Great Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gifts That Encourage Spiritual Growth

Are you looking to give a Christmas gift this year that will have a lasting impact?

Below are a few recommendations for books I have found helpful in ministry.

They’re organized by who would use them (men, women, youth, pastor, etc.).

Hope this helps you find the perfect gift for those you want to encourage in ministry.

 

Christmas List for 2018

We need to intentionally choose what to feed our minds so that our passions have biblical content that directs our energies into God-honoring thinking patterns, and godly behavioral outcomes that glorify Jesus as Lord and Savior. Here is a list of excellent books that will make an impact on your spiritual formation and make great Christmas gifts for your family and friends. On orders of $35 or more through Great Christian Books, shipping is often free*. Christainbooks.com prices are notably discounted, so click on the book image or title to locate their latest price (commonly 25 to 75% off retail).

Bibles

Bibles are always a great gift for Christmas. Here are a few I highly recommend.

For the Pews

ESV Pew Bible         A perfect gift for your Church. Also comes in burgundy and navy blue.

522048: The ESV Value Pew Bible, Black The ESV Value Pew Bible, Black

Durable, affordable, and reliable, this compact edition is sturdy enough for years of steady use and priced right so that everybody in your congregation can have access to God’s Word during services.

Features

  • Double-column paragraph format
  • Section headings
  • Textual footnotes
  • Words of Jesus in readable black text
  • 7-point text size
  • 8.75′ x 5.75′ x 1.50′

For Adults

The ESV Reformation Study Bible, 2015 Edition          Best study Bible currently on the market for college and adult readers.          Edited by R. C. Sproul     Comes in various formats, colors, and bindings.

698749: ESV Reformation Study Bible, 2017 Condensed Edition, Soft Leather-look, Charcoal ESV Reformation Study Bible, 2017 Condensed Edition, Soft Leather-look, Charcoal
By R.C. Sproul(Ed.)The Reformation Study Bible (2017), Condensed Edition provides concise, trustworthy commentary in a portable format carefully crafted under the editorial leadership of R.C. Sproul and contributions from 75 distinguished theologians and pastors from around the world. Notes have been condensed from the Reformation Study Bible to offer a more convenient solution for a study on the go.Features Include:

  • Commentary from the Reformation Study Bible
  • Over 10,000 verse by- verse notes
  • Book introductions
  • Single-column
  • Cross References
  • Concordance
  • Table of weights and measures
  • 5.25′ x 8.25′ x 1.38′
  • Text Size: 8

For Children

The Beginner’s Bible          Still one of the best starter Bible for pre-readers.

750136: The Beginner"s Bible, New and Updated Edition 2016 The Beginner’s Bible, New and Updated Edition 2016
By Zondervan
The best-selling Bible storybook of our time, with over 25 million products sold! Introduce children to the stories of the Bible through vibrant art and compelling text with The Beginner’s Bible; full of life and fun, and featuring brand new vibrant, three-dimensional art.The Beginner’s Bible has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will interest children for many more years to come.Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner’s Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner’s Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children’s Nonfiction.

ESV Children’s Bible (for ages 5 to 10).     Comes in blue, green, and purple.

547553: ESV Children"s Bible, Blue ESV Children’s Bible, Blue

A redesign of the original, the ESV Children’s Bible helps children ages 5 to 10 see Bible stories come to life. An ideal ‘intermediary’ between storybook and study Bibles, the ESV Holy Bible for Kids offers God’s Word along with features young readers love!

An ideal ‘intermediary’ between storybook and study Bibles, it includes the complete ESV Bible text with more than 200 vibrant, full-color illustrations of Bible events and characters. Additional content includes a dictionary, Old and New Testament timelines, child-friendly maps and charts, and help in directing children to key Scriptures on various topics. such as salvation, prayer, and Bible reading/memorization.

The ESV Children’s Bible is a colorful Bible that kids will love!

Features

  • Over 200 full-color illustrations
  • Dictionary
  • Old and New Testament timelines
  • Child-friendly maps
  • ‘God’s Word for Me When…’ and ‘God’s Word for Me About…’ pages
  • Black letter text
  • Durable Smyth-sewn binding
  • 9.5-point text size
  • 8.75′ x 5.75′

The ESV Actions Study Bible (for older kids 8 to 12)     This Bible comes in various cover editions as well as in a picture version.

