Pastor's suggested reading list

Here are some books that I have read that I think you will find inspiring and helpful.

Holy Bible

I couldn't help but put this one first! Although I've included many greatly inspiring books here, one of our temptations is to read TOO MANY Christian books and not enough of GOD'S OWN BOOK! It sells over 100 Million copies each year, so I guess it's a best seller, and it comes highly recommended...

Intercessor

This book written by Normal Grubb is the incredible story of the life of Rees Howells and his incredible experiences in intercession. If you want to learn more about prayer, you can't go wrong! Rees Howells experienced a great filling with the Holy Spirit in 1906 and went on to live a remarkable life of faith. You will be VERY encouraged and challenged.

The Quest for the Radical Middle

If you are new to the Vineyard or unfamiliar with it's history, this account of the Vineyard Movement will really inspire you. Written by Bill Jackson, it carefully explains our movement's beginning, heavily influenced by the Jesus Movement, our growth through church planting both here and abroad, and some of our highlights and struggles. It is a captivating read!

The Welsh Revival of 1904

Despite having a most uninspiring cover, this book will have you on the edge of your seat! The Welsh revival was a remarkable period of Spiritual growth that radically affected the whole country, which lead to very significant numbers of men, women and children coming to faith, thousands of churches being built, plummeting crime levels and major social transformation. Although this book is written in a sober way, some of the testimonies are quite startling, and it will greatly encourage you to see the reality of the power of God in a recent revival. It will motivate you to pray for revival again.

Power Evangelism

Since its publication in 1986 this book from the Vineyard has had vast impact, Christianity Today called it one of the top 50 books that have shaped Evangelicals. Over One Million copies have been sold so far. Written by John Wimber the first leader of the Vineyard Movement and Kevin Springer, it is a hugely encouraging but also highly practical guide to evangelism through the power of the Holy Spirit and is also a great introduction to the theology of the Kingdom. It will greatly encourage you in evangelism.

Power Healing

From the Vineyard, Power Healing by John Wimber and Kevin Springer, is an inspiring look at the power of divine healing. Based on John Wimber’s profound belief that healing is fundamental to the ministry of Jesus Christ, Power Healing explores healing in the Old Testament and in the works of Jesus and his disciples, and offers practical models for today’s healing ministry. The Vineyard movement has been privileged to see much significant healing over the years, and this book will encourage you to pray to see the Kingdom come.

Chasing the dragon

I read this book in one go, it was so inspiring. Inside Hong Kong was the infamous Walled City. Strangers were not welcome there and police hesitated to enter. It was a haven prostitution, pornography and drug addiction. Jackie Pullinger had grown up believing that if she put her trust in God, He would lead her. When she was 20 years old, God called her to the Walled City. She obeyed, and as she spoke of Jesus Christ, brutal hoods were converted, prostitutes retired from their trade and heroin junkies found new power that freed them from the bondage of drug addiction. Hundreds discovered new life in Christ. Chasing the Dragon tells the whole amazing story exactly as it happened.

Biography of George Whitefield

There are two volumes to this biography of George Whitefield, the 18th Century revivalist to the UK and America. It is a remarkably detailed account totaling nearly 1300 pages so it is not for the feint hearted. It recounts the greatest revival the world has ever seen, the 1st Great Awakening that started in England and crossed much of the world. It takes a long time to read, but few men have been used as greatly as George Whitefield, who used to travel everywhere by horse back, preached over 18,000 sermons to around 10 million souls in the elate 1700's and affected much of the world. If you want to see revival, this will stir your heart!

Tortured for Christ

Richard Wurmbrand spent 14 years in prison for his faith, mostly underground in solitary confinement under the communists in Romania. He was beaten and tortured on an almost daily basis. He has an astounding testimony, and as painful as this book is to read, it reminds us of what many of our brother and sisters still endure today all around the world. Richard also has so much to teach us about contentment and joy. This is an incredible book! Richard is the founder of Voice of the Martyrs.

Who moved the stone?

When coming to faith, this book was a profound help to me. The author Frank Morison uses his significant skills to exhaustively assess the reliability of the Bible's accounts of Jesus and the evidence for His resurrection. This is a not a casual read, but it is a serious and and hugely helpful study that has been of great benefit to many people.

The cost of discipleship

One of the biggest areas of confusion in the Western Church today is over grace. People are very excited about free grace (we don't have to DO ANYTHING to gain salvation), but have got very confused about the call to discipleship. Bonhoeffer expalins that as well as welcoming free grace, we should also embrace costly discipleship, where we give everything in grateful thanks! It is a challenging and exciting read and highly recommended.