What Makes a Christian Leader Effective?


Pastors aren’t perfect. They battle with temptation and sin just like the rest of us. But when they fall from grace, they make headlines—and sometimes they drag down whole congregations.

So what does it take to be successful in Christian leadership?

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Recommended Resources for Pastors


Truth For Life recommends the following assortment of books, series, and articles for pastors, church leaders, and others who teach the Bible. This carefully selected collection covers topics such as Christ-centered preaching, successfully leading a congregation, the dynamics of effective preaching, the importance of personal devotion to God, theological challenges, and family life.

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Learn Why Church Membership Is Not Optional


Does church membership matter? Since God is available to us anywhere and anytime, do we really need to belong to a local church? Can’t we just worship in the privacy of our homes?

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Download (Free) — “Faith That Works: A Study in the Book of James”


Written to scattered believers facing a variety of troubles, the Epistle of James addresses a universally relevant question: How are God’s people to live in God’s world? This side of heaven, trials and tribulations crowd into our lives, confronting us with failure and tears, doubts and disappointments, sorrow and groanings. In response, James offers us practical help, with an eye toward not becoming Christians so much as behaving as those who have been redeemed “by the word of truth.”

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Bible Stories Your Child Will Want to Know


The Bible can be difficult to understand, even for adults. So how can we make it clear for young children?

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If You Have a College Student in Your Family, Don’t Miss ‘Surviving Religion 101’


Leaving home after graduating from high school is an exciting season of life—a time of new opportunities and challenges. For young Christians trying to fit in at a secular university, though, it’s also a time when their faith may come under attack.

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What Does the Bible Tell Us Heaven Will Be Like?


What happens when we die? And what will heaven be like? In Heaven on Earth: What the Bible Teaches about Life to Come, author Derek Thomas draws directly from Scripture to answer these intriguing questions. While we can’t know all the details, you might be surprised by how much the Bible reveals about the afterlife.

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Download (Free) - “Encore: A Collection of Listener Favorites”


Each year Truth For Life produces a series of listener favorites. The messages are on a wide range of topics such as marriage, trials, and attributes of God.

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Past Resources from Truth For Life

At Truth For Life, we take great care to select books each month that cover a diverse range of topics and that will help you grow in your faith. Below, you’ll find a list of our past recommended resources. While we don’t currently have all of the titles in stock, you’re welcome to browse to find new titles for your personal library.

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Facing a Task Unfinished: Cultivating Personal Evangelism Week by Week by [Roger Carswell]

Facing a Task Unfinished: Cultivating Personal Evangelism Week by Week
by Roger Carswell available from Christian Focus Publications

 

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers
by Dane Ortlund available from Crossway

An Ocean of Grace: A Journey to Easter with Great Voices from the Past
by Tim Chester available from The Good Book Company

With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires, and Will toward Christ
by A. Craig Troxel available from Crossway

Living Well: God's Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs by [Allan Moseley]

Living Well: God's Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs
by Allan Moseley available from Lexham Press

The Cross in Four Words by [Kevin DeYoung, Richard Coekin, Yannick Christos-Wahab]

The Cross in Four Words
by Kevin DeYoung, Richard Coekin, and Yannick Christos—Wahab available from The Good Book Company

Alive: How the Resurrection of Christ Changes Everything
by Gabriel N. E. Fluhrer available from Reformation Trust Publishing

God Does His Best Work with Empty
by Nancy Guthrie available from Tyndale Momentum

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God’s Bible Timeline: The Big Book of Biblical History
by Linda Finlayson available from CF4Kids

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The God Contest: The True Story of Elijah, Jesus, and the Greatest Victory
by Carl Laferton and Catalina Echeverri available from The Good Book Company

Brave by Faith (Hardcover)

Brave by Faith: God-Sized Confidence in a Post-Christian World
by Alistair Begg available from The Good Book Company

The Whole Armor of God

The Whole Armor of God: How Christ’s Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare
by Iain M. Duguid available from Crossway

Our Ancient Foe: Satan’s History, Activity, and Ultimate Demise
by Edited by Ronald L. Kohl available from P & R Publishing

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Pray Big: Learn to Pray Like an Apostle (with Study Guide)
by Alistair Begg available from The Good Book Company

