Kingdom Living and Spiritual Formation
a Kempis, The
Imitation of Christ. Apart
from the Bible itself, this is undoubtedly the more republished
work in Christian history. Absolutely indispensable.
Finney, Charles, Revival Lectures.
Old Tappan, N.J.: Fleming H. Revell Company, n.d.
- Hunter, Todd, Our Favorite Sins: The Sins We Commit and How You Can Quit. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2012.
Bonar, Horatius. God's Way of
Holiness. Chicago: Moody, n.d.
Bouyer, Louis. A History of Christian
Spirituality. 3 vols. New York: Seabury, 1982.
Chambers, Oswald. The Psychology
of Redemption. London: Simpkin Marshall, 1947.
Lives of the Saints
Translated with an Introduction by J. F. Webb. Baltimore,
MD: Penguin, 1973.
Lowen, Alexander. The Betrayal
of the Body. New York: Collier, 1971.
Magnus, Albertus. Of Cleaving
Unto God. Translated by Elizabeth Stopp. London:
Marshall, Walter. The Gospel
Mystery of Sanctification. 1692. Reprint. Grand
Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1954.
- Meyes, Keith. Spiritual Rhythms in Community: Being Together in the Presence of God. Intervarsity Press, 2012
Robinson, John A. T. The Body:
A Study in Pauline Theology. London: SCM, 1952.
Suso, Henry. The Life of the
Servant. Translated by James M. Clarke. Cambridge:
Taylor, Jeremy. Holy Living and
Dying. London: Bohn, 1858.
Taylor, J. (1992). Holy Living
and Holy Dying, "Classics of Western Spirituality"
series. New York: Paulist. Many other editions. Practical
directions on the use of the body for spiritual growth by
a great Christian of the sixteenth century.
Trueblood, Elton. Alternative
to Futility. Waco, TX: Word, 1972.
Underhill, Evelyn. Mysticism.
New York: New American Library, 1974.
Introduction to Philosophy
Foundations for a Christian Worldview, J.P.
Moreland & William Lane Craig, Intervarsity Press, 2003. This is an excellent discussion by the finest of scholars
and philosophers, who are also Christians. Good as an introduction
to Philosophy and Theology for those with limited background
and a desire to dig deeper. (Winner of a 2004 Gold Medallion
award in the Reference category from the Evangelical Christian
We have frequent requests for a logic book "for dummies".
Dr. Willard recommends getting an older edition of Irving
M. Copi's Introduction to Logic.
- Moreland, J.P., Does God Exist?: The Debate Between Theists & Atheists. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1993.
- A Place for Truth: Leading Thinkers Explore Life's Hardest Questions.Dallas Willard, Ed. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2010.
Law and the Bible:
Justice, Mercy and Legal Institutions
Includes the chapter, "The Kingdom of God, Law and the Heart," by Dallas Willard and Robert F. Cochran Jr.
This book is the result of a conference hosted by the Pepperdine Law School in February 2012. Each chapter is cowritten by a legal professional and a theologian, and focuses on a key aspect of the biblical witness concerning civil or positive law. Available on ChristianBook.com and Amazon.com.
Robert F. Cochran Jr. is Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Pepperdine University; founder and director of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics; and founder of Pepperdine's Union Rescue Mission Legal Clinic.
Francis de Sales.
Introduction to the Devout Life. Translated
by John K. Ryan. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Image Books,
Brother Lawrence. The
Practice of the Presence of God, many editions.
Meisel, Anthony C. The
Rule of St. Benedict. and M. L. del Mastro,
eds. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1975.
Penn, William. No Cross, No Crown.
London: Philips and Fardon, 1806.
Thomas a Kempis. The
Imitation of Christ. Many editions.
The Four Gospels
- Foster, Richard. Prayer:
Finding the Heart's True Home.
New York, NY: HarperCollins,1992.
- Ignatius. The
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Garden
City, NY: Doubleday, Image Books, 1964.
The Soul Listens. Colorado
Springs, CO: NavPress, 1999.
- Nouwen, Henri. The Way of the
Heart. New York: Ballantine Books, 1981.
- Dr. Willard has called John Wesley's book,
A Plain Account of Christian Perfection,
the best explanation of sanctification he has ever read.
- Jones, E. Stanley. Is
The Kingdom of God Realism? New York, Nashville: Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1940.
- Sanford, Agnes. The
Healing Light. Many editions.
The former you will have to
get from a library or order over the web, it's long out of
print. The latter is an inexpensive paperback, still printing.
Biographies/Autobiographies - Examples to Follow
The Confessions of St. Augustine.
Fox, George. Journal of George
Fox. Edited by Norman Penney. London: Dent, 1948.
Also in various other editions.
Laubach, Frank C. Letters by
a Modern Mystic
. Foreword by Alden H. Clark.
Edited and compiled by Constance E. Padwick. Syracuse, N.Y.:
New Readers Press, 1955. First published in 1937. See Dr.
from Christian Spirituality
Teresa of Avila. Interior
. Translated and edited by E. Allison
Peers. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1961.
- Lewis, C.S. The
Abolition of Man. Many editions.
Spiritual Disciplines for Children