Over the past couple of years I have been asked on numerous occasions for reading recommendations. Others have brought books for me to review and asked for my opinion. These are indications that people have a real desire to learn and to mature in their Christian walk.
While I am cautious in recommending books to new converts, I do think reading is a huge benefit to our spiritual growth and development. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” Someone else said “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
With that said, I do think that the Bible MUST be priority. If we do not have the time or interest to read it, we should avoid any other material until we first develop a consistent routine of reading and studying the Bible. The Scripture says; “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).
Once you have established that discipline you would do well to acquaint yourself with the following books:
(In no particular order)
1. Verbal Bean – Prayer (Steven G. Carrier)
2. The Necessity of Prayer (E.M. Bounds) ISBN: 0-88368-139-0
3. Revival Praying (Leonard Ravenhill) ISBN: 0-7642-0031-3
4. Why Revival Tarries (Leonard Ravenhill) ISBN: 978-0-7642-2905-3
5. God’s Infallible Word (David K. Bernard) ISBN: 1-56722-001-0
6. A Handbook Of Basic Doctrines (David K. Bernard) ISBN: 0-932581-37-4
7. Facing The Issues (David K. Bernard) ISBN: 1-56722-053-3
8. Why? (J.R. Ensey) ISBN-13: 978-0-9706034-7-0
While there are many other books I could suggest and possibly will in time, these would be at the top of the list. Some of these books are older and may no longer be in print. I will list some resources below that may help you locate them:
1. Pentecostal Publishing House
2. Advance Ministries