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What book was that from?

February 28, 2020 | Dan Allan

My preaching typically includes a quote from an author or article I’ve read.  People will often ask me, “What book was that from?”  Recently someone suggested that I put out a list of the books I’ve quoted from.  That list would be too long for this blog.


I love to read, though it hasn’t always been that way.  As a child, reading was a slow and tedious project.  I would rather have been outside playing baseball!  But through the years, my life has been deeply enriched by the wisdom of authors who have taken the time and effort to put words on a page.  I would not claim to be “well-read,” and I don’t care for fiction.  I also prefer a real book with real paper, where you can write in margins.  And I would also clarify…THE book…above all books…is the Word of God! 


So, in case you wonder, “What book was that from?”…here is a shortlist of favorites.



I’ve read multiple books from each of these authors.  These are men who have mentored me, though I have only met two of them personally.  John Piper, Tim Keller, Jerry Bridges, Os Guinness, D.A. Carson, Eugene Peterson, Gordon MacDonald, John Eldredge, and John MacArthur.



I will mention a few. These books can be read multiple times, and they always provide new insight and stir a fresh love for God.  “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer, “Knowing God” by J.I. Packer and “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis.



These are books that address relevant topics in a very insightful and biblical way.

“Love Thy Body” by Nancy Pearcey.  She unpacks the hard questions we face today about human life and sexuality.

“The Rest of God” by Mark Buchanan.  He gives rich guidance into restoring your soul by restoring Sabbath rest in your life.  A must-read for unsettled, “crazy busy” believers.

“Victory Over the Darkness” by Neil Andersen.  A solid book about spiritual warfare and the importance of our identity in Christ.

“A Praying Life” by Paul Miller.  There are countless books on prayer.  If you only read one, I might suggest this one.

“The Spirit of the Disciplines” by Dallas Willard.  A very helpful guide to the proper use of spiritual disciplines in the life of a Christian.

“The Power of Christian Contentment” by Andrew Davis.  This was the book that I quoted from throughout the latest sermon series on contentment.

There is an overwhelming amount of reading material available to us these days.  Choose to read.  Choose carefully what you read.  Enjoy!