My Top 20


5 Gospel Patron Stories

5 Articles on Money & Ministry

5 Articles on Vision & Leadership

5 Articles on Spiritual Growth

5 Biographies

1. Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas

amazinggraceThis is the kind of true story that will make you want to risk more, give more, and believe impossible things are possible. The final pages of this book left me saying, “It’s so beautiful, it’s so beautiful.”






2. George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the Eighteenth-Century by Arnold Dallimore (2 Volumes)

whitefield1whitefield2These two volumes introduced me to the kind of Christian I want to be…a man like Whitefield, who was a man like Jesus. Don’t let the book’s length or Whitefield’s wig drive you away from reading about the amazing ways God can work through a person who is fully devoted to Jesus.




3. John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace by Jonathan Aitken

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John Newton wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace”, mentored William Wilberforce, and fought for the abolition of slavery. That’s all. His autobiography was famous in his own lifetime and his life still speaks to us today through this fast paced, short-chaptered, reads-like-a-fiction book biography. Newton’s whole life breathed out God’s amazing grace.





4. William Tyndale: A Biography by David Daniell


Tyndale was the first one to translate an English Bible from the original Greek. It cost him his life. It changed the world we live in. We all owe Tyndale more than we know. This biography paints a vivid picture of him as a passionate, all-in, and gospel-driven laborer. No book aided me more in writing Chapter 2 of Gospel Patrons.





5. Selina Countess of Huntingdon: Her Pivotal Role the 18th Century Evangelical Awakening by Faith Cook


Again, don’t let the cover scare you away. I threw away the dust jacket (I hate dust jackets) and inside was a beautiful blue book that introduced me to a woman who was so fierce, so passionate, and so single-minded that she actually made a dent in the world. Women like Lady Huntingdon were rare in her day and they still are in ours. She lost her husband, most of her children, and even respect from her peers, but Lady Huntingdon kept her eyes fixed on Jesus and her life busy with seeking first His kingdom.




10 Non-Fiction Books

1. Business For The Glory of God by Wayne Grudem


2. Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

Counterfeit Gods

3. The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard

spirit of the disciplines

4. Letters To A Diminished Church by Dorothy Sayers

letters to a diminished church

5. Lectures To My Students by Charles Spurgeon


6. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity

7. Preaching & Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones


8. Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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9. The Man Born To Be King by Dorothy Sayers


10. Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe by Mark Driscoll


5 Fiction Books


1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia)


2. Strong Poison: A Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mystery by Dorothy Sayers (Audio Book)

strong poison

3. Gaudy Night: A Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mystery by Dorothy Sayers

4. Busman’s Honeymoon: A Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mystery by Dorothy Sayers

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5. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis



1.  John Piper’s Biographies:

2.  John Piper  “Don’t Waste Your Life” at Passion OneDay

3.  Tim Keller  “The Supremacy of Christ and the Gospel in a Postmodern World

4.  Rick Warren  “God Is Looking for People to Use


1.  Generous Giving’s Celebration of Generosity

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