RESOURCE: Recommended Books

These books are available online, at your local library or bookstore. Below are links to publishers: please note that we have no affiliation with publishers other than NavPress and are not making an endorsement of those.

Bible Study

A Stranger on the Road to Emmaus
by John Cross

It's been called the most misunderstood book in history. Wars have been fought in its name, scandals have been precipitated by it, politics shaped and reshaped at its word. Theologians have both defended and reviled it. Skeptics have done the same. If you are a typical member of the human race, you have often been perplexed by all the fuss surrounding the Bible. The question remains, What does it really say? Here is a book that explains the greatest of Bible themes clearly and logically. Rather than focusing on one part and missing the whole the author chronologically binds together the entire text into one great universal drama, looking at events from the perspective of those who experienced history in the making. The results are sometimes comical, sometimes frightening but always true to the intent of the text. When you are done reading it, you may find yourself believing the Book like you never have before. Or you may decide not to. The author's objective approach leaves that decision up to you.

10 Keys to Unlocking the Bible
by Colin Smith

If you're just beginning to explore the rewards of Bible study, here is the perfect introduction! Colin S. Smith has drawn from all four volumes of his work, Unlocking the Bible Story, to create this fascinating and thought-provoking guide. Using ten key words from his books, he leads the reader through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and opens doors to further inspiration. 10 Keys offers a bridge to his series, and is also a wonderful stand-alone book of revitalizing truths.

The Navigators Bible Study Handbook

The Navigator Bible Studies Handbook is a classic collection of principles and methods for people who want to find out for themselves what the Scriptures say. Drawing on more than 60 years of experience from The Navigators, this book teaches specific and time-tested methods of Bible study, giving you the ability to find out for yourself what the Bible says. Learn how to do question-and-answer studies, verse analysis studies, comprehensive chapter analysis studies, and topical studies. Discover the underlying principles for doing good inductive Bible study.

Responding Biblically to Poverty, Corruption, and Injustice
by Okorie Kalu, David Lyons, and John Ridgway

Discover what God would have you do to put His kingdom in action. This Bible study examines our longing for justice and a life unmarred by destitution, a theme that stretches from Genesis to Revelation. Commissioned by international leaders of The Navigators, Responding Biblically explores what God says about living out His righteousness and how Christians can respond to poverty, injustice, and corruption.


by Robert Foster

Into a complacent generation God placed Dawson Trotman. Full of contagious zeal, drive, and creativity, Trotman helped awaken those around him and exhorted Christians to single-mindedly obey God. Thousands responded to his challenge of fruitful discipleship. Now his challenge goes to you. The Navigator will motivate you to joyfully obey God more. It will invite you to share in Trotman's "bifocal vision": a consuming passion for the salvation of the world and also for the spiritual nurturing of one individual. He once said, "If you care for one, God can give you a burden for the world." Through the worldwide Christian organization he founded, The Navigators, Trotman helped bring back some forgotten biblical truths: the importance of personal follow-up, one-on-one training, and the multiplication of disciples.

by Betty Skinner

Dawson Trotman revolutionized the practice of evangelism and founded The Navigators. This book shows you the convictions and passions that guided this hero of faith. Dawson Trotman revolutionized the practice of evangelism and founded The Navigators, one of the most widespread and respected Christian organizations in the world today. This moving historical account, drawn from the memories of those whose lives Dawson touched and from the author’s firsthand knowledge, will both encourage you in your faith and inspire you to action.

Revelations of a Single Woman: Loving the Life I Didn't Expect
by Connally Gilliam

Connally wrote Revelations of a Single Woman: Loving the Life I Didn’t Expect because she began to realize that her story of ‘unintentional singleness’ wasn’t just her story. Looking around at her friends and the broader culture, she began to realize that a lot of women, regardless of their faith, race, temperament or family background, were all in the same place. And that’s what made her look more closely for the God who was—and is—showing up, right now, even in a relational landscape which felt and feels foreign to many. That’s what this book is about, discovering that even when life doesn’t look or feel like you expected it to, God—and actually a lot of other people, too—are right in the midst of it, with you, opening doors into wide open spaces.

The Church

The Forgotten Ways
by Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch is convinced that the inherited formulas for growing the Body of Christ do not work anymore. And rather than relying on slightly revised solutions from the past, he sees a vision of the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church--a movement which grew from as few as 25,000 adherents in AD 100 to up to 20 million 200 years later. Similar meteoric growth has also been recorded in history and is currently being in many apostolic movements throughout the world today. How do they do it? The Forgotten Ways proposes the concept of Apostolic Genius as a way to understand what caused the church to experience exponential growth and impact at various times in history, interpreting it for use in our own time and place. From the theological underpinnings to the practical application, Hirsch takes the reader through this dynamic mixture of passion, prayer, and incarnational practice to rediscover the dormant potential of the modern church in the West.

