Recommended titles, in no particular order.  Note: Not all are “simple church” related.  Some are great classic reads.  Others are just plain fun.  Some are both.  If you have a favorite title, please let us know.

Reimagining Church – Frank Viola

The Present Future – Reggie McNeal

Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Babette’s Feast, Out of Africa – Isak Dinesen

The Hiding Place, Letters from Prison, In My Father’s House – Corrie ten Boom

The Gulag Archipelago – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Martin Chuzzlewit, A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain

The Scarlet Pimpernel – Emmuska Orczy

The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Grace Awakening, Laugh Again, Rise & Shine: A Wake-Up Call; For Those Who Hurt – Charles R. Swindoll

Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy’s Fight Against America’s Enemies – M. Stanton Evans

This Present Darkness, The Visitation, Prophet – Frank Peretti

Waking the Dead, Epic, The Sacred Romance, Walking With God – John Eldredge

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls

Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie

The Measure of a Mountain – Bruce Barcott

A Year in Paradise – Floyd Schmoe

The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams

10 Lies the Church Tells Women – Lee Grady

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

The Last of the Mohicans – James F. Cooper

Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

The Ransom of Red Chief – O. Henry

Inkspell – Cornelia Funke

A Grief Observed, The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

These Strange Ashes, Through Gates of Splendor, A Path Through Suffering – Elisabeth Elliot

Silas Marner – George Elliot

The Once and Future King – T.H. White

The Applause of Heaven, Traveling Light – Max Lucado

Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Harmony Series – Phillip Gulley

Born Free – Joy Adamson

The Mitford Series – Jan Karon

There and Back Again – J.R.R. Tolkien

Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park – Jane Austen

Woods Runner, My Life in Dog Years, Nightjohn, The Transall Saga, The Haymeadow – Gary Paulsen

The Grand Inquisitor – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard

The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

The Christmas Box, Finding Noel, The Last Promise, A Perfect Day – Richard P. Evans

My Antonia, O Pioneers! – Willa Cather

Simple Church Resources from Amazon

Revolution by George Barna

Houses that Change the World by Wolfgang Simson

The Church Comes Home by Robert J. Banks, Julia Banks

For Further Reading:

Revolution by George Barna is a must read for anyone interested in house churches. He articulates the reasons why 20 million believers (between 2000-2005) left local typical churches in their search for God.

The American Church In Crisis by David T. Olson, 2008, provides you with some of the most recent research on the spiritual and religious trends of North America. A must read.

Missional House Churches by J.D. Payne, 2007, chronicles a research study on house churches found in North America.  Highly recommended for current church leaders.

unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons is sobering.

The Search to Belong by Joseph R. Myers explains a paradigm shift and what it means to “belong” in today’s world. This book is very challenging, especially in how a church relates to the question of belonging. A must read for current church leaders.

Revolution in the Church by Russell Burrill is a short and easy read that prepares the way for the coming Revolution.

Evangelism, and Gospel workers, by Ellen White. These two books are recommended by Dr. Cho, pastor of the worlds largest church in Seoul Korea.

Fire Your Pastor: hope for a lost world by Lonnie Wibberding. This book has an edgy title but it is well written and is recommended by Russell Burrill. A free PDF copy is available at Lonnie in an Adventist pastor serving in Pennsylvania.


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