10. His Needs Her Needs – Dr. Willard Harley
Quite possibly the most used book in my library.

9. The Holiness of God – R.C. Sproul
Chapter 4, “The Trauma of Holiness” is an absolutely fantastic chapter.

8. Too Busy NOT To Pray – Bill Hybels
Here’s an amazing book for your prayer life.

7. The Jesus I Never Knew – Philip Yancey
If you have never read this book … shame on you!

6. The God of the Towel – Jim McGuiggan
This book taught me about serving like Jesus.

5. Simply Christian – N.T. Wright
Wow, can this guy make you think. Probably should be higher on my list.

4. No Wonder They Call Him the Savior – Max Lucado
The first Lucado book I ever read. I was young and seeking to know my Savior. This book opened my eyes to a Jesus I’d never known growing up.

3. Irresistible Revolution – Shane Claiborne
No book has challenged my faith more in how I see the church and what real church is all about.

2. Finish Strong – Steve Farrar
Definitely the #2 book on my list. By far this book has influenced me as much as any I’ve read other than the Bible. I’ve literally read this book a dozen times. Any Steve Farrar book is great gift for a husband or dad, but this one is a must read for all men.

1. The Bible
Still the best selling book in the world and the only book I never get tired of reading. This one is a must read!

So here are 10 books that have greatly affected my life in a positive way. What are some that make your top 10 list?

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  1. Matt says:

    Disciples are made not born by Henrichsen

    great list trey i havent read a few of these i will make sure and put them on the to read list

  2. brian says:

    some I have read, some I haven’t, I will update my list

    I would add
    Screwtape Letters by Lewis, great insight into how Satan works

    Celebration of Discipline by Foster, topics that have been neglected in our fellowship like simplicity, fasting, solitude, etc.

    The trivialization of God by McCullough, I haven’t read all of Sproul’s but this is another great book on God’s holiness and its implications

    I’ll stop, I could ramble on for days about books


  3. TREY MORGAN says:

    Celebration of Discipline – sounds like a good one.

  4. Neva says:

    Try “Jesus Hero of Thy Soul” by McGuiggan—really good.

    I like #1–I have read it many times and always find something new in it. You can even read the last chapter first and still be enthralled by all that happens leading up to that point–one hero, one villain, a happy ending–what a great read!


  5. brian says:

    another good marriage book up there with harley and farrar is Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas.

    Great Book!

  6. The Preacher's Household: says:

    I’m with Brian. Where do you stop? Like most preachers, I am a book fanatic. I would focus more on authors that specific books. (1) I’ll stay with yours Trey (2) Richard foster (3) Craig Blomberg &(4) Mike Graves. But, there are some specifics. I read a book entitlted (5)”Your God is Too Small” a number of years ago. I don’t remmeber much of the book. But, the the thought I took away from it was to take God out of the box I am tempted to put Him in. (6) The Chronicles of Narnia (although any CS Lewis is good). I have read and continue to look at series of books.(7) Fred Craddock. I am still working my way through the (8) Rochest Lectures on Preaching (Fleer and Bland ed.) (9) In the Grip of Grace – Max Lacado (10) Debt Free Living

  7. Matt says:

    Oh I forgot one “The Dream Giver”
    It is a short book that is a plus for me. And good for anyone, new Christian or otherwise, its principles are simple its application difficult as is true with your #1 pick.

  8. Chris says:

    I haven’t read but a couple of those books, but two are on my list of “want to read”.

  9. The Preacher's Household: says:

    You preachers are having too much fun. I am with Neva on your #1. This discussion is too upper level for me to truly be honest…(any of the What to Expect books, Richard Simmons, I’ll Love You Forever…)
    I will say that On the Anvil by Max Lucado was an instrumental book for me.
    You guys enjoy your heaven on earth…

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    Neva – You can’t go wrong with any McGuiggian book.

    Kathy … I’m really not a huge Max Lucado fan, but “No Wonder the call Him the Savior” came at an important time in my life. As for Richard Simmons, he’s not on my “need to read” list.

