Punky Tolson's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Punky Tolson's Bookshelf
Punky Tolson's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Punky Tolson

Author and Speaker

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
When God Doesn't Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can't Live Without
When God Doesn't Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can't Live Without
by Laura Story,Jennifer Schuchmann
WHY I LIKE IT
Before the book, she wrote and sang the song… and we all wept, because we could all relate to the kind of “Blessings” that come through the hardest and most painfully confusing parts of life. Now Laura Story tells us the story behind the song. It will bless your heart, encourage you, and show you how to discover the kindness of your Savior in the midst of pain.
How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is on the Way and Love Is Already Here
How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is on the Way and Love Is Already Here
by Jonathan Martin
WHY I LIKE IT
In this deeply personal and raw autobiographical work Jonathan Martin authentically shares his heart, his failures, pain, and loss…. and the lifeline of Love he discovered being shipwrecked. I love this book so much.
Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer
Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer
by Priscilla Shirer
WHY I LIKE IT
“Fervent” is the most inspirational and practical book on spiritual warfare I’ve read. In her compelling teaching style, Priscilla Shirer helps you create a Prayer Battle Plan by recognizing the enemy’s schemes and targeting your prayers specifically and strategically to gain victory. Inspired by the movie, “War Room”, this book is one you will read over and over again.
If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God's What If Possibilities
If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God's What If Possibilities
by Mark Batterson
WHY I LIKE IT
In his brilliantly gifted and inspiring way, Mark Batterson encourages us to regret less, imagine more, and live a life of adventurous faith by asking the question “If”.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
The Bait of Satan: Your Response Determines Your Future
The Bait of Satan: Your Response Determines Your Future
by John Bevere
My Heart-Christ's Home
My Heart-Christ's Home
by Robert Boyd Munger
The Message Study Bible: Capturing the Notes and Reflections of Eugene H. Peterson
The Message Study Bible: Capturing the Notes and Reflections of Eugene H. Peterson
by Eugene H. Peterson
WHY I LIKE IT
I have always loved reading The Message, and this Study Bible with Peterson’s notes is rich with insight, illuminating God’s Word… absolutely breathtaking! Peterson is a master at the original language; a wise and skilled teacher, a passionate lover of people, and of God’s Truth! Add this to your Bible library today!
A Daily Companion to My Utmost for His Highest: Fresh Insights for Oswald Chambers' Timeless Classic
A Daily Companion to My Utmost for His Highest: Fresh Insights for Oswald Chambers' Timeless Classic
by Dr. Cecilie Macosko M.D.,Dr. Jed Macosko Ph.D.
WHY I LIKE IT
I’ve read My Utmost for His Highest for decades…but never like this! “A Daily Companion…” has given a whole new dimension to this timeless classic devotional by Oswald Chambers. It’s a must-have for every serious disciple of Jesus Christ. Used along with the devotional the authors open up the personal, historical, and Scriptural context of Chamber’s lessons and present practical, prayerful application, giving you a greater understanding of, and deeper impact from the daily readings. You. Will. Love. This!
My Utmost for His Highest
My Utmost for His Highest
by Oswald Chambers
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
by Henry Cloud,John Townsend
WHY I LIKE IT
Every human being on the planet who has any kind of a relationship with another human being NEEDS THIS BOOK. Period. The end.
Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Days of Heaven Upon Earth
by A.B. Simpson
WHY I LIKE IT
One of my two favorite devotionals (the other being Oswald Chambers's, My Utmost for His Highest) - A.B. Simpson unwraps the Scripture with a thought-provoking and challenging daily message that will draw you into a deeper walk with Jesus. Written in the late 1800's, it is every bit as timely and relevant today.
Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman
Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman
by Anne Ortlund
WHY I LIKE IT
In our youth/beauty-obsessed culture, this little book is a powerful reminder that beauty begins on the inside. Quaint and a bit old-fashioned in her writing, the late Anne Ortlund shoots straight with practical, Biblical counsel on living a truly beautiful life. I have reread this book a dozen times and never tire of Anne's timeless wisdom.
Don't Waste Your Life
Don't Waste Your Life
by John Piper
WHY I LIKE IT
John Piper does an excellent job of tweaking our perspective on how to live a life that truly matters for all of eternity.
Intimacy With The Almighty
Intimacy With The Almighty
by Charles R. Swindoll
WHY I LIKE IT
It's ironic that our fast-pace and instant-everything world of convenience is enslaving to the very things that were meant to make our lives easier and more...peaceful. In this powerful little book, Chuck Swindoll encourages, inspires, and implores us to cultivate the habit of
Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds
Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds
by Beth Moore
WHY I LIKE IT
An absolute must-read for anyone wanting to break free of spiritual strongholds. This book will help you understand how to pray and apply the power of God's Word to your life and truly overcome the lies and discouragement that keep you from a victorious life.
Redeeming Love
Redeeming Love
by Francine Rivers
WHY I LIKE IT
This is without a doubt Ms. Rivers’ finest historical fiction work. “Redeeming Love” is the heart-breaking, mind-blowing, overwhelming story of God’s relentless love for His people as told through the lives of the prophet Hosea and his wayward wife, Gomer. I sobbed through this book as I saw my own waywardness and the amazing love of God who keeps running after me. You will not be the same after reading this book.
Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
by Ron Hall,Denver Moore
WHY I LIKE IT
I think my favorite quote of all times is this one by Denver Moore, “I’m a nobody that’s tryin’ to tell everybody ‘bout Somebody that can save anybody.” The beautiful and poignant story about a most unlikely friendship and the God that brought them together.
The Furious Longing of God
The Furious Longing of God
by Brennan Manning
WHY I LIKE IT
Oh, the relentless pursuit of God! I don’t believe that any modern day writer has had a more desperate desire for God than Brennan Manning. Upon his death last year I couldn’t help but smile and think that the God he’d pursued through some of life’s ugliest battles was now wrapping His Almighty and loving arms around Brennan and welcoming him home.
The Magnificent Obsession: Embracing the God-Filled Life
The Magnificent Obsession: Embracing the God-Filled Life
by Anne Graham Lotz
WHY I LIKE IT
My favorite Anne Graham Lotz book ever! Magnificent Obsession takes an up close and personal look at the life of the Patriarch, Abraham and Anne helps us discover the powerful book was, for my husband and me, so profoundly life changing!blessings of following God in simple obedience. I have chills as I’m writing this because this book was, for my husband and me, so profoundly life changing!
The Pursuit of God (The Definitive Classic)
The Pursuit of God (The Definitive Classic)
by A. W. Tozer
WHY I LIKE IT
Tozer's love-affair with God is infectious! Read this book over and over throughout your lifetime and cultivate deeper intimacy and a pure and holy passion for the God who is crazy about you
The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times
The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times
by Robert J. Morgan
WHY I LIKE IT
Practical and profound wisdom and direction for living your faith through difficult times. I read this just prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and it was the perfect preparation for what was waiting for me ahead.
What Happens When God Answers Prayer
What Happens When God Answers Prayer
by Evelyn Carol Christenson
WHY I LIKE IT
The best book I’ve read on the power of prayer; how it works, what it accomplishes, and why you need to pray about everything!

