Book Recommendations for Discipleship

This past Sunday, I preached a sermon at Harbor Church titled, “To Be A Disciple.” In it we worked through a number of Scripture passages where Jesus interacts with various people regarding a “call to discipleship.” I also used a number of quotes and ideas from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of my favorite authors and pastors of recent history.


Below, you’ll find some book recommendations that made a significant impact in my own discipleship and I pray they might be of help to you as well as you walk in daily discipleship with Jesus Christ. 

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Eric Metaxas)

This was my favorite book I read in 2012 (out of about 65 books). It is rich in history, particularly during the rise of Nazi Germany and during World War II, and sheds particular insight into the man Bonhoeffer became as a teacher, pastor, and eventual martyr. Metaxas has written a marvelously balanced book that keeps  you engaged the entire time.

The Cost of Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

This was the book I quoted from during Sunday’s sermon titled, “To Be A Disciple.” This book will cause you to take a long look in the mirror of your life and ask some hard questions. Questions like, “Is grace cheap or costly to me?” “Has Jesus called me or have I called myself?” “Am I taking discipleship as seriously as God wants me to?” “Am I relying on the power of the Spirit of God for my discipleship or am I attempting to work at it only within myself?” This book is one I would recommend you to read once a year as it will bring you back to center in your walk with Christ. Every time I read it I always get something fresh out of it.

Here are some other books I have gleaned from that strike the chord of discipleship:

Knowing God (J.I. Packer)

Follow Me (David Platt)

Now That I’m a Christian: What It Means to Follow Jesus (C. Michael Patton)

The Radical Disciple (John Stott)

The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt-Out (Brennan Manning)

What are some of your favorite books that have encouraged your maturation and sanctification as a disciple of Christ?

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