CHRISTIAN WORLD AND LIFE VIEW

 

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Rethinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live and Speak in This World. J. Mark Bertrand. Crossway, 2007.

 

Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear. Scott Bader-Saye. Brazos Press, 2007.

 

The Trouble with Paris: Following Jesus in a World of Plastic Promises. Mark Sayers. Thomas Nelson, 2008.

 

The Shack. William P. Young. Windblown Media, 2007.

 

The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor. John Stott. InterVarsity, 2007.

 

Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edward's Vision of Living In Between. Stephen Nicols. Crossway, 2006.

 

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Timothy Keller. Dutton, 2008.

 

The Suburban Christian: Finding Spiritual Vitality in the Land of Plenty. Al Hsu. InterVarsity Press, 2006.

 

Praying at Burger King. Richard Mouw. Eerdmans, 2007.

 

Serious Times: Making Your Life Matter in an Urgent Day. James Emery White. InterVarsity, 2004.

 

Season of Life: A Football Star, A Boy, A Journey to Manhood. Jeffrey Marx. Simon and Schuster, 2003.

Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life. Tony Dungy. Tyndale, 2007.

 

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A Mind for God. James Emery White. InterVarsity Press, 2006. In response to the reality that Christian might actually be more shaped by the culture, than by the will and way of God, White issues a much-needed corrective challenge to the church.

 

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Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense. N.T. Wright. Harper Collins, 2006. Readers raising or relating to postmodern young people will find this book to contain a wealth of information communicated with missional sensitivity to our emerging postmodern cultural context.

 

 

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Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas. Kelly Monroe Kullberg. InterVarsity Press, 2006. Tells the story of how The Veritas Forums began, provides a history of higher education in America and contains a memoir of Kelly's own story of faith.

 

 

 

 

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The Culturally Savvy Christian: A Manifesto for Deepening Faith and Enriching Popular Culture in an Age of Christianity-Lite. Dick Staub. Jossey-Bass, 2007. Staub sees the church at a crossroads in faith and culture. He rightly recognizes that the Christian community has “degenerated into an intellectually and artistically anemic subculture, and the general population is consuming an unsatisfying blend of mindless, soulless, spiritually delusional entertainment.”

 

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Unspeakable: Facing Up to Evil in an Age of Genocide and Terror. Os Guinness. Harper Collins, 2005. Guinness gives thinking Christians and non-Christians alike a valuable understanding of and response to evil that is timely and engaging.

 

 

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God in the Alley: Being and Seeing Jesus in a Broken World. Greg Paul. Shaw Books, 2004. Shattering our preconceived notions on missions, Greg Paul calls us to view our entire lives as mission fields and to get our hands dirty.

 

 

 

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Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters. Dick Staub. Jossey-Bass. 2005. Fearful that his generation has failed to produce spiritual Yodas and pass the timeless truths of God’s Word on to the next generation, Staub has filled the pages of his book with biblical wisdom passed on from those who have gone before us.

 

 

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Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity. Nancy Pearcey. Crossway Books, 2004. A critique of both mainstream culture and church culture, this book evaluates several themes such as theology, science, and church history. Most helpful are the chapters on worldviews and living out the biblical worldview.

 

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Calvinism in the Last Vegas Airport. Richard Mouw. Zondervan, 2004. Many people have embraced false stereotypes of Calvinism because of their experiences with the theological system. This book helps clear up misconceptions and takes a look at a biblical thinking that speaks to all of life. 

 

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Don't Waste Your Life. John Piper. Crossway Books, 2003. A great book to put into the hands of older teens and college students as they embark on the process of preparation for their life vocation. A DVD is also available. This title is available in the CPYU Resource Center.

 

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Understanding God's Will: How to Hack the Equation without Formulas. Kyle Lake. Relevant Books, 2004. Teens and adults alike find it difficult to understand and know what God has in store for their life. By putting the focus on our relationship with God, Lake demonstrates that discerning God's will is not about formulas.Creation Regained - Thumbnail.jpg 

 

 

 

Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview. Albert M. Wolters. Eerdmans, 1985. This book explains the concept of a "reformational worldview" as being in line with the biblical teaching concerning the depth and scope of sin and redemption. This book will encourage readers to integrate their faith into all areas of life.

 

 

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The Journey Towards Relevance: Simple Steps for Transforming Your World. Kary Oberbrunner. Relevant Books, 2004. This books challenges readers to live as "tranformists" who properly navigate the delicate balance between faith and culture, while providing a practical paradigm for doing so.

 

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New Way to Be Human. Charlie Peacock. Shaw, 2004. In this book, Peacock offers us a wake-up call to step outside of our own skewed version of Christian "reality" and see it from God's perspective. Readers will truly be introduced to a 'new way to be human.'

 

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The Christian Mind. Harry Blamires. Servant Publications, 1978. This book brilliantly frames what a Christian mind should and could look like. Blamires teaches us how to think Christianly and how to truly introduce Christian dialogue into cultural discussions.

 


 

The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief & Behavior During The University Years.  Steven Garber. InterVarsity, 1996. Challenges students to think seriously about their college experience, the purpose of education, and the need to integrate Christian faith into all of life.

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Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance. Os Guinness. Baker, 2003. Guinness issues a call to the church to thoughtfully consider how to be truly relevant in our current ministry settings. This is a great resource for anyone in ministry.

