Books of 2009 (April)

I completely slacked off this month and am indeed three books behind for this year.
But! Summer is upon us, which means that I will have more available time!
Who am I kidding, anyway, here are some great ones that I got through this past month…

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment Tim Challies

Definitely one of the most challenging books I have read. Challies does well to convince people of the need to grow in discernment, wisdom, and knowledge of God. Stressing that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, so what does that look like? A great, easy read. I highly recommend it for everyone looking to get out of the ignorant mindset that some believers have come to have.
Why Small Groups C.J. Mahaney and others
Mahaney compiled this book on Small Groups to encourage, equip, and train other leaders. All the authors are Biblically based and try to encourage others to be as well. Along with the training and encouragement it provides, there is also the equipping portion. It is lathered with resources, quotes, and study guides that make it profitable for all. I’ll be taking our Atmosphere Small Groups through it later on this year.
Total Church Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
This forces you to look at Church differently by looking at what God would have us be. This is not repainting the Christian faith, but focuses on taking off what we have added, and replacing what we have taken away from Christianity. Total Church does well to encourage us to look at the Gospel and Community aspects of our faith (not just my faith, but ours as a whole body of believers). If it doesn’t challenge you, you are most likely living in the sin of pride, and you need to repent. 

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