Welcome to Volume Two in my series, “Top Ten Most Significant Books”. I’m listing the books that have made the biggest impact on my life so far, in the order I first read them. If you’d like to start at the beginning, you can click here to read Volume One. My list continues with…
4. The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman
Coleman makes a case for the priority of spiritual multiplication in ministry—as opposed to simple addition—based on a detailed examination of Jesus’ earthly strategies. Perhaps no other book has been more influential on my own personal ministry philosophy.
Takeaway: Men were His method. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2)
5. Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
I first picked up this allegory during a dry season in my walk with the Lord. My heart so identified with Much-Afraid, as the Chief Shepherd led her, along with her companions Sorrow and Suffering, on her journey to the High Places. It has become my go-to book during times of depression and despair. Somehow God always uses it to soften my heart and draw me back to Himself.
Takeaway: “The only way [to reach the High Places] is by learning to accept, day by day, the actual conditions and tests permitted by God, by a continually repeated laying down of our own will and acceptance of his as it is presented to us in the form of the people with whom we have to live and work, and in the things which happen to us.” (from the Preface)
6. The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
Yes, this book—which is actually a transcription of a sermon series Nee preached on Romans 5-8—has its share of heresy. (For instance, one chapter advocates baptism as a pre-requisite for salvation.) But after years of teaching it to others, this is the book that opened my eyes to what the Spirit-filled life was really about.
Takeaway: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Coming up next in Vol.3…Simplicity, humility, and eternity.