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Basics for Spiritual Growth

Growing up I had few actual mentors in my Christian walk. When I was fourteen, we moved to the great Northwest and God placed me under a pastor who took Scripture to heart. As a young man, he spent a season of fasting and prayer where God confirmed that, although he was a Louisiana boy, he was to plant a church in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon.

I am eternally grateful to Pastor Truman for the couple of years he invested in my spiritual growth and all I learned from being part of the infancy of a new church. I wanted to stay there the rest of my life, but God had other plans. When my father’s company transferred him back to our home state, I felt like I was being ripped from my spiritual incubator!

I remember wanting so desperately to find a church that had sound teaching, and as soon as I got my driver’s license, I began scouring the city (and even surrounding counties) for a church that would provide solid discipleship. Sadly, in those three years I never found one. I finally settled into a church that “professed” evangelicalism but expressed little life.

In the years when I didn’t have real-life mentors, I had great heroes of the faith who “taught” me me—via me reading their books—and I am eternally grateful for the way God used them in my life. You may be in that same spot, looking for older and wiser believers who will help you in your spiritual growth, but you’ve not found them yet. Maybe reading some of my heroes will help.

Today, I want to pass on to you a few books that I consider as basic for spiritual growth. Just click on the title and you can read the reviews and get more information about these great classics.

You might consider combining some of these books with your topic of study for the year:

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Knowing God by J. I. Packer

The Cross of Christ by John Stott

Desiring God by John Piper

Basic Christianity by John Stott

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

Loving God by Charles Colson

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

Thirsting for God by Gary Thomas

Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

I’m deeply indebted to these men, my heroes in the faith, my mentors. I hope you’ll come to love them as dearly as I do.

Who are some of your spiritual heroes?

Any books you’d like to add to my list?

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3 Comments

  • Michele Morin

    I come back to Elisabeth Elliot’s books all the time, particularly The Shaping of a Christian Home, A Lamp for My Feet and (my favorite) These Strange Ashes. Another “book mentor” for me has been Luci Shaw, both poetry and prose.

  • Oluyinka Afolabi

    Thanks Kim for all the write ups. They have blessed me tremendously. Am just picking myself up again and returning to God after straying for a long time. I need your prayers to keep standing and never look back. Keep up the good work.