Matt Adair's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Matt Adair's Bookshelf
Matt Adair's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Matt Adair

Lead Pastor

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
The Church in Exile: Living in Hope After Christendom
The Church in Exile: Living in Hope After Christendom
by Lee Beach
WHY I LIKE IT
As Christianity is pushed to the margins of culture, what can the Scriptures teach us about how to thrive in the days ahead as the Church? This book provides a helpful paradigm to map our way forward as a people living in exile...
The Reckless Love of God: Experiencing the Personal, Passionate Heart of the Gospel
The Reckless Love of God: Experiencing the Personal, Passionate Heart of the Gospel
by Alex Early
WHY I LIKE IT
You and I don't really believe that God loves us. At least not all the time. This book, written by a good friend of mine, is one of those reads that stretches your mind and expands your heart. Please read this! It will be like putting on a pair of prescription glasses and discovering that you've practically been blind your whole life.
Seeking God's Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year
Seeking God's Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year
 
WHY I LIKE IT
I'm not very good at prayer. Not sure what 'being good at prayer' looks like, but whatever it is, I don't pray well. We can talk about why that's true some other time. But for now, I want to tell you about a resource that's helping me grow in prayer. Seeking God's Face is a resource that provides daily readings from the Scriptures and a pattern of prayer. Utilizing resources like the liturgical church calendar and historic creeds and catechisms, the content of Seeking God's Face is both rich and timely. I spend around 15-20 minutes a day, and during a season where fear and anxiety have weighed heavy on my soul, Seeking God's Face has been a godsend. And, it has been written to be used all the way through 2026. Please buy a copy of this and wear it out...

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
by L. David Marquet
WHY I LIKE IT
This has given me a paradigm for how I want to lead people; mind-blowing and familiar.
Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
by N. T. Wright
WHY I LIKE IT
Completely changed how I view Easter and the concept of resurrection
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
by Timothy Keller
WHY I LIKE IT
Best book I’ve ever read on marriage
The Holiness of God
The Holiness of God
by R. C. Sproul
WHY I LIKE IT
I read this during lunch breaks throughout the summer of 1995. Breathed life into my view of God.
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
WHY I LIKE IT
A collection of Bible stories for adults that kids will love. We preached through the Old Testament stories in the summer of 2014.
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
The most heart-stirring, practical book that I’ve read on prayer.
Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
by John Piper
WHY I LIKE IT
I first read this in 1996 and is the most significant non-biblical book in my life. A manual on ‘happy Calvinism’ to quote my friend, Steve Timmis.
Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community (Re:Lit)
Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community (Re:Lit)
by Tim Chester,Steve Timmis
WHY I LIKE IT
Paints a picture of the church that takes lofty ideas of ‘living missionally’ and shows us how to put it in motion in ordinary, everyday life.
The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success
The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success
by Les McKeown
WHY I LIKE IT
This revolutionized how I think about relationships and decision-making in teams, organizations, churches.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
by Brene Brown
WHY I LIKE IT
A courageous book on courage…and vulnerability, shame. We use this to help leaders develop greater resilience in the face of the challenges of leadership.
The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative
The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative
by Christopher J. H. Wright
WHY I LIKE IT
A 700 page book that I’ve read three times and underlined practically every page. Biblically-rich, interesting, paradigm-shifting and immensely practical.
Isaiah (Redesign): God Saves Sinners (Preaching the Word)
Isaiah (Redesign): God Saves Sinners (Preaching the Word)
by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.
WHY I LIKE IT
Think it’s impossible for a biblical commentary to grip your soul? Think again.
The Bruised Reed (Puritan Paperbacks)
The Bruised Reed (Puritan Paperbacks)
by Richard Sibbes
WHY I LIKE IT
When you think it’s impossible for Jesus to love you, read this.
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek
WHY I LIKE IT
Reminds leaders of organizations how to inspire people to take action.
A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger Than You
A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger Than You
by Paul David Tripp
WHY I LIKE IT
Read anything and everything by Tripp. This is my favorite.
College Ministry in a Post-Christian Culture
College Ministry in a Post-Christian Culture
by Stephen Lutz
WHY I LIKE IT
If I wrote a book on campus ministry, this is the book I would write.

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your Life In Christ
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your Life In Christ
by Peter Scazzero
WHY I LIKE IT
90% of your life is untouched by Jesus. This will help you change that
Crimson Cord
Crimson Cord
 
WHY I LIKE IT
Brand new record by my favorite poet and hip-hop artist
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
by Chip Heath,Dan Heath
WHY I LIKE IT
Fantastically practical resource in how to make decisions; provides a helpful process that I use personally and professionally
Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
WHY I LIKE IT
A series of essays reflecting on race and the legacy of Dr. King. Challenging and encouraging
Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good
Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good
by Amy L. Sherman
WHY I LIKE IT
Reading this right now...