708712: ESV Action Study Bible, Hardcover ESV Action Study Bible, Hardcover
Within these pages, you’ll read the most amazing true stories and see God’s Word come to life in incredible detail with dramatic illustrations from comic book artist, Sergio Cariello. You’ll explore ancient worlds in new and exciting ways and meet fascinating kings and queens, heroic warriors, faithful prophets, and daring revolutionaries. And, within your life, you will see God in action! The Action Bible Study Bible ESV brings preteens into the action with these amazing features:

  • What About This?: Gain insights to tough questions about faith
  • Unlock It!: Who did what, when, and where and why it matters
  • Guess It!: Person, place, or thing, take the challenge with 5 clues
  • Activate: Reflect on Bible themes and how they apply now
  • Ancient Archives: Discover the cultural history of ancient times; what were weapons, food, clothes, houses, celebrations, and traditions like?
  • Experience the Drama: Comic book artist Sergio Cariello’s dramatic illustrations captures the imagination and transports you to another time

Additional Features:

  • Book introductions
  • 8 pages of full-color maps with index
  • Concordance
  • Dictionary
  • Presentation page
  • Family Tree page
  • 8-point text size
  • 8.75′ x 5.75′ x 1.25′

Devotional Books

Devotional books are the bread and butter of daily time spent with God. Choose one or more of these for 2018 and redeem the year as you spend time with the Lord.

God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs     Dr. Timothy Keller and his wife Kathy.

222097: God"s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs
By Timothy Keller with Kathy KellerWhat does it mean to live a moral life? Unlock the wisdom God provides within the poetry of Proverbs! In this 365-day devotional, the Kellers offer a fresh, inspiring lesson for every day of the year to guide you toward a renewed understanding of the essence and goal of leading a Christian life. Each day’s reading includes a selection from Proverbs, a thoughtful reflection, and a prayer to help you internalize its wisdom. Hardcover with ribbon bookmark.

Come, Let Us Adore Him     A Daily Advent Devotional by Paul David Tripp.

556692: Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional
By Paul David Tripp
Prepare your heart, mind, and soul to celebrate the incarnation of God’s Son! Bringing a renewed sense of Christmas wonder to December days, Tripp shares 31 readings featuring gospel-centered thoughts, meditations, Scripture verses, and tips for parents to help your family focus on what matters most – the birth of Jesus. 144 pages, hardcover from Crossway.

Night Light     Dr. James & Shirley Dobson     A devotional for couples to read before they turn out the light.     Comes in paperback and hardcover.

320601: Night Light: A Devotional for Couples Night Light: A Devotional for Couples
By Dr. James & Shirley DobsonBefore you kiss each other and turn out the light, share a quiet moment together with God! Featuring engaging stories, Scripture readings, thought-provoking questions, prayers, and commentary, the Dobsons’ 6-month daily devotional will lead you and your spouse to a deeper intimacy and spiritual communion as you experience the ‘three person’ marriage covenant God intended. Paperback. A Focus on the Family Recommendation.

Abide in Christ and Absolute Surrender     Here are two classic devotional books by Andrew Murray.

88605: Abide in Christ Abide in Christ
By Andrew Murray. Instead of accepting the invitation to enter God’s throne room, many Christians stand alone outside the door, uncertain and ashamed. Christ beckons them to His banqueting table and offers them a room in His house, but they foolishly give up the glory of the life He has offered. They come to Jesus as Redeemer but never go beyond the doorway to abide in Him and experience the unspeakable joy of dwelling with the King of Kings. Andrew Murray knew what it meant to be continually in the Father’s presence. Read these thirty-one heart-searching readings and learn how to live daily in closer communion and fellowship with Him. Accept God’s invitation and live in His blessing and glory instead of shuffling your feet at the gate.

 

83113: Absolute Surrender Absolute Surrender
By Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray offers to us in ‘Absolute Surrender’ his desire to see the Church completely dependent on Christ. The beauty of Murray’s message will show the reader the way to walk in Christ’s love and peace. The reader is presented with the belief that the greatest need of the Church and of believers is that there needs to be absolute surrender to God.

All of Grace     Charles Spurgeon

454520: All of Grace All of Grace
By C.H. Spurgeon
In an age of limited travel and isolated nations, Charles Haddon Spurgeon preached to over 10,000,000 people in person! In this classic work, he presents a clear and compelling message of salvation—showing man’s ultimate need and God’s unique provision. A treasure for honest seekers and the believers who desire to reach them. 128 pages, softcover from Moody.

