Course References

The following list of Suggestions for Further Study was compiled from a selection of references used by the author and is offered to augment Course 1 and 2 in the Joy of Christian Discipleship Series as indicated in each study guide.

Suggestions For Further Study

Course 1

The Holy Bible
English Standard Version (ESV) Study Bible for regular study and daily devotions.

Samuel Bagster family
Daily Light on the Daily Path. For morning and evening devotions, all Scripture. Click here for a review. Originally published in 1875, many versions available including an inexpensive leather-bound version with additional material by Anne Graham Lotz.

Henry T. Blackaby
Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God. Can be studied individually or, better still as a church group

James Choung
True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In.
Real Life: A Christianity Worth Living Out.

Richard J. Foster
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. PDF version.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Strength to Love. 1963 collection of sermons. If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love,” Coretta Scott King.

C. S. Lewis
Mere Christianity. Perhaps Lewis’ most famous work. PDF version.
How to Pray: Reflections and Essays, and How to Be a Christian. Two thoughtful introductory works.
Miracles and The Four Loves (both included with Mere Christianity and 5 other Lewis books in a HarperOne edition called Signature Classics).

Robert Lupton
Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help.

Watchman Nee
Sit, Walk, Stand. PDF version here.

Marvin Olasky
Lament for a Father: The Journey to Understanding and Forgiveness.

J. I. Packer
Knowing God. PDF version with appended study guide here.

Derek Prince
The Foundation Series in 7 Books.

Don Richardson
Peace Child and Eternity in Their Hearts.

A. J. Russell
For Sinners Only. Eyewitness report about the Oxford Group. Click here for a review, or here for PDF copy of original book.

Bob Sorge
Reset: 20 Ways to a Consistent Prayer Life. Click here for versions.
Secrets of the Secret Place: Igniting Your Personal Time with God. Click here for Chapter 50 preview or here for full PDF version.
Both of Sorge’s books can be studied individually or, better still as a church group.

Ann Voskamp
One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces. Based on her bestselling first book, One Thousand Gifts.
The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life. Living life to its fullest in the light of Psalm 51.

Dallas Willard
The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives.
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God.
Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ.
The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God.

N. T. Wright
Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense.

Course 2

The Holy Bible
English Standard Version (ESV) Study Bible for regular study and daily devotions.

Scott David Allen
Why Social Justice Is Not Biblical Justice: An Urgent Appeal to Fellow Christians in a Time of Social Crisis.

Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, The Paradiso.

Henry & Richard Blackaby and Claude King
Fresh Encounter: God’s Pattern for Spiritual Awakening.  Revised & Expanded Edition 2009.

James Burns
Revivals, Their Laws and Leaders. A seminal work on the dynamics of spiritual awakenings. Published in 1909, online PDF version.

Thomas Cahill
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe.

James Choung with Ryan Pfeiffer
Longing for Revival: From Holy Discontent to Breakthrough Faith.

Lundquist Denton
Soul Searching: Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers.

Gregg L. Frazer
The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution.

Atul Gawande
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.
Strong on aging, but weak on preparing for afterlife.

Os Guinness & John Seel, Editors
No God But God: Breaking with the Idols of Our Age.

Norman P. Grubb
Continuous Revival: The Secret of Victorious Living. PDF version.

Todd Hampson The Non-Prophet’s Guide to the End Times.

Michael Heiser – The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible.

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

E. Stanley Jones – The Kingdom of God: Is it Realism?

Timothy Keller, R. Albert Mohler, J. I. Packer, et al.
Is Hell for Real or Does Everyone Go to Heaven?

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where Do We Go From Here – Chaos or Community? Beacon Press edition available in a PDF version here.

George E. Ladd
The Gospel of the Kingdom. A very approachable work by a mid-20th century American theologian that helped move awareness of the Kingdom from the future into the present.

Kevin E. Lawson – Understanding Children’s Spirituality.

C. S. Lewis – The Great Divorce, a Dream. An allegorical fantasy.

Roberts Liardon – God’s Generals: The Revivalists.

Esau McCaulley
Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope.

Josh McDowell – How to Be a Hero to Your Kids.

Malcolm MuggeridgeThe End of Christendom but Not of Christ.

Dane Ortlund
Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers.

John M. Perkins
Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win.

Derek Prince
The Beast or the Lamb: Discerning the Nature that Determines Your Destiny.
The Foundation Series in 7 Books and The Beast or the Lamb.

Don RichardsonPeace Child and Eternity in Their Hearts.

Rose Publishing (as a pamphlet or in 2 longer versions)
Four Views of the End Times: Christian Views on Jesus’ Second Coming.

Francis Schaeffer
How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture.

Ed Silvoso
Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Instrument for Global Transformation.

Randall B. Smith
From Here to Eternity: Reflections on Death, Immortality, and the Resurrection of the Body.

Christopher Watkin
Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible’s Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture.

Garrett Wendt
I Am Rochester: The Journey to Restored Identity. (a movie, available at

Corrie ten Boom
The Hiding Place and Tramp for the Lord.
In My Father’s House: The Years Before “The Hiding Place”
Each New Day (25th anniversary edition). 365-day devotional.

David VanDrunen
Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture

Thaddeus J. Williams
Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth: 12 Questions Christians Should Ask About Social Justice.

Michael E. Wittmer, Editor – Four Views on Heaven