None Else: 31 Meditations on God's Character and Attributes
by Joel R. Beeke and Brian Cosby available from Reformation Heritage Books

Heaven on Earth: What the Bible Teaches about Life to Come
by Derek W. H. Thomas available from Christian Focus

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Surviving Religion 101
by Michael J. Kruger available from Crossway

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Bible Stories Every Child Should Know
by Kenneth Taylor, Illustrated by Jenny Brake available from 10Publishing

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Devoted to God’s Church
by Sinclair Ferguson available from Banner of Truth

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Faithful Leaders and the Things That Matter Most
by Rico Tice available from The Good Book Company

Daily Readings from All Four Gospels for Morning and Evening
by J. C. Ryle, compiled by Robert Sheehan available from 10ofthose

Before You Open Your Bible: Nine Heart Postures For Approaching God's Word by [Matt Smethurst]

Before You Open Your Bible: Nine Heart Postures For Approaching God's Word
by Matt Smethurst available from 10ofthose

My Big Book of Bible Stories for Kids
by Phil Smouse available from Barbour Books

To Seek and to Save: Daily Reflections on the Road to the Cross by [Sinclair B Ferguson]

To Seek and to Save: Daily Reflections on the Road to the Cross
by Sinclair B. Ferguson available from The Good Book Company

The Heart of the Church: The Gospel's History, Message, and Meaning by [Joe Thorn]

The Heart of the Church: The Gospel's History, Message, and Meaning
by Joe Thorn available from Moody Publishers

Need to Know: Your Guide to the Christian Life by [Gary Millar]

Need to Know: Your Guide to the Christian Life
by Gary Millar available from The Good Book Company

The Garden, the Church and the Cross
by Carl Laferton available from The Good Book Company

The Pilgrim's Progress

The Pilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan, Edited by C. J. Lovik available from Crossway

Anxiety: Knowing God's Peace
by Paul Tautges available from P&R Publishing

Impossible Commands
by Jonty Allcock available from The Good Book Company

Aspects of Love: Our Maker's Design for Friendship, Love, Marriage and Family
by William J. U. Philip available from Christian Focus

Discovering the Good Life: The Surprising Riches Available in Christ
by Tim Savage available from Crossway

A.S.K. — Real World Questions/Real World Answers
by David Robertson available from CF4 Kids

Is This It?
by Rachel Jones available from The Good Book Company

Running the Race: Eric Liddell – Olympic Champion and Missionary
by John W. Keddie available from Christian Focus

Maturity: Growing up and Going on in the Christian Life
by Sinclair Ferguson available from Banner of Truth
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Have No Fear: Being Salt and Light Even When It's Costly and The Word One to One
by John Lennox and Jonathan Carswell available from 10 of Those

Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God's Royal Priests
by Edward T. Welch available from Crossway

Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History by [Tim Challies]

Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History
by Tim Challies available from Zondervan

Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God

Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God (DVD)
by Stephen McCaskell (Director) available from Media Gratiae/Reformation Heritage Books

The Disciple (God's Word for Today) by [John Stott, Tim Chester]

The Disciple: God's Word for Today
by John Stott available from IVP Books

Repeat the Sounding Joy: A Daily Advent Devotional on Luke 1-2
by Christopher Ash available from The Good Book Company

Chequebook of the Bank of Faith
by Charles Spurgeon available from Christian Heritage

Exploring the Bible Together: A 52-Week Family Worship Plan
by David Murray available from Crossway

Streams of Mercy: Prayers of Confession and Celebration
by Barbara R. Duguid and Iain M. Duguid available from P&R Publishing

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The God Who Speaks (DVD)
available from American Family Studios

The Believer's Joy
by Robert Murray McCheyne available from Christian Heritage

God's Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible
by Vaughan Roberts available from InterVarsity Press

In the Year of Our Lord: Reflections on 20 Centuries of Church History
by Sinclair B. Ferguson available from Reformation Trust Publishing

God’s Timeline: The Big Book of Church History
by Linda Finlayson available from CF4Kids

What Is a Christian?
by Roger Carswell available from Christian Focus

Pray Big: Learn to Pray like an Apostle
by Alistair Begg available from The Good Book Company

Do You Pray?: A Question for Everybody
by J. C. Ryle available from EP Books

The Big Book of Questions & Answers: A Family Devotional Guide to the Christian Faith
by Sinclair B. Ferguson available from CF4Kids

