This morning I met with a group of young men from our young pros ministry I’m mentoring this semester. We read some from Richard Baxter’s fantastic work The Reformed Pastor (if you have never read it and wonder about the title, think “The Awakened Pastor”). I spoke to the men about how certain kinds of books spurred me to godliness, and confessed that until just recently I have honestly gotten away from reading them as I did earlier in my ministry.
Reading the Scripture and spending much time with God in prayer matters more than the reading of other books. But even as Baxter challenged ministers to “read some rousing, awakening book” for their souls, we too can benefit from reading books that spur us to godliness. I talked to the men about three specific categories. I will give the books I mentioned in each, but I would love to hear from you as I intentionally kept the list short (I did not want to overwhelm the fellows). My colleague George Robinson stopped by as well and mentioned others, at least one of which I mention below.
First, BOOKS ON SPIRITUALITY FROM HISTORY. Here are some, please offer more:
–Baxter’s Reformed Pastor
–Spener’s Pia Desideria
–A Kempis’ Imitation of Christ
–Augustine’s Confession, especially book 7
–Andrew Murray’s Absolute Surrender
Second, BOOKS ON PRAYER. Again, add yours to the list.
–Bounds’ Power Through Prayer
–The Valley of Vision
–I would add Bounds’ complete works on prayer.
Judson’s: To the Golden Shore
Rees Howells: Intercessor, by Grubb (this one rocked my world early in ministry)
Spurgeon, by Dallimore
Moody, by Pollock
Robert Murray McCheyne, by Bonar (just finished this one)
A few others were mentioned as well such as Brainerd’s Diary and The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges.
What books outside Scripture has God used to convict, reprove, and provoke you to good works?