Recommended Reading – California Southern Baptist Convention

Resources – Recommended Reading

Following Jesus in a Digit Age – Jason Thacher By academic training, I am a historian. My natural inclination, therefore, was to commend to you an old book, or at the very least, a book about old things. Instead, I am commending to you a book about cutting-edge technologies for which the ink on your…

As an Asian man I was taught to tuck away and hide my emotions from the world especially when times are tough.  It was more important in those times, to not show weakness and just be happy. Showing any true emotions was considered weakness. The Bible is the best by book (by far) to read for…

Maybe you know how Horatio Spafford came to write “It Is Well With My Soul.” That story is pretty popular. And you might know that John Newton was a one-time slave trader and knew whereof he wrote when he included “saved a wretch like me” in “Amazing Grace.” But did you know that “I Need…

Echoing the comments from Dr. Jeff Iorg for the inaugural column in the series, it’s almost impossible to pick a single book for every believer to read. Forgive me for offering two biographies I’ve found particularly inspiring and convicting for those seeking to live out their faith in our culture. Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas…

Last year, when my family was gathered for the holidays, my (then) twenty-one-year-old daughter noticed the book “Doing Life with Your Adult Children,” sitting on our coffee table. Looking at the subtitle alone she said, with a little too much force for my liking, “I hope you are reading this book, because you need to!”…

If I had to choose one go-to book that I think every pastor should have on their shelf, it would have to be “The Heart of a Great Pastor: How to Grow Strong and Thrive Wherever God has Planted you.”  This book has tremendously helped center me in my call as an under-shepherd.  I first…

There are so many important books for pastors to have in their libraries, but I want to challenge you to consider a category that is too easily overlooked: soul care. A Lifeway Research survey released last October found that half of all pastors say the demands of their job are often greater than they can…

There are so many valuable books and resources. However, I believe every believer should read and own “God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School.” John Cortines and Gregory Baumer, both young Harvard MBA’s on the fast track to wealth and success, tell their personal stories of God’s transforming power when…

“Seriously?  No possible way,” was my first response to the request for this column on books pastors must read.  I have read thousands of books and it’s impossible for me to pick one that every pastor needs to read.  So, permit me instead to advocate for a kind of reading—along with some favorite books to get you…