We’ve collected books that correspond with our Core Values so you can grow in your faith. Take a look at the library below and find a book you like — all are recommended by Alliance staff. Located in the hallway by the front office. Come check them out!
Alliance Core Values:
- Biblical Authority
- Engaging Worship
- Intentional Community
- Gifted Service
- Joyful Generosity
- Relational Evangelism
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God | J.I. Packer
Have you ever wondered how evangelism and God’s sovereignty could possibly be related? J.I. Packer takes a look at a biblical approach to evangelism, built on the understanding that God is in control and we still have responsibility.
I Once Was Lost: What Postmodern Skeptics Taught Us About Their Path to Jesus | Don Everts & Doug Schaupp
What does effective evangelism look like in our postmodern culture? Authors Don Everts and Doug Schaupp have spent years interviewing thousands of postmodern people who have become followers of Jesus. In this book, they share what they’ve learned from these journeys.
Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did | Randy Newman
Randy Newman unpacks Jesus’ approach to evangelism—asking questions. In this book, he explores practical insights that we can gain from Jesus’ example to help us connect with people and engage spiritual conversations.
Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out: Evangelism the Way You Were Born to Do It | D. Scott Hildreth
Evangelism can seem scary and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. D. Scott Hildreth and Steven A. McKinion share how to recognize opportunities and make evangelism part of your everyday life.
Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News About Jesus More Believable | Sam Chan
As culture changes, so must our approach to evangelism. Sam Chan looks at what we can learn from classic evangelism and explores how to communicate the Gospel in a way that connects with our current culture.
12 Faithful Women: Portraits of Steadfast Endurance | Melissa Kruger & Kristen Wetherell
This book shares the stories of 12 women who remained faithful through trials like physical pain, persecution, infertility, loneliness and oppression. In seeing how these women drew closer to Christ through heartache and challenges, may you also be encouraged in your faith.
The God Who is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story | D. A. Carson
This book is a basic introduction to faith that will show you the story of redemption woven all throughout scripture. D. A. Carson’s goal is to help you know what you believe and why you believe it.
Recommended by Pastor Michael Talley:
“I’d love to recommend the book, The God Who Is There, by D.A. Carson. Several years ago, around 2010, I developed a hunger for God’s word. I would read large chunks of the Bible in one sitting. I loved every bit of it, but I often came away confused. I felt like I was missing so much. And so I asked God for a deeper love and knowledge of his word. Around that same time, I came across two resources that sent me on a journey that I’m still on today. The first was the ESV Study Bible. I started reading the text in Genesis along with every study note, and found a lot of answers to some of the basic questions I had. This process was so good that by the time I got to Isaiah, I had enrolled in seminary. The second resource was D.A. Carson’s book, The God Who Is There. Carson is one of the leading Evangelical Biblical scholars today, but this is an accessible book that pieced together the entire storyline of the Bible. It explained God’s plan of redemption from Genesis to Revelation, and showed me how to read the various genres of Scripture. There are several other good resources that explain the big picture narrative of the Bible, but this one is at the top of my list. I’d love for you to read this book — and then talk about it with you over a cup of coffee.”
Family Discipleship: Leading Your Home through Time, Moments, and Milestones | Matt Chandler & Adam Griffin
Every parent can disciple their family, it just takes a simple plan. Find a rhythm by focusing on time, moments and milestones. Matt Chandler and Adam Griffin include suggestions, sample plans and scripture references to equip you.
Family Worship: In the Bible, In History, and In Your Home | Donald S. Whitney
Learn how to lead your family in worship through Bible reading, prayer and singing…whether or not you have children! Includes a discussion guide for group study.
5 Things to Pray for Your Kids: Prayers that Change Things for the Next Generation | Melissa B. Kruger
You know it’s important to pray for your kids…but where do you start? Melissa Kruger focuses on 21 key areas of your child’s spiritual life and character development. Includes prayer prompts taken from scripture to help you get started.
The Bible Study Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to an Essential Practice | Lindsay Olesberg
You probably have access to a Bible…but if you sometimes wonder what to do with it, this book may be for you. Lindsay Olesberg explores why we read scripture and how to approach it. Not only theoretical, this book also includes hands-on exercises you can apply to any passage of scripture.
Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women | Susan Hunt
Titus 2 is Susan Hunt’s guide for mentoring—older women investing in younger women. Practical insights are paired with stories from scripture and present day for a full picture of how these relationships bless the church.
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: Fourth Edition | Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart
No matter who you are or where you’re from, you can read and understand scripture. Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart address questions about translations, genres and more in clear, simple language that will help you understand the Bible’s ancient meaning and how to apply it in your own life.
Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament | Mark Vroegop
Mark Vroegop takes a deep dive into the topic of lament, in hopes of restoring the lost art. Discover the power of wrestling honestly with questions of grief and suffering.
Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need | David Platt
David Platt recounts his journey through Himalayan villages and how he was profoundly impacted by the people he met. Platt invites you to join him in wrestling with questions about suffering and eternity…and decide what it means for you to live for the Gospel.
Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live | David Platt
David Platt challenges an understanding of Christianity that says you just need to believe and say a prayer. This book explores how really following Jesus will change your entire life.
Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus | J. Mack Stiles
Churches tend to follow trends in Christian culture with programs or sermon series. But what if evangelism was more than an initiative and became a regular part of life for all church members? J. Mack Stiles shows how that’s possible.
Growing in Gratitude: Rediscovering the Joy of Thankful Heart | Mary K. Mohler
Mary K. Mohler takes a deep dive into biblical gratitude for women (hint: it’s more than just counting your blessings!). Learn to thank God for who is—not just for what he’s given you—and explore some of the challenges that can keep you from gratitude. Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter.
Teach Me to Feel: Worshiping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life | Courtney Reissig
Courtney Reissig shares reflections on 24 selected psalms and what they can teach women about godly ways to handle emotions. Learn how to bring any feeling to God, and how the psalms can help you process emotions and grow in your faith.
WonderFull: Ancient Psalms Ever New | Marty Machowski
Designed to help you guide your children in worship and prayer, this illustrated volume by Marty Machowski opens with an introduction and then dives into themes and discussion questions for each of the 150 psalms. Teach your children to love God and using the book of Psalms.
One to One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian | David Helm
David Helm provides a simple method for studying scripture in community—especially for relationships focused on discipleship. The book contains examples to get you started in this new way of study, which can be applied to any passage of scripture.
Judges for You | Timothy Keller
Tim Keller’s study guide for the book of Judges takes a look at how God works in every situation and through flawed people. Learn how this ancient book can apply and guide us today.
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life | Donald S. Whitney
Donald S. Whitney gives an introduction to spiritual disciplines, why they are important, and how they can lead to greater freedom in your life. This book moves beyond philosophy to practical steps for growth. Includes discussion questions for group discussion.
Family Faith Talks: 100 Discipleship Activities and Conversation Starters | Sandy Atwood
Looking for practical, easy ways to start spiritual conversations in your home? Sandy Atwood has gathered 100 ideas for games to play, questions to ask, verses to read, and prayers to pray with your children.