Christian Book Guide - Sanctification (Spritual Growth)

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21197: Desiring God, Revised & Expanded Desiring God
By John Piper

Desiring God reveals how delighting in God can motivate us to glorify Him through worship, stewardship, loving our neighbor, rejoicing in suffering, and other "duties." John Piper reveals that the debate between duty and delight doesn't truly exist: Delight is our duty. Discover how to lay a biblical foundation for a life of celebration by truly desiring the Lord.

44988: Don't Waste Your Life Don't Waste Your Life
By John Piper

In this provocative work Pastor Piper challenges us to set aside the trivial pursuit of self-fulfillment so that we can develop a deeper passion for God. Piper believes that if we passionately submit the sufferings we endure, the risks we take, and the goals we set to the pursuit of God's glory, then not one moment of our lives will be wasted. Don't miss this opportunity to rekindle your passion for the cross of Christ and the glory of God.

521919: Future Grace Future Grace
By John Piper

John Piper helps readers discover the key to overcoming sin and living a life that honors God. Many men and women attempt to walk upright out of gratitude for what Christ did in the past, but Piper encourages believers to look ahead to the grace God provides for us on a day-to-day, moment-by-moment basis--putting faith into action by laying hold of God's promises for the challenges we face.

36652: The Pleasures Of God The Pleasures Of God
By John Piper

Here's your chance to be among the thousands of believers who are more passionate about God than ever before---because they've discovered what God is passionate about. As Piper reveals the reasons for the Lord's abundant joy, he draws you ever closer to God's self-replenishing, all-encompassing grace.

46528: When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy When I Don't Desire God
By John Piper

Have you been looking for joy in all the wrong places? Piper explains that spiritual satisfaction is a gift from God. He then points out the paths where your heavenly Father longs to meet with you and the places where you'll find the gladness of divine fellowship---including Scripture and prayer.

42692: The Keys to Spiritual Growth The Keys to Spiritual Growth
By John MacArthur

God wants all Christians to grow to spiritual maturity. But sometimes people are unsure what that entails. MacArthur unlocks the door to the riches awaiting us. Tour the servants' quarters (obedience), the library (Bible study), the family room (fellowship), the bridal suite (love)---and rejoice in the temple God is building out of our lives!

263454: Hard to Believe Hard to Believe
By John MacArthur

Pastor MacArthur bypasses a superficial understanding of the Christian faith in order to explore the difficult side of Christian discipleship. As MacArthur reminds us, Jesus does not desire for his disciples to stop at simple belief, but he longs for them to follow in His steps by becoming completely obedient to God. Do not ignore this opportunity to sit under this loving, yet uncompromising teaching which calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Christ (Mk. 8:34).

100502: Follow Me: Christ's Call, Our Response Follow Me
By John MacArthur

Some came to hear his teaching or to be healed; others came hoping to receive God's acceptance . . . and they still do today. Making a broad-scoped study of Jesus' first-century followers and how they responded to his call, MacArthur offers bite-sized insights for modern disciples. Discover why following Jesus means following through with life-changing commitment!

271813: The Vanishing Conscience The Vanishing Conscience
By John MacArthur

In this challenging yet compelling book, John MacArthur encourages you to confront the culture's flight from moral responsibility. With sound biblical truth, this book shows how and why sin must be dealt with if you are to live in a way that pleases God. With clarity and insight, MacArthur provides you with solutions for attaining a personal holiness that can take you from living a life of blame and denial to one of peace and freedom.

44361X: Standing Strong: How to Resist the Enemy of Your Soul Standing Strong
By John MacArthur

In Standing Strong, MacArthur explores the origin of spiritual warfare, its present reality, and what our response should be. He thoughtfully examines what Scripture says about spiritual warfare, comparing God's Word to the beliefs, practices, and experiences of many involved in today's spiritual warfare movement.

52706X: The Soul's Quest for God: Satisfying the Hunger for Spiritual Communion with God The Soul's Quest for God
By R.C. Sproul

In The Soul's Quest for God, R.C. Sproul points to the lives of great characters in Christian history. He addresses a positive spiritual hunger, one that will ultimately result in deeper awareness of the Holy Spirit, and wholehearted obedience to Christ. He examines the biblical pattern for spiritual growth, biblical models of spiritual maturity, the nature of the soul, barriers to its quest, and the soul's ultimate destination.

50241: Pleasing God Pleasing God
By R.C. Sproul

A world of people have no idea nor care about what the words sanctification and righteousness mean. Then how can the idea of a holy God mean anything to them? R. C. Sproul believes these words are still important-- especially for Christians--if we are to understand God or know how to live for him. Believers may become uncomfortable when they see Dr. Sproul's honest look at how the sins of pride, slothfulness, and dishonesty permeate the Christian's life. But Pleasing God is basically a message of hope. Sproul points out the failures, but he also points to the way out of spiritual lethargy and lackadaisical living.

