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Books

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by Eugene Peterson. A great foundational book on discipleship and walking with Jesus that will be especially encouraging to those who lead.

Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome by Kent and Barbara Hughes. This is a book the redefines ministry success as faithfulness rather than finding success in numbers and performance.

The Wisdom of Each Other: A Conversation Between Spiritual Friends by Eugene Peterson. This is a great book on the importance of walking in community with others as we seek to grow our faith.

Wholeheartedness: Busyness, Exhaustion, and Healing the Divided Self by Chuck DeGroat. The title says it all; written by a longtime counselor.

A Praying Life: Connecting With God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller. An heartfelt, richly theological examination of the power of prayer.

Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World by Henri Nouwen. A classic text about what it mean to be God’s beloved.

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller. A thorough consideration of the practice of prayer.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Work, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown. Leading researcher Brene Brown’s work on the courage it takes to be vulnerable. Not specifically Christian in focus, yet wise and helpful.

Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections Between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships by Curt Thompson. How neuroscience figures into our spiritual lives.

The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves by Curt Thompson. The corrosive power of shame, which began to work on Adam and Eve in the Garden, and ways to heal from it.

Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame by Heather Nelson. Nelson demonstrates how shame is healed in community.

The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth by Gerald May. May examines what the “dark night of the soul’ really is, with reference to Christian mystics St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, and shows we grow in times of transition and suffering.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature While Remaining Emotionally Immature by Peter Scazzero. Unless you slow and quiet your life down for a first-hand relationship with Jesus Christ, little change is possible. Topics include how to identify emotionally unhealthy spirituality, how to grow your soul through grief and loss, and how to develop into an emotionally mature adult.

Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen. Initially written for a Jewish friend, Life of the Beloved has become Henri Nouwen’s greatest legacy to Christians around the world. This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today’s world.

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. If you’ve ever wondered: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? Unpacking the 10 laws of boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, and show you how to set healthy boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself.

Reset; Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture by David Murray. Drawing on personal experiences―and time spent counseling other men in the midst of burnout―David Murray offers weary men hope for the future, helping them identify the warning signs of burnout and offering practical strategies for developing patterns that are necessary for living a grace-paced life and reaching the finish line with their joy intact.

Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands by Shona Murray and David Murray. Many women don’t realize they’re running at an unsustainable pace until it hurts them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Drawing on many years of counseling and their own experiences of burnout, wife and husband team Shona and David Murray want to help you slow down to a more grace-paced life―enabling you to avoid the pitfall of burnout, cultivate sustainable habits for the future, and experience the rest of body and soul that God intends for you.

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