Strength for the Weary
by Derek W. H. Thomas available from Reformation Trust Publishing

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel
by Edward T. Welch available from P&R Publishing

Following Jesus: The Essentials of Christian Discipleship
by Andrew M. Randall available from Banner of Truth

The Pursuit of Holiness
by Jerry Bridges available from NavPress

How the Bible Can Change Your Life: Answers to the Ten Most Common Questions about the Bible
by Josh Moody available from Christian Focus

George Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the 18th Century
by Arnold A. Dallimore available from Crossway

Knowing God
by J. I. Packer available from InterVarsity Press

Contentment: Seeing God's Goodness
by Megan Hill available from P&R Publishing

The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read
by Christopher Ash available from The Good Book Company

Counsel for Couples: A Biblical and Practical Guide for Marriage Counseling
by Jonathan D. Holmes available from Zondervan

The Glory of Grace: An Introduction to the Puritans in Their Own Words
by Lewis Allen and Tim Chester available from Banner of Truth

Love Came down at Christmas: Daily Readings for Advent
by Sinclair B. Ferguson available from The Good Book Company

40 Favorite Hymns on the Christian Life: A Closer Look at Their Spiritual and Poetic Meaning
by Leland Ryken available from P & R Publishing

Voices from the Past: Volume 2: Puritan Devotional Readings
by Richard Rushing available from Banner of Truth

Isaiah by the Day: A New Devotional Translation (Daily Readings)
by Alec Motyer available from Christian Focus

Word-Centered Church: How Scripture Brings Life and Growth to God's People
by Jonathan Leeman available from Moody Publishers

Hearing the Spirit: Knowing the Father through the Son
by Christopher Ash available from Christian Focus

Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-in-One
by Philip Ryken and Michael LeFebvre available from Crossway

Mission Accomplished: A Two-Week Family Easter Devotional
by Scott James and A. E. Macha available from New Growth Press

The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived
by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Justin Taylor available from Crossway

The Compelling Community: Where God's Power Makes a Church Attractive
by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop available from Crossway

The Gospel-Shaped Life
by Ian Hamilton available from Banner of Truth

Knowing Christ
by Mark Jones available from Banner of Truth

The Life of the Church: The Table, Pulpit, and Square
by Joe Thorn available from Moody Publishers

Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids
by David Murray available from Crossway

A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace
by Edward T. Welch available from New Growth Press

The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction
by Sinclair B. Ferguson available from Banner of Truth

The Attributes of God
by Arthur W. Pink available from Baker Publishing Group

Made for His Pleasure
by Alistair Begg available from Moody Publishers

Sing!: How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family and Church
by Keith and Kristyn Getty available from B&H Publishing

7 Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible
by Erwin W. Lutzer available from Moody Publishers

What Every Child Should Know about Prayer
by Nancy Guthrie available from 10ofthose

Reset: Living a Grace-paced Life in a Burnout Culture
by David Murray available from Crossway

God's Grace in Your Suffering
by David Powlison available from Crossway

The Hand of God: Finding His Care in All Circumstances
by Alistair Begg available from Moody Publishers

Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional
by Marty Machowski available from New Growth Press

A Good Old Age: An A to Z of Loving and Following the Lord Jesus in Later Years
by Derek Prime available from 10ofthose

Her-Story: 366 Devotions from 21 Centuries of the Christian Church
by Diana Lynn Severance available from Christian Focus

Psalms by the Day: A New Devotional Translation (Daily Readings)
by Alec Motyer available from Christian Focus

Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots
by J. C. Ryle available from Ichthus Publications

Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting
by Dave Furman available from Crossway

Rest in God & a Calamity in Contemporary Christianity
by Iain H. Murray available from Banner of Truth

Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs
by J. I. Packer available from Tyndale House Publishers

The Christian in Complete Armour, Volume 1
by William Gurnall available from Banner of Truth

Capturing God: The Surprising Image That Reveals the Truth about God
by Rico Tice available from The Good Book Company

The Fruitful Life
by Jerry Bridges available from NavPress

My First Books and More
by Carine MacKenzie and Philip S. Ross available from CF4Kids

Parenting God's Way
by Alistair Begg available from 10Publishing

Where was God when that happened?: And other questions about God’s goodness, power and the way he works in the world (Questions Christians Ask Book 13) by [Ash, Christopher]

