PASTOR'S LIBRARY

Forgiveness

Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis by L. Gregory Jones

Forgive & Forget: Healing The Hurts We Don't Deserve by Lewis Smedes

Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace by Miroslav Volf

The Art of Forgiving: When you Need to Forgive and Don't Know How by Lewis Smedes


Guy's Stuff

Every Man's Battle by Stephen Arterburn & Fred Stoeker

Every Man's Marriage by Stephen Arterburn & Fred Stoeker

To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing Up without a Father by Donald Miller

She Calls Me Daddy by Robert Wolgemuth

Why Guys Need God by Mike Erre

Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow


Grief Material

A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey

Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart by Kenneth Haugk

Five Cries of Grief by Merton Strommen

Good Grief by Granger Westberg

Healing Takes Time by David Gallagher

How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese Rando

Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff

The Empty Chair by Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge & Robert DeVries

The Final Act of Living by Barbara Karnes

The Tender Scar by Richard Mabry

When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer by Jerry Sittser


Jewish Studies

Aspects of Rabbinic Theology: Major Concepts of the Talmud by Solomon Schechter (Academic) 

Everyman's Talmud by Abraham Cohen

God in Search of Man: A Philosphy of Judasim by Abraham Joshua Heschel

In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity by Oskar Skarsaune (Academic) 

Peoples of the New Testament World by William A. Simmons

Jewish Wisdom by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Listening to the Language of the Bible: Hearing It Through Jesus' Ears by Lois Tverberg with Bruce Okkema

Meet the Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and the Teachings of Jesus by Brad Young

New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus by David Bivin (Good Introduction) 

Old Testament Theology by John Goldingay (3 volumes; Academic) 

Resurrection, Immortality, and Eternal Life in Intertestamental Judaism and Early Christianity by George W. Nickelsburg (Academic) 

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler & Lois Tverberb (Good Introduction) 

The Early Centuries Jewish Belivers in Jesus by Oskar Skarsaune & Reidar Hvalvik (Academic) 

The Feasts of the Lord by Kevin Howard & Marvin Rosenthal

The Gospel According to Moses: What My Jesish Friends Taught Me about Jesus by Athol Dickson

The Gospel and the Land: Early Christianity and Jewish Territorial Doctrine by W.D. Davis (Academic) 

The New Testament & Rabbinic Judasim by David Daube (Academic) 

Theology in Rabbinic Stories by Chaim Pearl


Marriage Stuff

Covenenat Marriage by Gary Chapman

Debt Proof Your Marriage by Mary Hunt

Every Woman's Battle by Shannon Ethridge

From Anger to Intimacy: How Forgiveness Can Transform your Marraige by Gary Smalley & Ted Cunningham

His Needs Her Needs by William Harley

I Promise by Gary Smalley

Love & Respect by Emmerson Eggerichs

Love is a Verb by Gary Chapman

Love Talk by Les & Leslie Parrott

Loving Solutions by Gary Chapman

Rekindling the Romance by Dennis & Barbara Rainey

Relationships by Les & Leslie Parrott

The Christ Centered Marriage by Charles Mylander

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

The Language of Love by Gary Smalley & John Trent

The Seven Princicples for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman

The Triumphant Marriage by Neil Clark Warren

The Two Sides of Love by Gary Smalley & John Trent


Prayer

Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging by Brennan Manning

Deper Connections: The Prayers of Jesus. Gen. Ed. Matt Willaims (DVD) 

Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship Service by Reuven Hammer

Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard

How to Pray After You've Kicked the Dog by Terry Teykl

Intercessory Prayer: How God Can Use Your Prayers to Move Heaven and Earth by Dutch Sheets

Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey

Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home by Richard Foster

The Art of Prayer: A Simple Guide to Conversations with God by Timothy Jones

The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others by Scot McKnight

When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer: Insights to Keep You Praying with Greater Faith & Deeper Hope by Jerry Sittser


