Bishop’s Reading List

I commend the following list of books for your consideration. They range from some of the great classics to newly released publications covering a wide variety of interests and areas of study within the Christian faith. In addition to daily Bible Study, I encourage each of us to be intentional about reading books that will help us grow stronger in our faith and relationship with Jesus Christ and be better equipped to carry out the various ministries we are called to. + William H. Love

Bibles and Bible Commentaries:

  • Life Application Study Bible (NIV), Tyndale House Publishing
  • English Standard Version (ESV) Study Bible, Crossway Bibles, Good News Publishing
  • Life Application New Testament Commentary, Tyndale House Publishing
  • Matthew – Revelation For Everyone Commentary Series by Tom Wright, SPCK Westminster John Knox Press

The Christian Faith:

  • Basic Christianity by John R. Stott, IVP Books (Inter-Varsity Press)
  • The Cross of Christ by John R. Stott, Inter-Varsity Press
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Harper One
  • Simply Christian Why Christianity Makes Sense by N.T. Wright, Harper One
  • The Case For ChristA Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence For Jesus by Lee Strobel, Zondervan
  • Affirming The Apostle’s Creed by J.I. Packer, Crossway
  • Keeping The Ten Commandments by J.I. Packer, Crossway
  • The Last Word Beyond The Bible Wars To A New Understanding Of The Authority Of Scripture by N.T. Wright, Harper One
  • The Cruelty of Heresy An Affirmation Of Christian Orthodoxy by C. Fitz Simons Allison, Morehouse Publishing
  • Faith and Practice by Frank E. Wilson, Morehouse Publishing
  • Questions on the Way A Catechism Based On The Book Of Common Prayer by Beverly D. Tucker and William H. Swatos, Jr., Forward Movement

Christian Healing Ministry:

  • Healing by Francis MacNutt, Ave Maria Press
  • Forgiveness is Healing by Russ Parker, Darton-Longman-Todd
  • Hand to Hand by Nigel Mumford, Church Publishing
  • Sexual Healing God’s Plan For The Sanctification of Broken Lives, Mastering Life Ministries,

Christian Leadership:

  • Growing Leaders Reflections On Leadership, Life & Jesus by James Lawrence, The Bible Reading Fellowship
  • The Christian Priest Today by Michael Ramsey, SPCK

Church Growth and Evangelism:

  • The Celtic Way Of Evangelism How Christianity Can Reach The West…Again by George G. Hunter III, Abingdon Press
  • Breaking News A Practical Course Designed To Help You Share God’s Good News Today by J. John, Authentic
  • The Church That Multiplies Growing A Healthy Cell Church In North Americaby Joel Comiskey, CCS Publishing
  • The Purpose Driven Church Growth Without Compromising Your Message and Mission by Rick Warren, Zondervan Publishing

Daily Scripture and Prayer Devotionals:

  • Streams In The Desert 366Daily Devotional Readings by L.B. Cowman, Zondervan
  • Through The Bible Through The Year Daily Reflections From Genesis To Revelation by John Stott, Candle Books
  • Encounter With God A Guide For Meeting God Daily In His Word (A Quarterly Periodical)Scripture Union Bible Reading Publication
  • The Book Of Common Prayer (Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer)

 General History of the Church and Anglicanism:

  • Ye Are The Body A People’s History Of The Church by Bonnell Spencer, Holy Cross Publications
  • A History of Global Anglicanism by Kevin Ward, Cambridge University Press

 Other Favorites and Various Recommended Books:

  • The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun (Edited by Paul Hattaway), Monarch Books
  • Living Water By Brother Yun (Edited by Paul Hattaway), Zondervan
  • Holy VulnerabilityThe Risks And Rewards Of Opening Up To God by Mike Flynn, Fresh Wind Ministries
  • Too Busy Not To Pray Slowing Down To Be With God by Bill Hybels
  • If You Want To Walk On Water, You’ve Got To Get Out Of The Boat by John Ortberg, Zondervan
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Harper One
  • The Confessions of St. Augustine, Image Books Doubleday
  • Gifts From God Encouragement And Hope For Today’s Parents by Dr. David Jeremiah, Chariot Victor Publishing
  • Your Money Counts The Biblical Guide To Earning, Spending, Saving, Investing, Giving And Getting Out Of Debt by Howard Dayton, Crown Financial Ministries


The above recommended reading list, which in no way should be considered exhaustive, is offered with the hope and expectation that it will be of some interest and value to the people of the Diocese. Recommendations of books or topics of interest for future book lists are welcome and invited.