Matt Chandler's Bookshelf

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

Matt Chandler

Lead Pastor, The Village Church

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion
Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion
by Os Guinness
The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments
The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments
by Thomas R. Schreiner
Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being
Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being
by Zack Eswine
Reformed Dogmatics: Abridged in One Volume
Reformed Dogmatics: Abridged in One Volume
by Herman Bavinck
WHY I LIKE IT
I am slowly reading this for about 20 minutes each morning. Bavinck is an excellent writer and each sentence is beautifully readable and pregnant with meaning. I am enjoying getting to know his writing.
A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace
by John Knowles
WHY I LIKE IT
I’ve been trying to add into my reading more literature and a pastor on staff with me recommended this book to me. I found the story and the development of the boys haunting and continue to think about the storyline.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus
The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus
by Zack Eswine
Knowing God
Knowing God
by J. I. Packer
WHY I LIKE IT
You might be noticing a theme here. I found every page of this book richer and more encouraging than the last. The chapter over the doctrine of Adoption made me weep.
Mere Christianity
Mere Christianity
by C. S. Lewis
WHY I LIKE IT
I honestly bought this book because so many other books quoted Lewis and he intrigued me. This apparently was one of his cornerstone works and it was my first real reading of any kind of apologetics. To this day it is the book that I compare all other apologetics to and have often read through it with my lost friends.
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
by Wayne Grudem
WHY I LIKE IT
This was my first Systematic book and I read through it and then have come back to it repeatedly over the years. I personally still think it’s the best Systematic out there.
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 heard Piper speak at Passion in 1997. I hadn’t been a believer very long and what I knew and understood of the nature and character of God was small and malnourished. Piper’s sermon that night opened my eyes to a bigger God than I had understood and it moved me to buy this book. Outside of the bible no book has impacted my understanding of God’s glory and my joy like this book.
The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God
The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God
by John Piper
WHY I LIKE IT
After I finished reading Desiring God I was starving for more about God. I didn’t want to read about how to do this or that, I wanted to see God more clearly and understand Him more deeply. I was so moved by Desiring God that I just naturally picked up another Piper book that was about God. Learning what pleased the heart of God strengthened my hope in His sovereign will and put a deep well in my soul that I still pull from.
The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith?
The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith?
by John MacArthur
WHY I LIKE IT
A friend gave me this book and it was the first book that helped me make sense of the gap between professed belief and actually following Jesus. Pastoring in the Bible belt I can still feel this book burning in me.
Weight of Glory (ISBN: 0060653205 / 0-06-065320-5)
Weight of Glory (ISBN: 0060653205 / 0-06-065320-5)
by C. S. Lewis
WHY I LIKE IT
I heard someone once say that books don’t change people sentences do. There is a sentence in this book that says “there are no ordinary people, everyone you come into contact with is an eternal being who is on the path to heaven or hell” (paraphrased). That sentence hit me like a ton of bricks. The essay is excellent but that sentence still haunts me.
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (3rd Edition) (9Marks)
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (3rd Edition) (9Marks)
by Mark Dever
WHY I LIKE IT
9 Marks was a gift when I became Pastor at The Village Church. It was a book that seemed to go against the grain of other books I was reading at the time. Its focus was one of church health rather than church growth. This book shaped how I continue to evaluate where The Village Church is either vibrant or sick.
The Christian Ministry
The Christian Ministry
by Charles Bridges
WHY I LIKE IT
A friend recommended this book to me and it married the heart and head so well that I now use it in discipling our pastors here at The Village Church. It is a brilliant balance of theology and practice.
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
by J. I. Packer
WHY I LIKE IT
I had heard many of my friends talk about this little book. I loved the other writings from Packer so I picked it up. Packer brilliantly works through both the sovereignty of God and human responsibility showing they are not a paradox. This book has embolden my zeal in evangelism and confidence in the reality that “the arms of the Lord are not too short to save.”

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)
The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)
by Peter F. Drucker
WHY I LIKE IT
I’m sure this book sticks out on my list as something all together different than anything else but God has faithfully used this book to encourage me as I seek to faithfully lead both a large and complex church like The Village as well as The Acts 29 Church Planting Network.
The Pilgrim's Progress
The Pilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan
WHY I LIKE IT
I am just now reading Pilgrim’s Progress. The story rings true and is all I hoped it would be. If you haven’t yet read it I would strongly encourage you to do so.