This is a list of books and websites that have been recomended by the pastors.


*As a note not all of the views expressed in these resouces or linked to by other sites are reflective of theological or docterinal beliefs of The Grove.

The Grove Church is a participant in the Amazon Associates program, so books purchased by clicking on our links will contribute to defray the cost of resources for The Grove.



The ESV Study Bible

-The ESV Study Bible was created to help people understand the Bible in a deeper way. Combining the best and most recent evangelical Christian scholarship with the highly regarded ESV text, it is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published (or at least that we can find). This is also available in many digital forms (which are great!). When we got our's they came with free online editions. We don't get into many arguments over translations of the Bible or certain editions, but if you need a good study Bible you can't go wrong with this one. Feel free to stop any of us if you have questions about picking out a Bible translation.



Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters

-The Bible tells us that the human heart is an "idol- factory," taking good things and making them into idols that drive us. In Counterfeit Gods, Keller applies his trademark approach to show us how a proper understanding of the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about societal ideals and our own hearts. This is a text for all small groups and counseling in the church.


What Jesus Demands from the World

-John Piper has gathered many of Jesus’ commands from the four Gospels. He begins with an introduction that puts them in a redemptive-historical context, then concisely examines each one. The result is an accessible introduction for thoughtful inquirers and new believers, as well as deep meditations for veteran believers. Plus, You if you don't care about the hard cover you get get a free digital version here: What Jesus Demands from the World


Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

-Based on the rich heritage left us by the early church fathers, the Puritan writers, and Jesus Christ Himself, Whitney takes you through a carefully selected array of disciplines that includes Scripture reading, prayer, worship, Scripture meditation, evangelism, serving, stewardship, Scripture application, fasting, silence and solitude, journaling, and learning.


Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

- Foster is credited with bringing spiritual disciplines back to the evangelical church.  This book is a seminal work that looks at what the disciplines are, why they are integral in every believers life and how they function to bring us into Christ's transformation of our lives.


The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives

 -Dallas Willard   presents a way of living that enables ordinary men and women to enjoy the fruit of the Christian life. He reveals how the key to self-transformation resides in the practice of the spiritual disciplines, and how their practice affirms human life to the fullest.


Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation

 -The best work Pastor Mike (a spiritual formation master) has ever read on Scripture, it's life changing nature and how one is supposed to read it.  The author is a New Testament prophesor at Asbury Seminary and an excellent communicator of spiritual truth.


According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible

 -This book is about how the Bible works together, how the New Testament and Old Testaments work together and how all of that affects our Theology.


Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing

 -Mahaney strips away the nonessentials and bring you back to the simplest, most fundamental reason for your faith: Jesus Christ. This book is packed with powerful truth that will grip your heart, clear your mind, and invigorate your soul.

Biblical Eldership: Restoring the Eldership to Its Rightful Place in Church

 -This is a required text for all of The Grove's Elders. It's one of the most influential books when it comes to The Grove's Leadership.


Renovation of the Heart: Putting On the Character of Christ

 - Dallas Willard was once the chair of the philisophy dept. at USC.  His approach to spiritual formation is one of intense depth and full explanation.  This book delves into the process and necessity of examining our motivations and learning to allow Christ to transform us at our core into his likeness.

Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation

 -An excellent and accessible introduction to spiritual disciplines.  The most helpful aspect of this book is that the author takes into account the differences in everyone's personalities and how they are naturally drawn towards specific disciplines.


Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less (Leadership Network Innovation Series)

-This is for those who want to know a bit more about how the organization of the Church works. It explains how one of the most effective ways to run the church is to strip away all the things that hinder the church from accomplishing it's goals. Deliberate also covers the cellular structure that has influenced The Grove.

Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (RE: Lit)

-Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears team up to teach thirteen key elements of the Christian faith that should be held by anyone claiming to be a follower of Jesus.




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