Church Without Walls
by Jim Peterson

Your church is more than just a building, people, or a mission statement. Find out what your church really is and how to make it an exciting, thriving part of your community. The first-century Christians had to sort out Jesus from Judaism in order to become a people for all nations. Today, we have to sort out Jesus from religious traditions in order to make Him available to our nation. That’s the challenge this book tackles: Will we be the church without walls, communicating a gospel free of traditional and cultural trappings?

The Shaping of Things to Come
by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch

Christendom is dying and needs to be removed from its life-support system. Starting with this frank assessment of the current church, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch present an alternative model for ministry in today's postmodern world. Instead of mourning the demise of the Western church as the center of society, the authors explain how the church can be reborn through incarnational mission, messianic spirituality, and apostolic structure. Church leaders who heed the authors' call will see death turned into new life through the creation of a vital, missional church.

Church History in Plain Language
by Bruce Shelley

It's about time that someone wrote church history that tells about people, not just about "eras" and "ages." Church History in Plain Language taps the roots of our Christian family tree. It combines authoritative research with a captivating style to bring our heritage home to us.


Insider and Insider Workbook
by Shamy and Peterson

Evangelism is not just for the gifted few; it’s for all of us. In The Insider, Navigator authors Jim Petersen and Mike Shamy will give you the awareness and skills needed to share your faith and deepen your outreach to others. This paradigm-changing book will give you the awareness and skills you need to live out God's kingdom purposes with the people in your everyday relational circles. There is an easy-to-use companion study guide and workbook to help you see evangelism and outreach in new ways. Learn to see your relationships with your family, neighborhood, and workplace through kingdom eyes. Discover practical ways to overcome the obstacles to outreach and deal with fear, isolation, busyness, and feelings of inadequacy when it comes to faith and evangelism.

Issue of Shame
by Ralph & Jennifer Ennis and Paula Rinehart

How can believers communicate the Gospel in a way that penetrates shame and touches wounded hearts? This booklet will show you how to share God's love. Shame is becoming the predominate filter through which many people, especially young adults, interpret every experience and relationship, including their relationship with God. A great evangelism tool.

Living like a Missionary by Bill Mowry
Buy from Bill Mowry

Thinking like a Missionary by Bill Mowry
Buy from Bill Mowry

Cultural Awareness

Foreign to Familiar
by Sarah A. Lanier

Foreign to Familiar is a splendidly written, well researched work on cultures. Anyone traveling abroad should not leave home without this valuable resource! Sarah's love and sensitivity for people of all nations will touch your heart. This book creates within us a greater appreciation for our extended families around the world and an increased desire to better understand them.

Will this Rock in Rio?
by Ken Lottis

Anyone interested in reaching a city with the gospel can benefit from these remarkable lessons of spiritual growth, relationships, and the bonds only the Lord can forge. In the mid-1960s, Ken Lottis and Jim Petersen settled in the Brazilian university city of Curitiba to launch a ministry among students. Facing overwhelming obstacles but emboldened by biblical promises, they prayed that God would open doors of friendship. Ken and Jim mapped out new paths for nonreligious people to find their way into the kingdom of God. The lessons they learned proved cross-culturally transferable around the world. Also included in this book: Jim Petersen’s “Six Critical Factors to a Multiplying Ministry.”

Cultural Detective Notebook by Bill Mowry and Randy Raysbrook
Buy from Bill Mowry

Spiritual Development

Ascent of a Leader
by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and Ken McElrath

Become the leader people are proud to follow by opening yourself to the influences that develop character: enduring relationships with friends, family, and God. Solidly based on Christian values, this practical, visionary, and hope-filled book guides readers through a step-by-step process for developing both personal character and the network of important relationships that enable character to win out, even in the face of setbacks, adversity, and temptations to take short cuts. Leadership is about character, the authors assert, and character weaves values like integrity, honesty, and selfless service into the fabric of our lives, organizations, and cultures.

Foundations For Life-Long Significance
by Peter Angier

To keep up with the world's goals, men and women are pushed on all levels to abandon morality for materialism. Anxiety over the uncertain economic climate creates pressures for serious compromise. The downsizing of the past few years has left a trail of wounded people grappling with wrenching questions: What is success? What is life? This book will allow the reader to identify with life's challenges by first establishing a relationship with Jesus, then with His help, to implement practical stepping stones that will produce spiritual maturity and fruitfulness in the major areas of life. An entire generation is searching for practical, workable tools that can guide them through the treacherous spiritual shoals lining the fast track to success. With life as God intended, they can move past their fears, beyond mediocrity, to live an exhilarating life filled with laser-intense purpose!

by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John Lynch

TrueFaced draws a clear distinction between two very different underlying motives Christians sometimes operate under: our determination to please God or to trust Him. This book shows us how to trust Him more. God's way to an astonishing life begins as we start living as He sees us, standing with Him to work on our issues together. Explore issues of identity and grace in your relationships with others and with God.