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life
The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life
by Robert Morris
WHY I LIKE IT
This book is a game-changer and a life-changer. Practical and Biblical truth explained in such love and humility by one of my favorite Bible teachers and pastors, Robert Morris. Of all the books I’ve read on the person of God the Holy Spirit this one is the by far the one I recommend. Simple. Scriptural. Profoundly powerful.
Audacious
Audacious
by Beth Moore
WHY I LIKE IT
Nobody has impacted my walk and intimacy with Jesus like Beth has. Her love for Jesus is contagious and audacious. This book is her life song to Him and I could not put it down. Audacious… is how I want to live my own life for Jesus.
Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
by Bill Hybels
WHY I LIKE IT
Just the title of this book makes me feel better! We could all do with a simpler life, and Bill Hybels gives you the practical and motivational “how to’s”, the encouragement, and challenge to do it…now. I love his simple, practical, and passionate approach to living a simpler and more profoundly effective life!
Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny
Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny
by Christine Caine
WHY I LIKE IT
Living shame-free is the way God created us to live. If shame has been a part of your game then run, don’t walk, to buy this book and read it over and over again until the truth of God’s Word saturates the marrow of your bone.
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards
by Jen Hatmaker
WHY I LIKE IT
Oh my word! Hilariously poignant… nobody says is like Jen. Tissues required: you’ll be laughing till you can’t breath one minute, crying the next!
Love Revolution
Love Revolution
by Natalie Grant
WHY I LIKE IT
Love this girl… her voice, her lyrics… POWERFUL!
Jesus Saves Live
Jesus Saves Live
by Travis Cottrell
WHY I LIKE IT
I fell in love with Travis Cottrell’s music and voice at Living Proof Live conferences with Beth Moore. If there is a human choir in heaven, Travis Will be the soloist/worship leader. Such a powerful, gifted, and anointed voice!!
God is Able
God is Able
by Priscilla Shirer
WHY I LIKE IT
In her typically passionate and hard-hitting style, Bible teacher, Priscilla Shirer, helps us get a grip on believing and experiencing the God who is able to do immeasurably more... (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All Others
Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All Others
by Steven Furtick
WHY I LIKE IT
In this age of hyper-technology and social-media-mania, it's hard to hear and discern God's voice above all the rest. Steven Furtick, Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, communicates powerful, faith-strengthening truth that will help you to fully engage your thinking and your identity with the truth of who God says you are! I love this book!
Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians
by Beth Moore
WHY I LIKE IT
Working through this with my group of young'ens in discipleship. Beth Moore is a phenomenal teacher!
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
WHY I LIKE IT
Powerful and true story of WW II POW, Louis Zamperini. It's absolutely unbelievable, absolutely life-changing.
The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy
The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy
by Timothy Keller
WHY I LIKE IT
What is true, Gospel-humility? The the question that Tim Keller so beautifully answers in this short but powerful message as he lays out how to live as a self-forgetful person.
Cornerstone (Deluxe Edition) [Live]
Cornerstone (Deluxe Edition) [Live]
 
Forever Yours
Forever Yours
by Gateway Worship
WHY I LIKE IT
A dear friend gave me this CD last year and I have nearly worn it out. I think I know every word of every song by heart. I blare it in my car and sing my finest and loudest praise to God...with slack jawed onlookers in cars next to me seriously wondering what's in my coffee.