Where Was God When That Happened?: And Other Questions about God’s Goodness, Power and the Way He Works in the World
by Christopher Ash available from The Good Book Company

Name above All Names
by Alistair Begg and Sinclair B. Ferguson available from Crossway

The New City Catechism Devotional: God's Truth for Our Hearts and Minds
by Collin Hansen, Editor available from Crossway

The Grand Design: Male and Female He Made Them
by Owen Strachan and Gavin Peacock available from Christian Focus

Can I really trust the Bible?: and other questions about Scripture, truth and how God speaks (Questions Christians Ask) by [Cooper, Barry]

Can I Really Trust the Bible?: And Other Questions about Scripture, Truth and How God Speaks
by Barry Cooper available from The Good Book Company

Tough Questions about the Bible
by Joel R. Beeke available from CF4Kids

From the Resurrection to His Return by [Carson, D A]

From the Resurrection to His Return
by D. A. Carson available from Christian Focus Publications

Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification
by Sinclair B. Ferguson available from Banner of Truth

The Character of the Church: The Marks of God's Obedient People
by Joe Thorn available from Moody Publishers

The Five Solas: These Truths Alone
by Jason Helopoulos available from The Good Book Company

Is God Really in Control?: Trusting God in a World of Hurt
by Jerry Bridges available from NavPress

Everyone a Child Should Know
by Clare Heath-Whyte available from 10ofthose

Rescuing Christmas: The Search for Joy That Lasts
by Carl Laferton available from The Good Book Company

Voices from the Past, Volume 1: Puritan Devotional Readings
by Richard Rushing available from Banner of Truth

ESV Daily Devotional New Testament: Through the New Testament in a Year: Through the New Testament in a Year by [ESV Bibles by Crossway]

ESV Daily Devotional New Testament: Through the New Testament in a Year
by ESV Bibles by Crossway available from Crossway

Respectable Sins
by Jerry Bridges available from NavPress

Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross
by Colin S. Smith available from Christian Focus

Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me
by Kevin DeYoung available from Crossway

Ichthus: Jesus Christ, God's Son, the Saviour
by Sinclair B. Ferguson available from Banner of Truth

How Church Can Change Your Life: Answers to the Ten Most Common Questions about Church
by Josh Moody available from Christian Focus

Held in Honor: Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past
by Robert L. Plummer and Matthew D. Haste available from Christian Focus

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This Way to Life: Discovering Life to the Full
by Derek Prime available from 10ofthose

Intentional: Evangelism That Takes People to Jesus
by Paul Williams available from 10ofthose

Mindscape: What to Think About Instead of Worrying
by Timothy Z. Witmer available from New Growth Press

Lessons for Life: Biblical Wisdom for Young Adults (USB)
by Alistair Begg available from Truth For Life

The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross...Every Day
by Jerry Bridges available from NavPress

Zeal Without Burnout
by Christopher Ash available from The Good Book Company

Things Not Seen: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Trusting God's Promises
by Jon Bloom available from Crossway

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament: One Book, One God, One Story
by Alec Motyer available from Christian Focus

Child in the Manger
by Sinclair B. Ferguson available from Banner of Truth

Christmas Playlist: Four Songs That Bring You to the Heart of Christmas
by Alistair Begg available from The Good Book Company

Prone to Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration
by Barbara R. Duguid and Wayne Duguid Houk available from P&R Publishing

From the Mouth of God
by Sinclair B. Ferguson available from Banner of Truth

Discovering the Joy of a Clear Conscience
by Christopher Ash available from P&R Publishing

My Best-Ever Book of Bible Stories
by Phil A. Smouse available from Barbour Books

Loving Jesus More
by Philip Graham Ryken available from Crossway

Lasting Love: How to Avoid Marital Failure
by Alistair Begg available from Moody Publishers

The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship
by Jonathan Holmes available from Cruciform Press

Our Great God and Saviour
by Eric J. Alexander available from Banner of Truth

Why We Pray
by William Philip available from Crossway


Honest Evangelism: How to Talk about Jesus Even When It's Tough
by Rico Tice available from The Good Book Company

Amy Carmichael: Beauty for Ashes
by Iain H. Murray available from Banner of Truth

