Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot.
This might be the single most important book I’ve read in my entire life. The short chapters make it seem like it’s an easy read, but every sentence in the book carries the type of weight which requires your full attention. I’ve easily given away 30 copies over the past 10 years because this little book is filled with wisdom that you want to absorb and be reminded of over and over again. If you love this, definitely pick up Discipline: The Glad Surrender. That book says it like it is.
Always True by James McDonald.
I attended Harvest Bible Chapel all through my days at Wheaton College and there is not a week that has gone by since I’ve graduated that I haven’t listened to Dr. MacDonald. This mans preaching has equipped me and encouraged me and empowered me to walk in informed confidence and grace. Always True is my favorite – you can get the book or the sermon series. I love it so much I have both. Also, you can download the Walk in the Word app for free. I listen to the broadcast on the way into work every morning.
Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore.
I have yet to meet a Beth Moore study that I haven’t devoured every line of, but Living Beyond Yourself 12-week study is maybe the single most important study I’ve ever done. This study unpacks one of the fruits of the Spirit each week and just as the promo says, it will “equip and empower you to live by the Spirit, be led by the Spirit, keep in step with the Spirit, and be filled with the Spirit.” Week 10 wrecked me.
Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey.
For those of you who don’t mind an intense reads, Philip Yancey is your man. His writing is never light, mostly because he is approaching questions that do not have easy answers.. questions like: Why, if God cares for us, do bad things happen? Tough read, but we all have the questions and more often than that, as Believers, are asked the questions. This book is worth the sweat you have to put into it.