    Who did “Debt Free Living?”

  11. Frank Bellizzi says:

    Nice list, Trey. Some I’ve read. The others I now want to read.

    Some folks don’t like the Harley book because (I’m guessing) it comes across to them as utilitarian or worldly. My opinion is that Harley’s observations and advice are perfectly compatible with a biblical and high view of marriage. Husbands and wives want to (are commanded to) love each other. Harley helps them to understand how to do that. I think it’s a great book.

    Some books I especially love are “Forgotten Truth” by Huston Smith; “The Myth of Certainty” by Daniel Taylor; “Breakfast Epiphanes” by David Anderson; and “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson

  12. Gilbert Kerrigan says:

    Good list… read some, want to read others.

    I would add a few more.
    1)Mere Discipleship by Lee Camp
    2)Jesus on Leadership by Gene Wilkes
    3)Embracing Grace by Scott McKnight
    4)Discipling by Milton Jones

  13. Jeff Foster says:

    Great list, Trey.

    A couple that I would add:

    “The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church” (Reggie McNeal)

    “Blue Like Jazz” (Donald Miller)

  14. The Preacher's Household: says:


    Debt Free Living is by Larry Burkett



    Cool list. And I agree with your comment on #5.

    I think it is interesting that as a CoC preacher you only have one CoC author in your top 10. Not that I blame you. But I work in a CoC bookstore and guess what we sell mostly?

    Jesus is Lord!



    Does Lucado count?

  17. john dobbs says:

    I’ve read four of them.

    I would have to add The Ragamuffin Gospel as a lifechanger.

    Celebration of Discipline is working on my heart right now as well.

  18. TREY MORGAN says:

    MG :) made me smile.

    My book bill is going to be high next month. You guys are making great suggestions.

    Maybe we ought to do a post on books that look good and sound good, but are worthless to read. I could start a very frustrating list of books I’ve wasted my money and time on, just because they had a catchy title or chapter titles. Many still sit on my shelf “looking nice.”

  19. Monalea says:

    Trey, read some of them, enjoyed them all. I’ll try to get with it and read some of the ones that I haven’t read. “My cup runneth over,” kind of describes my brain at this time.


  20. Blogger Boy says:

    Lucado isn’t even my favorite baptist, Piper and Yancey would rank ahead of him.

    I think books that we found useless would be a great discussion. spark some debate but also be a good warning not to waste money



    I had not realized you were welcoming suggestions. If you want mine, see my post on the Whats It Worth Dept on April 2 of this year. That is my list of the most influencial books I have read.


    Oh, and while I am on it, let me say that Biblemart is closing the doors for good. Now is a good time to pick up some books half off the retail price. Bring your checkbook to Lubbock when you come.


  22. Di says:

    Most recently a book by a heavy duty theologist called Is Human Forgiveness Possible? by John Patton has given me a deeper understanding of forgiveness and why we struggle so hard to forgive. Dealing with our own shame is paramount to releasing others. Blame and anger and other signs of unforgiveness act as defenses against the shame we shovel at ourselves or others shovel on us. Forgiveness flows when we defeat the shame. There is nothing for it to get hung up on – we don’t need it anymore.

    I wish I felt the way you do Trey about my Bible. I don’t enjoy reading it. I think it scares me. I always end up with more questions I can’t answer!


  23. Anonymous says:

    IMHO, God enjoys people who lots of questions more than people who read then put it down and forget it about.

    keep reading, and keeping asking God the questions

  24. TREY MORGAN says:

    MG – I’m afraid my wife will find out about Biblemart and buy up the store :)

    Di – I agree. Just keep reading. Just keep searching. It’s okay to ask questions.

  25. The Preacher's Household: says:

    I am afraid “my wife” will too. Or is Lea buying gifts for you?

