Chad Smith's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Chad Smith's Bookshelf
Chad Smith's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Chad Smith

Children’s Pastor

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge
Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge
by Dallas Willard
WHY I LIKE IT
This book is not an easy read. In fact, it has been one of the most challenging I have ever read. However, it offers an immense amount of knowledge and wisdom that will transform you.
Philosophy: A Student's Guide (Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition)
Philosophy: A Student's Guide (Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition)
by David K. Naugle
WHY I LIKE IT
Naugle is masterful at taking complicated topics and communicating them in such a way that it is easier to understand.
Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner's Guide to Life's Big Questions
Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner's Guide to Life's Big Questions
by Garrett J. DeWeese,J. P. Moreland
WHY I LIKE IT
Another great book that tackles the philosophical issues we deal with today.
3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare (Three Crucial Questions)
3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare (Three Crucial Questions)
by Clinton E. Arnold
Living into the Life of Jesus: The Formation of Christian Character
Living into the Life of Jesus: The Formation of Christian Character
by Klaus Issler

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
Seven Practices of Effective Ministry (North Point Resources)
Seven Practices of Effective Ministry (North Point Resources)
by Andy Stanley,Lane Jones,Reggie Joiner
WHY I LIKE IT
I love books that offer practical advice and information. Many times in ministry I go back to this book to help me rethink and refocus.
The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance
The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance
by John Trent,Gary Smalley
WHY I LIKE IT
I grew up in a dysfunctional family and environment. This book has helped bring me enormous healing from my past. I vividly remember reading this slowly one chapter at a time because it was emotional and liberating.
The Screwtape Letters
The Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis
WHY I LIKE IT
I was an English Literature major in college. This book is just fascinating to read. The “bad guys” in this book are really the “good guys.”
Hinds Feet On High Places
Hinds Feet On High Places
by Hannah Hurnard
WHY I LIKE IT
This was one of the first books I read after becoming a Christian. Hurnard does an excellent job in this well-written allegory at depicting the love of Christ and the journey we all take once we have put our faith and trust in Christ. One more thing . . . you cannot help but see yourself in this book.
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (A Touchstone book)
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (A Touchstone book)
by Mortimer J. Adler,Charles Van Doren
WHY I LIKE IT
In pursuit of developing a deeper and stronger intellect of Christ and God’s Word, this book is an excellent tool in helping one to understand and unpack any book, but more specifically those books which are more difficult to process. Do not be fooled by the title into thinking this is a lame book. It is actually a very challenging and deep read.
Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's Power
Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's Power
by J. P. Moreland
WHY I LIKE IT
This book addresses key philosophical issues that are very relevant today. It was a huge help to me as it compelled me to strive for a “mind” and “intellect” that is honoring to God.
Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions: Why Children Should Be Your Church's #1 Priority
Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions: Why Children Should Be Your Church's #1 Priority
by George Barna
WHY I LIKE IT
This is a must read for anyone in ministry. Barna emphasizes the critical need for every church to invest heavily in children’s ministry. He provides a wealth of knowledge and research.
Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business
Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business
by Patrick Lencioni
WHY I LIKE IT
I’m not a huge fan of meetings. This book is not a Christian book, but Lencioni does a great service to us all by looking at how we conduct meetings of any sort and how we can make them more meaningful. It is very practical!
The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People about Jesus
The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People about Jesus
by Lee Strobel,Mark Mittelberg
WHY I LIKE IT
Even as a minister and pastor it can become easy to neglect sharing the Gospel consistently. We work primarily around “saved” people. This book reminded me of the joy and the urgency to open my mouth and begin conversations with people I come in contact with. Anyone who reads this will be more encouraged than you can fathom.
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale
by Angela Elwell Hunt,Tim Jonke (Illustrator)
WHY I LIKE IT
One of my all-time favorite children’s books. I love all the symbolism and beauty that this book contains.