My Top 25 Book Recommendations for Growing in Spiritual Maturity

esv_study_bibleThese are the 25 books that I would most recommend for growing in spiritual maturity. I tried to rank them in terms of priority for reading. It is genuinely hard to compare two excellent books that have different topics, so the positions could easily be moved around some.

1) The Bible. Regular reading of the Bible is essential for personal spiritual growth. There are so many English-language Bibles out there that it is hard to narrow down the options. But let me tell you my two favorites: the ESV Study Bible and the Life Application Study Bible (NLT).
2) [QUOTES] The Mud and the Masterpiece by John Burke.
3) [QUOTES] Waking the Dead by John Eldredge.
4) [QUOTES] Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. She has written a number of devotionals, and as near as I can tell, they are all excellent. This was her first, and the most widely read, so I recommended this one while implicitly valuing all of her writing.
5) [QUOTES] The Only Necessary Thing by Henri Nouwen
6) [QUOTES] The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith. 99 cents on Kindle, free at ccel.org.
7) [QUOTES] No Perfect People Allowed by John Burke
8) [QUOTES] Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God by Francis Frangipane
9) [QUOTES] The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. FREE on Kindle.
10) [QUOTES] The Shack by William P. Young. while I tend to stray away from Christian fiction, this book has so much about grace and an understanding of a personal God that I could not resist. Two of my perennial top ten books are fiction, but dropped out of the top 25. They are both by Gene Edwards: The Divine Romance and A Tale of Three Kings.
11) [QUOTES] Walking with God by John Eldredge
12) [QUOTES] Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality by J. Brent Bill. While I am not a Quaker, this author and another in the top 25, Richard Foster, are Quakers. Almost making it into the top 25 was another Quaker author, Thomas R. Kelly, who wrote A Testament of Devotion.
13) [QUOTES] Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer by Richard Foster
14) [QUOTES] Days of His Presence by Francis Frangipane
15) [QUOTES] The Master’s Indwelling by Andrew Murray. FREE on Kindle.
16) [QUOTES] See at AMAZON.comThe Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer. FREE on Kindle.
17) [QUOTES] Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning. His most popular book could have easily found its way on this list: The Ragamuffin Gospel.
18) [QUOTES] Bridal Intercession: Authority in Prayer through Intimacy with Jesus by Gary Wiens
19) [QUOTES] The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson
20) [QUOTES] The Shelter of the Most High by Francis Frangipane
21) [QUOTES] The Pleasures of Loving God by Mike Bickle. I wanted to get at least on of Mike Bickle’s books dealing with a passionate walk with God into the top 25. He has written several others, all of them worthwhile. The first book in this vein was Passion for Jesus.
22) [QUOTES] Knowing God by Joyce Meyer. I was torn between listing this book and her other book on a similar topic, How to Hear from God.
23) [QUOTES] The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within by Erwin Raphael McManus
24) [QUOTES] Present Perfect by Gregory Boyd
25) [QUOTES] Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge. This is the third book from John Eldredge in my top 25, and I could have easily listed more, but especially worth mentioning is the book he did with his wife, Stasi Eldredge, that is meant primarily for women: Captivating.

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