A lot what I share here is based on what I’ve read and heard and learned from others. So this page is where you can get inside the bondChristian thought process.
Take a look around. If something looks familiar, then you already know where I’m coming from. If something looks interesting, pick up a copy. This is the backdrop of everything I share.
The BondChristian Library
I’m a big fan of reading and listening and watching and learning from others. And I’ve gone through a ton of content. Here are my top picks, the stuff that most influenced the whole bondChristian philosophy:
- The Jesus Style by Gayle Erwin: Do you want to know who Jesus actually is, His personality, His lifestyle? Do you want to live like Him? This book explores His nature, perhaps the most underrated topic in Christianity, based on what Jesus said about Himself and how He served others. [Free audio copy | Buy a hard copy]
- On Being a Servant of God by Warren Wiersbe: Down to earth advice for those in ministry (basically anyone serving God), Wiersbe covers everything from why reading is important to how to stay motivated when people take advantage of you. [Read the first few chapters online | Buy a hard copy]
- Humility by Andrew Murray: Humility is a quality of the greatest servant, not the greatest sinner. It’s a response to others, not a response to ourselves. In a time when our normal view of humility is so warped, Murray outlines what it really means, as a lifestyle, not a feeling. [Read online | Free PDF copy | Buy a hard copy (updated version) ]
- Out of the Saltshaker & into the World by Rebecca Manley Pippert: “Christians and non-Christians have something in common. We’re all uptight about evangelism.” So through a ton of real life examples, Pippert gives practical suggestions for sharing Christ with others. I also like that she explains various world views and how you and I can respond to them when sharing the Gospel. [Buy a hard copy]
- The Soul Winner by Charles Spurgeon: Not as practical as Pippert’s book (see above), Spurgeon gets you into the mindset of a soul winner by teaching how to examine your own life first. A dense and convicting read but definitely worth it. [Free online | Buy a hard copy]
- Revolution in World Missions by K. P. Yohannan: Half autobiography, half call to action, the founder of Gospel for Asia shares his heart for spreading Jesus to the millions who’ve never even heard his name. [Sign up for a free PDF copy | Sign up for a free hard copy | Buy a hard copy]
- How to Make a Friend (in 10 Days) by Marshall Jones Jr.: Forget evangelism for a second, most Christians are horrible at just making friends. So I wrote this as a step-by-step guide for doing that quickly and on purpose. It’s not the best written book in the world, but it’s short, and I hope it gets the job done (I haven’t seen this kind of book anywhere else). [Sign up for a free PDF copy]
- Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris: Followup to the runaway best-seller, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, I think this one gives a much more mature approach to opposite sex friendships, dating, engagement, and getting married. [Buy a hard copy]
- Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs: Talks about how husbands and wives don’t communicate the same way and how to crack the code, how we get caught in the “crazy cycle” (where we’re feeding the downward spiral) and how to get out of it, and most importantly how we can build each other up. Eggerichs pinpoints problems and suggests solutions so well you’ll think, “That’s so obvious. Why didn’t I think of that?” I haven’t read the book, but the DVDs were excellent.[Buy the DVDs | Buy the book]
Doctrine and apologetics
- I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek: The only book I know of that begins with nothing and then tries to build a step-by-step case for why we can trust the Bible. I don’t agree with everything it presents, but at least it provides a framework for the conversation. [Buy a hard copy]
- Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis: Mere Christianity is a defense, not necessarily of the existence of God, but of the existence of Christianity. As Lewis puts it, he wants to bring us into the hallway. What holds us together? What’s negotiable? What’s not? And why? From there, we’re free to go to our separate rooms, our denominations and so on, but at least we understand the common ground. [Listen to the audio online | Buy a hard copy]
- Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe: A brief history of Christians who were tortured and killed for Christ, beginning in the first century. John Foxe originally wrote this in the mid-1500s, but the updated versions includes more recent stories. [free PDF copy | buy a hard copy]
- Jesus Freaks and Jesus Freaks: Volume II by D. C. Talk: Modern accounts of Christians who gave their lives for Christ. You lived through this many of these. [buy a hard copy: Volume I orVolume II]
- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom: She was a Dutch clockmaker who hide Jews in a secret room in her home during World World II. After her house was searched, she and her family were hauled away to concentration camps. This is her story of God’s blessings and her forgiveness despite her father and sister dying in prison.
- Samuel Morris (biography) by Terry Whalin: A Liberian Prince, captured by an enemy tribe, held hostage, beaten with thorns, almost killed. This is the story of Morris’s miraculous escape, conversion to Christ, and influence on America. [Buy a hard copy]
- George Muller (biography) by Bonnie Harvey: This man literally lived by faith on a day to day basis. For example, when the children in his orphanage needed milk, they’d all get on their knees and pray. And it worked. This is loaded with examples of God’s provision. [Buy a hard copy]
- Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot: It was Jim Elliot, the author’s husband, who said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” This book recounts Jim and his companions’ mission to witness to one of the most dangerous tribes on the planet, their deaths, and what happened with the tribe afterward. [Buy a hard copy]
If you know of a book, DVD, audio program, YouTube video, or whatever else that’s outstanding, let me know so I can check it out and maybe add it to this list.