Top 10 Best Books to Read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Grace Is Enough: A 30-Day Christian Devotional to Help Women Turn Anxiety and Insecurity into Confidence

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology - August 2021

"Wow, this devotional is meant for such a time as this! Grace is Enough is filled with daily truth to fight the lies of the world with God's truth, prayer and real-life encouraging messages to bring you into a life filled with His peace." - Sadie Robertson Huff For days when you're feeling stressed, worried, or simply seeking inspiration, this beautifully written women's devotional will lift you up and help you find calm amid the chaos of life today. Grace Is Enough is a 30-day devotional for women who are seeking to build confidence and fight anxiety with the use of God's word. Through poignant personal essays and stories from the Bible, author Courtney Fidell shares inspiring messages to help you overcome your insecurities and find freedom and peace through the power of prayer. Grace Is Enough features:    •   30 days of devotional passages featuring the author's personal essays and Bible stories to help you ease common anxieties and insecurities, like feeling unqualified, jealous, fearful, restless, or overwhelmed    •   Original prayers and personal reflections to help you process your own thoughts and feelings    •   Modern artwork and minimalist design

  • Author: Courtney Fidell
  • Publisher: Paige Tate & Co (October 27, 2020)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living
  • ISBN: 978-1950968121
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.57 x 8.23 inches


2. Fearfully and Wonderfully: The Marvel of Bearing God's Image

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology - August 2021

ECPA 2020 Christian Book Award Finalist - Christian Living 2019 IVP Readers' Choice Award 2019 WORLD Magazine Book of the Year Short List - Science Discover this updated and combined edition of two bestselling books! The human body holds endlessly fascinating secrets. The resilience of skin, the strength and structure of the bones, the dynamic balance of the muscles―your physical being is knit according to a pattern of stunning purpose. Now Gold Medallion winners Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image have been completely revised and updated to offer a new audience timeless reflections on the body. Join renowned leprosy surgeon Dr. Paul Brand and bestselling writer Philip Yancey on a remarkable journey through inner space―a spellbinding account of medical intervention, pain and healing, and the courage of humanity. Discover here the eternal truths revealed by our seemingly ordinary existence. The human body is a window into the very structure of God's creation and a testament to God's glory.

  • Author: Dr. Paul Brand
  • Publisher: IVP Books; Updated and Combined edition (August 6, 2019)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living
  • ISBN: 978-0830845705
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches


3. Jesus and the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic (Encountering Jesus)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology - August 2021

Students deepen their understanding of Jesus Christ, the fullness of God's Revelation, as they encounter him in the living Body of Christ, the Catholic Church. Jesus and the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic supports Course IV of the USCCB curriculum and is the first high school textbook released by Ave Maria Press in its new Encountering Jesus series. As they engage with the content of this text, students will recognize Christ present and active in their lives through the visible and vibrant mission of Church, defined by her four characteristics--one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. While Jesus and the Church places the foundations of the Church in their historical and scriptural context, the textbook goes further by guiding students to recognize the sacred nature of the Church and engaging them to more actively participate in the living Body of Christ and serve as witnesses to the sacred Gospel in the world today. Simply put, the goal of the book--as in the Encountering Jesus series as a whole--is to change the lives of students by making real-life connections between what they are learning about the Church and how they encounter Jesus in the contemporary world. Developed in collaboration with experts in theology, catechesis, and pedagogy, Jesus and the Church includes a number of new features as part of an innovative design, including: Chapter Focus Questions: Each chapter's main idea is posed as a question to the student to provide a broader context in which new ideas can be integrated and understood. Infographics: A wide variety of visual and interactive designs throughout the text help students understand theological concepts in ways they will remember. Currents Events: Each chapter opens with a story from the contemporary world that teens can relate to their own lives. Educational Photos: Images throughout the text have been carefully chosen not only to illustrate the chapter but for teachers and students to use as educational tools. Note-Taking Graphic Organizers: Designed to help students organize, summarize, and sequence the text, various types of organizers were customized for every section of the book. Section Assessments: Each section includes pedagogically designed assessment questions with labels that show how the questions serve a variety of different learning styles. Online Resources: As always, teachers can access a wide variety of online resources at the Ave Maria Press website, including videos, PowerPoints, handouts, crossword puzzles, reading guides, and tests. (© 2015) The Subcommittee on the Catechism, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has found that this catechetical high school text is in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and fulfills the requirements of Core Course IV of the Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age .

  • Author: Ave Maria Press
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; Student edition (December 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Churches & Church Leadership
  • ISBN: 978-1594712128
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches


4. A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology - August 2021

What is the way forward for the church? Tragically, in recent years, Christians have gotten used to revelations of abuses of many kinds in our most respected churches―from Willow Creek to Harvest, from Southern Baptist pastors to Sovereign Grace churches. Respected author and theologian Scot McKnight and former Willow Creek member Laura Barringer wrote this book to paint a pathway forward for the church. We need a better way. The sad truth is that churches of all shapes and sizes are susceptible to abuses of power, sexual abuse, and spiritual abuse. Abuses occur most frequently when Christians neglect to create a culture that resists abuse and promotes healing, safety, and spiritual growth. How do we keep these devastating events from repeating themselves? We need a map to get us from where we are today to where we ought to be as the body of Christ. That map is in a mysterious and beautiful little Hebrew word in Scripture that we translate “good,” the word tov . In this book, McKnight and Barringer explore the concept of tov ―unpacking its richness and how it can help Christians and churches rise up to fulfill their true calling as imitators of Jesus.

