Books Studied

Todd Warner, Books Read & Studied, 2015


Prior to my conversion to Christianity and rebirth through the Holy Spirit, I despised reading.  About the only things I had ever read were school assignments, magazines, the newspaper, Star Wars (of which I had already seen the movies), and Tarzan.  I simply didn’t understand how people could enjoy doing something so boring and slow paced.  After my conversion this changed dramatically.  One of the real sudden and tangible changes was that I suddenly couldn’t stop reading anything pertaining to Christ and Christianity!

This obvious change has significantly elevated my faith. It is truly amazing and has convinced me that the Holy Spirit transformed my mind and heart – from a hate of reading to a love for reading and an unquenchable desire to continuously learn for Christ.  A desire that continues today as I continue to dive into new books with passion and curiosity.  Listed are many of the books that have influenced my spiritual formation.

  2. Steve Addison, Movements that Changed the World.  [paper written]
  3. Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
  4. Randy Alcorn, The Grace and Truth Paradox;  Responding with Christlike Balance
  5. Roland Allen, Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours?
  6. Alan Akerson & Robert Mai, The Leader as Communicator. [partial reading – paper written]
  7. Lon Allison, That the World May Believe, John R.  Mott.  [paper written]
  8. R.D. Anderson, “Change: Spontaneous or Designed in Advance?”
  9. David Anderson, How To Run Your Business By The Book:  A Biblical Blueprint to Bless Your Business
  10. Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker, Every Man’s Battle:  Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time
  11. Ruth Haley Barton, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership.  [paper written]
  12. Mark Batterson, In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day
  13. Mark Batterson, Primal:  A Quest For the Lost Soul of Christianity
  14. Mark Batterson, Soul Print:  Discovering Your Divine Destiny
  15. Henry T. Blackaby & Claude V. King, Experiencing God
  16. D. Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. [partial reading – paper written]
  17. Ori Brafman & Rod Beckstom, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations.  [paper written]
  18. Mike Breen, Leading Kingdom Movements
  19. Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness
  20. Frederick Buechner,  Telling the Truth:  The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale
  21. Stan Campbell and James S. Bell Jr., The Complete Idiots Guide to the Book of Revelation
  22. Francis Chan, Crazy Love
  23. Francis Chan, Forgotten God:  Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit
  24. Robert J. Clinton, The Making of a Leader.  [paper written]
  25. Neil Cole, Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church.  [paper written]
  26. Neil Cole, Organic Church.
  27. Neil Cole, Organic Leadership: Leading Naturally Right Where You Are.  [paper written]
  28. Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  [paper written]
  29. Andy Crouch, Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.  [paper written]
  30. Dr. James Dobson, Bringing Up Boys
  31. Dr. James Dobson, Dare to Discipline
  32. Dr. James Dobson, Straight Talk to Men
  33. Mark Driscoll, Confessions of a Reformission Rev.:  Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church
  34. Mark Driscoll, The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out.  [paper written]
  35. John Eldredge, Wild at Heart:  Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul
  36. Duane Elmer, Cross‐Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christ‐Like Humility.  [paper written]
  37. Larry Eskridge, God’s Forever Family:  The Jesus People Movement in America.  [paper written]
  38. Don Everts & Doug Schaupp, I Once was Lost:  What Postmodern Skeptics Taught Us About Their Path to Jesus
  39. Dave Ferguson & Jon Ferguson, Exponential:  How You and Your Friends can Start a Missional Church Movement
  40. Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline
  41. Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve:  Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix
  42. Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch, The Faith of Leap:  Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure, and Courage.
  43. Todd G. Gongwer, Lead…..for God’s Sake!
  44. Don Gossett, The Power of Spoken Faith
  45. Billy Graham, Storm Warning
  46. Joel B. Green and Mark D. Baker, Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in New Testament & Contemporary Contexts.  [paper written]
  47. Pete Greig & Dave Roberts, Red Moon Rising: How 24-7 Prayer is Awakening a Generation.
  48. Stanley Grenz.  Primer on Postmodernism.
  49. Kenneth E. Hagan, The Name of Jesus
  50. Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich, The Critical Journey: Stages in the Life of Faith. [paper written]
  51. Hugh Halter, Sacrilege:  Finding Life in the Unorthodox Ways of Jesus
  52. Hugh Halter & Matt Smay, AND:  The Gathered and Scattered Church
  53. Evelyn and Richard Hibbert, Leading Multicultural Teams.  [paper written]
  54. Alan Hirsch, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church.  [paper written]
  55. Alan Hirsch & Dave Ferguson, On the Verge:  A Journey into the Apostolic Future of the Church
  56. Alan Hirsch & Debra Hirsch, Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship.  [paper written]
  57. Alan Hirsch & Lance Ford, Right Here, Right Now:  Everyday Mission for Everyday People
  58. Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost, ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church.  [paper written]
  59. Mark Hitchcock, 55 Answers to Questions About Life After Death
  60. Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.  [paper written]
  61. Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples. [tested on]
  62. Bill Hybels, Courageous Leadership
  63. Bill Hybels, Just Walk Across the Room
  64. Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan:  Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
  65. T.D. Jakes, Reposition Yourself
  66. Dr. David Jeremiah, What in the World is Going On?
  67. R.T. Kendall, Did You Think to Pray? How to Listen and Talk to God Every Day About Everything
