What We're Reading
What We're Reading
Dave and Wes review books they are reading that you may find helpful or interesting to look at yourself.

April 2018
The Critical Journey: Stages in the Life of Faith
by Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich. 
Sheffield Publ., 2005. 2nd edition. 266 pp.
The idea of life-stages is helpful and important to processing our growth as believers. The means and manner of God’s work in us is not a straight line.  A deeper understanding of how we mature will help us to respond to God appropriately.  (Dave)
Reading level:  Moderate
Listening to God in Times of Choice: The Art of Discerning God’s Will
by Gordon T. Smith.  IVP, 1997.  150pp.
Gordon Smith is a wise student of the spiritual life and a thoughtful guide to the process of discernment. Lots of nuggets to reflect on in this little book:
“We must free one another to listen to God.”
“We never discern with absolute certainty.”  
“The most helpful place to begin [discernment] is with the principle of friendship with God.”  (Dave)
Reading level:  Moderate
The Gift and the Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today
by Craig S. Keener. Baker, 2001.  213 pp.
Keener is a respected NT scholar in the charismatic tradition. He argues for the continuation of all the gifts of the Spirit in the church today.  On the other hand, he recognizes and critiques some of the weaknesses of Pentecostal-charismatic teaching and practice. An irenic and thought-provoking book.   (Dave)
Reading level:  Moderate
Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us,
by Scot McKnight. Waterbrook, 2018. 204 pp.
Scot McKnight is a friend and former colleague from days at Trinity Divinity School in Chicago and a well-known NT scholar. I think this is one of his better books:  biblically focused but not “heavy.” A nice overview of the ministry of the HS. He presses home the question to Evangelical Christians:  are we really open to the Spirit’s work in our lives?  Recommended reading!  (Dave)
Reading level:  Light
What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts)
Nancy Guthrie. Crossway, 2016.  180 pp.
A very practical book that is based on real life feedback from interviews done of those who have suffered deep loss. We can find ourselves wondering how to help someone who is grieving but paralyzed by what to say. This book will give you more confidence as you humbly navigate the way forward with your grieving friend.  (Wes)    
Reading level:  Light

February 2018
With:  Reimagining the Way You Relate to God
by Skye Jethani.  Thomas Nelson, 2011.  207 pp.
This is a very clever and readable discussion of five different ways that people chose to relate to God. Filled with excellent insights, this book definitely a keeper!  (DGD)

God Soaked Life: Discovering Kingdom Spirituality
by Chris Webb.  InterVarsity, 2017.  187pp.
A good overview of the fundamentals of the spiritual life. Webb is a good writer although I enjoyed more his previous book The Fire of the Word.  (DGD)

When the Spirit Comes with Power:  Signs and Wonders among God’s People

by John White. InterVarsity, 1988.  252 pp.
Christian Psychiatrist John White provides a very thoughtful analysis of the so-called “Third Wave” of the charismatic movement based in part on personal observation and friendship with John Wimber, founder of the Vineyard churches.  (DGD)

The Joy of Listening to God,
by Joyce Huggett.  InterVarsity, 1986. 227 pp.
Easily read book recounting the author’s journey into a deeper life of “listening prayer.” Helpful in getting us beyond the idea that prayer is simply “talking to God.”  (DGD)

Joy Unspeakable:  Power and Renewal in the Holy Spirit
by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Harold Shaw, 1984. 280 pp.
Lloyd-Jones was one of the most influential Evangelical preachers of the 20th century. As a younger man he was deeply impacted by the Welsh revival in the early part of the century.  In this series of sermons, he discusses the need for a deep work of the Holy Spirit in our individual lives and in the church as a whole.   (DGD)

Theistic Evolution
ed. by J.P. Moreland, Stephen Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann Gauger, and Wayne Grudem. Crossway, 2017. 1007 pp.
A collection of essays critiquing (not endorsing) theistic evolution. Not an easy read, but an important book for Christians who want to deal thoughtfully with the Bible-evolution debate.  (DGD)

Power Encounters:  Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare
by David Powlison. Baker, 1995. 160 pp.
A good book to correct some of the craziness in the Christian world about the power and influence of demons. Powlison’s key point is to distinguish between moral evil and situational evil. He argues convincingly (I think) that scripture never instructs us to deal with moral evil by expelling demons.  The book is out of print, but there are some used copies on Amazon.  (DGD)