I was just thinking that the book I just finished was going to be one of the top five that I recommend to people, when it occurred to me... what are my "Top 5" devotional-type books that I would suggest that everyone read? So, without further ado:
Number 5: Spiritual Disciplines by Donald Whitney
This is a great primer on what all of us are called to do in the Christian life. If you are looking to develop your character and faith beyond simply praying and reading your Bible, this is a great resource.
Number 4: Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels
Regardless of any opinions you might have about Willow Creek, this book is inspirational about getting out of the constant Christian bubble that so many of us fall into so easily. Think differently about how you can reach the world and the community in which you live.
Number 3: Radical by David Platt
Start thinking exponentially about how God wants you to serve. Simply stated challenges that will hopefully stir you to action in bigger, more global ways than you are used to acting on.
Number 2: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
This is a great devotional for those who are needing revitalization in their spiritual walk with the Lord. Spend time with the Creator of the Universe and figure out what He wants of you in your life right now.
Number 1: Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
This book is great for every believer to read through, even if they aren't in a place of leadership. Superb Biblical principles about interpersonal dynamics. If you are a person who knows other people, you will find this book very insightful.
After thinking through all the options, I recognize that these all have to do with having an active faith (Honorable mention goes to Master Plan of Evangelism by Coleman which just got bumped out of the top five when Platt moved in). Each are short and easy to read, but the real challenge isn't in the reading; it's in the follow through. Let me challenge you to pick up any of these books, read through one of them by the end of the month, and act on what you learn. Let me know how it is going in the comments down below.
Tomorrow, I will post my more intellectual devotionals that I would recommend to folks. They'll be the ones that are longer, more drawn out, and you might need a dictionary and the internet alongside to help you understand exactly the train of thought the author is going on and on about.
Serving through love and laughter is a great way to live.