Welcome to Dr. Odessa McNeill's reading club! Below are a list of books I suggest for reading and resource information.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor, teacher, and writer on Christian theology and ethics. His life span was from 1906-1945 and he is one of the most compelling theologians of the 20th century. This book discusses Bonhoeffer as Theologian of the Word, and gives insight about his views of Jesus Christ ,the Christian community, and the church's engagement with culture. Bonhoeffer's legacy is just as provocative and powerful now in the second decade of the 21st century as it was in the 20th century.
I recommend this book for those who want to know Bonhoeffer better.
Dr. Dwight Riddick, Sr., President of the Hampton University Ministers ' Conference and Pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church, Newport News, Va. invites preachers and leaders alike to join the conversation about Preaching Forward, Forward Preaching in this age of shifting culture, high technology, multigenerational congregations, and the unfamiliar. Change is forcing us to examine the scriptures and stand on the orthodox Word of God despite what is going on around us. Preaching must be relevant and is still needed. "How can they hear without a Preacher."............? A must Read for Preachers and laity as well.
Pastor Mark Batterson was inspired to write this book based on the true legend of Honi, the circle maker, a first century Jewish sage whose bold prayer ended a drought and saved a generation. He put the principles of Honi into practice and drew his own circles around his dreams, his family, his problem, and God's promises. I was inspired by this book and challenged to stand on the truth of the Word of God as I pray, and call those things that are not as though they are. It is a must read for all prayer warriors.
Christopher Ash is the author of this small book with a very large message. In it, he deals with our basic needs and how we humans are dust, therefore, we must take care of our bodies and minds if we want to serve effectively. Burnout is real and thousands of people leave Christian ministry every month; this is a must read for Pastors and Leaders .who love Jesus, love serving Him, but find themselves exhausted and simply not feeling like going on.
Thom Rainer has his finger on the pulse of where the local church at large stands in terms of living or dying. We know that " the church", the Body Christ, is built upon a Rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it", however many local assemblies across our nation are closing due to various reasons . This little book is powerful because the author gives the reader 12 ways to keep their church alive. Whether you are a Pastor, Leader, or member, you can learn some valuable lessons from this publication.
Dr. Tony Evans is a prolific writer who has a way with words. This book is a resource that will help you learn to tame your tongue. The spoken word has power so believers should be cautious about what we should and should not say in order to honor God with our speech.
Leaders can use this book as a teaching tool.
Prayer is a powerful weapon. Jerry Savelle guides you through each chapter with experiences and Scripture which helps you discover how to pray and get results. Petitioning Prayer is found in God's Word; In this book, Jerry Savelle teaches you how to examine the key components of preparation, thanksgiving and humility. Petition and Supplication go hand in hand. This book is a must read for anyone serious about breakthrough in prayer.
Pastor John Hannah is well known in Chicago, Illinois because he pastors one of the fastest growing churhces in our nation. This book deals with overcoming obstacles that can hinder our progress. He does a great job of comparing his own struggles with people in the Bible who were desperate for Jesus and as a result, had theri lives transformed, despite obstacles.