A Little Book on the Christian Life     John Calvin

697445: A Little Book on the Christian Life A Little Book on the Christian Life
By John Calvin
For centuries, Christians of all ages have turned to this book to help guide them in their journey as they follow Christ. This book is one of the great classics of the Christian faith, calling believers to pursue holiness and endure suffering as they rest in Christ alone. In this new translation, Aaron Denlinger and Burk Parsons capture John Calvin’s biblical faithfulness, theological integrity, and pastor’s heart. This is a book for every Christian to pick up, read, and apply. Paperback with French flaps.

My Utmost for His Highest     Oswald Chambers     This is a 19th century classic daily devotional.

078757: My Utmost For His Highest - Updated Edition My Utmost For His Highest – Updated Edition
By Oswald Chambers, edited by James Reimann
Born in 19th-century Scotland, Chambers had a preaching ministry that reached as far as the United States and Japan! Learn why his beloved daily devotional continues to inspire Jesus’ followers worldwide. Timeless and anchored in Scripture, it will challenge you to grow in your faith and cultivate ever-greater obedience to Christ. Features updated language.

Streams in the Desert     B. Cowman     Another classic devotional used by adults of all ages.

353683: Streams in the Desert Streams in the Desert
By L.B. Cowman, edited by James Reimann
For 75 years, this devotional classic has revived countless weary travelers on their spiritual journey. Now today’s generation of faithful sojourners can drink deeply from Cowman’s sparkling river of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration! This updated edition features NIV Scripture passages and contemporary language while preserving the essence of the original. 512 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

 Women’s Ministry

Women’s ministries are constantly looking for good studies. Content is important but the author and their ability to communicate their biblical message practically are equally important. I often choose small group study material based on 1) who the author is and their theological persuasion and 2) a topic that would be of interest to the group.

God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs       Dr. Timothy Keller

222097: God"s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs
By Timothy Keller with Kathy KellerWhat does it mean to live a moral life? Unlock the wisdom God provides within the poetry of Proverbs! In this 365-day devotional, the Kellers offer a fresh, inspiring lesson for every day of the year to guide you toward a renewed understanding of the essence and goal of leading a Christian life. Each day’s reading includes a selection from Proverbs, a thoughtful reflection, and a prayer to help you internalize its wisdom. Hardcover with ribbon bookmark.

Desiring God     Dr. John Piper     Pastor Piper’s most prominent book on personal piety and love for God.

423108: Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
By John Piper
Strengthen your relationship with God simply by enjoying him and his creation. Piper compellingly reveals why your deepest and most enduring happiness can only be found in God. Laying biblical foundations for a life of celebration, he describes how to glorify the Lord by truly desiring and enjoying him. Includes a discussion guide. 320 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

Knowing God     Dr. J. I. Packer     Becoming a modern classic on experiencing God, Dr. Packer uses the term knowing in its truest biblical form of knowing God intimately.

1650X: Knowing God Knowing God
By J.I. Packer
J. I. Packer’s Knowing God has become a classic of the Christian faith. Why? While it gives us information about God with clarity and grace, it does much more—it aids us in actually knowing him, in building our relationship with him, and helps draw us closer to him in love and worship. This 20th-anniversary edition of Packer’s classic has new Americanized text, reader-friendly type, and a new preface. Study guide not included.

One-Minute Inspirations for Women     Elizabeth George     Bite-sized devotionals for women on the go. Great gift for small group participants.

957403: One-Minute Inspirations for Women One-Minute Inspirations for Women
By Elizabeth George
Too busy to sit and read, but still feeling a spiritual need? When life has you on the run, these bite-sized devotions will keep you going till you have time for extended meditations. Sharing snippets of wisdom from Woman After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George offers women biblical guidance for setting goals and making decisions that please God.

A Woman After God’s Own Heart     Elizabeth Geroge     A spiritually rich presentation on developing a passion for the Savior. Comes with a study guide.

56620X: A Woman After God"s Own Heart--Book and Study Guide A Woman After God’s Own Heart–Book and Study Guide
By Elizabeth George
Discover the tools you need to live out God’s priorities in your marriage, family life, spiritual journey, and ministry. Updated with fresh scriptural insights, this edition of Elizabeth George’s bestseller helps you experience lasting fulfillment as you become the woman God created you to be. Study guide includes discussion questions, practical exercises, and a quiet time calendar. Includes book and study guide.

