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17 Books To Help Develop Intimacy With God

Many ministers I know wrestle with the difficulty of trying to live a life of transformation and intimacy with God they read about in their Bibles. Most of us long for a deeper inner spiritual life yet regularly experience Dallas Willard’s observation “the greatest enemy of intimacy with God, is service for God.”

Ministry by definition is depleting. Without constant infilling we soon have nothing left to give, or worse, we implode because the pressure on the outside is greater than the spiritual infrastructure on the inside.

One source of infilling are the various spiritual habits, practices and disciplines that help form us spiritually and aid our pursuit of godliness. The following books draw from a rich heritage of Godly believers, and offer practical suggestions for cultivating an intimate and growing relationship with God. They will offer you a path toward experiential Christianity and health for your soul and your ministry.

  1. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
  2. The Sacred Way by Tony Jones
  3. Keeping the Sabbath Wholly by Marva Dawn
  4. Sabbath, Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller
  5. Mad Church Disease, Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic by Anne Jackson
  6. Sacred Pathways, Discover Your Soul’s Path to God by Gary Thomas
  7. Clergy Self Care, Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry by Roy Oswald
  8. Spiritual Rhythms in Community by Keith Meyer
  9. The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
  10. Fresh Encounter by Henry Blackaby and Claude King
  11. Building Below the Waterline, Shoring Up the Foundations of Leadership by Gordon MacDonald
  12. The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero
  13. Becoming a Healthier Pastor by Ronald Richardson
  14. Life on Mission, Joining the Everyday Mission of God by Dustin Willis and Aaron Coe
  15. Whole Life Transformation, Becoming the Change Your Church Needs by Keith Meyer
  16. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
  17. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

What other books would you recommend for pursuing intimacy with God?

Posted on May 2, 2017

Jim Baker

Jim is a Church Organizational Leadership and Management Coach, Consultant and Trainer. Throughout his career Jim has demonstrated a passion for showing Pastors and Ministers how to use organizational tools for church and personal growth and health.

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“For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ.” Colossians 2:5