Taking your Faith to Work
by David Goetsch

The workplace can be a challenging environment for Christians. The pressures of today's hyper-competitive global marketplace can lead to behaviors at work that cause believers to wonder if they can succeed in secular careers and still be faithful Christians. Taking Your Faith to Work not only answers this question with a resounding "YES," it makes the point that in the long run Christians succeed because of their faith, not in spite of it. Taking Your Faith to Work presents ten success strategies that are Scripturally-based, and Christians can use to build a winning career without losing their faith. These Biblical strategies are: be a leader, put your Christian work ethic to work, build your career on a foundation of integrity, be a loyal team player, become an effective team builder and team leader, be an effective communicator, be a good listener, think critically and creatively, be the antidote to political correctness, and persevere in standing up to temptation and adversity.

Confronting Life's Challenges

Bondage Breaker
by Neil T. Anderson

Featuring a new introduction by Neil T. Anderson, this freshly re-covered edition of his bestselling book The Bondage Breaker (more than 1.2 million copies sold) leads readers away from the shadows and shackles in their lives and toward the freedom that comes when they realize they have the right to be free, confront the power of Satan, fight the temptation to do it their way, trade deception for grace, and affirm their identity in Christ. Neil Anderson ultimately helps people break negative thought patterns, control irrational feelings, and break out of the bondage of sinful behavior. Those struggling will discover how to embrace the promise of Jesus to win the spiritual battles that confront them.

Rough Waters, Polished Stones
by Peter Angier

Life is one crisis after another. If you don't believe this, just wait, it will surely come! We are a people drowning in a quagmire of economic, political and moral confusion. So much of our activity is nothing more than a cheap anesthetic to deaden the pain of an empty life. We blame our circumstances, our government, our family and even God for our despair. We must recognize the frailty of human life, the reality of sin, the meaning of life, also the enigma of pain and injustice - all tools in God's polishing process in our lives! This book is a compilation of life-changing insights about a loving God whose character portrays His desire for fellowship with us and our need to accept, appreciate and experience His attributes in our emotions, pains and joys of life. By understanding ourselves, we will then be equipped with the ability to live today with laser-intense purpose!

For Men and Women

A Woman's Journey of Discipleship
by Gigi Busa, Ruth Fobes, Diane Manchester, Judy Miller and Vollie Sanders

This book will take you deep into a relationship with Christ. Throughout this series, you’ll be introduced to basic spiritual disciplines, learn to walk with Christ daily, make decisions using Scripture, and discover the value of discipling other women. Women's hearts everywhere will be ignited to follow Jesus Christ and in turn disciple others, leaving a legacy of spiritual generations.

Every Man a Warrior
by Lonnie Berger

This series has a total of 27 lessons and may be the most practical Bible study most men will ever do. It is designed specifically to deal with the issues that men face and need to succeed in. Field tested for 2 years, it has been used with men of all ages from teens to those in their 70s. It recounts the stories of real men dealing with real life struggles and how God has solutions to life's most significant issues, including walking with God, marriage and raising children, sex and moral purity, work and money. The course can be used to disciple men individually, in a small group, or in a men's Sunday school class.

Life - Frustration or Fulfillment
by Ida Angier

Women today, whether single or married are seeking fulfillment, identity and significance, yet the subtle pressures of our world's system are causing increasing frustration. New and far-reaching challenges are being encountered by women as never before, forcing them to re-examine and re-evaluate their priorities. The extreme pressures from a social and economical standpoint are bombarding women at every turn. With the ever-increasing divorce rate that predominates our society, the "fractured family" syndrome is also more rampant. This book will enable the reader to understand the Biblical role for women, the challenges they face today, as well as considering significant identifiable characteristics of godly women who have been role model examples throughout history. It will also present recommendations to promote a healthier approach to cope with these pressures, proposing some practical suggestions for a victorious and dynamic Christian life.

Love Worth the Wait: Trusitng God for Real Romance and Real Relationships
by Sandy Weyeneth

With plenty of paltry substitutes for real romance and authentic relationship, men and women today are often left wondering, “Where’s the real thing? Does it even exist anymore?” In an age of internet dating and more options than ever before, most women still have a heartfelt longing to be pursued and cherished by a man worthy of their trust. Find this and much more in Love Worth the Wait, published by Plum Tree Ministries. Don’t worry—it’s not another book on singleness or dating. This inspiring, true story was orchestrated by a faithful God. It’s for men and women, single and married. It definitely has something for you! You will enjoy the witty and candid e-mails woven throughout this appealing adventure. It will renew your hope for what God can do because He is the greatest romance writer of all time.

Posted: 1/31/2012 1:50:27 PM | 0 comments
Filed under: start, books

Blog post currently doesn't have any comments.
Leave comment

Enter security code:
 Security code