320016: Essential Truths of the Christian Faith Essential Truths of the Christian Faith
By R.C. Sproul

With the layperson in mind, Dr. Sproul offers a basic understanding of the Christian faith that is interesting, informative, and easy to read. Sproul provides brief explanations of biblical concepts every Christian should know in language everyone can understand. Highlighted with homespun analogies, the more than 100 doctrines treated are categorized under major headings for easy reference. An informative resource for learning the essentials of the Christian faith.

60157: The Pursuit of God The Pursuit of God
By A.W. Tozer

In the muddle of day-to-day life, have you somehow forgotten that Christianity is a living, vibrant relationship with a personal God? In this classic bestseller and recipient of both the ECPA Gold and Platinum Book Awards, The Pursuit of God reminds and challenges you to renew your relationship with your loving God. In each of the 10 chapters, Tozer explains one aspect of hungering for God and ends with a prayer.

39328: The Pursuit of Holiness The Pursuit of Holiness
By Jerry Bridges

Why does holiness often seem so unattainable? Bridges believes it's because we're not exactly sure what holiness is---but he wants to change that! Discover how God has equipped you to lead a holy life, how reason and emotion influence your will, how habits and personal discipline play a part in holy living, and more.

3989X: The Discipline of Grace, Updated Edition The Discipline of Grace
By Jerry Bridges

A thought-provoking look at legalism, discipleship, and spiritual freedom. Learn how grace and holiness are linked---and how the same mercy that leads believers to Christ also develops us spiritually in the areas of commitment, conviction, choices, watchfulness, and adversity.

060277: The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God's Love Through You The Fruitful Life
By Jerry Bridges

In this update to The Practice of Godliness, Bridges explores nine aspects of the "fruit of the Spirit" as described in Galatians 5:22-23. Demonstrating the need for prayerful preparation and careful cultivation, Bridges shows you how to produce an abundant crop where it counts the most - in everyday life!

834751: Growing Your Faith: How to Mature in Christ Growing Your Faith
By Jerry Bridges

In Growing Your Faith, Bridges presents the essential elements of Christian life in a highly readable, surprisingly practical form. You'll learn how to feed your spiritual life through taking in the Scriptures, relying on the Holy Spirit in obedience and prayer, trusting God during life's trials, and contribute your unique gifts to serve others. Whether you're a new Christian seeking direction in growing spiritually or a time-tested saint looking for a refresher, Growing Your Faith offers a solid foundation for genuine growth in spiritual maturity.

34681: The Chase: Pursuing Holiness in Your Everyday Life The Chase
By Jerry Bridges

The Bible calls us to "Be holy." Is that even possible? The writer must have meant, "Be good enough" or "Be decent," but never "Be holy." That's impossible, isn't it? That depends on your definition of "holy." If by it you mean "always perfect, never making a mistake" you're right---that's impossible. But if by "holy" you mean "wanting and doing the right things," that can be done with the aid of the Holy Spirit. Taken from Bridges' classic The Pursuit of Holiness, The Chase shows believers how "running as to get the prize" is not only possible, it's what life is all about.

1650X: Knowing God: 20th Anniversary Edition Knowing God
By J.I. Packer

There's a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve him, boldness to share him, and contentment in him. A classic from J.I. Packer!

57944: Growing in Christ Growing in Christ
By J.I. Packer

You've met Christ, now take the next step of growing in him! Whether you want to study on your own or with a group, Packer will help you learn everything you need to know about God and developing a lasting faith. He explains the Lord's Prayer, Ten Commandments, Apostle's Creed, baptism, communion with the Lord, godly conduct, church relationships, and more.

065585: Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fulness in Our Walk with God, 2nd edition Keep in Step with the Spirit
By J.I. Packer

J. I. Packer's Keep in Step with the Spirit focuses on the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. Now in its second edition, this book is not merely a theological study, but a rousing call to encourage believers to implement the Spirit's directives in their lives. Packer explains how to get the Spirit in focus and how to map the Spirit's path in life. He restates the Christ-centeredness of the Spirit's ministry, reaffirms the biblical call to holiness, and even-handily assesses the charismatic movement.

42017: The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power The Enemy Within
By Kris Lundgaard

Drawing from Indwelling Sin and The Mortification of Sin by Puritan John Owen, Lundgaard aims for the heart with a battle plan for radical spiritual transformation! His biblically sound principles on breaking the cycle of sin will help you live a victorious and fulfilling Christian life.

