Rodney Howell's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Rodney Howell's Bookshelf
Rodney Howell's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Rodney Howell

Mission/Equipping Pastor

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just
Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just
by Timothy Keller
WHY I LIKE IT
This book is very strongly rooted in Scripture and very practical examples of what it means to “do justice” on behalf of the poor, widows, orphans, immigrants, and any other vulnerable or oppressed population. Keller’s writing style is clear and interesting, and he shows the relevance for any and every believer who has been transformed by the grace of Christ to show that grace to others.
Western Christians in Global Mission: What's the Role of the North American Church?
Western Christians in Global Mission: What's the Role of the North American Church?
by Paul Borthwick
WHY I LIKE IT
Borthwick is connected with a wide range of Christian leaders around the world, and he does a great job of identifying past successes and failures of westerners being involved in cross cultural missions. Building on that, he helps us understand what roles westerners can play as the church is maturing in various parts of the world.
Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith
Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith
by Michael Reeves
WHY I LIKE IT
The Trinity is a doctrine that is tragically treated as either incomprehensible or just “ho-hum” by far too many today. Reeves does an excellent job illustrating why the Trinity is important as well as how knowing God as Triune leads us to love, value, and worship Him more.
The Hole in Our Holiness (Paperback Edition): Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness
The Hole in Our Holiness (Paperback Edition): Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness
by Kevin DeYoung
WHY I LIKE IT
The hole in our holiness is that many Christians just don’t care about holiness all that much. DeYoung explains Scripture very clearly and concisely throughout the book and helps us understand obedience apart from legalism.
Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible
Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible
by E. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'Brien
WHY I LIKE IT
North Americans, just like people from any worldview, read Scripture with our particular cultural “glasses,” bringing our biases and assumptions to the Bible. Since the Bible was written centuries ago in very different cultures and places, we must be aware of our own biases and assumptions to better understand what God says to us in His Word.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
by Richard J. Foster
WHY I LIKE IT
The disciplines put us onto the pathway where God transforms us. Richard Foster gives biblical and practical guidance to prayer, fasting, meditation on Scripture, solitude, and other timeless Christian practices.
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself
by Steve Corbett,Brian Fikkert
WHY I LIKE IT
This is a must-read for anyone involved in ministry with, or even giving to, the material poor. The authors do an outstanding job reshaping our views on poverty and illustrating why many well-intended efforts can actually be harmful to the very people they are intended to help.
Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary
Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary
by J. D. Greear
WHY I LIKE IT
Greear writes in a compelling and interesting way to illustrate the beauty and importance of the core message of the Christian faith. After you read this book, you’ll be excited to start each day with the good news that is for you and everyone you meet!
Knowing God
Knowing God
by J. I. Packer
WHY I LIKE IT
This is a modern-day classic, helping us understand God for Who He really is, as the Bible presents to us. There is not one better book on Who God is and how we can know Him personally.
The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving (LifeChange Books)
The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving (LifeChange Books)
by Randy Alcorn
WHY I LIKE IT
This little book is packed with tremendous insight about money, possessions, and stewardship. If you read any book around the themes of giving and generosity, read this one.
A Praying Life:  Connecting With God In A Distracting World
A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World
by Paul E. Miller
WHY I LIKE IT
Miller’s book is a rare combination of solid, biblical teaching on prayer and practical help and encouragement to relate to God in prayer. If you struggle a little or a lot in your prayer life, you’ll love and benefit from this book.
The Enemy Within: Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin
The Enemy Within: Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin
by Kris Lundgaard
WHY I LIKE IT
Lundgaard has done a great service in bringing the classic thinking of John Owen about sin and temptation to us in modern English. This book deals with the challenges of trusting, loving and obeying God by taking a closer look at the world, the flesh and the devil.
Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith
Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith
by Wayne Grudem
WHY I LIKE IT
This is a summary of Grudem’s more comprehensive Systematic Theology, with clear and interesting writing that makes all of the core doctrines of the Christian faith accessible to anyone. This is a one-stop shop for just about any question you have on any topic in the Bible.
Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions
Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions
by John Piper
WHY I LIKE IT
If you read any book about missions, make it this one! Piper connects the dots between worship, prayer, suffering, and other elements to the task of reaching those who have never heard the Gospel. Read this and you’ll get the urgency of going, sending, and partnering to spread the good news of Christ to the ends of the earth!
The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation
The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation
by Michael Reeves
WHY I LIKE IT
This is the most readable and inspiring summary of the Reformation out there. Reeves does a fantastic job introducing key figures, debates, and doctrines that reveal why the Reformation is still so relevant to today’s church.
Good News About Injustice, Updated 10th Anniversary Edition: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World
Good News About Injustice, Updated 10th Anniversary Edition: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World
by Gary A. Haugen
WHY I LIKE IT
Gary Haugen gives biblical rooting to the concept of justice, and shares amazing stories of what God has done and is still doing through Christians who are empowered to seek His justice for the poor and oppressed.
Resolving Everyday Conflict
Resolving Everyday Conflict
by Ken Sande,Kevin Johnson
WHY I LIKE IT
I love really short books that get right to the point and offer biblical, practical help. This one provides a great framework to think through how to handle conflict in a God-honoring way in any relationship.
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
by Roland H. Bainton
WHY I LIKE IT
This is widely recognized as the best biography on Martin Luther, with captivating stories balanced between his personal life (marrying a nun who he had encouraged to leave the convent) to his public theological battles over salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction
Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction
by Bryan M. Litfin
WHY I LIKE IT
Ancient names like Augustine, Tertullian, Origen, and Athanasius may sound intimidating or downright boring. Not so after you read Litfin’s book introducing the fascinating lives, battles, and beliefs of those who paved the way for the Christian faith after the time of the apostles.