References & Tools

We recommend these resources to help you along your faith journey.

Books

Learn more about what it means to be “missional.”

  • Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker
    This book is helpful if you are wondering what it looks like to live missionally in your everyday life.
  • The Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter
    We talk a lot about being a missional church. If you wonder what that means then this is the book for you.
  • Sacrilege by Hugh Halter

Learn more about discovering your mission.

  • Power of a Whisper by Bill Hybels
  • Falling Upward by Richard Rohr
    This is a good book for people who are facing their mid-life crisis. It explores what it means to have a Godly purpose for what Rohr calls the “second half of life.”

Learn more about spiritual disciplines.

  • The Life You’ve always Wanted by Jon Ortberg
    Spiritual practices are the things that we can do to put ourselves in a place to grow. This book describes some of these practices in realistic and down-to-earth ways, and gives suggestions for how to get started including them in your life.
  • Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
    This is a theological and practical exploration of spiritual disciplines like fasting, solitude, and service. If you want to deepen your biblical understanding of these practices and be encouraged to live them out, this book could help you.

Explore more of what you believe.

  • Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
    Humans are meaning machines. As you try to make sense out of the events and circumstances of your life and where God is in the midst, this book brings some helpful perspectives.
  • Love Wins by Rob Bell
    If you have ever wondered about heaven and hell and who gets to go there, this book will give you a lot to think about.
  • What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey
    Grace is one of the key ideas that we live by as followers of Jesus. In this book, Philip Yancey will help you explore, with your head and heart, the depths and meanings of grace for your life.
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
    If you are a person who needs a clear rational explanation and exploration of faith in Jesus Christ, then this might be the book for you.
  • The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor during the Nazi period in Germany. In this book, he helps people explore the depths of a life committed to following Jesus.

Tools

  • YOU Version Bible App
    This is a great app for your smart phone. It allows you to read many versions of the Bible and also has a ton of devotional plans you might use to engage in the Bible more.
  • Q Ideas
    This is a blog that explores the intersection of topics like faith and culture and science and religion. It hosts an event every year that is similar to TED except that it focuses on faith.
  • MINemergent Daily Communique
    A thought for the day sent to your email box every morning. You can sign up for it at www.emergentvillage.com
  • DavidLose.net
    Daily thoughts about lots of topics related to faith and about scripture, delivered through an RSS feed to your email account. David seems particularly good at connecting thoughts about faith to our everyday ordinary lives.

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