5520227: How to Overcome Evil How to Overcome Evil
By Jay Adams

Perhaps you are like so many-defected, dismal, and despairing. You have tried and failed. Or maybe you feel that you are barely holding your own in the battle with evil but without any sense of victory. Christian counselor Jay E. Adams reminds you in these pages that God hasn't changed. If He helped others - like the apostle Paul - He will help you. Take heart! God hasn't failed you. You too can overcome evil!

420717: Renewing Your Mind in a Mindless Age Renewing Your Mind in a Mindless World
By James Montgomery Boice

This practical guide to personal application of Romans 12:1-2 to daily life will radically change not only how you see the world, it will change how you live.

20741: Christ's Call to Discipleship Christ's Call to Discipleship
By James Montgomery Boice

Respected teacher Boice asserts that though the church talks a lot about God, and does much on His behalf, there is very little actual following of Christ. Exploring the meaning, path, cost, and rewards of true discipleship, he discovers the transforming impact believers committed to Jesus as Savior and Lord can have on the world.

30275: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
By Donald S. Whitney

Based on the rich heritage left by the early church fathers, Puritan writers, and Jesus Christ Himself, Whitney takes you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them on a long-term basis, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to embrace life's greatest pursuit, the pursuit of holiness, through a lifelong delight in the disciplines.

833453: Simplify Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed Simplify Your Spiritual Life
By Donald S. Whitney

If the weight of the world is hindering your walk with the Lord, maybe now it's the time to step back and evaluate. Life on earth was less hectic in Jesus' time. He faced incredible challenges and suffered agonizing trials, but there was simplicity in His relationship with His Father that we can emulate. And in that simplicity, we can realize our greatest fulfillment as believers. If your Bible study seems as tedious as filing your tax return and your prayer life as wearisome as trying to understand your phone bill, stop. Take a deep breath. Whitney will show you how rewarding the simple Christian life can be.

30961: 10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health 10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health
By Donald S. Whitney

The ten probing questions Whitney poses in this book will help you look beyond your spiritual activity to assess the true state of your spiritual health. His questions cut to the heart of the matter: Is your character becoming more like Christ's? Are you spiritually healthy, or just spiritually busy? Whitney will help you ask yourself the right questions for evaluating your growth in the areas that really matter.

0459X: The Cross-Centered Life The Cross-Centered Life
By C.J. Mahaney

Sometimes the most important truths are the easiest to forget. It's time to get back to the starting point of the Christian life - the cross of Christ. Jesus' work on your behalf must be the central motivation for your life and faith - the main thing. C.J. Mahaney shows you how to center every day around the cross of Calvary and how to escape the pitfalls of legalism, condemnation, and feelings-driven faith.

525787: Living the Cross-Centered Life Living the Cross-Centered Life
By C.J. Mahaney

Pastor C. J. Mahaney will help strip away the nonessentials of life and bring you back to the simplest, most fundamental reason for your faith: Jesus Christ. Blending material from The Cross-Centered Life and Christ Our Mediator with new insights, Living the Cross Centered Life is packed with powerful truth to grip your heart, clear your mind, and invigorate your soul. Get ready to behold a breathtaking view of what God intends to accomplish in and through you every day.

9372: Holiness Holiness
By J.C. Ryle

A classic from J.C. Ryle! In days when evangelical preachers are accused of being either superficial or dull, we have here a great example from one who was neither of these things. As Anglican Bishop Ryle explains and applies his texts with his customary simplicity and directness, the reader will find his conscience pricked and his soul examined. Ryle's Holiness has become essential reading on this most important subject and the first chapter on 'Sin' has rarely been bettered.

462550: Aspects Of Holiness Aspects Of Holiness
By J.C. Ryle

"Holiness is much more than tears and sighs, bodily excitement, a quickened pulse, passionate attachment to some preacher or religious group. It is 'being conformed to the likeness of God's Son'(Rom. 8:29). It is something capable of being seen by others, in the detail of our character, habits and daily behaviour." From Ryle's introduction

1516106: Healthy Christian Growth Healthy Christian Growth
By Sinclair Ferguson

Biblical guidelines for growing to maturity. The pattern of God's work in the lives of His people is explained and concludes with a brief spiritual check-up. Relevant to all stages of spiritual development, it provides a guide that will be specially helpful to new Christians.

1515576: Grow in Grace Grow in Grace
By Sinclair Ferguson

The biblical teaching in Grow in Grace will appeal to Christians at all stages, while its straightforward explanation of the patterns of God's work in His people makes it ideal for those who are just beginning.

83850: The Cost of Discipleship The Cost of Discipleship
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship compels the reader to face himself and God in any situation. Bonhoffer speaks of "Cheap Grace", grace from preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession. "Cheap Grace" is grace without discipleship. "Costly Grace" is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. "It's costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life."

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