  • Author: Scot McKnight
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (October 6, 2020)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living
  • ISBN: 978-1496446008
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches


5. The Christian Left: How Liberal Thought Has Hijacked the Church

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology - August 2021

The church has been invaded. The Christian Left unveils how liberal thought has entered America's sanctuaries, exchanging the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for the trinity of diversity, acceptance, and social justice. This in-depth look at church history, world politics, and pop culture masterfully exposes the rise and agenda of the Christian Left. Readers will learn how to: Identify and refute the lies of the Christian Left Uncover the meaning of love as Jesus defined it Navigate controversial subjects such as abortion, gender identity, and the doctrine of hell Gain confidence in upholding biblical values Come face-to-face with the person of Jesus, who is neither left nor right but the embodiment of truth and grace Be equipped with a strong understanding of issues facing the church today and empowered to elevate God's truth, justice, and wisdom.

  • Author: Lucas Miles
  • Publisher: Broadstreet Publishing (May 4, 2021)
  • Genre: History, World
  • ISBN: 978-1424562145
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches


6. The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology - August 2021

As seen on EWTN, bestselling author Scott Hahn unveils the mysteries of the Mass, offering readers a deeper appreciation of the most familiar of Catholic rituals. Of all things Catholic, there is nothing that is so familiar as the Mass. With its unchanging prayers, the Mass fits Catholics like their favorite clothes. Yet most Catholics sitting in the pews on Sundays fail to see the powerful supernatural drama that enfolds them. Pope John Paul II described the Mass as "Heaven on Earth," explaining that what "we celebrate on Earth is a mysterious participation in the heavenly liturgy." The Lamb’s Supper reveals a long-lost secret of the Church: The early Christians' key to understanding the mysteries of the Mass was the New Testament Book of Revelation. With its bizarre imagery, its mystic visions of heaven, and its end-of-time prophecies, Revelation mirrors the sacrifice and celebration of the Eucharist. Beautifully written, in clear direct language, bestselling Catholic author Scott Hahn's new book will help readers see the Mass with new eyes, pray the liturgy with a renewed heart, and enter into the Mass more fully, enthusiastically, intelligently, and powerfully than ever before.

  • Author: Scott Hahn
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Bible Study & Reference
  • ISBN: 978-0385496599
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 0.81 x 8.56 inches


7. Deacons: How They Serve and Strengthen the Church (9Marks: Building Healthy Churches)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology - August 2021

How Can Deacons Mobilize Service in the Church? Deacons are essential to a church’s health―yet confusion abounds regarding their biblical job description. What’s their God-given role in a local congregation and how do they relate to the church’s overall mission? In this short book, Matt Smethurst makes the case that deacons are model servants called to meet tangible needs, organize and mobilize acts of service, preserve the unity of the flock, and support the ministry of the elders. Clearing away common misconceptions, Smethurst offers practical guidance for deploying deacons and helping churches to flourish.

  • Author: Matt Smethurst
  • Publisher: Crossway (April 13, 2021)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living
  • ISBN: 978-1433571626
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.63 x 7 inches


8. Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology - August 2021

Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, and choirs? This ground-breaking book, now in affordable softcover, makes an unsettling proposal: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is rooted, not in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles. Coauthors Frank Viola and George Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence and extensive footnotes that document the origins of modern Christian church practices. In the process, the authors uncover the problems that emerge when the church functions more like a business organization than the living organism it was created to be. As you reconsider Christ's revolutionary plan for his church―to be the head of a fully functioning body in which all believers play an active role―you'll be challenged to decide whether you can ever do church the same way again.

  • Author: Frank Viola
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; Revised, Updated ed. edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Genre: History, World
  • ISBN: 978-1414364551
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.88 x 8 inches


9. The Complete Wineskin: Restructuring the Church for the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology - August 2021

God is pouring out the Holy Spirit and our wineskins must be changed to handle the new wine. How are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers going to rise up and work together? Where do small group meetings fit? Will the Church come together in unity? How does the anointing of God work and what is your role? This book puts into words what you have been sensing in your spirit. (Eberle's best seller, translated in many languages, distributed worldwide.)

  • Author: Dr. Harold R. Eberle
  • Publisher: Worldcast Publishing; 4th edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Churches & Church Leadership
  • ISBN: 978-1882523023
  • Dimensions: 5.56 x 0.39 x 8.44 inches


10. The Power of Place: Choosing Stability in a Rootless Age

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Ecclesiology Christian Theology - August 2021

Acclaimed teaching pastor Daniel Grothe speaks to the sense of loneliness that many feel in today's age of hypermobility and noncommittal wandering, reminding us of the ancient vow of stability and teaching us how we can lead a richer life of friendship, community, and purpose. Unlike previous generations that had to stay put, many people today have unprecedented access to a lifestyle of mobility. We can explore and bounce from place to place, never settling down or making anywhere home. And while it feels freeing to be able to try something new whenever we want--whether it's a new job, a new city, a new group of friends, or even a new church--somewhere along the way, we discover we're missing something. We may be paying our bills and have a roof over our heads, but we're lonely and unfulfilled, disconnected and unsatisfied. What's that all about? What is the missing piece? In The Power of Place , pastor Daniel Grothe speaks to the human ache for home and makes a countercultural case for staying put. He calls us to reject the myth of Christian individuality and instead embrace the richness of commitment and community, arguing that we must stay in one place as long as we can, plant our lives, and let roots take hold. Because only then can we experience the deep fulfillment, friendship, and fruitfulness God created us for.

  • Author: Daniel Grothe
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 26, 2021)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Catholicism
  • ISBN: 978-1400212538
  • Dimensions: 5.47 x 8.39 inches