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22 Must-Read Books for Preachers in 2018 (Recommended by Preachers and Church Leaders)

Don’t Quit Before You Finish by Jimmy Draper

Don't Quit Before You Finish by Jimmy Draper

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This book addresses the key elements of Christian leadership. The more than 70 principles included could well apply to anyone in a leadership position in an organization today. The focus is on knowing that God has designed for you to be in a position of leadership and identifying the role of a leader, addressing the principles of change and other challenges leaders face.

There is a crisis in Christian leadership today that is widespread. Many begin in ministry and then fail in their leadership roles. Why does that happen? How do you resolve the issues that are pitfalls for ministry leaders? What are the keys to developing the kind of relationships that will ensure success in leadership? How do you deal with the monumental and systemic changes we face in the world today? Everything in our world is changing faster today than ever before and the changes are such that we will never be the same again. Morals, ethics, religious attitudes and convictions are in flux. How can one navigate the turmoil in every aspect of our culture today successfully? That is what this book is about.

Most of the failures in leadership are self-inflicted. Failing is rarely the fault of those we serve. This book is designed to help every leader examine their own lives and implement the tools presented in this book, with the character to sustain them.

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Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

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Drawn from a rich heritage, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to become more like Christ and grow in character and maturity. Now updated and revised to equip a new generation of readers, this anniversary edition features in-depth discussions on each of the key disciplines.

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Ultimate Intention by DeVern Fromke

Ultimate Intention by DeVern Fromke

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From the back cover: “The author considers these critical questions: *In the beginning, before God created Adam (mankind), what was His original purpose and plan for him? *What could have happened in the Garden of Eden if Adam had not sinned and God’s redemptive plan had not become necessary? *We know that when God created Adam he received natural life, but how did God plan for Adam to receive Divine (uncreated life)? *What is the difference between God’s creating and begetting work? *It is evident that God has given the Cross a central place in His redemptive working; what is the difference between the WORK of the Cross and the WAY of the Cross? *Since God, in the fullness of time, will put on display His Divine masterpiece before all the universe, how can we fully cooperate with him if we do not understand His Ultimate Intention?”

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Insurgence by Frank Viola


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Why does the allegiance that radical terrorists give to their false cause exceed the allegiance that most Christians today give to Jesus Christ?

In Insurgence, bestselling author Frank Viola presents a radical proposal for Christians. Namely, that we have lost the explosive, earthshaking gospel of the kingdom that Jesus, Paul and the other apostles preached. Viola argues that we’ve lost this dynamic, titanic, living gospel and exchanged it for a gospel of religious duty or permissiveness and “easy believism.”

In today’s politically charged era, Christians on the progressive left as well as the conservative right both equate their particular viewpoints with the kingdom of God. Viola challenges and dismantles these perspectives, offering a fresh and revolutionary look at the gospel of the kingdom.

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Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright

Paul:A Biography

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Paul is a compelling modern biography that reveals the apostle’s greater role in Christian history—as an inventor of new paradigms for how we understand Jesus and what he accomplished—and celebrates his stature as one of the most effective and influential intellectuals in human history.

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The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande


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In The Peacemaker, Ken Sande presents a comprehensive and practical theology for conflict resolution designed to bring about not only a cease-fire but also unity and harmony. Sande takes readers beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family members, coworkers and fellow believers.

Biblically based, The Peacemaker is full of godly wisdom and useful suggestions that are easily applied to any relationship needing reconciliation. Sande’s years of experience as an attorney and as president of Peacemaker Ministries will strengthen readers’ confidence as they stand in the gap as peacemakers.

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Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at BrandonKelley.org. You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.