Great Books

Below is my ever-growing, never-ending book list, in no particular order (Please, feel free to add to it!):

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

Is That Really You, God? by Loren Cunningham

Making Jesus Lord by Loren Cunningham

The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne

Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne

Follow Me to Freedom by Shane Claiborne

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Come Thirsty by Max Lucado

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

The Shack by William Paul Young

Boundaries by Henry Cloud

Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear by Max Lucado

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

Fathered by God by John Eldredge

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot

The Jesus of Suburbia by Mike Erre

Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand

100 Prison Meditations by Richard Wurmbrand

The Pastor’s Wife by Sabina Wurmbrand

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Repenting of Religion by Gregory Boyd

Prayers that Release Heaven on Earth by John Eckhardt

Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges

Strengthsfinder by Tom Rath


27 Responses to “Great Books”

  1. Jason Wieland May 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg.

    Inside the Revolution by Joel Rosenberg.

    • whoismrbrown June 25, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

      i really like your profile, it has good content, u are very honorable to help other people around the world. have a great weekend.

      • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 10:50 am #

        Thanks Mr. Brown! To you as well!

  2. erikaearl May 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    Thank you Jason! I will check those out…

  3. marisa June 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

    velvet elvis is one of my top favs πŸ™‚ as are a bunch of other on that list haha. yay for awesome books!!

    • erikaearl June 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

      Velvet Elvis was one of my first “Christian books.” It lit my fire to devour more. Yay for awesome books is right!

  4. Annette Biggers June 8, 2010 at 4:19 am #

    One of my favorite books is the very first one on your list, Is That Really You God?

    • erikaearl June 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

      Annette, that one is amazing! We had to read it for an assignment here and I flew through the pages. Loren’s story is so inspiring.

  5. deb June 25, 2010 at 5:14 am #

    Rock your existing world with….
    “I Say Unto You”….the sayings of Jesus
    “The Mustard Seed”….The gospel of Thomas

    both discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

    • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 10:43 am #

      Thanks Deb, I’ll have to check those out!

  6. simplyariel June 25, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    Hey girl, this is a wonderful blog! So many of these books are my favorites. You should consider reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It is incredible!

    God bless!

    • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 10:43 am #

      Hi Ariel, I really think God is trying to tell me something. Several people have recommended that one! I will put it at the top of my list! God bless you!

  7. mlacis June 25, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    if you loved Francis Chan, check out Bill Johnson’s “When Heaven Invades Earth” and “The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind”. His wife Beni Johnson also wrote a fantastic book about prayer and interceding, “The Happy Intercessor”

    Your blog is great. Keep changing the world πŸ™‚

    • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 10:44 am #

      Thank you so much for your encouragement! May God bless you!

  8. Rosalie June 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    For missions, I also recommend Let the Nations Be Glad, by John Piper.

    • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 10:50 am #

      Thanks for the suggestion. God bless you!

  9. Su & Rob June 25, 2010 at 3:52 pm #


    I’m new to your site and admire the desire you have to be all of what God is calling you to be.

    Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is a must read. It is a wonderful and challenging read on community, and living in community. I highly recommend it.


    • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 10:48 am #

      Excellent recommendation. I’ve wanted to read that one for awhile. I’ll have to hop to it! Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. May God bless you as you have blessed me!

  10. iwascreated2worship June 25, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    I would recommend Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren which has to do with God thrusting her into her AIDS ministry….Awesome!

    • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 10:46 am #

      Before leaving on my mission I attended the college-aged service called Crave at Saddleback Church! I love Rick and Kay Warren. I will have to check this book out. Thanks for the suggestion! God bless you.

  11. avalonbenoit June 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    You should check out Radical by David Platt. It will rock you.

    • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 10:46 am #

      I will add it to my list. Thanks for the suggestion! God bless you!

  12. Bea June 25, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt and if you haven’t read it, the Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne is a good read as well. Many of the books on your list are on mine! Good stuff

    • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 10:48 am #

      Yes, I have read The Irresistible Revolution. It’s a great book, very challenging to one’s comforts. I’m always glad to meet another reader. May God bless you in your pursuit of Him!

  13. edebock June 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Not a Christian publication but a must read for anyone interested in reaching out to the world’s oppressed. You can read my review by visiting my blog at & going back to March 9 of this year.

    Love your photos, by the way!

  14. enisea June 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    oh i love C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce was uncomfortably beautiful!

    funny i should stumble across more beautiful women having just writen about them πŸ™‚

  15. Tyler Mitchell April 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    I have so many to recommend but I have narrowed it to these two that are powerful. Nice list by the way. I will definitely be looking for these titles I haven’t read.

    THE KINGDOM LIFE – Alan Andrews
    SIMPLE OBSESSION – Jamie West Zumwalt

    Enjoy! πŸ˜‰

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