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For what it’s worth, these books are on my nightstand and bookshelf for reading in early 2008.

 With the Old Breed, by  E. B.  Sledge. Just finished this story of the marines who took Peleliu and Okinawa in WWII. Written by a private who appears to be a Christian. Very good – and very graphic on the horror of war.

Stonewall Jackson: the Man, the Legend, the Soldier, by James Robertson. Jackson is widely recognized as one of history’s greatest military leaders. He was also a committed follower of Jesus, who sought to live God-centered. Recommended by a friend as one of the best books he had read in many years.

The Transforming Community, by Mark Lauterbach. Subtitle: the practice of the gospel in church discipline. The subtitle sparked my curiosity. The first couple of chapters are very, very good.

 The Living Church, by John Stott. Now in his 80’s, Stott continues to write Bible-saturated books. I buy all that Stott writes.

 Church Planting Movements, by David Garrison. I want to learn how 15,000 new churches were started in a single year and how 150,000 Muslims turned from Mohammed to Jesus.

Reveal, by Greg Hawkins and Cally Parkinson. The study that produced a confession by Bill Hybels that the Willow Creek programming had not produced spiritually-mature people as hoped.

 Direct Hit, by Paul Borden. I met Borden years ago, and was very impressed by his understanding of church life and growth. This work deals with systemic change in church life.

 Church and Culture Revisted, by D. A. Carson. What does it mean to be in the world and not of the world? How do Christians relate to the culture in which they live. I try to read everything Carson writes.

Putting Jesus in His Place, by Robert Bowman and Ed Kosmoszewski. A case for the deity of Jesus.

 John Newton: from Disgrace to Amazing Grace, by Jonathan Aitken. I’m halfway through the book – great biography!



  1. I’m almost finished with “Direct Hit” and have benefitted from much of it, including being convicted about a few things in my own ministry. However, it seems to me that he insists that a church (pastor) must do things a certain way because he saw or experienced success in a church when they did it that way. At any rate, God is leading us in some parallel ways and some different ways than those in the book.

  2. you are a reading freak!

  3. Sam,
    Check out Stonewall Jackson’s Verse. It may be out of print. If it is, I lend you my copy. A good book.

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