#1 – New Testament Deacon: The Church’s Minister of Mercy by Alexander Strauch (published by Lewis and Roth Publishers, 1992). Many church’s de-value their deacons to being church custodians. Strauch argues from Scripture, and rightfully so, that deacons are much more than this stereotype. Deacons are leaders of “pastoral care” and benevolent needs. This book needs to be read by every elder and deacon in your church in order to better align the deacon ministry to what God intends for their ministry. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#2 – Meetings That Work: A Guide to Effective Elder Meetings by Alexander Strauch (published by Lewis and Roth Publishers, 2001). There is vast importance in the elder meeting. Strauch argues that elder meetings can refine character, build morale, provide accountability, clarify doctrine, generate vision, ignite prayer, and become a training ground for future elders. Strauch’s experience in writing on the office of deacons and elders is of great value to the modern church, and this short work on making your elder meetings, intentional, biblical and effective needs to be read by every church leader. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#3 – Triumph Over Temptation: Pursuing a Life of Purity by John Owen (published by Cook Communication Ministries, 2005). The flesh will not enjoy this book, and that is the primary reason you should read it. Owen will take you on a journey regarding the nature of indwelling sin, temptation, and the mortification of sin. James M. Houston does the editing work in this classic and does a masterful job bringing the archaic language of Owen to the 21st century. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#4 – Is It My Fault? Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb (published by Moody Publishers, 2014). You can read my review of this book here. BOOK RATING: 8out of 10 stars.