Everything a Child Should Know about God
by Kenneth N. Taylor and Jenny Brake available from 10ofthose

Heroes
by Iain H. Murray available from Banner of Truth

The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin
by Kris Lundgaard available from P&R Publishing

Keeping the Heart: How to Maintain Your Love for God
by John Flavel available from Christian Heritage

18 Words: The Most Important Words You Will Ever Know
by J. I. Packer available from Christian Focus

Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus Is Great
by David Robertson available from Christian Focus

Deserted by God?: Understanding the Ways of God through the Experience of the Psalmists
by Sinclair B. Ferguson available from Banner of Truth

The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness by [DeYoung, Kevin]

The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness
by Kevin DeYoung available from Crossway

Christian Worldview: A Student's Guide (Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition)
by Philip Graham Ryken available from Crossway

Expository Listening: A Practical Handbook for Hearing and Doing God's Word
by Ken Ramey available from Kress Biblical Resources

Pathway to Freedom: How God's Laws Guide Our Lives by [Alistair Begg, Charles Colson]

Pathway to Freedom: How God's Laws Guide Our Lives
by Alistair Begg available from Moody Publishers

The Pilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan, Edited By C. J. Lovik available from Crossway

Who Am I?: Identity in Christ

Who Am I?: Identity in Christ (Audiobook)
by Jerry Bridges, Narrated by Alistair Begg available from CruciformPress

Atonement
by Gabriel N. E. Fluhrer, Editor available from P&R Publishing

Rock Solid: 12 Gospel Truths to Live By
by Trevor Archer available from The Good Book Company

Name above All Names by [Alistair Begg, Sinclair B. Ferguson]

Name above All Names
by Alistair Begg and Sinclair B. Ferguson available from Crossway

A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology
by Kelly M. Kapic available from InterVarsity Press

Created to Praise
by Derek Prime available from Christian Focus

Truth Unchanged, Unchanging
by Martyn Lloyd-Jones available from Christian Focus

Life 2: The Sequel: What Happens When You Die?
by Alec Motyer available from Christian Focus

On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work by [Derek J. Prime, Alistair Begg, Al Mohler]

On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work
by Alistair Begg and Derek Prime available from Moody Publishers

All Things for Good
by Thomas Watson available from Banner of Truth

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem
by Kevin DeYoung available from Crossway

The Transforming Power of the Gospel
by Jerry Bridges available from NavPress

Setting Our Sights on Heaven: Why It's Hard and Why It's Worth It
by Paul D. Wolfe available from Banner of Truth

My Big Book of Bible Stories
by Phil A. Smouse available from Barbour Books

The Secret of Contentment
by William B. Barcley available from P&R Publishing

Don't Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day
by Kevin DeYoung available from Crossway

A Way to Pray
by Matthew Henry available from Banner of Truth

The Disciplines of the Christian Life
by Eric Liddell available from eChristian Books

What Is the Trinity?
by David F. Wells available from P&R Publishing

God's Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible
by Vaughan Roberts available from InterVarsity Press

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
by Sally Lloyd-Jones available from ZonderKidz

Hymns for the Christian Life

Hymns for the Christian Life (CD)
by Keith and Kristyn Getty available from Getty Music

Is Jesus the Only Way?
by Philip Graham Ryken available from Crossway

Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots
by J. C. Ryle available from Ichthus Publications

Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest
by Edward T. Welch available from New Growth Press

Soul-Depths and Soul-Heights: An Exposition of Psalm 130
by Octavius Winslow available from Banner of Truth

The Cross He Bore
by Frederick S. Leahy available from Banner of Truth

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Thoughts for Young Men
by J. C. Ryle available from Banner of Truth

Bible Answers: To Questions about the Christian Faith & Life
by Derek Prime available from Christian Focus

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will
by Kevin DeYoung available from Moody Publishers

Be Still, My Soul: 25 Classic and Contemporary Readings on the Problem of Pain
by Nancy Guthrie, Editor available from Crossway

How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home
by Derek W. H. Thomas available from Reformation Trust Publishing

Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself
by Joe Thorn available from Crossway

Joy: An Irish Christmas Live

Joy: An Irish Christmas Live (CD)
by Keith and Kristyn Getty available from Getty Music

The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling
by John Stott available from InterVarsity Press
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