Pastor Jim Recommends...

These are books Pastor Jim Congdon recommended during his January 1, 2017, sermon:

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
by Nabeel Qureshi
A devout Muslim tells the gripping story of how he came to Christ; whether you want biography, evangelism, Islam, apologetics, or just a gripping tale, this is the book.


Hand in Hand: The Beauty of God's Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice
by Randy Alcorn
The fairest and most readable book on the theological topic that people ask about the most: Is there free will? If God is sovereign, how can I be free to choose? But if I have a real choice, how can He be sovereign?


Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? 
by Philip Yancey
There are many excellent books on prayer, but this is unique--the most honest, readable, and motivating. I keep it next to my “prayer chair.” 


Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
by Kerry Patterson, et. al.
As good as its predecessor Crucial Confrontations, you would be wise to consult this book before you go into that difficult, terrifying confrontation with your teenager, your spouse, or your co-worker. I keep it close at hand.


What is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission
by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
I’ve been reading a number of books lately on social justice and our duty to help the poor; many are asking if the church has abandoned the Great Commission for charity work. This is the most biblical and balanced answer I’ve found (Tim Keller’s Generous Justice gets honorable mention).


What's Jim reading now?

7 Men and The Secret of Their Greatness
by Eric Metaxls
Well-written snapshots of Washington, Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Colson, etc.

The Missionaries’ Daughter
by Todd Fertig
A touching missions story by a TBCer, perfect for a 10 year-old girl.

Politics According to the Bible
by Wayne Gruden
Huge. The best book on the subject.

A Wind in the House of Islam
by David Garrison
Most thorough, accurate book I’ve read on how God is drawing Muslims around the world to faith in Jesus.

The Unbelievable Gospel 
by Jonathan Dodson
How to communicate the gospel in a new way—through rich spiritual metaphors—to our secular neighbors in the 21st century.

Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches
by Greer and Horst, 2014
How Christian organizations (like YMCA, charities, and churches) drift from their founding mission, and how to stay “mission-true.” Christianity Today magazine 2015 Book of the Year.