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Finding God: Where you Least Expect Him
. John Fischer. Harvest House Publishers, 2003. Fischer puts meat on the bones of the forgotten yet vital doctrines of general revelation and common grace, by challenging readers to look for God where He is, that is, everywhere in Creation. This is a must-read book that will revolutionize the way we parent, disciple, and live.

 
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Redeeming Pop Culture: A Kingdom Approach. T.M. Moore. P&R, 2003. Faith and culture meet again in this Christian critique of popular culture. Moore reminds us of the dangers of an unguarded approach to  the unavoidable popular culture. This book will help you shape a proper Christian worldview.

 

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Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge for Ordinary People. Esther Lightcap Meek. Brazos, 2003. This book takes a good look at epistemology, the study of knowledge, from a Christian perspective. Though philosophical, Meek has attempted to write this book for the "ordinary people," so that you can begin to understand what it actually means to know.

 

 

 

 

At the Crossroads: An Insider's Look at the Past, Present, and Future of Contemporary Christian Music. Charlie Peacock. Broadman and Holman, 1999. One of Christian music's own takes a much-needed critical look at an industry which needs to more clearly reflect true Kingdom theology that is balanced and Biblical. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the role music plays in young lives.

 

 

 

 

Christ and Culture. H. Richard Niebuhr. Harper and Row, 1951. A classic "must-read" for any Christian who struggles to understand the relationship between faith and a proper response to culture. Challenging and informative, this book is a valuable tool for learning how to live, how to minister, and what to teach children/teens/parents.

 

 

 

Culture Wars. James Davison Hunter. Basic Books, 1991. An in-depth analysis of the ideological struggle between competing world-views which is exhibiting itself in the battles over family, art, media, education, law, and politics in America. This book will help you understand how and why teens think and act the way that they do.

 

 

 

Engaging God's World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living. Cornelius Plantinga. Eerdmans, 2002. This book is foundational material for developing a holistic, biblical world and life view. Plantinga starts from the proposition that learning is a spiritual calling: properly done, it attaches us to God. Complete with study questions for personal or group study.

 

 

 

 

Fearless Faith: Living Beyond the Walls of "Safe" Christianity. John Fischer. Harvest House, 2002. Musician and cultural critic Fischer challenges Christians to step outside the safety zone of their subculture and engage the culture at large. This should be required reading for Christians of all ages.

 

 

 

 

How Now Shall We Live? Charles Colson. Tyndale House, 1999. A challenge to the church to integrate faith into all areas of live rather than live compartmentalized lives. Necessary reading if you are serious out impacting the postmodern world with the Gospel. A Study guide is also available.

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Art and the Death of a Culture. H.R. Rookmaker. Crossway Books, 1994. Rookmaker's classic analysis of the decline of culture as traced through the world of art. First published in 1970, this book is a paradigm for responsible/Biblical media critique.

 

 

 

Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity. Michael Card. InterVarsity, 2002. Singer/Songwriter Card writes about discipleship and the lifestyle we are called to lead as we reflect the image and glory of God in our lives. A wonderful book to read devotionally, which will spark you to worship through your creativity.

 

 

 

 

The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life. Os Guinness. W Publishing Group, 1998. Teens today are actively seeking direction and asking "What am I going to do with my life?" Here Guinness seizes the opportunity and offers practical guidelines on how all Christians can actively follow God's call on their lives, all from a historical and Biblical perspective.

 

 

 

The Contemporary Christian: Applying God's Word to Today's World. John Stott. InterVarsity, 1992. By one of the 20th century's greatest theologians, this book challenges Christians to be both conservative and radical by being both Biblical and contemporary. Full of excellent principles for doing cross-cultural ministry. This book is available in the CPYU Resource Center.

 

 

 

 

The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog. James W. Sire. InterVarsity, 1997. This readable introduction to a variety of worldviews includes a valuable chapter on understanding the idea of a "worldview" and a chapter on postmodernism.

 

 

 

Too Christian - Too Pagan: How To Love The World Without Falling For It. Dick Staub. Zondervan, 2000. A practical, Biblical guide to impacting and engaging the culture for Christ.

 

 

 

The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian World View. Brian J. Walsh and J. Richard Middleton. InterVarsity, 1984. The authors lead readers into an understanding of worldviews and how dualism and the lack of integrated faith tear away at the spiritual life. A good resource for developing an understanding of spiritual obedience and recognition of God's sovereignty.

 

 

 

Where in the World is the Church? A Christian View of Culture and Your Role in It.  Michael S. Horton. P&R, 2002. Offers one of the most timely, balanced, biblically grounded, and theologically sound treatments on matters of faith and culture.

 

 

 

The Survival Guide for Christians on Campus: How to be Students and Disciples at the Same Time.  Tony Campolo and William Willimon.  Howard Publishing, 2002. Can the Christian faith survive the scrutiny of the new knowledge and ideas that bombard students on the college campus? With years of experience as college professors, the authors try to answer that question.

 

 

 

Walking Tall In Bablyon: Raising Children To Be Godly And Wise In A Perilous World. Connie Neal. Waterbrook, 2003. Explores strategies for keeping children from negative worldly influence while equipping them for cultural engagement and ministry.

 

 

 

The World According To God: A Biblical View of Culture, Work, Science, Sex & Everything Else.  Greg Johnson. InterVarsity, 2002. An excellent overview of what the Scriptures teach about the relationship of faith with/to/over/in all of life.

 

 

 

Worldview: The History of a Concept. David K. Naugle. Eerdmans, 2002. For those who want to dig deeper in their understanding of worldviews, this book offers philosophical and theological histories of the concept.