Chris Havard's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Chris Havard's Bookshelf
Chris Havard's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Chris Havard

Groups Pastor

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
The The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World
The The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World
by Richard Stearns
WHY I LIKE IT
This book is not for the faint of heart. I cannot remember reading a book more convicting as this. Similar to “Radical,” this book has the power to bring you to tears when you consider how far off we’ve gotten in our definition of the Gospel.
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
by Eric Metaxas
WHY I LIKE IT
I could not put this Bonhoeffer biography down. The book chronicles the compelling life of a man who took the words of Jesus seriously and considered nothing more important (even his own life) than living out his faith.
Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ
Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ
by John F. MacArthur
WHY I LIKE IT
What is the real meaning of the word Jesus uses to describe His followers? This book thoroughly discusses our identity in Christ and takes an in-depth look at 1st century realities, thus explaining His why we are really “slaves.”
Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
by Kyle Idleman
WHY I LIKE IT
A fantastic read separating what it means to be a fan of Jesus versus what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul
Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul
by Lance Witt
WHY I LIKE IT
Witt has tremendous insight into the unique struggles of ministers and lovingly challenges them to examine their inner life – the private life – what he calls “the back stage.”

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People (Expanded and Adapted for Small Groups)
The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People (Expanded and Adapted for Small Groups)
by John Ortberg
WHY I LIKE IT
A great book about how to experience life transformation with a new look at the spiritual disciplines, without being legalistic.
When Work and Family Collide: Keeping Your Job from Cheating Your Family
When Work and Family Collide: Keeping Your Job from Cheating Your Family
by Andy Stanley
WHY I LIKE IT
A wonderful book that challenges one to be active about their marriage relationship, instead of the prevailing passivity we so often see.
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
This book is a non-negotiable read for anyone who wants to have both purpose and structure to their ministry.
Grace-Based Parenting
Grace-Based Parenting
by Tim Kimmel
WHY I LIKE IT
This book teaches us how to parent our kids the way God (our Father) “parents” us – with grace.
Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy
Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy
by Gary L. Thomas
WHY I LIKE IT
The bi-line says it all: What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy. This one revolutionary truth about God’s real design for marriage could solve a majority of marriage issues in our culture today.
The Search For Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God's Eyes
The Search For Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God's Eyes
by Robert McGee
WHY I LIKE IT
This book identifies the 4 main lies we are told and gives the 4 Biblical answers to counter them, thus rooting our identity in what our Creator says about us, not what we think or are told.
Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth
Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth
by Greg L. Hawkins,Cally Parkinson
WHY I LIKE IT
The analyzed results of studying what really moves people forward in their walk with Christ from over 1000 churches across the United States.
How Good Is Good Enough?: 6-Pack, Easter
How Good Is Good Enough?: 6-Pack, Easter
by Andy Stanley
WHY I LIKE IT
Simply the best tool for evangelism I’ve ever used in 20+ years of ministry. I’ve used this short, easy-to-read, and clear little book to begin great conversations about the Bible
The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
by Andy Stanley
WHY I LIKE IT
“Direction, not intentions, determines destination.” This books explains how even smart people can lead lives that end up way off course. The book is packed with wisdom for life.
The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make
The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make
by Hans Finzel
WHY I LIKE IT
Most people are blind to their faults and/or shortcomings. This book helps anyone who leads others to examine their leadership and stop habits that limit their effectiveness.
Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer (Commitment To Spiritual Growth)
Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer (Commitment To Spiritual Growth)
by J. Oswald Sanders
WHY I LIKE IT
A classic book on what a spiritual leader is and does. This has the value of any seminary class I ever took as it relates to preparing me to be a minister of the Gospel.
Reaching for the Invisible God
Reaching for the Invisible God
by Philip Yancey
WHY I LIKE IT
One of my most favorite authors, Yancey dares to delve into the hardships of having a relationship with a God who we can’t see, hear, taste, touch or smell. Always honest and straight-forward, the book has tremendous insights on some hard questions people struggle with, but don’t ask out loud.
The Cost of Discipleship
The Cost of Discipleship
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
WHY I LIKE IT
A classic for anyone who wants to be a follower of Christ. Bonhoeffer’s life and testimony back up his powerful words and cause the reader to examine whether they are living a life of integrity. The book also raises the important issue of cheap grace versus costly grace.