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Essential Reading for the Christ Follower

Here's the premise: If you could recommend 3 or less books (outside of the Bible) to a new believer, what would they be? [Hint: If all 3 books were written in your lifetime, you're doing it wrong.]
Let's create an essential reading list for Christ followers.

May 22, 2014 by John Lussier - amazon.com - 373
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | Mere Christianity
May 22, 2014 by Kurt Willems - amazon.com - 394
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church: N. T. Wright: 9780061551826: A...

In Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, top-selling author and Anglican bishop, N.T. Wright tackles the biblical question of what happens after we die and shows how most Christians get it wrong. We do not “go to” heaven; we are resurrected and heaven comes down to earth--a difference that makes all of the difference to how we live on earth. Following N.T. Wright’s resonant exploration of a life of faith in Simply Christian, the award-winning author whom Newsweek calls “the world’s leading New Testament scholar” takes on one of life’s most controversial topics, a matter of life, death, spirituality, and survival for everyone living in the world today.

May 22, 2014 by John Lussier - amazon.com - 321
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community 1st (first) Edition by Bonhoeffer, Dietrich published by...

Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community 1st (first) Edition by Bonhoeffer, Dietrich published by HarperOne (2009) on Amazon.com. FREE shipping on qualifying offers.

May 22, 2014 by Kelly Foster - amazon.com - 330
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | The Cost of Discipleship
May 22, 2014 by John Lussier - amazon.com - 373

"In plain words--if you can accept them as plain--Christianity is the life and death and resurrection of Christ going on day after day in the souls of individual men and in the heart of society. It is this Christ-life, this incorporation into the Body of Christ, this union with His death and resurrection as a matter of conscious experience, that St.

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The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

May 22, 2014 by Tommy Royce
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
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Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen

May 22, 2014 by Tommy Royce
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen
May 22, 2014 by Kurt Willems - amazon.com - 317
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith (Third Way Collection): Stuart Murray

The Naked Anabaptist needed to be written, and I can't imagine anyone better than Stuart Murray to write it. I fully share Stuart's enthusiasm for what the Christian community at large can learn from the Anabaptist way of being Christian, and I hope you'll share my enthusiasm for this book.

May 22, 2014 by Kelly Foster - amazon.com - 416
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | The Practice of the Presence of God
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Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

May 23, 2014
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
May 22, 2014 by John Lussier - amazon.com - 326
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | The Imitation Of Christ
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The Ragamuffin Gospel

May 27, 2014 by Mitchell Roush
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | The Ragamuffin Gospel
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Prophetic Imagination

May 22, 2014 by Benjamin Howard
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | Prophetic Imagination
May 22, 2014 by John Lussier - amazon.com - 308
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | The Apostolic Fathers
May 22, 2014 by Kurt Willems - amazon.com - 374
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church: Gregory A. Boyd: 97803102...

'Boyd's intervention into the discussion is welcome. He is bold,... passionate, and discerning, while still attempting to be charitable. Boyd doesn't pull punches, denouncing the nationalistic 'idolatry' of American evangelicalism, which often fuses the cross and the flag.

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Benefit of the Doubt

May 23, 2014 by Tim Hocking
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | Benefit of the Doubt

In Benefit of the Doubt, influential theologian, pastor, and bestselling author Gregory Boyd invites readers to embrace a faith that doesn't strive for certainty, but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty. Boyd rejects the idea that a person's faith is as strong as it is certain. In fact, he makes the case that doubt can enhance faith and that seeking certainty is harming many in today's church. Readers who wrestle with their faith will welcome Boyd's message that experiencing a life-transforming relationship with Christ is possible, even with unresolved questions about the Bible, theology, and ethics. Boyd shares stories of his own painful journey, and stories of those to whom he has ministered, with a poignant honesty that will resonate with readers of all ages.

Jun 03, 2014 by Ben Menghini - books.google.com - 300
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | Orthodoxy

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) has been called "the ablest and most exuberant proponent of orthodox Christianity of his time." In this captivating classic, Chesterton offers a unique explanation of the essentials of the Christian faith, and of his own journey from scepticism to belief.

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Revelations of Divine Love

May 22, 2014 by Benjamin Howard
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | Revelations of Divine Love
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How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth

May 22, 2014 by Tim Durant
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth
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Speaker for the Dead

May 22, 2014 by Benjamin Howard
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | Speaker for the Dead
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Pursuit of God A.W. Tozer

May 23, 2014 by Nathan Joshua Gilbert
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | Pursuit of God A.W. Tozer

This book talks about how a Christian should live a selfless life, and will make the necessary sacrifices of worldliness to Glorify God with every part of their life.

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On God and Christ by Gregory of Nazianzus (Popular Patristics Series)

Jun 02, 2014 by David Russell Mosley
Essential Reading for the Christ Follower | On God and Christ by Gregory of Nazianzus (Popular Patristics Series)

The Theological Orations (defending the divinity of the Son and the Spirit and assigning to their divinity the foundation of deification) and two related letters of Gregory of Nazianzus

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