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Small Group Resources

We recommend the following resources for small groups or personal reading. Plus let Wayne know if you have anything to add or if you need help finding a good study.

Spiritual Growth, Discipleship General

  • The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People, John Ortberg
  • Soul Keeping, John Ortberg
  • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, Richard Foster
  • Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation, Ruth Haley Barton
  • The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren
  • Soul Detox, Craig Groeschel
  • Truth and Lies, Tim Chaddick
  • Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters, NT Wright
  • Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus, Kyle Idleman
  • Crazy Love, Francis Chan
  • Inside Out, Larry Crabb
  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazzero
  • Waking the Dead, John Eldredge

New Christians, Outreach

  • This Invitational Life: Risking Yourself to Align with God’s Heartbeat for Humanity, Steve Carter
  • Mere Christianity, CS Lewis
  • Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, NT Wright
  • The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Timothy Keller
  • Alpha Course
  • The Case for Faith, Lee Strobel
  • Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace
  • The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?, FF Bruce
  • Is the New Testament Reliable, Paul Barnett
  • A Reasonable Response, William Lane Craig
  • Also explore Ravi Zacharias Ministries, Reasons to Believe resources

Bible Studies



  • Wild at Heart, John Eldredge
  • The Barbarian Way, Erwin McManus
  • Quest for Authentic Manhood, Robert Lewis
  • Every Man’s Battle, Stephen Arteburn

Marriage, Pre-Marriage

  • Preparing for Marriage, David Boehi
  • Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (engaged, newly married), Les & Leslie Parrot
  • The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman
  • The Love Dare, Stephen and Alex Kendrick
  • Family Life HomeBuilders Series
  • Love & Respect, Emerson Eggerichs
  • The Good Fight: How Conflict Can Bring You Closer, Les & Leslie Parrott
  • Intimate Allies, Dan Allender
  • A Celebration of Sex, Douglas Rosenau
  • Prepare-Enrich Assessment (for engagaged or already married couples): https://www.prepare-enrich.com
  • Re|Engage Marriage Resources: http://marriagehelp.org/additional-resources/


  • Boundaries with Kids, Henry Cloud
  • Raising Great Kids, Henry Cloud
  • Parental Guidance Required, Andy Stanley
  • Parenting with Love and Logic, Foster Cline
  • You Have What it Takes: What Every Father Needs to Know, John Eldredge

Relationships General

  • Boundaries, Henry Cloud
  • Bold Love, Dan Allender
  • Resolving Everyday Conflict, Peacemakers


  • Who Is This Man?, John Ortberg
  • Knowing God, JI Packer
  • How God Became King, NT Wright
  • Systematic Theology, Millard Erickson
  • Christian Theology, Alister McGrath
  • Theology for the Community of God, Stanley Grenz


  • The Voice of Jesus, Gordon Smith
  • Finding the Will of God, Bruce Waltke
  • Listening to God in Times of Choice, Gordon Smith
  • Walking with God, John Eldredge


  • The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, Dave Ramsey

Church History

  • The Story of Christianity Volumes 1 & 2, Justo Gonzales

Good Resources for Various Topics


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