  68. Timothy Keller, The Prodigal God
  69. Timothy Keller, The Reason for God.  [paper written]
  70. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Writings and Speeches that Changed the World
  71. Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.  [paper written]
  72. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.  [paper written]
  73. C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
  74. David Livermore, Cultural Intelligence:   Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World.  [paper written]
  75. Max Lucado, 3:16 The Numbers of Hope
  76. Max Lucado, A Gentle Thunder
  77. Max Lucado, Cure for the Common Life
  78. Max Lucado, Every Day Deserves a Chance
  79. Max Lucado, Facing Your Giants
  80. Max Lucado, Fearless
  81. Max Lucado, It’s Not About Me
  82. Max Lucado, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior
  83. Max Lucado, Out Live Your Life
  84. Max Lucado, When God Whispers Your Name
  85. John MacArthur, Anxious for Nothing:  God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul
  86. John MacArthur, Charismatic Chaos
  87. John MacArthur, Saved Without A Doubt
  88. John MacArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men
  89. Andrew Marin, Love is An Orientation:  Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community
  90. Alex McFarland, X:  The 10 Most Common Objections to Christianity
  91. Alister McGrath, Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith.  [paper written]
  92. Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy
  93. Brian McLaren, A New Kind of Christian:  A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey (Book 1)
  94. Brian McLaren, The Story We Find Ourselves In:  Further Adventures in a New Kind of Christian (Book 2)
  95. Brian McLaren, The Last Word and the Word After That:  a Tale of Faith, Doubt, and a New Kind of Christianity (Book 3)
  96. Joyce Meyers, Battlefield of the Mind
  97. A. Scott Moreau, Campbell, and Greener, Effective Intercultural Communication.  [paper written]
  98. Harold Myra & Marshall Shelley, The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham.  [paper written]
  99. Kirk Nowery, Revolutionary Generosity
  100. Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now
  101. John Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted
  102. John Ortberg, If You Want to Walk On Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat
  103. John Ortberg, Overcoming Your Shadow Mission
  104. J. I. Packer, Knowing God
  105. John Perkins, Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development. [paper written]
  106. Richard H. Perry, The Complete Idiots Guide to The Last Days
  107. Don Piper, 90 Minutes in Heaven
  108. John Piper, What Jesus Demands from the World
  109. G. A. Pritchard, Willow Creek Seeker Services: Evaluating a New Way of Doing Church.  [paper written]
  110. David Platt, Radical
  111. Tom Rath,  Strengths Finder 2.0
  112. Rick Richardson, Evangelism Outside The Box: New Ways of Helping People Experience the Good News.  [paper written]
  113. Rick Richardson, Experiencing Healing Prayer.  [paper written]
  114. Rick Richardson, Reimagining Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey.  [paper written]
  115. Jerry Root and S. Guthrie, The Sacrament of Evangelism.  [paper written]
  116. Gretchen B. Rossman and Sharon F. Rallis, Learning in the Field: An Introduction to Qualitative Research, 3rd edition.
  117. Peter Scazzero with Warren Bird. The Emotionally Healthy Church.  [paper  written]
  118. Francis A. Schaeffer, The Mark of the Christian
  119. Christian A. Schwarz, Natural Church Development: A Guide to Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches. [paper written]
  120. Steven K. Scott, The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived:  Secrets for Unparalleled Success and Unshakable Happiness from the Life of Jesus
  121. Gordon T. Smith, Beginning Well: Christian Conversion and Authentic Transformation. [paper written]
  122. Charles F. Stanley, Live the Extraordinary Life
  123. Richard Stearns, The Hole in Our Gospel
  124. Craig Storti, Figuring Foreigners Out.  [paper written]
  125. John R. W. Stott, Basic Christianity
  126. Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ
  127. Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith
  128. Lee Strobel, The Case for a Creator
  129. Lester Sumrall, The Believer’s Handbook
  130. Douglas A. Sweeney, The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement.  [paper written]
  131. Gary Thomas, Sacred Pathways:  Discover Your Souls Path to God
  132. R.A. Torrey, The Presence & Work of the Holy Spirit
  133. A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
  134. A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy.  [paper written]
  135. Kevin VanHoozer, Charles Anderson, and Michael Sleasman, eds. Everyday                                                Theology.  [paper written]
  136. D. Van Deusen-Hunsinger & T. F. Latini, Transforming Church Conflict: Compassionate Leadership in Action.  [paper written]
  137. Peter Walker, In The Steps Of Jesus
  138. John H. Walton, The Lost World of Genesis One:  Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate.
  139. Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life
  140. Bill Wiese, 23 Minutes in Hell
  141. Bob Whitesel, Cure for the Common Church: God’s Plan to Restore Church Health.  [paper written]
  142. Bob Whitesel, ORGANIX: Signs of Leadership in a Changing Church.  [paper written]
  143. Bob Whitesel, Preparing for Change Reaction: How to Introduce Change in Your Church.  [paper written]
  144. David Wilkerson, The Cross and the Switchblade
  145. N. T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense.  [paper written]
  146. Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God
  147. Philip Yancey, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
  148. Ed Young, Outrageous Contagious Joy
  149. W.M. Paul Young, The Shack
  150. Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason:  A Response to the New Atheists
  151. Etc. Etc….


This list does not include hundreds of other articles, books, or DVDs that I have used to meet my Holy Spirit induced thirst for learning since my conversion, transformation, and salvation.  Of course, the ultimate book and authority that all others must be measured against is the Holy Bible, which I read and study continuously.