  26. Stoned-Campbell Disciple says:

    Great list!! I have loved all of these books (especially the Bible). My list doesn’t quite correspond to yours but yours are still wonderful selections: here is the list I placed on my blog in April 2006 (in that blog I explained the rational behind each choice … I have left the explanation about the NIV)

    1) The NIV Bible (1988). Having grown up on the KJV and the ASV, as a person who speaks modern English, I cannot tell you what a breath of fresh air finding the NIV was. In OT survey I had struggled to get through the Pentateuch in the ASV. Much of the “English” was nearly as obscure as the Hebrew text at the time. I probably would not have the love I have for the Bible today if not for my discovery of the NIV. Since that time, through study, I have come to appreciate older translations as well.

    2) The Worldly Church: A Call To Biblical Renewal, Leonard Allen, Richard Hughes, Michael Weed (1988).

    3) How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart (1989).

    4) The Gist of Romans, K.C. Moser (Summer 1989).

    5) I Just Want to Be a Christian, Rubel Shelly, (1990).

    6) Distant Voices, Leonard Allen (1993).

    7) The Crucified God, Jurgen Moltmann (1993).

    8) Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, Lerone Bennett, Jr. (1994)

    9) Rich Christians In an Age of Hunger, Ronald J. Sider (1995).

    10) Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster (1998).

    Bobby Valentine

  27. Stoned-Campbell Disciple says:

    P.S. the dates correspond to the date of my encounter with this book … not when they were published.

    bobby valentine

  28. michaelhanegan says:

    Not to add to many to the pile but here were a couple that came to mind… (in no particular order)

    (1) Knowing God by J. I. Packer
    (2) What Jesus Demands from the World by John Piper
    (3) From Patmos to Pentecost by Craig Blomberg
    (4) The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
    (5) Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
    (6) The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
    (7) The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
    (8) Celebration of the Disciplines (already cited but too good to pass up) by Richard Foster

    Thanks everyone for your lists!!

  29. Anonymous says:

    oh yeah,
    I have to second “How to read the Bible for all its Worth by Fee and Stuart”

    every person who loves the Bible should have a copy of that one


  30. Anonymous says:

    Someone mentioned Your God is Too Small by JB Phillips. I just read The Deity Formerly Known as God by Jarrett Stevens, which is his attempt to modernize Phillips’ book. What a fun read! Oh, and I like Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner too!


  31. TREY MORGAN says:

    Wow, this has been a great discussion!!!

  32. Falantedios says:

    Lots of good stuff already…
    Here’s some that literally changed my life:

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: abrupt introduction to conflicts of paradigm.

    What Saint Paul Really Said and/or The Challenge of Jesus- NT Wright: introduction to a view of Jesus, Paul, and moreover of NT Christianity, that harmonized with the Hebrew Scriptures.

    The Divine Conspiracy – Dallas Willard: The title says enough. The gospel works like a conspiracy, not like a theocracy.

    Mere Christianity – CS Lewis: I had been immersed for almost ten years when I read this book and, subsequently, really became a Christian.

    in HIS love,


  33. TREY MORGAN says:

    Falantedios – Hey Nick, thanks for stopping by. Quick question is “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: abrupt introduction to conflicts of paradigm,” a real book?

  34. Matt says:

    Gordon MacDonald – Restoring Joy
    The Making of a Leader – Clinton

  35. Falantedios says:


    Actually, the title is:

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an inquiry into values

    The author is Robert M. Pirsig. Among other things, it lays bare one man’s journey through conflicts of paradigm.

    Thanks for stopping by Fumbling! I think I’ve updated a couple more times since you dropped by.

    in HIS love,

  36. Terry says:


    I would like to recommend “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper, a life-changing book for me.

    Also, “Wisdom Hunter” by Randall Arthur is an outstanding fictional book about a proud and legalistic preacher whose life changes when his estranged daughter dies in a accident and his wife dies of a broken heart soon afterward. It rocks his world and his faith in profound ways. I don’t read much fiction, but this one was certainly worth it.

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