Pastor Monty’s Recommended Reading

I am often asked what books and authors I recommend. Please know that I do not necessarily endorse everything written by these authors or that is stated in these books. However, these are some books that have greatly influenced me, or ones I would highly recommend that you read. Also, book choice is often a matter of personal taste. These are the books I would recommend…you may not get as much out of them as I do.

Also note that this is a list of books that are powerful, yet rather easy to read. This is not the “knee deep in the weeds” book list. (Perhaps I should comprise that list sometime!) I hope that you will have the opportunity to read some of them. Finally, this list is in no way all of my favorites. They are ones that quickly come to my mind. I’m sure I have left many off of this list. So, without further ado, here’s the list…


  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  • And the Word Came with Power by Joanne Shetler
  • The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
  • The Autobiography of George Muller
  • Through the Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Howard Taylor


  • The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
  • The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
  • The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
  • Chosen but Free by Norman Geisler

Christian Living:

  • Prayer by Philip Yancey
  • Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey
  • The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
  • Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
  • Gods at War by Kyle Idleman
  • Gospel by J. D. Greear
  • Radical by David Platt
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Heaven by Randy Alcorn
  • Grace Awakening by Charles Swindoll
  • The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg
  • Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin by Cornelius Planting
  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Marriage and Family:

  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • Parenting by the Book by John Rosemond
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
  • Parenting by Paul David Tripp
  • Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson
  • Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson
  • She Calls Me Daddy by Robert Wolgemuth
  • Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis
  • The Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent
  • Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs
  • Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes

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