When People Are Big And God Is Small     Dr. Ed Welch     Helpful counseling oriented book on seeing God as fully resourceful for daily living.

26004: When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man
By Edward T. Welch
‘In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?’ So sings the Psalmist. But quote that to a crime victim or a junior high student and they’ll tell you fear of ‘mortal men’ can prove a formidable obstacle! Here Welch offers biblical insight and solutions for a pervasive weakness in today’s church. 239 pages, softcover from P&R.

A Heart for God     Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson     An excellent small group topic on the greatness and majesty of God.

1515029: A Heart for God A Heart for God
By Sinclair Ferguson
‘From the Publisher:’ In these pages, Sinclair B. Ferguson guides us, step by step, to see the greatness of God in his majesty and creative power; to sense the tenderness of his care and the marvel of his love. A Heart For God is ‘practical, pastoral and profound. 144 pgs

Men’s Studies

Men’s studies are becoming more popular with the development of distinctively masculine expressions of Christian faith. Here are a few books for men, which includes topics of interest to men’s groups.

God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs     Dr. Timothy Keller and his wife Kathy

222097: God"s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs
By Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller
What does it mean to live a moral life? Unlock the wisdom God provides within the poetry of Proverbs! In this 365-day devotional, the Kellers offer a fresh, inspiring lesson for every day of the year to guide you toward a renewed understanding of the essence and goal of leading a Christian life. Each day’s reading includes a selection from Proverbs, a thoughtful reflection, and a prayer to help you internalize its wisdom. Hardcover with ribbon bookmark.

The One-Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge     Tony Dungy & Nathan Whitaker

348285: The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge
By Tony Dungy & Nathan Whitaker
If you’re truly uncommon, then you’re dedicated to being more than what the world is calling you to be. You’re ready to develop the beliefs, values, integrity, and faithfulness that lead to true victory in life. So step up to the challenge to spend time with God by reading from Tony’s 365-day devotional and discover what God has in store for you. Paperback.

Desiring God     Dr. John Piper Pastor Piper’s most prominent book on personal piety and love for God.

423108: Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
By John Piper
Strengthen your relationship with God simply by enjoying him and his creation. Piper compellingly reveals why your deepest and most enduring happiness can only be found in God. Laying biblical foundations for a life of celebration, he describes how to glorify the Lord by truly desiring and enjoying him. Includes a discussion guide. 320 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

Knowing God     Dr. J. I. Packer     Becoming a modern classic on experiencing God, Dr. Packer uses the term knowing in its truest biblical form of knowing God intimately.

1650X: Knowing God Knowing God
By J.I. Packer
J. I. Packer’s Knowing God has become a classic of the Christian faith. Why? While it gives us information about God with clarity and grace, it does much more—it aids us in actually knowing him, in building our relationship with him, and helps draw us closer to him in love and worship. This 20th anniversary edition of Packer’s classic has new Americanized text, reader-friendly type, and a new preface. Study guide not included.

Disciplines of a Godly Man     Dr. R. Kent Hughes

347588: Disciplines of a Godly Man Disciplines of a Godly Man
By R. Kent Hughes
Our churches and homes need men willing to follow the path of godliness no matter what the cost. Disciplines of a Godly Man has been speaking to the hearts of men since 1991, and its words are still relevant. Using engaging illustrations, scriptural wisdom, and practical suggestions for daily life, Hughes offers frank biblical discussion on major areas of Christian manhood, including family, godliness, leadership, and ministry. Revised. Includes study guide.

The Holiness of God     Dr. R. C. Sproul    Dr. R. C.’s flagship book that began his national ministry. Becoming a classic.

39655: The Holiness of God, Revised and Expanded Edition The Holiness of God, Revised and Expanded Edition
By R.C. Sproul
From Rudolf Otto’s mysterium tremendum to Martin Luther’s ‘insanity’ and Jonathan Edwards’s fiery sermons, Sproul’s classic offers an accessible exploration of history and Scripture that will help you understand—and live with—the tension between God’s terrifying holiness and his inexplicable grace.Sproul explains, ‘How we understand the person and character of God the Father affects every aspect of our lives….God is inescapable. There is no place we can hide from Him. Not only does He penetrate every aspect of our lives, but He penetrates it in his majestic holiness. Therefore we must seek to understand what the holy is. We dare not seek to avoid it. There can be no worship, no spiritual growth, no true obedience without it. It defines our goal as Christians. God has declared, ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ (Lev. 11:44). To reach that goal, we must understand what holiness is.’Allow one of the all-time classic works on God’s character to guide you more deeply into the presence of God as you respond to God’s holiness. This edition of Sproul’s work includes challenging study questions for individuals or small groups.

