Cliff Davis's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Cliff Davis's Bookshelf
Cliff Davis's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Cliff Davis

Pastor of Missions

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
Tried by Fire: The Story of Christianity's First Thousand Years
Tried by Fire: The Story of Christianity's First Thousand Years
by William J. Bennett
WHY I LIKE IT
The history of Christianity should be compelling to believers. This book provides a look at the first 1000 years of Christian History and how those who dared to profess Christ as Lord changed the world.
Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation
Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation
by Erwin W. Lutzer
WHY I LIKE IT
This book is a reminder of how important the Reformation was, and is, to all evangelicals. Reading about the theological convictions of Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli will challenge us to stand firm on scriptural truths and avoid watered-down doctrines and false teachings.
A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C. S. Lewis
A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C. S. Lewis
by C. S. Lewis,C.S. Lewis,Clyde Kilby
WHY I LIKE IT
C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors. This anthology of Christian doctrines and themes reveal Lewis' philosophy that guided his writings over his lifetime. Very inspiring.....
A Method for Prayer: Freedom in the Face of God
A Method for Prayer: Freedom in the Face of God
by Matthew Henry
WHY I LIKE IT
Matthew Henry shares with believers the benefits of a disciplined lifestyle of prayer. Also include are sermons by Matthew Henry on praying, the scriptural truths about prayer, and advice on being a prayer leader.
Escape the Wolf - Preemptive Personal Security Handbook
Escape the Wolf - Preemptive Personal Security Handbook
by Clinton Emerson
WHY I LIKE IT
This book is an interesting read on simple, common sense personal security matters for individuals who travel internationally to high risk, high security locations. It will help you identify, minimize, and avoid all types of threats, from common crime, health risks, kidnapping, and even terrorism. Written by an experienced former government employee from his years of service in locations around the globe

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
The Missionary Call: Find Your Place in God's Plan For the World
The Missionary Call: Find Your Place in God's Plan For the World
by M. David Sills
WHY I LIKE IT
This book explores the call to mission from a practical approach that is designed to help a person discern their place in God's plan for the world
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
by Eric Metaxas
WHY I LIKE IT
A compelling look at the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his stance against the force that was Nazi Germany. He lived and died for Christian principles and his life provides an example of what absolute discipleship should and can mean in the face of opposition.
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 book is required reading for any person who is engaged in missions, whether short term or career missionaries. It provides insight into how good intentions can actually create dependency and hurt those we are trying to help, all while keeping the Gospel at the center of all we do.
Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It
Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It
by Robert D. Lupton
WHY I LIKE IT
This book addresses the much needed task of warning the church to the dangers of poorly informed charitable giving, and showing how short many charitable efforts come in bringing real lasting positive change. Painful lessons and wisdom from years of work in inner-city service are shared in an easy-to-follow and interesting way to show how well-intentioned efforts have unintended results, and presents many great ideas for better ways forward
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
This book is a biblical defense of God's supremacy in all things, providing a sound theological foundation for missions. It examines whether Jesus is the only way to salvation and issues a passionate plea for God-centeredness in the missionary enterprise, seeking to define the scope of the task and the means for reaching all nations.
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
by Roland H. Bainton
WHY I LIKE IT
A look at the life and times of the author of the Reformation, Martin Luther. Very informative and fascinating look into the events that affected the call to reform the Church.
How Should We Then Live? (L'Abri 50th Anniversary Edition): The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
How Should We Then Live? (L'Abri 50th Anniversary Edition): The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
by Francis A. Schaeffer
WHY I LIKE IT
This book states the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presents the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible's morals, values, and meaning.
Christian Theology
Christian Theology
by Millard J. Erickson
WHY I LIKE IT
Comprehensive and well written. Highly recommended but not for someone wanting light content. If you’re interested in a solid reading in biblical theology it would be hard to find a better book.
Evangelism Handbook: Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional
Evangelism Handbook: Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional
by Alvin Reid
WHY I LIKE IT
This book looks at how we should be doing evangelism by examining the daily ministry of Jesus Christ. We must reexamine our lives and see how we need to reflect Christ by being biblical, spiritual, intentional, and missional
The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament
The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament
by Andreas J. Köstenberger,L. Scott Kellum,Charles L
WHY I LIKE IT
This textbook gives excellent explanation of the New Testament's books, and does so through a lens of conservative theology. It provides in-depth analysis that is objective, and intellectually thorough. It is a good resource for anyone taking a class in New Testament studies. It is easy to read, well organized, and has a multitude of references for further study.
Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World's Difficult Places
Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World's Difficult Places
by Tim Keesee
WHY I LIKE IT
An experienced veteran missions leader takes readers through experiences encountered by Christians in global settings. It is a journey of exploring the faith and lives of Christians living in some of the world's most perilous countries.
Ask a Missionary: Time-Tested Answers from Those Who've Been There Before
Ask a Missionary: Time-Tested Answers from Those Who've Been There Before
 
