Out of the Saltshaker and into the World—Rebecca Manley Pippert
Dozens of books on personal evangelism has been written in the 40 years Rebecca Manley Pippert’s book, “Out of the Saltshaker…” was published. This book has held up very well, however. Pippert takes Jesus’ words in Matthew chapter five, “We are the salt of the earth” and applies them to personal evangelism. Pippert writes with a sense of realism—she knows that Christians and unbelievers “are both uptight about evangelism.” Pippert’s book is saturated with appropriate scriptural support and is still inspiring believers to relate more redemptively to a lost world. If you want to get a dose of inspiration for your own efforts (or lack thereof) in personal evangelism, this book can do that.
The Cost of Discipleship—Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Written in 1937, this book continues to be one of the most profound contemporary works on this element of discipleship. Bonhoeffer’s oft-quoted words, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him to come and die” is central to the theme of this book on what the cross of Christ means for the Christian in daily living. What has given this book its steadfast readership over 80 years is Bonhoeffer’s personal living out of this book as he himself faced death in a concentration camp for his Christian convictions. If your spiritual life needs a “jump start,” this book has served that purpose for millions of believers. It is both a call to discipleship and a wonderful example of an author who lived what he preached for the glory of God.
Sacred Marriage—Gary Thomas
There are dozens of books, many of them good, on Christian marriage. Perhaps none fills the very important niche this book does, however. That is—Thomas offers an understanding of marriage as a way that God makes us holy and therefore, happy. Marriage is a spiritual discipline as well as a means of providing companionship and healthy families. This book is a gift to any married or single person who wants to see how God uses the marriage relationship in a uniquely powerful way to make us more like Jesus. This perspective is thoroughly biblical and can breathe new life into both your marriage and your walk with Jesus.