Books on Discipleship

BELOW ARE THE BOOKS THAT HAVE IMPACTED ME AND PREPARED ME FOR PRISON MINISTRY! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM FOR ANYONE PREPARING TO WORK IN MINISTRY!

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415JXR-JSxL._SX352_BO1,204,203,200_What does it take for lasting change to take root in your life? If you’ve ever tried, failed, and wondered why, you need How People Change. This book explains the biblical pattern for change in a clear, practical way you can apply to the challenges of daily life. But change involves more than a biblical formula: you will see how God is at work to make you the person you were created to be. That powerful, loving, redemptive relationship is at the heart of all positive change you experience. Paul Tripp and Tim Lane masterfully guide us along the biblical path that points us to the cross and a lifestyle of faith and repentance.

51XvzMM4mwLReal-Life Discipleship explains what should happen in the life of every Christian and in every small group so that the church becomes an army of believers dedicated to seeing the world saved. With the overriding goal to train disciples who know how to make more disciples, this book offers proven tools and strategies from Real Life Ministries, one of America’s fastest-growing churches. Discover what the Bible says about true and effective discipleship with these strategies and practices.

51Kxf3bf1XL._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_It all started when Jesus called a few men to follow him and share God’s message with their neighbors. We are called to do the same. But evangelism can be difficult – even intimidating. With all the evangelism resources available, where should you turn to find advice on how to share the Good News with others? Robert E. Coleman (The Master’s Way of Personal Evangelism) says the answers aren’t found in TV evangelism, easy-evangelism guidebooks, or the latest marketing techniques. Rather, he looks to the Bible, to the ultimate example found in Jesus Christ. For more than forty years this classic, biblical look at evangelism has challenged and instructed over three million readers. Now repackaged for a new generation, The Master Plan of Evangelism is as fresh and relevant as ever. Join the movement and discover how you can minister to the people God brings into your life.

31Y4vBYcRdL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Jesus gave his followers a command: “Follow me.” And a promise: “And I will equip you to find others to follow me.” We were made to make disciples. Designed for use in discipleship relationships and other focused settings, Multiply will equip you to carry out Jesus’s ministry. Each of the twenty-four sessions in the book corresponds with an online video at www.multiplymovement.com, where New York Times bestselling author David Platt joins Francis in guiding you through each part of Multiply.  One plus one plus one. Every copy of Multiply is designed to do what Jesus did: make disciples who make disciples who make disciples…. Until the world knows the truth of Jesus Christ.

51A3V0BX19L._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_What will it take to bring genuine revival to the church? To our culture? Why does God seem to work powerfully and supernaturally in some places and not in others? In When God Comes to Church, Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. explores what the Bible teaches about revival. He explains what God can do to revive his people and what we must do to prepare ourselves for revival. Ortlund’s conclusions provide solid guidance for church leaders and lay people who long for renewal and revival from God.

 

510zioJQlRL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_J.R. Woodgates provides a wonderful resource for anyone who is incarcerated in a physical prison or perhaps in the spiritual prison of their daily life. This book is full of gentle Christian teaching presented in a humble way without excessive commentary. There is a daily devotional guide which is full of Holy Scripture pulled together in a thematic fashion. The author suggests for those in solitary confinement that their cell “can become a sanctuary of study, prayer, praise,faith, hope and restoration.” This idea of seeing one’s personal space as a sanctuary for God’s grace is potentially life changing.

I had the opportunity to interview J.R. Woodgates the author of this book on the “Detention to Redemption” podcast in Episode 011: JR Woodgates, The Former Voice Of America’s Life Changing Story Of Redemption