Spiritual Life for Everyone

An Unstoppable Force by Erwin McManus

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Dakota by Kathleen Norris

Doubting: Growing Through the Uncertainties of Faith by Alister McGrath

Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them by John Ortberg

Faith & Doubt by John Ortberg

Faith at the Edge: A Book for Doubters by Robert Wennberg

Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace by Miroslav Volf

From One Widow to Another by Miriam Neff

God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World by Dean Nelson

Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard

If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg

In a Pit with a Lion by Mark Batterson

In the Likeness of God by Paul Brand and Philip Yancey

Introverts in the Church by Adam McHugh

Leap Over a Wall by Eugene Peterson

Looking for God by Nancy Ortberg

Love One Another by Gerald Sittser

Original Sin: A Cultural History by Alan Jacobs

Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard

Rumors of Another World by Philip Yancey

Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality by Rob Bell

Soul Survivor by Philip Yancey

The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God by Dallas Willard

The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? by David Bentley Hart

The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith by J.P. Moreland & Tim Muehlhoff

The Good and Beautiful God by James Brayan Smith

The Good and Beautiful Life by James Bryan Smith

The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey

The Life You've Always Wanted by John Ortberg

The Myth of Certainty by Daniel Taylor

The Orthodox Heretic by Peter Rollins

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller

Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands by Nancy Ortberg

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

What's So Amazing About Grace? By Philip Yancey

Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson

When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics by Paul Copan


Trusting the Scriptures

Can We Trust the Gospels? By Mark D. Roberts (great place to start) 

Creeds, Councils, And Controversies Edited by J. Stevenson (Academic) 

Documents of the Christian Church edited by Henry Bettenson (Academic) 

Early Christian Doctrines by J.N.D. Kelly (Academic) 

Finding God in the Questions by Timothy Johnson

Jesus and the Eyewitnessess by Ricahrd Bauckham

Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study edited by Darrell L. Bock and Gregory J. Herrick

Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels by Darrell L. Bock

Letters from a Skeptic by Gregory Boyd and Edward Boyd

Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Source and Methods by Darrell L. Bock (Great place to start) 

The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight (One of my Favorites) 

The Cannon of Scripture by F.F. Bruce

The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

The Gospels for all Christians: Rethinking the Gospel Audiences ed. Richard Bauckham

The Last Word by N.T. Wright

The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable by F.F. Bruce (great place to start)

 

The Jesus Quest (most of these books are academic) 

A Marginal Jew : Rethinking the Historical Jesus by John P. Meier (4 Vols.) 

Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels edited by Joel Green, Scot McKnight, I. Howard Marshall

Following Jesus by N.T. Wright (Devotional) 

God and the Crisis of Freedom by Richard Bauckham

God Crucified by Richard Bauckham

Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias

Jesus and Judaism by E.P. Sanders

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckham

Jesus and the Victory of God by N.T. Wright

Jesus Christ by Donald Bloesch

Jesus the Sage by Ben Witherington

One God, One Lord by Larry Hurtado

Pauline Christology by Gordon Fee

Putting Jesus in His Place by Robert M. Bowman and J. Ed Komoszewski (Devotional) 

Recovering Jesus by Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld (Devotional) 

The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel (Devotional) 

The Challenge of Jesus by N.T. Wright (Devotional) 

The Christology of Jesus by Ben Witherington

The Death of Jesus in Early Christianity by John Carroll and Joel Green

The Faith of Jesus by Richard Hays

The Historical Figure of Jesus by E.P. Sanders

The Historical Jesus of the Gospels by Craig Keener

The Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight (Devotional) 

The Many Faces of the Christ by Ben Witherington

The Word of Life by Thomas Oden

The Jesus Quest by Ben Witherington

The Story of the Christ by Scot McKnight

Who Was Jesus? by N.T. Wright

Why God Became Man by Anselm of Canterbury


Wesleyan Theology

Charles Wesley on Sanctification: A Biographical and Theological Study by John R. Tyson (Great Book) 

Charles Wesley: Poet and Theologian (Academic) edited by St Kimbrough, Jr. 

Conversion in the Wesleyan Tradition by Kenneth J. Collins and John H. Tyson

Doctrine and Theology in the United Methodist Church (Academic) edited by Thomas A. Langford

The Scripture Way of Salvation: The Heart of John Wesley's Theology by Kenneth J. Collins

Responsible Grace: John Wesley's Practical Theology (Academic) by Randy L. Maddox

Works of John Wesley (Primary Source) edited by Albert C. Outler


Woman in Ministry

Women in the Earliest Churches by Ben Witherington

Women in the Ministry of Jesus by Ben Witherington

Woman in the World of the Earliest Christians by Lynn H. Cohick