here are some books that i think everyone would benefit from reading. i recommend these non-stop.
1)the cross centered life by CJ Mahaney
this is a tiny book. like you can read it in one sitting. but it has changed the way i view myself and the cross as well as my sin. it really makes you examine deeper things going on in your heart and calls us to meaningful repentance which leads to LASTING change.
read this. re-read this. think about it. then read it again. that good.
2)a gospel primer for christians by milton vincent
again, this is a super small book. it might take you a couple days to read through this. because every line is packed with something incredible. every single line. i'm not exaggerating.
i love this because it seems really simple...the concepts in it, but when i read it, the gospel became alive to me again.
read and re-read. forever. just over and over. great framework to have as a follower of christ. if you feel like the Gospel is bland to you or has lost it's UMPH, read this.
or if you aren't a christian and you're wondering what it's all about. this is for you.
3)redemption by mike wilkerson
if you've been through abuse of any sort or if you struggle with addictions or someone close to you does, read this book. it's pretty incredible and changed the way i view addictions and any sort of suffering. i think we need that framework with so much suffering going on around us. if you ever find yourself asking...why is this happening in the world?! why did this happen to me? why did i suffer so greatly? then this is for you.
4) shepherding a child's heart by ted tripp
if you're a parent. if you want to be a parent. read this.
5)instruments in the redeemers hands by paul david tripp
if you find yourself in any sort of advice giving role...if you are a counselor/therapist, if you have any influence with your friends and family, this book is insanely helpful as a guide through what gospel centered counsel and advice should look like. and let's face it, we are constantly influencing one another with our words and actions.
6) the jesus storybook bible by sally lloyd-jones
this is a great place to start. even if you're an adult....seriously, i cry when i read the stories. unlike any other kid's bible, this bible links everything back to Jesus. even the old testament stories. i have learned so much from this just from reading it to my kids!