WHY I LIKE IT
If you are exploring missions and missionary work, this book will give insight and answers for that focus. What this book contains is experience and thoughts from over one hundred missionaries from around the world, including Elisabeth Elliot, George Verwer, Phyllis Kilbourn, and Bill Stearns, They share their wisdom and advice on everything from making the decision to go, to walking into a new life once on the field, and everything in between.
Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition
Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition
by Bruce Shelley
WHY I LIKE IT
Provides a comprehensive examination of the events and people that God used to carry the torch of the church throughout history.
A Survey of the Old Testament
A Survey of the Old Testament
by Andrew E. Hill,John H. Walton
WHY I LIKE IT
This textbook explores the literary, historical, and theological issues behind the Old Testament and its various books. For each Old Testament book, the Survey addresses background information, purpose, message, structure, and major themes. Chapters introducing each major section of the Old Testament are included, as are chapters dealing with issues of interpretation, geography, archaeology, history, formation of the Old Testament canon, and the Old Testament’s relationship to the New Testament.
An Introduction to the New Testament
An Introduction to the New Testament
by D. A. Carson,Douglas J. Moo
WHY I LIKE IT
This textbook focuses on the historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, destination, and so forth so that the New Testament books will be accurately understood within historical settings. This book provides a substantial summary of that book’s content, discusses the book’s theological contribution to the overall canon, and gives an account of current studies on that book, including recent literary and social-science approaches to interpretation.
Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations
Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations
 
WHY I LIKE IT
The main thrust of missions is to put God first and understand that we are called to be on mission for God because, in reality, it is God’s mission.

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
4 Chair Discipling: Growing a Movement of Disciple-Makers
4 Chair Discipling: Growing a Movement of Disciple-Makers
by Dann Spader
WHY I LIKE IT
A clear explanation of the disciple-making journey, showing growth from someone who is seeking to someone who is actively making disciples
Introducing Christian Mission Today: Scripture, History, and Issues
Introducing Christian Mission Today: Scripture, History, and Issues
by Michael W. Goheen
WHY I LIKE IT
This is a valuable resource for the theology and biblical history behind missions as well as the ways current culture and modern societal issues can determine how we should approach missions
Life on Mission: Joining the Everyday Mission of God
Life on Mission: Joining the Everyday Mission of God
by Dustin Willis,Aaron Coe
WHY I LIKE IT
A clear presentation of how being a believer and follower of Jesus Christ will naturally lead into mission
The Steward Leader: Transforming People, Organizations and Communities
The Steward Leader: Transforming People, Organizations and Communities
by R. Scott Rodin
WHY I LIKE IT
This book provides a new and enlightening way to view our role as Christian leaders. It gives insight into what it really takes to effectively serve God's Kingdom and will challenge the way you look at how you interact with those with whom you serve as well as with those who look to you for guidance and advice.
Am I Called?: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry
Am I Called?: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry
by Dave Harvey
WHY I LIKE IT
This book will guide you through that all-important process with wisdom and confidence in God’s faithfulness in your life and help you determine whether you are called to full time Gospel ministry
Coleman, Robert & Graham, Billy, MASTER PLAN OF EVANGELISM
Coleman, Robert & Graham, Billy, MASTER PLAN OF EVANGELISM
by Robert E. Coleman
WHY I LIKE IT
A look at the example of evangelism as given to us in Jesus Christ and how He did ministry
The Trellis and the Vine
The Trellis and the Vine
by Colin Marshall,Tony Payne
WHY I LIKE IT
This book addresses the changes the church needs to see in culture, priority, vision, and energy as it engages in ministry. It causes us to look at the things we should be focused on rather than the things we tend to focus on so that we can better grow the kingdom of God.
Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament (Knowing God Through the Old Testament Set)
Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament (Knowing God Through the Old Testament Set)
by Christopher J. H. Wright
WHY I LIKE IT
The story of Jesus Christ is not just in the New Testament. There is a continuity of message between the Hebrew Scriptures and Jesus’ ministry that was based in the Old Testament