The Man in the Mirror     Patrick M. Morley     Patrick’s classic book on male spirituality. The book that launched his ministry. CBD’s price is incredibly low for a book of this quality!

624523: The Man in the Mirror: Solving the 24 Problems Men Face, 25th Anniversary Ed. The Man in the Mirror: Solving the 24 Problems Men Face, 25th Anniversary Ed.
By Patrick M. Morley
Identity. Relationships. Money. Integrity. What problems do you face? Men grappling with the pressures of everyday life don't need spiritual fluff—they need real answers, and Morley offers them in this revised and updated edition of his bestseller. Learn how to trade the rat race for the rewards of godly manhood! Each chapter includes focus questions. Discussion leader’s guide can be found at the back of the book.

When People Are Big And God Is Small     Dr. Ed Welch     Helpful counseling oriented book on seeing God as fully resourceful for daily living.

26004: When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man
By Edward T. Welch
‘In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?’ So sings the Psalmist. But quote that to a crime victim or a junior high student and they’ll tell you fear of ‘mortal men’ can prove a formidable obstacle! Here Welch offers biblical insight and solutions for a pervasive weakness in today’s church. 239 pages, softcover from P&R.

A Heart for God     Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson     An excellent small group topic on the greatness and majesty of God.

1515029: A Heart for God A Heart for God
By Sinclair Ferguson
‘From the Publisher:’ In these pages, Sinclair B. Ferguson guides us, step by step, to see the greatness of God in his majesty and creative power; to sense the tenderness of his care and the marvel of his love. A Heart For God is ‘practical, pastoral and profound. 144 pgs

Studies for Teenagers

Teens are in need of having godly agendas to guide their thinking process. Some fathers pay their children to read certain books as an incentive to learn how to choose spiritually sound material. Let me make your life as a parent easier by making a few suggestions.

Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation     Jason Mandryk     A prayer guide for youth and adult ministry that details the spiritual needs of the nations.

857241: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation
By Jason Mandryk
You’ve got the vision—but how do you go about praying for the whole planet? Revised and updated, this must-have book provides religious, people-group, geographic, economic, and political information for every country; plus maps, a persecution index, answers and challenges to prayer—and a handy calendar that encourages daily targeted intercession.

Through Gates of Splendor     Elisabeth Elliot     The inspiring missionary story of her first husband’s death (Jim Elliot) as they attempt to reach a violent South American tribe.

2371516: Through Gates of Splendor Through Gates of Splendor
By Elisabeth Elliot
In January 1956, a tragic but inspiring story broke in headlines across the world. Five young men had dared to make contact with a Stone Age tribe deep in the Jungles of Ecuador. The goal: to establish communication with a people whose only previous response to the outside world had been to attack all strangers. The men’s mission combined modern technology with innate ingenuity, sparked by a passionate determination to get the gospel to a people without Christ.

Here are several books by C. S. Lewis that will interest middle school, high school, and college students.

The Screwtape Letters     Dr. C. S. Lewis     This book is fictionally written to an apprentice demon on how to sidetrack a Christian.

52934: The Screwtape Letters The Screwtape Letters
By C.S. Lewis
Wormwood, a demon apprentice, must secure the damnation of a young man who’s just become a Christian. He seeks the advice of an experienced devil, his uncle Screwtape. Their correspondence offers invaluable—and often humorous—insights on temptation, pride, and the ultimate victory of faith over evil forces. Paperback with French flaps and deckled page edges.

Mere Christianity     Dr. C. S. Lewis     An excellent book on the essence of Christianity for older teens and college-aged students.

2926X: Mere Christianity Mere Christianity
By C.S. Lewis
Arguably the 20th century’s most influential Christian writer, C.S. Lewis sought to explain and defend the beliefs that nearly all Christians at all times hold in common. His simple yet deeply profound classic, originally delivered as a series of radio broadcasts, is a book to be thoroughly digested by believers and generously shared with skeptics. Paperback with French flaps and deckled page edges.

