed married “’til death do us part,” there has never been a generation whose view of marriage was high enough, says Pastor John Piper. That is all the more true in our casual times. Though personal selfishness and cultural bondage obstruct the wonder of God’s purpose, it is found in God’s Word, where his design can awaken a glorious vision capable of freeing every person from small, Christ-ignoring, romance-intoxicated views. As Piper explains in reflecting on forty years of matrimony: “Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It displays the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people to the world in a way that no other event or institution does. Marriage, therefore, is not mainly about being in love. It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives. And staying married is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant and putting the glory of Christ’s covenant-keeping love on display.” This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike.

Author: John Piper

Reading Level: Intermediate

ISBN 10: 9781433531118

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Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus – This is a secular book that offers practical advice for understanding the opposite sex. Dr. John Gray provides a practical and proven way for men and women to improve their communication by acknowledging the differences between their needs, desires, and behaviors. No other relationship guide on the market will give you the same level of evidence-based insight sure to help you strengthen and nurture your relationships for years to come.

Author: John Gray

Reading Level: Easy

ISBN 10: 0060574216

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