The Space Trilogy     Dr. C. S. Lewis     Three books in one, that rivals Star Wars as it tells the fictional story of the universal battle between good and evil. Excellent for older teens and college-aged students.

664829: The Space Trilogy, 3 Volumes in 1 The Space Trilogy, 3 Volumes in 1
By C.S. Lewis
Now C.S. Lewis’s classic trio of fantasy tales is in one convenient volume! Called to join the universal battle of good vs. evil, Dr. Elwin Ransom, a renowned scholar, fights demonic forces with the help of heavenly messengers. Follow his out-of-this-world adventures in Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. 728 pages, softcover from Scribners.

The Chronicles of Narnia     Dr. C. S. Lewis     Several of these books have become full-length motion pictures. The books are better than the movies. This is classic C. S. Lewis.

44280: The Chronicles of Narnia: 7-Volume Slipcased Softcover Set The Chronicles of Narnia: 7-Volume Slipcased Softcover Set
By C.S. Lewis
Once your children have followed Lucy through the back of a magic wardrobe – and met Aslan, the Christlike lion – they’ll never be the same! Kids adore these classics for their imaginative storylines and adults appreciate the rich Christian symbolism. This softcover set is perfect for young children and families that are on the go.Each volume in this 7 book softcover set includes stunning new cover art by Cliff Nielsen. The individual books include approximately 200 pages and measure 4.25′ by 7.25′. This set also includes an attractive slipcase in which the books can be safely stored and attractively displayed.

Discovering God’s Will     Dr. Sinclair Ferguson     Great book on a much-needed topic. Appropriate for older teens, college students, and adults. Deals with fundamental principles by which God guides us.

712639: Discovering God"s Will Discovering God’s Will
By Sinclair Ferguson
Discovering God’s Will draws out fundamental principles by which God guides us, applies them to practical situations like vocation and marriage, and underlines many important biblical counsels. It shows that the guidance God gives comes primarily from knowing, loving, and obeying him.

Studies for Children

Children are not the future of the Church—they are very much a part of the Church. We need to see children as one of the Church’s primary foci in ministry. Use these recommended books to feed the minds and hearts of your children to assist them in knowing and loving God.

Dr. Ferguson has recently published several excellent spiritual books for children. He has also published several books on the heroes of the faith (excellent for older children). Each one is valuable and worth adding to your child’s library.

The Big Book Of Questions and Answers     Dr. Sinclair Ferguson     Children ask a lot of questions about God. Here are sound biblical responses.

22956: The Big Book Of Questions and Answers The Big Book Of Questions and Answers
By Sinclair Ferguson
Questions! Questions! Questions! Children are full of them. Where did I come from? What is God like? Is there only one God? This book is a family guide to the Christian Faith that will help you to answer these questions. This is a book for families to discover the key doctrines of Christianity in a way that stimulates discussion and helps children want to know more. Each page is set out in a clear child-friendly way with A Question, The Answer, A Memory Verse, Reading Time, Talking Time, Action Time and Prayer Time.

The Big Book of Questions & Answers About Jesus: A Family Guide to Jesus’ Life and Ministry     Dr. Sinclair Ferguson

25599: The Big Book of Questions & Answers About Jesus: A Family Guide to Jesus" Life and Ministry The Big Book of Questions & Answers About Jesus: A Family Guide to Jesus’ Life and Ministry
By Sinclair Ferguson
Following on from the success of the original Big Book of Questions and Answers, this book tackles the many questions that children have about Jesus, including: What was so special about Jesus? Why did Jesus heal sick people? Why did Jesus have to die? How can I give my life to Jesus? An invaluable tool for introducing children to Jesus and helping them to get to know Him better, in an enjoyable and interactive way. Recommended for ages 5 to 10.

Irenaeus of Lyons: The Man Who Wrote Books     Dr. Sinclair Ferguson

710948: Irenaeus of Lyons: The Man Who Wrote Books Irenaeus of Lyons: The Man Who Wrote Books
By Sinclair Ferguson
There are lots of ‘idols’ these days. But do you have any heroes? What’s the difference? Idols are people we say we ‘adore’ because they are famous, or rich, or good-looking, or because they have amazing talents, or special abilities perhaps we wish we could have. Heroes are people who are willing to live and die for what they believe.IRENAEUS OF LYONS: THE MAN WHO WROTE BOOKS tells the story of a hero. He was a follower of Jesus Christ. He served him far away from home. And to help his fellow Christians – he wrote books. This large hardback book for children, from the pen of Sinclair Ferguson, is beautifully illustrated by Allison Brown. A wonderful start to a wonderful series that currently includes this, and two other titles, Ignatius of Antioch: The Man Who Faced Lions and Polycarp of Smyrna: The Man Whose Faith Lasted.

Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral ministry books are critical for Pastors who help people with what sometimes appears to be overwhelming difficulties. Here are a few selections that have helped me care for the flock. These make great pastor appreciation or Christmas gifts.

The Christian Counselor’s Manual     Dr. Jay Adams

60138: The Christian Counselor"s Manual The Christian Counselor’s Manual
By Jay Adams
A companion and sequel volume to Competent to Counsel, this volume includes indexes, a detailed table of contents, and many diagrams and forms, all of which make this one of the best reference books for Christian counselors.

Competent to Counsel     Dr. Jay Adams

60006: Competent to Counsel Competent to Counsel
By Jay Adams
A classic from the dean of Christian counseling! Adams has helped thousands of pastors, laypeople, and professionals to implement a nouthetic, or Spirit-led, approach to counseling. Promoting use of biblically based discussion, he offers profound insight into the way sin affects human personality, and how confession and taking responsibility restore counselees to wholeness in Christ. Hardcover.

Systematic Theology, One-Volume Edition     Dr. Norman Geisler     A critically acclaimed masterpiece!

206030: Systematic Theology: In One Volume Systematic Theology: In One Volume
By Norman L. Geisler
Now you can own Geisler’s critically acclaimed masterpiece in one convenient volume! His classic treatment of God’s existence, truth’s inevitability, divine revelation, Scripture’s origin, biblical inspiration, God’s attributes, sin, Christ, the assurance of heaven, church history, and end-times theories, is more accessible than ever!

The Reason for God     Dr. Timothy Keller     This book lays a credible response to having belief within a skeptical world.

483493: The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
By Timothy Keller
How could a loving God send people to hell? Why does he allow suffering? Can one religion be ‘right’ and the others ‘wrong’? Responding to the questions of open skeptics and ardent believers, Keller draws from literature, philosophy, reason, and real-life conversations to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief. 336 pages, softcover from Dutton.

The Prodigal God     Dr. Timothy Keller     This book is becoming a classic on the love of God for his people.

484025: The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
By Timothy Keller
Using his characteristic intellectual approach to faith issues, Keller uncovers an unexpected message in the familiar—and often misunderstood—New Testament parable of the prodigal son. Seekers and believers alike will see Christianity in a whole new way when they learn how Christ’s followers are supposed to love, so they can join him in heaven. 160 pages, softcover from Penguin.

The Meaning of Marriage     Dr. Timothy Keller     One of the best books on marriage and the biblical blueprint for marriage.

631871: The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
By Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller
Are you and your spouse struggling to keep your marriage alive? You’ll welcome Pastor Keller’s wise insights about love and commitment. Drawing from his sermons, he and his wife frankly discuss difficulties couples experience and show how God’s Word can provide a blueprint for a healthy, loving lifelong relationship. Ideal for couples, pastors, and marriage counselors.

The Peace Maker     Dr. Ken Sande     The best guide to conflict resolution and reconciliation in the Church. I once purchased and distributed this book to every pastor in our presbytery. It’s that important to ministry.

64856: The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, Third Edition The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, Third Edition
By Ken Sand
Experience the healing power of biblical peacemaking as you learn to apply scriptural principles to conflict in the world around you. Parse the elements of arguments and begin to see that there’s not really any difference that can’t be overcome with the right perspective. It’s practical guidance for resolving all types of conflict and hope for relationships you thought were unsalvageable.

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith     Dr. R. C. Sproul     A helpful presentation understandable to lay leaders on the fundamental Christian doctrines.

320016: Essential Truths of the Christian Faith Essential Truths of the Christian Faith
By R.C. Sproul
With the layperson in mind, Dr. Sproul offers a basic understanding of the Christian faith that is interesting, informative, and easy to read. Sproul provides brief explanations of biblical concepts every Christian should know in language everyone can understand. Highlighted with homespun analogies, the more than 100 doctrines treated are categorized under major headings for easy reference. Among the features of this handy volume are helpful chapter summaries, further reading suggestions, and diagrams, which combine to make this an accessible and informative resource for learning the essentials of the Christian faith.

The Kingdom of the Cults     Dr. Walter Martin   This updated version is edited by Ravi Zacharias and remains a classic on comparing dozens of cults to historic Christianity. A must resource for anyone wanting to know what cults believe and how it deviates from the truth.

228218: The Kingdom of the Cults, Revised and Updated Edition The Kingdom of the Cults, Revised and Updated Edition
By Walter Martin, edited by Ravi Zacharias
Over One Million Copies Sold!
Radio’s original Bible Answer Man Walter Martin’s classic resource as updated by cult and occult specialist Ravi Zacharias. Using Martin’s well-researched and easily accessible text, Zacharias brings the experience of in-depth study, some would say immersion, into this sometimes confusing field of study and includes many facts and figures covering occurrences in the 1990’s (as Martin passed away in 1989). Kingdom of the Cults has always been a trusted resource in times where accurate information is imperative to someone’s salvation from the strange world of cults and the occult.Ranging in topics from the structure of cults to how cults are encountered on the mission field, many cults and movements are described in full, and intimate details of the inner workings can sometimes be indicative of where a cult may be leading. For anyone considering joining any of these groups or looking for more information for a friend or family member, this is an invaluable resource.

Parenting

Parenting has become more difficult as our culture slips away from its Christian foundation. Here are a few gems that are both biblical and practical.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart     Dr. Tedd Tripp     This is a great book for a parenting class or as a resource for parents.

37191: Shepherding a Child"s Heart, Revised and Updated Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Revised and Updated
By Tedd Tripp
Many parenting books are based on hit-or-miss theories steeped in secular thinking. This one draws from Pastor Tripp’s seasoned experience as a father-and from God’s Holy Word. Grounded in the Bible’s divine plan for parenting, this guide defines your goals as a parent and provides the Scriptural methods for accomplishing them.

The New Strong-Willed Child     Dr. James Dobson     One of the several books on raising godly children that are biblical and practical.

336222: The New Strong-Willed Child The New Strong-Willed Child
By Dr. James Dobson
Dr. James Dobson, America’s foremost parenting expert, shares advice on shaping the will of the strong-willed child. Learn the strategies that succeed, those that fail, and the encouragement of knowing how that headstrong child can become a man or woman of great character. Completely updated and revised.

Miscellaneous Books

Here are a few excellent books that don’t necessarily fit into the categories above.

Finances

Financial Peace     Dave Ramsey     This is his book on his most popular seminars on money management for families. Dave offers fatherly advice that many of us which we were given as young adults. His books are full of practical advice on prioritizing your income.

32085: Financial Peace: Revisited Financial Peace: Revisited
By Dave Ramsey
Want to get out of debt and stay out? Financial Peace Revisited gives you the tools to understand why you are in debt, create a budget you can stick to, set goals you can achieve, and make things right for you and your family emotionally, spiritually, and financially, for good. The updated version of the bestseller Financial Peace includes new chapters on marriage, singles, kids, and families.

The Total Money Makeover     Dave Ramsey     Another great book helping families organize their finances and establish a secure future.

555274: The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
By Dave Ramsey
Is your ‘owe’ starting to show? Shrink your waste line, bulk up your bank balance, and get into financial shape with money expert and radio host Ramsey’s comprehensive—and simple—plan for debt-free living. You’ll be fiscally fit in no time! This revised edition of the bestseller features all-new ‘Dave Rants’ and forms; and updated statistics. 288 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

How to Manage Your Money     Larry Burkett     An older but very helpful book on setting up a family budget. Great for small group studies.

241477: How to Manage Your Money: An In-Depth Bible Study On Personal Finances How to Manage Your Money: An In-Depth Bible Study On Personal Finances
By Larry Burkett
With God’s financial plan, the possibilities for contentment are guaranteed and the opportunities to be used by Him are endless.In the How to Manage Your Money Workbook, trusted financial author and teacher Larry Burkett leads you on a step-by-step adventure to eye-opening biblical principles and offers powerful applications you can use immediately. You will learn the following:

  • God’s definition of wealth
  • The importance of short-range and long-range planning
  • The dangers associated with the burden of debt
  • How to handle a surplus

Designed for use as an individual Bible study or in small groups, the How to Manage Your Money Workbook will help you gain a clearer knowledge of God’s financial plan for you. Experience freedom from financial bondage, increase your potential for use by God and see the pieces of your financial future fall into place.

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